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:

Jonathan Youl
2019, Proteus
The Dell
Suzy Kohane
Suzy Kohane
Actor
2017, Proteus
Yik Sau Chung
2017, Proteus
Ben Ayers
Ben Ayers
Voice Over: English
2017, Proteus
Justy Kosek
Justy Kosek
Actor
2017, Proteus
Alabama Shakespeare Festival
Tom Hendry
Tom Hendry
Actor
2017, Proteus
The Avenue Theatre
Ben Ayers
Ben Ayers
Actor
2016, Proteus
Ellen Terry Theatre
Joe Sefton
Joe Sefton
Actor
2016, Proteus
Connor Lee Dye
2016, Proteus
Sackville Gardeb
Howard Perret
2015, Proteus
David Hannington
2015, Proteus
Lauren Hardcastle
2015, Proteus
LAMDA
David Ellis
David Ellis
Actor
2014, Proteus
Underbelly
Leo Garrick
Leo Garrick
Actor
2013, Proteus
Italian Gardens, Bath Spa Univeristy
Scott Loader
Scott Loader
Actor
2013, Proteus
Robinson College Gardens
Matt Boland
Matt Boland
Actor
2013, Proteus
Italian Gardens, Bath Spa University
Oliver Blagden
2012, Proteus
Charlie Russell
2012, Proteus
Mary Tynan
Mary Tynan
Actor
2012, Proteus (Lead)
The Attic Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
Richard Blackman
2012, Proteus
Birmingham School of Acting

Alternative Names

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