Keith Thomas will bring melody to Shakespeare's lyrical and witty text in this 1950s-style retelling of Shakespeare's romantic comedy.
The storyline, with its multiple comic complications, follows a pair of young gentlemen from Verona - Valentine and Proteus - as they journey to Milan. One is eager to experience the world in order to acquire proper manners and learn the sophistication of high society, while the other's father has forced him to separate from the beloved Julia (Sun Mee Chomet) and leave home. Once in the new city, however, both men fall for the duke's daughter Silvia, leading to one's banishment. Heartbreak and hilarity ensue, as sensational plot twists, inescapable identity mix-ups and two clownish servants bring happy conclusion to both young couples' love.