St. Valentines’ Day Ticket Giveaway to Love’s Labour’s Lost

Hana Lass as Juliet and Michael Place as Romeo in "Romeo and Juliet" (WO 2008).
Hana Lass as Juliet and Michael Place as Romeo in “Romeo and Juliet” (WO 2008).

With the start of rehearsals for Love’s Labour’s Lost, we’re getting immersed in the vagaries of love. Shakespeare was a pro at putting to words what the heart wants to express…and yet he only mentions the holiday of Valentine’s Day twice in all of his plays. Do you know which plays?

Here’s how you can win two tickets to Love’s Labour’s Lost:

Name the two Shakespeare plays that mention Valentine’s Day and give us your favorite quote about love from the Bard.

Comment with your answers below and you’ll be automatically entered into a drawing to win the tickets.

We can’t wait to read your answers.  The drawing will take place on Thursday, February 21.


  1. motley puck says

    A Midsummer Nights Dream and Hamlet. My favorite:
    SONNET 130
    My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun;
    Coral is far more red than her lips’ red;
    If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;
    If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.
    I have seen roses damask’d, red and white,
    But no such roses see I in her cheeks;
    And in some perfumes is there more delight
    Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.
    I love to hear her speak, yet well I know
    That music hath a far more pleasing sound;
    I grant I never saw a goddess go;
    My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground:
    And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare
    As any she belied with false compare.

  2. Jeannie Ryder says

    A Midsummer Night Dream

    Who could refrain that had a heart to love and in that heart the courage to make love known?

  3. Janelle Gauthier says

    The two plays are Hamlet and Midsummer NIght’s Dream.

    Favorite quote is: “What fools these mortals be”

  4. Michele Larkin says

    A Midsummer Night’s Dream and in Hamlet both mention St. Valentine’s Day. My favorite Shakespeare quote about love? There are so many!!! I guess at this moment my favorite is:
    “Doubt thou the stars are fire;
    Doubt that the sun doth move;
    Doubt truth to be a liar;
    But never doubt I love.”

  5. Annika Nori says

    The Plays: 1) A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2) Hamlet
    The Quote: “Doubt thou the stars are fire, doubt that the sun doth move, doubt truth to be a liar, but never doubt I love.”

    • says

      (I know, not the most romantic quote, but hey… It’s valentine’s day, and I’m at home on the internet, perusing the Shakespeare Seattle website. Love’s labors lost, mother f**ker :D)

  6. Jaimie says

    The two plays that mention Valentines Day are Hamlet and Midsummer night’s dream. My favorite quote about love from Shakespeare is from all’s well that ends well- Love all, Trust a few, Do wrong to none. I would love to win these tickets!! Thanks, Jaimie

  7. Cassidy James says

    Name the two Shakespeare plays that mention Valentine’s Day:
    Romeo And Juliet

    give us your favorite quote about love from the Bard.
    “Have I caught thee, my heavenly jewel? Why, now let
    me die, for I have lived long enough.” -The Merry Wives of Windsor.
    I saw this play a year ago, I believe at Seattle Shakespeare Company. These word have always stuck with me and begun many interesting conversations when I feel the urge to quote Shakespeare to someone.

  8. K Wong says

    Act 4 Scene 5 of Hamlet, Ophelia: Tomorrow is Saint Valentine’s day. Act 4 Scene 1 of A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Good morrow, friends, Saint Valentine is past. Favorite quote: If music be the food of love, play on (Twelve Nights)

  9. says

    The two plays are:
    1) Hamlet (spoken by Ophelia in Act IV, Scene 5)
    2) A Midsummer Night’s Dream (spoken by Theseus in Act IV, Scene 1)

    My favorite love quote from the Bard is from Twelfth night (Act III, Scene 1):
    “Love sought is good, but given unsought is better”

  10. Genie says

    Valetine’s day is mentioned in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hamlet.

