Aug 25, 2017
"Love me / Not your idea of me! / Release me / From your fantasy."
- Silvia in the 1971 rock musical 'Two Gentlemen of Verona'
We explore the critical and popular history of 'The Two Gentlemen of Verona' from the Elizabethan age to the 1970s counter-culture, by way of light opera, Machiavelli, and the British Invasion!
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00:00 The play in Shakespeare's time
18:40 A critical history
40:05 Some literary moments
44:03 A stage history
1:07:23 Staging the final scene
1:13:48 Two Gentlemen: The Musical
1:22:36 A screen history
1:28:04 Music and art
David Bergeron, "Wherefore Verona in ‘The Two Gentlemen of Verona’?", Comparative Drama vol. 41 (JSTOR access required)
Viola (Gwyneth Paltrow) and the Nurse (Imelda Staunton) discussing the play in Shakespeare in Love
Elizabeth Rivlin, "Mimetic Service in The Two Gentlemen of Verona", ELH vol. 72 (Project Muse access required)
W.E. Stephenson, "The Adolescent Dream-World of the Two Gentlemen of Verona", Shakespeare Quarterly vol. 17 (JSTOR access required)
Charles and Mary Lamb, Tales from Shakespeare, 1807
Henry Rowley Bishop's gorgeous music for Frederick Reynolds’ 1821 operatic version
Stanley Wells’ 'Shakespeare For All Time', since I’m going to quote this super legend so often
Nino Rota's "Love theme from Romeo and Juliet"
C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective performing Jaakko Mäntyjärvi's Who is Sylvia from More Shakespeare Songs (1997)
The 1971 rock musical with Raúl Julia (Proteus), Jonelle Allen (Sylvia), Clifton Davis (Valentine), Diana Davila (Julia), Sheila Gibbs, Signa Joy, Kenneth Lowry, Sakinah Mahammud (Quartet)