Trevor Nunn to Direct Two Gentlemen of Verona for Drama School

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Three-time Tony Award-winning director Trevor Nunn is to direct Shakespeare's Two Gentlemen of Verona for the first time — and for the first time, too, he will direct at a London drama school.

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Working with the final year BA acting students at West London's Arts Educational Schools (ArtsEd), the production will begin performances April 30 for a run through May 12 in the school's Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Theatre.

In a press statement, Nunn, who is a former artistic director of both the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre, commented, "I have enjoyed working with students before, and as a Patron of ArtsEd and an enthusiastic follower of the work produced by the school, I am delighted to be offering practical rather than just nominal support. But there is something that makes doing this project here particularly appropriate. You see, I think the Two Gentlemen of Verona is Shakespeare’s play about adolescence, about teenage love and growing sexual awareness. So I have been looking to find a situation where that interpretive take on the play can be fully explored. Here it is."

Jane Harrison, principal of ArtsEd, added, "We are thrilled that Trevor has agreed to work with us. Our final year BA Acting Students are on the cusp of completing their training and joining the industry. They will benefit enormously from the opportunity to work with such an experienced, versatile and highly regarded Director. It is a privilege to have him on board."

The production is double cast, with each cast having the same status. Philip Tomlin, who will play the role of Launce, commented, "My training here at ArtsEd has been a brilliant experience, preparing me to work on stage, screen and film, but I never dreamt I’d have the chance to work with one of the true greats before I've even graduated. My fellow students and I are excited and nervous, but delighted to have the chance to work with a director of this calibre and learn so much. This is a dream come true."

The production will be designed by regular RSC designer Naomi Dawson, with lighting by Richard Godlin, sound by Fergus Mount, and Ed Hulme, who is an acting tutor at ArstEd, as assistant director. 
 The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Theatre is at ArtsEd, 14 Bath Road, Chiswick, London W41LY. The nearest tube is Turnham Green on the District Line. To book tickets, which go on sale Feb. 27, contact the box office on 0845 504 6456, or visit www.artsed.co.uk.

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