THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA
comedy in English (with Hungarian subtitles)
1 July 2016 (Friday), 8 pm
Margaret Island Open-Air Stage
Presented by Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse.
(160 minutes with one break)
Valentine loves Silvia and Proteus loves Julia – but Proteus is fickle, and falls for Silvia too. When Valentine plots an elopement, Proteus betrays him and Valentine is banished and joins some outlaws in the forest. What are the chances that he’ll be pursued by Silvia, and Silvia by Proteus, and Proteus by Julia, and that all will be waited upon – after a fashion – by their servants Speed and Launce and even Launce’s dog, Crab?
This riotous new production is led by a joyful ensemble of players who will delight with songs, romance and chaos, and hurl Shakespeare's anarchic comedy into the 21st century.
Shakespeare’s remarkable comedy is presented in original language, by the Shakespeare’s Globe theatre company’s authentic performance. The performance in Budapest is part of their tour commemorating the 400th anniversary of the death of the writer genius.
Julia: Leah Brotherhead
Duke/Antonio: Garry Cooper
Sylvia: Aruhan Galieva
Valentine: Guy Hughes
Lucetta/Panthino/Thurio: Amber James
Speed/Eglamour: Adam Keast
Launce: Charlotte Mills
Proteus: Dharmesh Patel
Musician: Fred Thomas
Designer: Katie Sykes
Composer: James Fortune
Choreographer: Tom Jackson Greaves
Translation: Magda Szabó
Hungarian subtitles: Kinga Keszthelyi
Direction: Nick Bagnall
Valentine’s best friend, Proteus leaves Verona to join Valentine and professing constancy exchanges rings with Julia. Valentine asks Proteus to help him elope with Silvia, but Proteus falls in love with her himself, and expresses his determination to have her. Julia decides to follow Proteus to Milan, disguising herself as a man.
Proteus informs the Duke of Valentine’s plan and the Duke promptly banishes Valentine. On his way towards Mantua, Valentine is captured by outlaws in a forest, but he impresses them greatly and they make him their leader.
The Duke, who wants Silvia to marry the wealthy Thurio, asks Proteus to use his influence with her to make her forget Valentine and notice Thurio. Julia, disguised as a page called Sebastian, arrives in Milan and is disgusted to overhear Proteus wooing Silvia on his own behalf. Silvia rejects Proteus’ advances, and approaches Sir Eglamour for help to escape from Milan and reach Valentine. Proteus takes ‘Sebastian’ into his service. He gives her a ring and a letter to take to Silvia, who refuses it and tears up the letter, expressing sympathy for the forsaken Julia, whom ‘Sebastian’ describes to her.
Proteus and ‘Sebastian’ follow Silvia out of Milan. She is captured by the outlaws, but rescued by Proteus, who tries to force her to yield to him. Valentine, who has observed everything, comes to her aid. He tells Proteus that he can have Silvia, which causes Julia to faint. Her identity is revealed when Proteus recognizes the ring she is wearing as the one he had given her. Her fidelity rekindles his love for her.
The outlaws capture the Duke and Thurio, who have come in pursuit of Silvia, and they are brought before Valentine, who reveals his identity. Thurio claims Silvia, but immediately yields when Valentine threatens to fight him. The Duke applauds Valentine’s spirit, repeals his banishment, and gives him Silvia. Valentine obtains pardon for the outlaws. All return to Milan, where marriages are planned between Valentine and Silvia and between Proteus and Julia.
Previous work for Shakespeare’s Globe includes: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight; The Last Days of Troy (Royal Exchange, Manchester) and Henry VI. Parts 1, 2 and 3. Other theatre includes: Britannia Waves (Royal Exchange, Manchester); A Christmas Fair, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Milton Rooms, Malton); Fragile (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry); Betrayal (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield); A Separate Reality (Royal Court Theatre); By Jeeves (Landor); Billy Liar (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Guys and Dolls (Arts Theatre, Cambridge); Entertaining Mr Sloane (Trafalgar Studios); Burning Cars (Hampstead Theatre); The Electric Hills (Liverpool Everyman); Mongoose (Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh); Promises and Lies (Main Stage, Birmingham Repertory Theatre); Bolthole, ‘Low Dat (The Door, Birmingham Repertory Theatre) and The Ruffian on the Stair (Old Red Lion).
Shakespeare’s Globe was reopen after the reconstruction in 1996. It has become one of the most popular visitor destinations in the UK, at the heart of the regeneration of London’s Bankside. Shakespeare’s Globe is a charity and continues to operate without annual government funding.
Globe Education, directed by Patrick Spottiswoode, is one of the largest arts education departments in the country, and shares its approaches to the teaching of Shakespeare with over 100,000 students a year. Shakespeare’s Globe Tour and Exhibition is open all year round and is the world’s only permanent exhibition dedicated to Shakespeare’s theatrical career.
In January 2014 Shakespeare’s Globe opened a secondary venue, the Sam Wannamaker Playhouse named after the founder of the Globe. The playhouse is designed in the style of a Jacobean theatre using drawings and descriptions as basis for the design and will be entirely lit by candlelight. The new venue presents plays, events and concerts.
This is the opening season annonced and organised by the first woman artistic director of the Globe, Emma Rice, called Wonder season.
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