Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet (c. 1596) is one of William Shakespeare’s (1564–1616) most popular dramas. In the play, two young people fall in love. However, a feud between their families dooms them from the start. Over time, the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet has become a legendary story and the subject of a wide variety of theatrical interpretations, novels, feature films, and more. The catalyst for many of the events in Romeo and Juliet is the longstanding feud between the Montagues and the Capulets of Verona, Italy. In the beginning of the play, Montagues and Capulets brawl in the city streets. As a result, Prince Escalus declares that anyone who fights will be put to death. Later, Romeo and his cousin...

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More Quick Facts

  • Romeo and Juliet (Play)
  • Author

    • Shakespeare, William (English playwright)
  • Published

    • January 01, 1594
  • Genre

    • Play
  • Language

    • English
  • Major Characters

    • Abram (Romeo and Juliet) (Fictional character)

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