Buy Tickets From the 2015-2016 Season: Two Gentlemen of Verona Playing May 14, 2016 to May 29, 2016

$15 General Admission Preview May 12
$20 General Admission Preview May 13

Mandi Lee Rushing, Adam King, Stephen Ruffin, Sarah Newby Halicks / Photo by Daniel Parvis

Join us for one of Shakespeare's earliest and funniest plays. Watch and laugh as close friends Valentine and Proteus both pursue the Duke of Milan's beautiful daughter, Sylvia. See how Crab, "the sourest-natured dog that lives", provides one of the first examples of the animal stealing the show. Don’t miss this rarely produced comedy.

Join the cast and crew members for a lively Question and Answer session on Sunday May 22 after the show! 

Read the Plot Synopsis

Synopsis for The Two Gentlemen of Verona
-from The Pocket Companion to Shakespeare’s Plays by J.C. Trewin

Valentine, seeking to be “tutor’d in the world,” goes with his servant Speed from Verona to Milan, saying goodbye to his friend Proteus. Presently, Proteus, enamored of Julia (as she is of him), is also ordered by his father to leave for Milan. There Valentine falls in love with the Duke’s daughter, Silvia; when Proteus arrives they tell him that because the Duke prefers a wealthier suitor, Thurio, they propose to elope.

Proteus, himself infatuated with Silvia, informs the Duke, who finds a rope ladder under Valentine’s cloak and banishes him. He becomes leader of a highly selective band of outlaws. Julia, who has followed Proteus disguised as a boy, hears Thurio’s musicians serenading Silvia with “Who is Silvia? What is she,/That all our swains commend her?” Proteus is listening and after Thurio has gone, he proclaims his love, which Silvia scorns, asking Sir Eglamour to conduct her to Valentine. Proteus, taking the disguised Julia (“Sebastian”) as his page, sends a message to Silvia who again rejects him.

The Duke pursues his escaping daughter and is captured by outlaws while she is rescued by Proteus. The watching Valentine attacks his treachery, then for a moment becomes all too magnanimous by giving up Silvia to him. Julia/Sebastian, swooning, reveals herself, the outlaws bring in the Duke who pardons them, and there is a correct pairing-off.

Director's Notes

Directed by Drew Reeves

Show Information


Act One - 80 min / 15 min intermission / Act Two - 45 min (Ending time is approx. 10pm/9pm Sun)

Show Roles

Performances May 14-29, 2016

Valentine - Stephen Ruffin
Proteus - Adam King
Speed - Andrew Houchins*
Julia - Mandi Lee
Lucetta - Rivka Levin*
Antonio - J. Tony Brown*
Panthino - Patrick Galletta
Silvia - Sarah Newby Halicks
Launce - Nicholas Faircloth
Thurio - Kevin Roost
Duke of Milan - Troy Willis*
Host of Julia in Milan - Patrick Galletta
Sir Eglamour - Troy Willis*
Outlaws - Amanda Lindsey, Rivka Levin*, J. Tony Brown*
Ensemble Amanda Lindsey, Kevin Roost, Patrick Galletta, Nicholas Faircloth, Rivka Levin*, Troy Willis*, J. Tony Brown*

Show Times
In general, shows at The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse begin at 7:30pm, except on Sundays, when they begin at 6:30pm.

Bardometer Rating

How difficult is this Shakespearean play to grasp? On a scale of 1 to 10.
What does rating this mean?

You may already know the story and what happens at the end. But even if you don’t, the play is light and the plot is easy to follow. Limited violence, limited bawdiness (see below). There are very few things – historical, religious, or political – that you need to know ahead of time. Just enjoy!

A note about bawdiness in Shakespeare: It exists. Despite what your English teacher taught you, Shakespeare wrote some pretty saucy lines and they pop up from time to time. While there is never any nudity on stage, our actors are trained to make the text clear. If we feel a show contains a plethora of Graphic Elizabethan Poetry (or is very bloody/violent/triggering) we will put that disclaimer in the blurb about the show. It won’t happen often. If this Bardometer lists a play as a 1 or 2, you can rest assured that it is an appropriate show for kids under ten.

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