Couples Invited to Perform Extracts from Romeo and Juliet

Couples are invited to get romantic and perform extracts from Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare’s Birthplace.

27 January 2014

Couples are being invited to get romantic for Valentine’s Day and perform an extract from Shakespeare’s classic love story – Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare’s Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon. The charity is offering couples, or fans of the play, the chance to star in their own version of Shakespeare’s timeless tale, which will be filmed and put up on the Trust’s Living Shakespeare blog - during the three day event which runs from February 14-17. The charity’s in-house acting troupe, Shakespeare Aloud!, will also be on hand to help with performances. The public will then vote for their favourite couple or visitor who will win a copy of Shakespeare’s sonnets.

Valentine’s Day celebrations continue at Shakespeare’s Family Homes, as visitors to Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and Gardens can take part in the Love Struck Trail from February 14-23. Couples can follow the Woodland Walk to find a selection of Shakespearian quotes, where one letter in each quote will be highlighted in a red heart for visitors to work out what romantic message the letters make.  A special quiz will also be on offer where couples can search for a list of items in the Woodland Walk which includes a red rose. The trail finishes with the sweetheart tree which will feature red wooden hearts for people to write a message of love on. Couples visiting New Place and Nash’s House, the site of Shakespeare’s final home, can decorate trees in the Knot Garden with lines from their favourite sonnets. Families can also enjoy a week of half-term activity at the house with the Week of Love and Frenemies – a quiz based on the enemies and friends in some of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. 

The half-term activity doesn’t stop there as the Mirth o' the Feast takes place at Shakespeare’s Birthplace. Visitors can test their history skills and spot which items on the Tudor table would not have been enjoyed by the Shakespeare family. Hall’s Croft will also be offering families the chance to test their knowledge of Stratford’s most famous son with a quiz – The play’s the thing. 

Head of Operations, Philippa Rawlinson, said, “For Valentine’s Day weekend we are offering couples the chance to say I love you using the words of the world’s most famous playwright in the romantic setting of Stratford. Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and Gardens is always a popular romantic setting for marriage proposals - and we hope, with our Valentine’s Day activities, we may encourage a few more.”

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Notes to editors:
Press release date: 27 January 2014.

For more information please contact Press and Public Affairs Officer Nurinder Mantell or call 01789 207136.


Pic cap: Couples can enjoy perfroming extracts from Shakespeare’s classic love story, Romeo and Juliet, during Valentine’s Day weekend at Shakespeare’s Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon.

All events are included in the Shakespeare Family Homes ticket price.


The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is the independent charity that cares for the world’s greatest Shakespeare heritage sites in Stratford-upon-Avon, and promotes the enjoyment and understanding of Shakespeare’s works, life and times all over the world. The charity runs formal and informal educational programmes for people of all ages. It holds the world’s largest Shakespeare-related museum and archives open free to the public, a collection which is designated as being of international importance. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust receives no public subsidy or direct government funding; it depends on income generated through the support of visitors, donors, volunteers and Friends.