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ROMEO AND JULIET.

Everything you need to know about William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, from synopsis and key facts to quotes and previous productions

Probably written between 1594 and 1596, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. It is set across two worlds – the court of Athens and a mystical forest that lies beyond the city’s walls. The play is a comedy and explores themes of the irrationality of love, desire, friendship, possession, jealousy and magic.

This page includes everything you need to know about the play – if you’re looking to browse and buy tickets to current productions, head over to What’s On.

Pictured above: Adetomiwa Edun and Ellie Kendrick as the star-crossed lovers in Dominic Dromgoole’s 2009 production. Photographer: John Haynes

SYNOPSIS

WRITING THE PLAY

CHARACTERS

KEY QUOTES

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WATCH

GLOBE PLAYER

There are three different videos of past productions of Romeo and Juliet (2009 and 2012).

These, plus many other plays, are available to rent or buy via Globe Player – they all took place originally in the Globe Theatre.

YOUTUBE

Look back at past trailers, actor interviews, rehearsal room videos and more.

Our A Midsummer Night’s Dream playlist on YouTube includes every video we’ve ever published for previous productions.

BLOGS & PODCASTS

Romeo and Juliet 2009 the masked ball
Plays, Poems & New Writing 

Designing Verona: Our 2009 Romeo and Juliet

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Plays, Poems & New Writing 

Romeo and Juliet: A tale of heaven to hell

Read
Romeo and Juliet 2019 Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank Previous Production Image
Such Stuff 

#SuchStuff s2 e3: Love and hate prevail

Listen

TEACHING RESOURCES

We have a few different databases of free downloads for teachers and students – we’ve collated some top links below.

PLAYING SHAKESPEARE

TEACH SHAKESPEARE

PAST PRODUCTIONS

Between 2002 and 2021, there have been many different productions of Twelfth Night created by Shakespeare’s Globe.

Some of them were performed here at the Globe Theatre whilst others toured other venues across the world.

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