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23 April 2014

“O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?”


In celebration of William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, Jersey Post will issue six stamps and a Miniature Sheet, featuring artistic representations of some of his most famous plays, on 23 April 2014.

The most influential writer of English literature, William Shakespeare was born in April 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. His actual date of birth remains unknown but is traditionally observed on 23 April, Saint George's Day. Shakespeare’s plays remain highly popular today and are constantly studied, performed and reinterpreted throughout the world.

Jersey Post’s Philatelic Product Manager, Mrs Melanie Gouzinis, said: “We commissioned artist Chris Ede, a newcomer to Jersey stamp design, to interpret some of Shakespeare’s most famous works and the results are dramatic and striking. Chris’s style of hand-drawn, multi-textures of pen and ink with the subtle addition of colour creates moods of tragedy, murder, lust and corruption for which Shakespeare’s plays are so well known.”

The plays represented on the stamps are: Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The Miniature Sheet features a striking portrait of Shakespeare himself.

The stamps will be available to buy from all branches of Jersey Post from 23 April 2014. Philatelic stamp products such as stamp sets, the Miniature Sheet, First Day Covers and Presentation Packs will be available from the main post office at Broad Street, St Helier, Jersey, on issue day and can be ordered now at: or by phoning the Jersey Philatelic Bureau on: 00 44 (0)1534 616593.

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