This hilarious story of romance and rivalry is thought to be Shakespeare's first play – written before he moved to London.
Valentine and Proteus leave their home of Verona for Milan with very different aims: Valentine wishes to see the world while Proteus longs to return home to his sweetheart Julia. But when the two young men meet Silvia, daughter of the Duke, their friendship turns to a deadly rivalry ...
The Two Gentlemen of Verona is now thought to be Shakespeare’s first comedy, possibly written as early as 1590, before he moved to London. Most people know it for the song ‘Who is Silvia?’, so beautifully set to music by Franz Schubert, and the dog, Crab, who steals the scene from the much put-upon servant Lance.
Published by Oxford University Press and bound in hardback buckram by The Folio Society, The Oxford Shakespeare series offers authoritative editions of Shakespeare’s plays. The early printings have been scrupulously re-examined and interpreted by eminent scholars, who also provide introductory essays covering all relevant background information, together with an appraisal of critical views and of the plays in performance. The exhaustive commentaries pay particular attention to language and staging. Reprints of sources, music for songs, genealogical tables and maps are included where necessary; many of the volumes are illustrated, and all contain an index.
Each book has an individual editor, with the whole series overseen by Stanley Wells.
Roger Warren is also the editor of the Oxford Shakespeare editions of Cymbeline, Pericles, Henry VI Part 2 and (with Stanley Wells) Twelfth Night in Oxford World's Classics. He works extensively in the professional theatre, often in collaboration with Peter Hall.
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