Where was Romeo and Juliet first performed? How big was the venue, and what was the number of performances? i'm trying to compare west side story and romeo and juliet.

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You already have a lot of answers to this, but I'll just add one more bit of information. The First Quarto states that Romeo and Juliet had been

plaid publiquely, by the right Honourable the L. of Hunsdon his servants.

This puts the composition date for Romeo and Juliet at or before 1596, even as early as 1591, because of a reference to the 1580 earthquake (Act 1, Scene iii, Line 22). This is documented by Neilson in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet on page 36.

After these early performances by the Hunsdon troupe, which changed its name after the 1590s, the first documented performance is 1662 in connection with William Davenant. Davenant, incidentally, claimed...

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According to sources, the play was actually presented at 1957 but the venue of the stage play was very vague and unclear. We also do not know the exact date of the play but roughly their performance was actually outside England, the first play ever to be staged outside. The size and the no. of performances in the venue was not found at all.

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