“But soft, what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.” - Romeo
The historic first performance of William Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy “Romeo and Juliet” took place in London on this day in 1595. Shockingly, the initial production was done by an all-male cast, as female actors were not allowed to perform onstage until 1660. Shakespeare did not expect his story of two young star-crossed lovers to have such wide-appeal, inspiring countless art forms in the centuries that followed, ensuring its place in history as perhaps The Bard’s most famous and timeless work.