A boyfriend who fancied himself as a real-life Mr Darcy manipulated the final night of his girlfriend’s play so he could propose to her on stage.
Shane Grant, 31, got down on one knee to propose to his partner Geneviève Lowe, 27, at the end of her final night performing a comedy version of Pride and Prejudice in Worcestershire.
It is the latest surprise proposal in a growing trend that has seen many men accused of upstaging their beloved’s biggest moments so they can create a viral social media post.
Geneviève had been playing leading lady Elizabeth Bennet in the interpretation of the Jane Austen classic at an open-air theatre in Worcester on July 14.
She was forced to repeat the final scene of the show at the request of the director Ben, who told her a VIP had asked if they could ‘redo the ending’.
Geneviève Lowe couldn’t believe what happened at the end of her final night performing a comedy version of Pride and Prejudice in Worcestershire
But the VIP was actually her boyfriend-of-three years, who had cooked up the plan so he could pop the question on stage.
Geneviève was given the surprise of her life when, at the point in the show where Mr Darcy is supposed to propose to her, Shane snuck up behind her.
He then surprised his beloved with a ring and proposed to a stunned Geneviève, who said ‘yes’ – much to the delight of the audience, cast and crew.
The couple, of Wythall, Worcestershire, who met on dating app Tinder, now plan to get married next summer.
Her boyfriend appeared on stage and dropped to one knee at the point where Mr Darcy is supposed to propose to her character Elizabeth Bennet
The actress had been unaware that her boyfriend of three years had arranged with the director for the play to have an alternative ending
Geneviève tweeted: ‘So this was a bit of a magical surprise. Thank you to the wonderful Worcester Rep and audience [sic]’
Shane, a property manager, said: ‘I couldn’t miss out on the opportunity to be able to ask the most amazing person to marry me in such a spectacular setting.
‘And the chance, even if for the briefest of moments, to be Geneviève’s Mr Darcy.
‘She thinks I was brave for getting up on stage to ask her – I just consider myself lucky that she said yes.
‘The idea came to me in December, watching Geneviève in the pantomime at the Swan Theatre, Worcester.
‘At the end of every performance, Robin Hood would propose to her. It pained me to see someone else proposing to her.
‘I was really lucky it was Pride and Prejudice for the next one.
The pair, of Wythall, Worcestershire, who met on dating app Tinder, now plan to get married next summer
‘I think she was a bit shocked but it’s great it all went well.’
Geneviève, who also works as a piano teacher, added: ‘It was such a beautiful moment. I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect proposal.
‘I was so happy to be surrounded by the loveliest of people, I am so very grateful for everyone at Worcester Rep, and to the audience for helping make the moment so special.
‘Earlier in the year, we had been to have a look at rings, and then it went quiet. I thought, “maybe it won’t happen for a while”.
Geneviève, who also works as a piano teacher, added: ‘It was such a beautiful moment. I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect proposal’
Shane said the idea came to him in December, watching Geneviève in a pantomime at the Swan Theatre in Worcester
‘Ben the director came into the dressing room in the interval of the final show and said a VIP has asked if we can redo the ending at the end of the show.’
‘It was a complete shock. I never expected him to come up on stage. There were 250 people in the audience. It was completely out of character for Shane.
‘There were a couple of “oohs” from the audience and then when we said “yes” we got a big nice clap.’
Afterwards Geneviève tweeted: ‘So this was a bit of a magical surprise. Thank you to the wonderful Worcester Rep and audience [sic].’
Earlier this month people criticised a boyfriend who proposed to his girlfriend during her graduation.
Edgaras got down on one knee and proposed, and Agne happily accepted to the sound of claps and cheers from members of the university’s faculty
Edgaras Averbuchas, 27, got onstage and proposed to girlfriend Agne Banuskeviciute in the middle of her graduation at the University of Essex in Colchester
Edgaras Averbuchas, 27, got onstage and proposed to girlfriend Agne Banuskeviciute in the middle of the event at the University of Essex in Colchester but was later accused of hijacking her big day.
He faced a backlash on social media, with critics claiming he was ‘stealing her thunder’ and insisting she should be allowed to ‘have her moment’.
But Edgaras rubbished their claims and says they can ‘complain all they want’, but his bride-to-be is perfectly happy.
The Worcester REP play, called Pride And (Quite A Lot Of) Prejudice, was based loosely on the 1813 romantic novel, with jokes added to the script by the company.
A theatre spokesman said: ‘Everyone agrees that this really was the perfect way to round off one of the most successful Worcester Repertory Company shows at The Commandery to date.’