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Release date: 3 September 2014
Running time: 180 minutes
Shakespeare's witty, exuberant romantic comedy of young love, broadcast live from his home town. Valentine and Proteus are best friends who live in Verona. Valentine begs Proteus to join him on a journey to Milan, when he intends to broaden his horizons. But Proteus declines and remains behind in Verona, where he becomes betrothed to Julia. When he eventually joins Valentine in Milan, he finds his friend has fallen in love with the Duke's daughter, Silvia. But the Duke disapproves of their romance and keeps Silvia locked away. As soon as he sees the lovely Silvia, Proteus is instantly smitten too. Their friendship swiftly forgotten, the two young men become bitter rivals for her affections. After Julia arrives in disguise to join her lover, the quartet embark on a wild chase through the woods! Simon Goodwin makes his RSC debut to direct Shakespeare's lively, infrequently performed and very early romantic comedy.
Original title: RSC Live: The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Age restrictions: 12A