Shakespeare’s greatest couples
By A Noise Within
February 10, 2017
In honor of Valentine’s Day, our staff is sharing some of our favorite Shakespearean couples! Read on to see if you agree with our choices or email us your favorite.
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Rosalind and Orlando, As You Like It
It’s a classic tale of love at first sight. I think it is super romantic when Rosalind is banished by her uncle and she disguises herself as a boy, “Ganymede” (who pretends to be a girl), so that Orlando can practice his moves on her. Classic!”
– Amy Nance, Development Director
Beatrice and Benedick, Much Ado About Nothing
They seem like a real joining of equals to me. They are both bright, feisty, and loyal. What I like best about their relationship, though, is that Benedick never tries to put out Beatrice’s fire in the way that other Shakespearean men do with their partners. In fact, it seems to be what he likes best about her.”
– Anna Rodil, Operations Coordinator
Romeo and Juliet, Romeo and Juliet
I know it is terribly cliche’ but my favorite couple is Romeo and Juliet. Nothing so perfectly describes a new love better than this: “My bounty is as boundless as the sea, My love as deep; the more I give to thee, The more I have, for both are infinite.”
– Front of House Manager, Melody Moore
Lysander, Hermia, Demetrius, Helena, Titania, Oberon, and Bottom, A
Midsummer Night’s Dream
The many overlapping love triangles in A Midsummer Night’s Dream are so irresistibly fun to me. Lysander loves Hermia, but Hermia is supposed to marry Demetrius, who is in love with Helena; meanwhile Titania is married to Oberon but accidentally takes a love potion that has her falling for donkey-headed Bottom. It’s such wonderful chaos!”
– Chloe Bates, Marketing and Events Assistant
As You Like It: Mark Deakins and Kirsten Potter. Photo by Craig Schwartz.
Much Ado About Nothing: Torri Higginson and JD Cullum. Photo by Craig Schwartz
Romeo and Juliet: Donnla Hughes and Will Bradley. Photo by Craig Schwartz.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Deborah Stang and Geoff Elliott. Photo by Craig Schwartz.