Casting has been announced for Simon Godwin’s production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona which opens in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon this July before being broadcast live into cinemas worldwide, streamed into schools and transferring to Newcastle Theatre Royal.
Simon Godwin, associate director of the Royal Court, makes his RSC debut to direct Shakespeare’s exuberant romantic comedy.
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 to cinema screens on September 3 as part of the Live From Stratford-upon-Avon initiative.
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 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.
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.