What Year Did Shakespeare Write ‘Romeo and Juliet’?

'Romeo and Juliet' - Title Page from the First Quarto
'Romeo and Juliet' - Title Page from the First Quarto. Photo © British Library

Question: What Year Did Shakespeare Write ‘Romeo and Juliet’?

Answer:

Although there is no record of when Shakespeare actually wrote Romeo and Juliet, it was first performed in 1594 or 1595. It is likely that the play would have been written shortly before its premier performance.

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