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Shakespeare in Performance: Film

The Two Gentlemen of Verona (1983, Don Taylor)

TitleThe Two Gentlemen of Verona
Release LocationsGB
DirectorDon Taylor
MediumColor video
Length2 hrs, 15 mins
Audiencecollege and university
general public
high school
Play ConnectionsThe Two Gentlemen of Verona (interpretation)
SeriesThe Shakespeare Plays


Director Don Taylor saw the 'contemporaneousness' of the play as the single most formidable obstacle to presenting it to twentieth-century audiences (Fenwick, q.v., below). The fashions of Shakespeare's time, particularly the vogue for the 'Italianate,' are hardly the central concerns of modern youths who worship, or at least are professed by the media to worship, rock video, T-shirts, jeans, and Michael Jackson. The social currency of young people in Shakespeare's day dealt in the coinage of the courtly/pastoral tradition: sonnets, bracelets of bright hair about the bone, and shepherdesses. These are lost discourses that must be accommodated to modern audiences. Despite all this surface cynicism, however, the anxieties of the play's youthful lovers will be recognized by many (KSR)

Description from Shakespeare on Screen : an International Filmography and Videography by Kenneth S. Rothwell and Annabelle Henkin Melzer. ©1990 Kenneth S. Rothwell. Cited by permission. — Added 2008-11-14

Cast Overview

Duke Of MilanPaul Daneman
ValentineJohn Hudson
ProteusTyler Butterworth
AntonioMichael Byrne
ThurioDavid Collings
Sir EglamourFrank Barrie
HostMichael Cox
Second OutlawJohn Baxter
Third OutlawAndrew Burt
First OutlawAdam Kurakin
SpeedNicholas Kaby
LaunceTony Haygarth
PanthinoJohn Woodnutt
JuliaTessa Peake-Jones
SilviaJoanne Pearce
LucettaHetta Charnley
ServantDaniel Flynn
CastBill Badley
CastTom Finucane
LutenistsRobin Jeffrey
CastCharlotte Richardson
CupidsJonathan Taylor

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorDon Taylor
ProducerShaun Sutton
ComposerAnthony Rooley
Adaptor/TranslatorDavid Snodin
Production ManagerBrian Morgan
CostumesDinah Collin
MakeupElizabeth Moss
LightingSam Barclay
SoundRay Angel
ProductionBarbara Gosnold

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell