Makepeace is a significant character in Shakespeare in Love. He is a Puritan preacher who wears a black robe and proclaims loudly to the passing crowd that he rails against “sinful” theaters, which are also almost direct references from Romeo and Juliet. There are two lines that are important: “A plague on both your houses.” Makepeace is referring to the rivalry between those two playhouse and the speech of Mercutio. The other line is: “The Rose smells thusly rank by any name! I say a plague on both their houses!” Both phrases with become famous lines from Romeo, which is supposed to prefigure Romeo and Juliet “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”.