Two Gentlemen in the Roaring Twenties

CELEBRATING  their 90th anniversary, Taunton Thespians have chosen Shakes­peare’s comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona for the summer tour, this year from 10th to 21st July.

Director Alison Haines has set the play in 1928 to mark the occasion, offering the audience a party full of flappers, jazz and decadence. The high octane, high energy production even boasts the Bard’s most famous dog, Crab.

It’s all about two young men, firm friends, both in love, and how their beloved disguises herself as a man, is captured by bandits and after more fun and games, it all comes out right in the end.

Proteus  and Valentine are played by  Ben Jordan and Ben Williamson, with Iona Davis at Julia and Lindsey Cran as Silvia. The cast also includes Karen Bolton, Andy Busby, Tim Knowles, Peter Meredith, Des Pollard, Rob Smith and  Maat Ward with outlaws Michael Gilbert, Joe Greenslade, Dave Levi and Pauline Tilley.

Crab is played by Mavis.

See the Taunton Thespians production on Tuesday 17th July at Wellington School, Dill­ington House near Ilminster on Wednes­day 18th, Muchelney Abbey on Thursday 19th and Queen’s College at Taunton on Friday 20th, with a final performance on Saturday 21st July at Hartwood House, Crowcombe Heathfield, in aid of SSAFA.

For more information,visit the website,   www.tauntonthespians.org.uk or contact the venues.