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TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA at RSC

September 7, 2014
TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA at the RSC in Stratford Upon Avon is apparently one Shakespeare’s earlier plays and has not been performed by the RSC for 45 years. I can see why! This is a really difficult task because so much of the plot has been reworked to much better effect in later plays such as the often performed classics “Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Twelfth Night”.

However if you get past the clunky nature of the play with too many long speeches and not enough action there are some moments of inspired staging.Great music and design giving some depth to an otherwise rather light affair.The cast all seemed to be very young which didn’t really help that feeling I had of “inexperience”.

If you live locally and you haven’t seen this play why not but I certainly wouldn’t make a trip specially. I am sorry to say this is another production to add to the growing list of very underwhelming performances that seem to typify the residency of Gregory Doran as Artistic Director at the RSC.

 
Photo: TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA at the RSC in Stratford Upon Avon is apparently one Shakespeare's  earlier plays and has not been performed by the RSC for 45 years. I can see why! This is a really difficult task because so much of the plot has been reworked to much better effect in later plays such as the often performed classics "Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Twelfth Night".

However if you get past the clunky nature of the play with too many long speeches and not enough action there are some moments of inspired staging.Great music and design giving some depth to an otherwise rather light affair.The cast all seemed to be very young which didn't really help that feeling I had of "inexperience". 

If you live locally and you haven't seen this play why not but I certainly wouldn't make a trip specially. I am sorry to say this is another production to add to the growing list of very underwhelming performances that seem to typify the residency of Gregory Doran as Artistic Director at the RSC.

 

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