One of the great beauties of Shakespeare’s work is that it is timeless. The subject matters and themes of his plays are not bound to the historical era in which they are set, nor the era that they were written in. And, because he wrote about things that are perpetually relevant, it is no wonder that we keep returning to his work.
Romeo and Juliet, the plot of which Shakespeare stole from an older Italian tale, is one of the finest examples of this timelessness. Young lovers, from warring families, who are forced to elope and meet with tragic circumstances - this can never by described as an exclusively sixteenth century story and it will be just as relevant 400 years from now as it is today.