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Shakespeare's comment on friendship, love, constancy and fickleness, this timeless romantic comedy takes us from the controlled world of Verona and Milan to the wildness of the forest where, it seems, anything can happen. This acclaimed new production, set in modern-day Italy, was captured live at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon.
“An ebullient comedy of youthful love.” – Evening Standard
“Simon Godwin's lively, modern-dress staging is remarkably engaging, amusing and disquieting.” – The Times
“Has a winning comic fizz to complement its dark side … works a treat in Simon Godwin's new production, set in modern Italy, with a dolce vita buzz of scooters, nightclubs and open air cafes' ” – Daily Telegraph
Valentine (Michael Marcus, The Invisible Woman) and Proteus (Mark Arends, Pride and Prejudice) are best friends until they both fall in love with the Duke's daughter Silvia. But Proteus is already sworn to his sweetheart Julia at home in Verona, and the Duke thinks Valentine is not good enough for his Silvia. With friendship forgotten, the rivals' affections quickly get out of hand as the four young lovers find themselves on a wild chase through the woods, confused by mistaken identity and threatened by fierce outlaws before they find a path to reconciliation. Simon Godwin makes his RSC debut to direct Shakespeare's exuberant romantic comedy. Godwin is Associate Director of the Royal Court. His production of Strange Interlude recently played to critical acclaim at the National Theatre. (Running time: 145 mins., plus one intermission, Not Rated) Digital