Richmond Coup For Touring Production Of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
Tuesday - August 2, 2016
The Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond is the only venue north of Liverpool to host the Globe Theatre’s touring production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona, being performed across the UK and Europe this summer.
This riotous interpretation of Shakespeare’s earliest play can be seen at Richmond’s historic theatre from Thursday 1 to Sunday 4 September with four evening performances and two matinees.
Richmond has featured in the Globe Theatre’s touring schedule for the past few years, with sell-out shows including Hamlet, King Lear and last year’s hugely successful Much Ado About Nothing.
Clare Allen, Chief Executive of The Georgian Theatre Royal is confident that this year’s show will be equally popular. “We are delighted to welcome back the Globe Theatre and tickets are already being snapped up by loyal followers of this world-renowned company. Watching a performance by The Globe Theatre is always fabulous but when staged at The Georgian Theatre Royal it becomes truly sublime!”
Directed by Nick Bagnall, The Two Gentlemen of Verona is led by a joyful ensemble of players who will delight with songs, romance and chaos to hurl Shakespeare’s anarchic comedy into the 21st century.
In the play, 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 all will be waited upon – after a fashion – by their servants Speed and Launce and even Launce’s dog, Crab?
Nick Bagnall’s previous productions at Shakespeare’s Globe include Henry VI: Parts I, II and III (2013); The Last Days of Troy (2014); Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (2014); and The Odyssey: Missing, Presumed Dead (2015). The talented cast for The Two Gentlemen of Verona includes: Leah Brotherhead as Julia; Garry Cooper as Duke; Aruhan Galieva as Sylvia; Guy Hughes as Valentine; Amber James as Lucetta; Adam Keast as Speed; Charlotte Mills as Launce; Dharmesh Patel as Proteus and Fred Thomas as Crab the Dog.
Starting on 20 May in Kent, the production will be taking in venues in Oslo, Sweden, Belgrade, Hungary and Denmark before finishing its run in Liverpool and London in October. Performing to sell-out audiences, the show has attracted excellent reviews from audiences and critics alike:
“Energetic and often very funny 1960’s-set Shakespeare that uses period trappings well.” The Stage
“Amazing production, acting, musicianship. Thank you for a brilliant evening.” Sara Wiltshire, audience member from Portsmouth
Tickets cost from £11 to £26 (includes £1 restoration levy) and are available from the Box Office on 01748 825252 or online at www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk. There will be evening shows starting at 7.30pm from 1 to 4 September and additional matinee performances at 2.00pm on 2 and 4 September.