Written early in the career of William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet tells the tragic tale of two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families. It is among Shakespeares most popular plays during his lifetime and along with Hamlet, is one of his most frequently performed plays. Today, the title characters are regarded as archetypal young lovers and have been adapted numerous times for the stage, film and opera. In 1999, as the new millennium was approaching, Royal Doulton modeler Douglas Tootle was given the task of reinterpreting the tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet for the Prestige range. This gorgeous piece features a scene from the Royal Ballets production of the legendary tale. Romeo is kneeling on a draped base sprinkled with roses as he lifts the lovely Juliet into a graceful pose. Romeo and Juliet is written beautifully on the side of the base in an elegant gold script.