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The Two Gentlemen of Verona Resources


Read the Play Online

What? You left your copy of the play in your locker? Read it online, compliments of MIT.

Folger Shakespeare Library

This is one of the greatest Shakespeare resources around.

Movie or TV Productions

1983 BBC TV Production

The film features lots of great period music and a stunning Italian setting. It's also likely to be the version your teacher shows in class.

Shakespeare in Love, 1998

This movie borrows a whole lot from Two Gentlemen of Verona and it's a must see for anyone who has read the play or just loves Shakespeare.

"Two Gentlemen of Capeside" (Dawson's Creek)

If you're into Dawson's Creek reruns, then you might remember how best buds Dawson and Pacey fought over Joey (Katie Holmes) in Season 4. "Two Gentlemen of Capeside" is a loose adaptation of Shakespeare's play, which Dawson and Joey are studying at the beginning of the episode. You can read the script here.

A Spray of Plum Blossoms (Yi jian mei), 1931

This silent Chinese film is considered a loose adaptation of Two Gentlemen of Verona.

Love Shakespeare and German Language? This is the flick for you.

Zwei Herren aus Verona ("Two Gentlemen of Verona") is a 1964 TV production of the play.

Historical Documents

First Folio Edition of Two Gentlemen of Verona (1623)
Read the first published version of the play – The Online Library of Liberty has made it available as an image-based PDF file.


Valentine's "What light is light" Speech

This clip from Shakespeare in Love features Viola (played by Gwyneth Paltrow) cross-dressing as a boy to audition for Shakespeare's new play. She recites Valentine's famous "What light is light, if Silvia be not seen?" speech from Act 3, Scene 1 of Two Gentlemen of Verona. The speech begins about three and a half minutes into this clip.

Two Gentlemen Go To…Broadway

Watch a clip from a musical adaptation of Shakespeare's Two Gentlemen of Verona.

Doggie Auditions for the Part of "Crab"

We don't know if Shakespeare used a real dog to play the part of "Crab" on stage, but most modern productions of the play use a live animal. Check out this clip, where dogs audition for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival's production of Two Gentlemen.


Got Two Minutes?

Listen to Speed and Proteus argue about whether or not Speed is a "sheep" (1.1). (Hint: click "Hear Sample.")

"Would Life Be Better if We All Spoke Shakespeare?"

Listen to this NPR podcast about how we incorporate Shakespeare into our everyday conversations without even knowing it. Includes an interview with one of our very favorite scholars, Gail Kern Paster.


Great Artwork Inspired By the Play

Check out some of the artwork (with commentary) inspired by Two Gentlemen.

Proteus and Valentine

This image captures Proteus and Valentine's reluctant goodbye in Act 1, Scene 1.

Salvador Dali's Two Gentlemen of Verona

Dali completed several Shakespeare inspired etchings (c. 1971).

"Lance's Substitute for Proteus's Dog" (1849)

This oil painting is on display at the Leicestershire Museum and Art Gallery.

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