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The Two Gentleman of Verona

The Two Gentleman of Verona

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  • Thu 25 Oct ’18, 7:30pm
  • Fri 26 Oct ’18, 7:30pm
  • Sat 27 Oct ’18, 7:30pm
  • Sun 28 Oct ’18, 4:00pm
  • Tue 30 Oct ’18, 1:15pm
  • Tue 30 Oct ’18, 7:30pm
  • Wed 31 Oct ’18, 7:30pm
  • Thu 1 Nov ’18, 1:15pm
  • Thu 1 Nov ’18, 7:30pm
  • Fri 2 Nov ’18, 1:15pm
  • Fri 2 Nov ’18, 7:30pm
  • Sat 3 Nov ’18, 7:30pm
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Te Whaea: National Dance and Drama Centre, 11 Hutchison Road, Newtown, Wellington


All Ages

Friendship, love and loyalty are put to the test in The Two Gentlemen of Verona, one of Shakespeare’s earliest plays.

Valentine and Proteus are best friends – that is, until they leave their hometown in search of adventure in the big city of Milan. Their friendship is put to the ultimate test as they fall in love with the same woman, the Duchess’s daughter Silvia. And to add a further complication, Proteus is already engaged to his girlfriend Julia back home.

Through a series of twists and betrayals, a case of mistaken identity, a dog who threatens to steal the show, and a challenge from the mysterious rebels – the so‐called ‘outlaws of love’ – will these four young lovers ever be able find a way out of this mess?

Director Jacqueline Coats, and designer Tony de Goldi have chosen 1920s Italy as the setting for this new production for the second‐year acting students, third‐year designers, first and second‐year costumiers, first‐year set & props makers and managers from all three years at Toi Whakaari.

This dynamic and prosperous era, sometimes called the ‘Golden Age’, emerged from the horrors and poverty of World War One. Young people revelled in their new‐found freedom, eager for travel and new adventures.

However, it was also a time when militant strike activity by industrial workers reached its peak in Italy (known as the ‘Red Years’). For these reasons, it is not only a perfect background for the adventures and misadventures of the young lovers of The Gentlemen of Verona, but also for the group of outlaws who challenge the established hierarchy of this society and help bring the play to its climax.

Last presented in Wellington by Summer Shakespeare in 1993, this is unique change for local audiences to enjoy this rarely performed comedy.

“Love, and a bit with a dog. That’s what they want.” - Shakespeare in Love (1998)

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