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February 2014

Jesse Griffiths as Valentine in 'Two Gents'

Top 10 Most Romantic lines from Shakespeare?

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So it’s Valentine’s Day!  Like many of us here, you may be panicking because life got in the way and you didn’t get your loved one something special like flowers or chocolates or even a card. So we at Shakespeare in the Ruff decided to offer you a little help. Our resident lover, hopeless romantic (he was playing Valentine in the picture above after all) and might we add single, Jesse Griffiths, has compiled his Top Ten List of romantic lines from Shakespeare.  If you are in a pinch for an incredible romantic gesture, take a minute to memorize one of the lines below and wow your lover (or bestie), with your diction and line endings.

As an added bonus, if you can top Jesse’s selection with a love line of your own (does not have to be Shakespearean), Ruff will award you and a guest with VIP passes to our annual Ruffing It event coming up at the end of March. This will include free admission, reserved seats and a round of drinks on us! Post your love line in the comments section before the end of Valentine’s Day for your chance to win.

Happy Valentine’s Day from Shakespeare in the Ruff! 

1. Romeo and Juliet

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.

2. The Tempest

Hear my soul speak:

The very instant that I saw you, did

My heart fly to your service.

3. As You Like It

If thou remember’st not the slightest folly

That ever love did make thee run into,

Thou hast not loved.

4. Sonnet 116

Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,

But bears it out even to the edge of doom.

If this be error and upon me proved,

I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

5. Hamlet

Doubt thou the stars are fire;

Doubt that the sun doth move;

Doubt truth to be a liar;

But never doubt I love.

6. Love’s Labour’s Lost

When Love speaks, the voice of all the gods

Makes heaven drowsy with the harmony.

7. Venus and Adonis

Love is a spirit all compact of fire.

8. Romeo and Juliet (there had to be at least 2 from this play)

Love goes toward love as school-boys from their books,

But love from love, toward school with heavy looks.

9. Twelfth Night

If music be the food of love, play on;

Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting,

The appetite may sicken, and so die.

10. Cymbeline 

I can express no kinder sign of love, than this kind kiss.


You got something better? We’d love to hear it.

A Thing or Two About Shakespeare

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We, here at Shakespeare in the Ruff, come across a myriad of Shakespeare-related material. Every month we choose some of our favourites to share with you.

February 2014:


From the same people who brought you The (new) Globe Theatre on London’s South Bank, we now have another destination; the recreation of an indoor Jacobian theatre called The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. The King’s Men (the final incarnation of Shakespeare’s company) performed at The Blackfriars, starting in 1608, and it required hundreds of dripping candles to keep the actors visible. We’re pleased to share that the new one is up and running and the first performance took place in mid-January. For more details, check out this article from The Guardian.

Oh, and they still light the place with candles…here’s how:

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Dave Matthews puts his own spin on one of Shakespeare’s tunes from Twelfth Night. A haunting take on ‘Come Away Death’ and a reminder of how versatile this language can be:

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Know of any contemporary versions of Shakespeare’s songs we should hear?