NOT LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT FOR PEPYS...
Although Romeo and Juliet was first performed in the 1590s, the first documented performance of the play was in fact from 1662.
Among those in the audience of that particular run was the diarist Samuel Pepys and it seems he wasn’t overly impressed. He wrote that he ‘saw Romeo and Juliet, the first time it was ever acted; but it is a play of itself the worst that ever I heard in my life, and the worst acted that ever I saw these people do.’
Fortunately no one took much notice and the play has since been translated into more than 100 languages and remains one of his most oft performed works.