Romeo and Juliet was written by William Shakespeare in the late 1500s. It is set in Verona, Italy, where two young lovers from rival families, the Montagues and Capulets, fall in love despite their differences. Their forbidden romance is threatened when Romeo kills Juliet’s cousin Tybalt in a duel. He is banished from Verona, but they plan to be reunited after he returns with his family’s blessing. Meanwhile, Juliet fakes her own death so she can marry Romeo without her parents’ permission. When Romeo believes Juliet has died and kills himself, she finds his corpse beside her and kills herself as well. The Montagues and Capulets are reconciled after their deaths; they are buried side-by-side in a tomb engraved with the words: “Romeo Montague loved Juliet Capulet.”mRomeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays; it has been adapted for film many times since its debut more than four hundred years ago.