Shakespeare's Globe

The Two Gentlemen of Verona [2012]

Written by: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Arne Pohlmeier
Translated by: Noel Marerwa

Part of the 2012 Globe to Globe Festival.

Performed in Shona by Two Gents Productions, from Harare, Zimbabwe.

A two-man Zimbabwean riot of love, friendship and betrayal. From Verona to Milan, via Harare and Bulawayo, two great friends, Valentine and Proteus, vie for the love of the same woman. In a triumphantly energetic 'township' style, Denton Chikura and Tonderai Munyevu slip into all of the play's 15 characters, from amorous suitors to sullen daughters, depressed servants and even a dog - in this new, specially commissioned translation.


Valentine and Proteus, two firm friends from Verona, find their relationship put to the test when they both fall in love with the same woman. When Proteus is sent by his father away from Verona and the woman he loves, he finds himself falling for Valentine’s beloved, Silvia. Both men forget their friendship and wrangle for her affection, but, after a series of mishaps and mistaken identities, the two couples are reunited and reconciled in marriage.

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