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Two Gentlemen of Verona, The

Synopsis
A video recording, using a single, fixed camera, of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 1991 production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona set in the 1930s. Directed by David Thacker with Barry Lynch as Proteus and Richard Bonneville as Valentine.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
15 Oct 1992
Duration
165 mins

Credits

Director
David Thacker
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Guy Woolfenden
Production Design
Sheila Keegan
Cast
Richard BonnevilleValentine
Barry LynchProteus
Saskia ReevesSilvia
Clare HolmanJulia
Richard MooreLaunce
Guy HenryThurio
Henry WebsterPanthino
Hilary CromieSinger
Howard CrossleyHost
Josette Bushell-MingoLucetta
Lucy TregearBanished lady (Outlaw)
Lucy TregearUrsula
Peter BygottEglamour
Randal HerleyAntonio
Sean MurraySpeed
Simeon DefoeBanished gentleman (Outlaw)
Terence WiltonDuke of Milan
WoollyCrab

Additional Details

Theatre
Barbican Theatre
Theatre company
Royal Shakespeare Company
Production type
Stage Recordings
Historical period
1930s
Plays
Two Gentlemen of Verona, The
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

General
The production was set in the 1930s with an eight-piece Palm Court-style band and singer upstage throughout the performance, establishing a distancing and ironic effect. The Milan court became a country house party and Hilary Cromie sang songs by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and the Gershwins.
History
Press night 17 April 1991. The production transferred to the Barbican with several cast changes.
Stills
Stills from, and design notes on, the production are available on the Arts and Humanities Performing Arts Data Service (AHDS) at http://ahds.ac.uk/performingarts/collections/designing-shakespeare.htm

Production Company

Name

Royal Shakespeare Company

Web
https://www.rsc.org.uk External site opens in new window
Address
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Waterside
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
CV37 6BB

Archive

Name

Shakespeare Centre Library and Archive

Email
scla@shakespeare.org.uk
Web
https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01789 204016 (bookings)
Fax
01789 262073
Address
Henley Street
Stratford-upon-Avon
CV37 6QW

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