Romeo and Juliet 1595

 

Source material everywhere, already one of the most famous tales off star-cross'd lovers you'd imagine that in retelling such a well known tale, Will would at least be safe from Oxfordians trying to pass it off as a biography of De Vere bu not a bit of it. They find a small collection of links such as the year Juliet marries (they have to add 1 but that's close enough for Oxfordianism).  Romeo forsaken by Rosaline they compare to De Vere sent to  the tower by Queen Elizabeth for playing hospitals with one her ladies in waiting, then there are the duels that resulted.  All entirely specious and a waste of time when you could be watching Claire Danes or Olivia Hussey in adaptations or Shakespeare in Love.

First official record: version of the play published in 1597 (this play was never entered into the Stationers' Register)First published: version of the play published in quarto in 1597 as An excellent conceited tragedie of Romeo and JulietFirst recorded performance: 1 March 1662 at Lincoln's Inn Fields, directed by William Davenant.

Evidence: There was an earthquake in England in 1584. The Nurse has the line "Tis' since the earthquake now 11 years." Arthur Golding, Oxford's uncle, called it "God's wrath upon an evil age"

Two poems by Du Bartas published in 1593 appear to have had an influence.

 

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