Romeo and Juliet was popular during Shakespeare's time, but over the centuries it has become nothing short of omnipresent. It is arguably the most-filmed play of all time, and has been adapted 4 times to date - first by George Cukor in 1936, then by Franco Zeffirelli in 1968, Baz Luhrmann in 1996, and most recently, by Carlo Carlei in 2013. John Madden's Academy-Award winning film Shakespeare in Love is a fictional account of Shakespeare's life while writing the play. It was the basis for Prokofiev's famous ballet, and has inspired numerous Operas, pop and jazz songs, books, games, and musicals.
Secondly, the tragedy was caused by some hasty decisions made by our characters. Romeo and Juliet made their fair share of mistakes, but Friar Laurence wasn't far behind either. The Friar hastily married them the next day, right after he received Romeo's request, thereby setting up the stage for the tragedy that would take place later. He advised Romeo saying "Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast." (). Too bad he didn't act on his own advice and became part of the tragedy. Romeo being the hasty young man that he is, ended up killing Tybalt in a fit of rage, a decision that he grew to regret later. Another major role was played by Juliet's parents by arranging her marriage to Paris so early without her consent. It is quite evident that she hated Paris as she said to the Friar "O, bid me leap, rather than marry Paris, From off the battlements of yonder tower" (-78). Romeo's servant Balthazar also decided to quickly take the news of Juliet's false "death" to Romeo in Mantua, thereby resulting in Romeo's suicide because he thought that Juliet was really dead. Had Romeo not decided to drink the poison and had some patience, he might have lived to see Juliet awake. This decision cost him his life and also resulted in the suicide