THEATRE / The Two Gentlemen of Verona - Barbican Theatre
Tuesday 20 October 1992
In David Thacker's production, though, you would have forgiven him anything. This is a riot of a show - PG Wodehouse meets Dennis Potter, with Thirties songs and all-leather luggage, outstretched arms met by courtly kisses, comic freneticism interspersed with languishing airs. It moves swiftly and it's tightly performed: Richard Bonneville is big and bluff as Valentine; Josette Bushell-Mingo endows Silvia's moral superiority with touching fragility; and Claire Holman is tough and heart-rending by turns as the abandoned Julia. At only one point, as her shoulders gently shook with suppressed unhappiness, did you wish that she was in love with another man.
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