Plays Directory : Two Gentlemen of Verona

The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    William Shakespeare
  • Overview
    Valentine and Proteus, the eponymous gentlemen of the title are, and have been best friends for many years. The play opens with Valentine departing for the court of the Duke of Milan. proteus does not accompany him as his love for Julia keeps him at home. Arriving at the court, Valentine meets and falls in love with Silvia, the Duke's daughter. Meanwhile Antonio, Proteus' father, instructs his son to go to the court as well. This Valentine does; he reluctantly bids farewell to Julia, they exchange rings and he vows fidelity. On arriving at the court, however, he too meets Silvia, and falls in love with her. Such is his infatuation, that he betrays her and Valentine to the Duke; revealing their secret plan of elopement. As a consequence, Valentine is banished and the Duke chooses the vain, idiotic Thurio as a suitor for her hand. While this is happening, Julia, lovesick for Proteus, decides to follow him to the court, and disguises herself as a boy for the purpose. In this guise, she witnesses her lover serenading Silvia, who rebuffs him. Elsewhere, the exiled Valentine and his servant, Speed, are captured in the forest by outlaws; however, when they discover Valentine is an educated gentleman, they elect him as their captain. Enlisting the help of the noble Eglamour, Silvia escapes the court to track down Valentine; She is pursued by the Duke, Thurio, Proteus and the still disguised Julia. The latter two find Silvia. Proteus again presses his suit, and is again rebuffed, whereupon, he attempts to rape Silvia. Before he can do this, Valentine arrives to stop him, berating him for his behaviour. Proteus, contrite, repents and Valentine is so moved that he offers him Silvia; this causes Julia to faint. Coming to, she reveals her real identity and Proteus falls in love with her again. At this point, the Duke and Thurio arrive. Valentine offers to fight Thurio for Silvia, and Thrio quickly relinquishes his interest in her. The Duke pardons Valentine and gives him his daughter's hand in marriage. The above is the main storyline, but it is augmented by the sub plot antics of the clowns, Speed and Launce whose comic banter provides relief and enlivens the proceedings. Launce, in particular, has become a notable character in the Shakespearean canon, being accompanied, as he is, by his dog, Crab. He soliloquises amusingly on the dog's unsentimental nature and on it's disgusting habits.

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7 known characters

5 known roles

Connected mandy members:

Wilbert Turner III
2019, Dramaturg
Jonathan Youl
2019, Proteus
The Dell
Grace Darling
2019, Eglamour/ Outlaw
The Matchstick Piehouse
Isabella Giampaolo
2019, Silvia
Kerrie Thirlwell
2019, Silvia, Panthino
Douglas Peerless
2019, Valentine
Camosun College & Saxe Point
Brandon Dodsworth
2019, Valentine
RSC Dell
Stephanie Simpson
2019, Lucetta
The Patricia Yardley
Bradley Mark Thomas
2019, Launce
Katy Ross
Katy Ross
Assistant Stage Manager
2018, Assistant Stage Manager
Sainsbury Theatre
Sally Jane Galvin
Sally Jane Galvin
Costume Designer
2018, Wardrobe Assistant
Simon Pennicott
2018, Launce
Highdown Gardens
Katherine M Tucker
2018, Julia
The American Academy West Theatre
Alexandra Parker
2018, Julia
Highdown Gardens, Worthing
Mia Stubbings
Mia Stubbings
Assistant Stage Manager
2018, DSM
Sainsbury Theatre, LAMDA
Sophie Jean Harper
2018, Sylvia
Lisa Martin
Lisa Martin
Prop Maker
2018, ASM/Props
Vanbrugh theatre
Alyssa Donahue
2018, Empress
Vittorio Parri
2018, Host
Lesley Asamoah
2018, Outlaw Two
The Edric Theatre

Alternative Names

the Two Gentleman of Verona, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Two Gentleman of Verona