(Romeo and Juliet) On This Day – January 29th

Michael Thomas, Editor

On this day, January the 29th, in the year of 1595, the Shakspearian play of Romeo and Juliet, a classic tale of romance and tragedy, is first thought to be performed.

Believed to be first performed at the Curtain Theatre in London, England, the play is thought to be written in between 1591 and 1596, but due to its supposed performance in 1595, it was likely before 1595.

And while no surviving record of its performance has survived to present day, accounts, papers, and other dates like the publishing of quarto helped date the piece (British Library) (International Business Times).

Since then, Romeo and Juliet has become one of the world’s most well known and performed plays, being taught in schools worldwide.

To read more daily facts and tidbits and about firsts and debuts, see the Barron Perspectives “On this Day Archives” webpage and articles such as “(First Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) On This Day – January 23rd” and “(101 Dalmations) On This Day – January 25th”.