Proteus played by Dharmesh Patel
The Two Gentlemen of Verona (2016)
Written by: William Shakespeare
Dharmesh trained at Hope Street LTD.
Previous work for Shakespeare’s Globe includes: The Tempest and Cymbeline.
Other theatre includes: East is East (National Tour); Fever Dream Southside (Citizens Theatre); Albion (Bush Theatre); England Away (National Tour); Too Clever By Half (Manchester Exchange); The Snow Queen (Trestle Theatre); King Lear, Hamlet, Comedy of Errors, As you Like It, Romeo and Juliet, American Trade, The Grain Store, Mort Arthur (RSC); Happy and Married? (Freedom Studios); Satyagraha (Improbable/ENO/New York); Beauty and the Beast (Lyric, Hammersmith); Coast (Contact/Manchester); Too Close to Home (Lyric, Hammersmith/Tour); Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Octagon, Bolton); Slow Time (National Theatre); Silent Cry (Red Ladder Theatre Co.), and The Happy Prince (Leicester Haymarket Theatre).
Film includes: Here and Now and Common People.
Television includes: Casualty, Doctors, and Ray’s Daze.
"When Adam broke his ribs, that night we had a production and it took four people to replace him on stage! It was the choreographer, Jim, Nick and Nat who played the bass. It was great to see the unsung heroes on stage. It felt like for the first time what should happen: everyone, cast, crew and creative, got to come out and take a bow."
As performances close in the SWP and the cast prepares to move onto their final leg, Dharmesh talks about his favourite moments from the production, including when things go right, when things go wrong, and the 'unsung heroes' who are there if things do go wrong!
"Slowly what's happened is I've changed Proteus. I used to have a lot of moments with the audience where I used to wink and smile at them. And for the SWP, what we've done is we've taken it all out and I've tried to take it in a very different direction. Because it's just an intimate space that you don't need those winks and nudges, that they see it."
Back in London for the SWP run, Dharmesh discusses reinvention in Shakespeare, be it of character, plot or direction.
"The very basic thing of where theatre stems from is storytelling which is what we do and that is for everyone around the world, no matter what age, where you're from, your colour. We can't lose that, because it's what makes my city London such a beautiful vibrant place. And it's a sad thing to see."
As the company returns home after a 5 month tour, Dharmesh reflects on the international leg of the tour, the vocal challenges of playing different spaces, and looks forward to the future of theatre.
"Recently, they've really started to hate Proteus. When I was walking off stage, a guy just turned to me and went, 'Booo!' And I kind of thought, 'Just don't respond! Just keep walking, just keep walking!'"
Recorded during the Brighton leg of the tour, Dharmesh talks about how audiences have responded to the play, the theme of love, and reinventing Shakespeare.