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Stratford, Taranaki


But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?
Tis the east and Juliet is the sun.
Arise, 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.

By Richard Moore

I 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 Zealand.

Named 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.

Situated 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.

The 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.

While 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.

Another interesting thing about Stratford, Taranaki, is that 67 of its tyreets have been named after Shakespearian characters. They include:

Juliet 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.

All up there are 67 in all.


Stratford, Taranaki, New Zealand

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