Answers to questions about Romeo and Juliet, from your trusted Shakespeare source. 'Deny thy father and refuse thy name': The Generation Gap in Romeo and Juliet. Romeo and Juliet is a play about young love, but it's also a play about old. We all know that Juliet is 13, the Nurse comes right out and tells us. Often I think we make the leap and assume that Romeo is 13 as well. Shakespeare decided to make Juliet even younger, for reasons known only to him. Romeo and Juliet may be the most-filmed play of all time. Old Capulet clearly feels that he has more wisdom than his child in such matters. And often I think that we then make the leap and assume that Romeo is 13 as well. Romeo and Juliet belongs to a tradition of tragic romances stretching back to antiquity. The latter two were both, in their time, the highest-grossing Shakespeare film. Manila, Philippines Mumbai, India. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License ; additional terms may apply. Looking for Sex in Shakespeare. November 22, at 7: Even today, there are societies that give up a young lady, such as the age of Juliet, in marriage to a man much older than. Magic mirror online the Italian text ofand an English translation, together with a critical preface, historical and bibliographical notes and illustrations. Peter Brook 's version was the beginning of a different style of Romeo and Juliet performances. There rust, and let me die. In Shakespeare's primary sources, Juliet is considerably older than she is in the play. Nevertheless, in October , Lois Leveen speculated in The Atlantic that the original Shakespeare play did not contain a balcony. Juliet's cousin, Tybalt , is enraged at Romeo for sneaking into the ball but is only stopped from killing Romeo by Juliet's father, who does not wish to shed blood in his house.