The Two Gentlemen of Verona casting

8 April 2014

CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY'S
THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA

THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA:
Royal Shakespeare Theatre: 12 July – 4 September 2014
Live from Stratford-upon-Avon cinema screening: Wednesday 3 September 2014
Newcastle Theatre Royal: 7 – 11 October 2014


By William Shakespeare
Directed by Simon Godwin


Casting is announced for Simon Godwin's production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona which opens in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon this July with a press night on Tuesday 22 July, before being broadcast live into cinemas worldwide, streamed into schools and transferring to Newcastle Theatre Royal.

Simon Godwin makes his RSC debut to direct Shakespeare's exuberant romantic comedy. Simon is Associate Director of the Royal Court, and he most recently directed Strange Interlude at the National Theatre. The production features Mark Arends as Proteus and Michael Marcus as Valentine. Mark recently appeared in Headlong's 1984, and Michael's credits include playing Henry Tudor in the BBC series The White Queen. Launce is played by Roger Morlidge, who has just finished appearing in the West End transfer of The Full Monty.

This is the first time in 45 years that The Two Gentleman of Verona has been performed in a full production on the Royal Shakespeare Theatre (RST) stage. The production will also be broadcast 'Live from Stratford-upon-Avon' to cinemas in collaboration with Picturehouse Entertainment during the performance in the RST on Wednesday 3 September and simultaneously screened in over 300 cinemas around the country whilst also being available in North America, Australia, Japan and Northern Europe.

The Two Gentlemen of Verona full cast includes: Mark Arends (Proteus); Elliot Barnes-Worrell (Outlaw); Martin Bassindale (Speed); Pearl Chanda (Julia); Nicholas Gerard-Martin (Thurio); Robert Gilbert (Outlaw); Jonny Glynn (The Duke of Milan); Molly Gromadzki (Host/Singer); Youssef Kerkour (Sir Eglamour); Sarah MacRae (Silvia); Michael Marcus (Valentine); Roger Morlidge (Launce); Keith Osborn (Antonio); Leigh Quinn (Lucetta) and Simon Yadoo (Panthino/Outlaw).

The production is designed by Paul Wills with lighting by Bruno Poet. The music is composed by Michael Bruce with sound by Christopher Shutt. The Movement director is Jonathan Goddard.

The Company is also offering another unique opportunity to schools across the UK to experience the production in the classroom with the The Two Gentlemen of Verona being streamed into schools in November 2014. As the first theatre company to broadcast its work to schools the RSC reached over 34,000 students with its opening streaming of Richard II in November 2013 which included a live Q&A hosted by Konnie Huq with David Tennant and Gregory Doran.

This hugely popular initiative is made possible through collaboration with Ravensbourne College. Alongside the webcast, the RSC will create an extensive package of online resources for use by teachers and students in the classroom, both in the lead up to the broadcast and for use as follow up materials afterwards.
Shakespeare teachers' packs including resources from Doran's Richard II are available here: www.rsc.org.uk/education/online-resources/shakespeare-teachers-pack.aspx
 
Notes to Editors

For further information, please contact amy.belson@rsc.org.uk 01789 412622or philippa.harland@rsc.org.uk 0207 845 0512
For press tickets please contact dean.asker@rsc.org.uk 01789 412660
To book tickets call 0844 800 1110 or online at www.rsc.org.uk
 
Press Night: Tuesday 22 July, 7pm

For cinema listings and booking visit onscreen.rsc.org.uk/

Schools wanting to sign up for streaming direct to the classroom should also visit onscreen.rsc.org.uk/
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The RSC Ensemble is generously supported by THE GASTBY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION and THE KOVNER FOUNDATION

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Since its launch in 2010, Picturehouse Entertainment has distributed a diverse range of alternative content to cinemas throughout the UK and internationally. This includes live satellite broadcasts of seasons from world-class arts organisations, such as the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Bolshoi Ballet and the National Theatre, and special one-off events such as Stephen Fry's talk, The Fry Chronicles, and David Bowie is happening now transmitted from the V&A's sell-out exhibition.

Picturehouse Entertainment's recent feature film releases include BAFTA winner The Imposter, Shane Meadows' The Stone Roses: Made of Stone, Ben Wheatley's A Field in England and The Pervert's Guide to Ideology featuring Slavoj Žižek.

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