soft, what light through yonder window breaks?
Tis the east and Juliet is the sun.
fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
Who is already sick and pale with grief
That thou, her maid, art far more fair than she.
do love a bit of Shakespeare and that quotation from Romeo and Juliet
is a great introduction to the town of Stratford in Taranaki, New
after Stratford-upon-Avon in England, the famed home of the great
bard William Shakespeare, Stratford has its own unique claim to
the arts world.
in its town centre is New Zealand's only glockenspiel, an Elizabethan-looking
tower that has large figurines performing the balcony scene from
Romeo and Juliet.
show is put on four times a day - at 10am, 1pm, 3pm and 7pm - after
the hour chimes are finished and run for about five minutes.
it isn't the same as sitting in the audience at the Royal Shakespear
Theatre it is a bit of fun and you can watch the show while sipping
on a coffee.
interesting thing about Stratford, Taranaki, is that 67 of its tyreets
have been named after Shakespearian characters. They include:
St, Orlando St, Miranda St, Portia St, Antonio St, Rosalind St,
Falstaff St, Ariel St, Montague Grove, Capulet Place, Oberson St,
Tybalt St, Elsinore St, Hamlet St, Romeo St, Shakespear St, Hathaway
St and Verona Place.
up there are 67 in all.
and Accommodation in New Plymouth