Two Gentlemen of Verona by William Shakespeare
18 to 23 March 2024

Evenings at 7:45pm.
2:30pm matinee on Saturday 23 March.

The plot: Proteus, head over heels in love with Julia, is reluctant to leave Verona. Meanwhile, his best friend, Valentine is intent on improving himself through travel and adventure and leaves for Milan without Proteus. The two friends are quickly reunited when Proteus is forced to go to the Duke’s court in Milan under his father’s orders. There they both fall deeply in love with the Duke’s daughter, Silvia. Despite having already promised himself to Julia, Proteus vows to take Silvia for himself. Blinded by his love for Silvia, Proteus sets out to destroy his relationships with Valentine and Julia. Julia arrives to Milan under the disguise of a man named Sebastian to confront Proteus herself. Using the ploy of disguises, true love prevails and the friends are reconciled.

To add to the fun, we’ve updated things by a fair few centuries and added a few songs, a live band and laid in a stock of Pedigree Chum for Crab the dog.

Photo from left: Jamie King (as Valentine), Jess Trimble (as Silvia) and Steve Berrington (as Proteus).


Valentine – Young man living in VeronaJamie King
Proteus – his closest friendSteve Berrington
Silvia – In love with ValentineJess Trimble
Julia – In love with ProteusEmma Crosbie
Duke of Milan – Silvia’s fatherDavid Reynolds
Antonio – Proteus’ father/OutlawFred Donnan
Thurio – rival to Valentine for SilviaSimon Caporn
Eglamour – aids in Silvia’s escapeJohn Jones
Speed – servant to ValentineSteve Williamson
Lance – servant to ProteusPaul Lewis
Panthino – servant to Antonio/OutlawMatthew Smith
Lucetta – Julia’s waiting woman/OutlawJane Hyde
HostessBelinda Coghlan
Café PianistAlex Pollard
ChanteuseEilidh Pollard


This play is sponsored by: Dan’s DIY (173 Moor Lane)Local Hardware and DIY store


DirectorsCelia Bonner, Mike Rogerson
Stage ManagerAl Fowkes
PromptDiana Boswell
PropsAl and Fenella Fowkes
ASMChristine Unwin
Set DesignPaula Keen
LightingBruce Williams
SoundJohn Coghlan
WardrobeDi James, Pat Barrow, Jo Everett, Jacque Bilsborough
Rehearsal photographsChris Hills
Ticket secretaryDenise Soussi
House Manager
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