NOT LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT FOR PEPYS...

Yorkshire Post - Culture & The Guide - - 2/STAGE -

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.

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