Star-crossed lovers can say 'I do' on stage

By IH 07/03 Updated: 07/03 15:27

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STAR-CROSSED lovers are being offered the chance to tie the knot centre stage in Stratford.

The RSC is opening its doors for weddings and civil partnerships, giving couples the opportunity to say "I do" while treading the boards in the impressive setting of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, which has a capacity of over 1,000, or the more intimate neighbouring Swan Theatre which holds just over 400 people.

Couples can also take their vows 100 feet high and enjoy the views from the top of the theatre Tower, which offers a panorama of Shakespeare’s home town and the surrounding countryside.

But for those looking for a special ceremony a little bit more down to earth there are eight other licensed spaces, ranging from rehearsal studios to reading rooms, located throughout the RSC’s building.

The RSC’s wedding and civil partnership service goes beyond simply providing a venue. The Company’s team of skilled voice and movement artists can offer their expertise to couples preparing for their special ‘performance’ on the big day.

RSC Head of Theatre Operations Liz Wainwright said: "There is something very romantic about the world of theatre and we like to think it has a unique atmosphere which makes any event feel special. Theatre is a place where magical things can happen and where dreams become reality so it is such an apt setting for a wedding or civil partnership."

Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies form part of a wider range of events, activities and services now on offer at the RSC. It also hires out its spaces for conferences, business meetings and awards ceremonies and has accommodated clients ranging from BMW and Jaguar Land Rover to a local school putting on a prize giving day for pupils.

The RSC also provides locations for film and television crews. The team behind the BBC medical drama Doctors recently shot new episodes of the series at the theatre.

Visit www.rsc.org.uk/hires for further details.

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