'O heaven, were man but constant, he were perfect.'
Part of the 2012 Globe to Globe Festival.
A two-man Zimbabwean riot of love, friendship and betrayal. From Verona to Milan, via Harare and Bulawayo, two great friends, Valentine and Proteus, vie for the love of the same woman. In a triumphantly energetic 'township' style, Denton Chikura and Tonderai Munyevu slip into all of the play's 15 characters, from amorous suitors to sullen daughters, depressed servants and even a dog - in this new, specially commissioned translation.
Valentine and Proteus, two firm friends from Verona, find their relationship put to the test when they both fall in love with the same woman. When Proteus's father sends him away from Verona and the woman he loves, he finds himself falling for Valentine’s beloved, Silvia. Both men forget their friendship and wrangle for her affection, but, after a series of mishaps and mistaken identities, the two couples are reunited and reconciled in marriage.
Running time: 113 mins
The Winter's Tale Live From Shakespeare's Globe
Thursday 4 October, 7.15pm
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What you have to say
Yvonne Hewett Yvonne Hewett
They were so good, despite the downpour. Thanks, guys!
Alix Dunmore @AlixFitzDunmore
Loved Two Gentlmen of Verona in Shona last night - bloody fantastic. Who needs to speak the language?
Andrew Venning @AndrewVenning
The Shona Two Gentlemen of Verona became a laugh-filled showcase for the @twogents performance style.
Emma Butler @E_J_Butler
Ellie Cowan @Ellabelle87
Two Gentlemen's performance of 'Two Gentlemen of Verona' in Shona was just magical for me. How did two actors do all those roles and make sure that you just couldn't stop watching, marvelling... and laughing... How wonderful it is that Shakespeare's plays lend themselves to a stageful of actors or two actors and a stage.