The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet was a play written by human playwright William Shakespeare in the late 16th century. The play was one of the more well-known plays written by Shakespeare. One of Shakespeare's tragedies, the play featured two young humans from rival families—Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet—who met and fell in love in 14th century Verona, Italy. Unable to remain together because of their warring families, both eventually committed suicide.

In May 2154, Charles Tucker III told T'Pol, "A Human and a Vulcan have less chance at success than did the love between Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet." (ENT episode: "The Augments")

After attending a dinner on board the USS Enterprise-A in 2293, Klingon General Chang told Captain James T. Kirk, "parting is such sweet sorrow", a quote from the play. (TOS movie: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

Jean-Luc Picard was once a member of a theater company that performed the play. In this particular production, except for Juliet all the other female roles were played by men. Attracted to the young woman who played Juliet, Picard played the nurse in order to be close to her. (TNG novel: Q-in-Law)

In 2364, a mercenary named "Poet" made several quotes from Romeo and Juliet. He quoted "He jests at scars that never felt a wound" from this play to Sdan in reference to their fight with Lieutenant Tasha Yar. He later commented that "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet" to Barb when teasing her about name. (TNG novel: Survivors)

In 2366, Doctor Beverly Crusher compared the upcoming wedding between two rival families of the Tizarin race to Romeo and Juliet. Much to Captain Picard's irritation, Lieutenant Commander Data dismissed the play as commentary on negligent parents and suicide. (TNG novel: Q-in-Law)

During their encounter with the Children of Tama in 2368, Deanna Troi used an allusion to the play ("Juliet on her balcony") to illustrate the way the aliens used metaphor as language. (TNG episode: "Darmok")

In 2375, when Seven of Nine's dating techniques were going awry, the Doctor assured her that even Romeo and Juliet's relationship didn't run smoothly. (VOY episode: "Someone to Watch Over Me")

Selected works of William Shakespeare
All's Well That Ends WellAs You Like ItHamletHenry VJulius CaesarKing LearMacbethThe Merchant of VeniceA Midsummer Night's DreamOthelloRomeo and JulietThe Taming of the ShrewTimon of AthensTwelfth Night

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