Romeo & Juliet

Here are some fun facts about Romeo and Juliet.


* Did you know Romeo and Juliet was first preformed between 1594 and 1595?                      

* Can you believe the play Romeo and Juliet used 25,948 words in all?                                           

* Did you know,
"It is the east, and Juliet is the sun" (Act II, Scene II), is one of the most famous quotes in this play?

* Did you know Romeo and Juliet was based on real lovers who lived in Verona, Italy who died for each other in the year 1303?

* "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet". {Act II, scene II} is another famous line from Romeo and Juliet.      
"O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?". - (Act II, Scene II) is another one of Shakespeare famous lines in Romeo and Juliet.

The are 24 scenes in Romeo and Juliet.

*  Did you know Romeo and Juliet was also based on a poem about real life lovers called The Tradgicall Historye of Romeus and Luliet?

* Did you know Romeo's name is now used to describe a boy with a romantic nature?

* Did you know there are more than 15 different versions of Romeo and Juliet, which come in the forms of movies, books, and television shows?

* Did you know that out of all characters, the nurse is the most memorable?

Facts about Shakespeare himself and some of his work

* Did you know Romeo and Juliet was first published in quarto in 1597?

 * Did you know Shakespeare lived for 52 years?

* Shakespeare wrote 38 plays, 154 sonnets, and 5 poems.

* Shakespeare parents were John Shakespeare and Elizabeth Arden. 

* One of the most powerful aspects of Romeo and Juliet is the language.

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* Since there could be no dramatic lighting and there was very little scenery or props, audiences relied on the actors' lines and stage directions to supply the time of day and year, the weather, location, and mood of the scenes. Shakespeare's plays masterfully supply this information

* William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564, partially because April 23 is the day on which he died 52 years later. In any event, his baptism was registered with the town on April 26, 1564

*Did you know that William Shakespeare was considered the greatest dramatist of all time.

* Also he is one of the greatest playwrights and poets in the history of the English language, and perhaps the world's most popular author.

* Did you know: he is the writer that has been more influential on both our language,and our culture.

* Did you know that the two longest poems were "Venus and Adonis" and The Rape of Lucrece" 

* Did you know
The Globe Theater audience never had time to get bored. In just two weeks Elizabethan theaters could often present “eleven performances of ten different plays”. 

* Also The Elizabethan general public (the Commoners) referred to as groundlings would pay 1 penny to stand in the 'Pit' of the Globe Theater. The gentry would pay to sit in the galleries often using cushions for comfort! Rich nobles could watch the play from a chair set on the side of the Globe stage itself.

Did you know that?

*The Globe was only in use until 1613, when on June 29 a fire broke out at the Globe Theater . The canon used for special effects, such as heralding great entrances, was loaded with gunpowder and wadding

* Would you have guessed that...

* In 1644 the Globe Theater was demolished by the Puritans. In 1647 Even stricter rules were passed regarding stage plays and theaters.

* Guess what? * The Globe was built 1597 -1598 and owned by Richard Burbage.  The old Globe was a magnificent amphitheater.

* Not one inside picture of the old theater is in existence, however, a picture of another amphitheater, the Swan,  has survived.