    My favorite quote is also “Love sought is good, but given unsought is better.”

  11. Melany says

    Hamlet and Midsummer Night’s Dream are the two plays.

    Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks

    Within his bending sickle’s compass come:

    Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,

    But bears it out even to the edge of doom

  12. Tabitha B says

    The two plays that mention Valentine’s Day are Hamlet and Romeo & Juliet. “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.” – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

  13. Meryl C. says

    Hamlet (Ophelia’s song she sings after Polonius’s death, when she isn’t entirely there begins with the words “Tomorrow is St. Valentine’s Day”)
    A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theseus wakes the lovers up at the end with the greeting “Good morrow friends, St. Valentine’s is past.”)

    Quote… “If music be the food of love, play on.”

  14. Debbie says

    Shakespeare mentions Saint Valentine’s Day in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and in Hamlet.

    One of my favorite Shakespeare quotes is “Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow” from Romeo and Juliet.

  15. Rebecca Albiani says

    Hamlet & Midsummer Night;s Dream. Favorite love quotes at the moment are from the latter:
    “One turf shall serve as pillow for us both;
    One heart, one bed, two bosoms and one troth.”
    and so on…

  16. Carlos Williams says

    Two times Valentine’s Day is mentioned:

    A Midsummers Night’s Dream
    (Act 4, Scene 5)

    Hamlet (Act 4, Scene 5)

    Favorite Quote:

    Merchant of Venice
    Act 3, Scene 2:

    “How all the other passions fleet to air,
    As doubtful thoughts, and rash-embrac’d despair,
    And shudd’ring fear, and green-eyed jealousy!
    O love, be moderate, allay thy ecstasy,
    In measure rain thy joy, scant this excess!”

  17. Sarah Winsor says

    Plays: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hamlet
    Favorite quote: “I would not wish any companion in the world but you” – The Tempest

  18. Michael McLeod says

    Valentine’s Day is mentioned in Midsummer Night’s Dream and in Hamlet.

    A favorite Shakespeare quote of mine having to do with love: “Many a good hanging prevents a bad marriage.”

  19. Barbara williams says

    Midsummer Nights Dream
    Taming of the Shrew:
    Thy husband is thy lord, thy life, thy keeper,
    Thy head, thy sovereign; one that cares for thee,
    And for thy maintenance; commits his body
    To painful labor, both by sea and land;
    To watch the night in storms, the day in cold,
    Whilst thou li’st warm at home, secure and safe;

  20. Iris Kuo says

    A Midsummer Night’s Dream

    “Doubt thou the stars are fire,
    Doubt that the sun doth move,
    Doubt truth to be a liar,
    But never doubt I love.”

  21. Shannon says

    Hamlet, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Romeo and Juliet. My favorite love quote is from King Lear:

    CORDELIA: [Aside] What shall Cordelia do?
    Love, and be silent.

  22. Zoltan says

    Plays: Hamlet, A Midsummer’s Night Dream
    Favorite Quote about love:
    Sonnet 73
    That time of year thou mayst in me behold
    When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang
    Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,
    Bare ruin’d choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.
    In me thou seest the twilight of such day
    As after sunset fadeth in the west,
    Which by and by black night doth take away,
    Death’s second self, that seals up all in rest.
    In me thou see’st the glowing of such fire
    That on the ashes of his youth doth lie,
    As the death-bed whereon it must expire
    Consumed with that which it was nourish’d by.
    This thou perceivest, which makes thy love more strong,
    To love that well which thou must leave ere long.

  23. Sonetka says

    Hamlet (Ophelia’s song beginning “Tomorrow Is St. Valentine’s Day”) and Midsummer Night’s Dream (“St. Valentine is past”)

    For quotes, I always liked the scene between Richard II and his Queen when they have to part

    “Banish us both, and let him come with me” to which Northumberland replies “That were some love, but little policy.” She must know it’s a hopeless request, but she tries anyway.