Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare’s most frequently performed plays. The story has also been adapted numerous times for film, ballet, musical, and opera.
1884 painting by Frank Bernard Dicksee.
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Romeo and Juliet premieres on stage in London, England
William Shakespeare's tragedy Romeo and Juliet was and remains one of the English playwright's most popular works. The story of the young, "star-cross'd" lovers from feuding families premiered on this day in 1595 at The Theatre, performed by the Lord Chamberlain's Men.
That’s right, the acting company was made up entirely of men, so roles like Juliet, the nurse, and Juliet's mother were given to actors who could muster high, feminine voices. Women were not permitted to take the stage in England until the beginning of the 17th century.