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How old were Romeo and Juliet in the original play?

In Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, we know that Juliet is 13 years old, as Old Capulet tells

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In this regard, how old was Romeo in the original play?

Quick Answer. Shakespeare never gives Romeo a specific age. Although his age could be anywhere between 13–21, he is typically portrayed as being around the age of 16.

Beside above, what was the age gap between Romeo and Juliet? In William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, the exact age of Romeo is never explicitly stated. Juliet's age is 13, and she is almost about to turn 14. Based on puberty (girls hit puberty around 11-13, while it takes a few years longer for boys), we can definitely assume that Romeo is not younger than Juliet, but older.

Similarly, is Romeo older than Juliet?

In this work, Juliet is a young girl of 16, while Romeo is somewhat older. Shakespeare cuts three years off Juliet's age to make her the tender age of 13: as Old Capulet says to Paris, 'she hath not seen the change of fourteen years'.

When was Romeo and Juliet first performed?


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