The introduction explores the lyrical language with which Shakespeare dramatises competing kinds of love, performance history and explains language, word-play and staging. Set in a romantic Italian world in which Valentino and Proteus are rivals for the hand of Silvia, get banished to the forest (accompanied by a disguised, doting Julia, who has her eyes on Proteus)... there is a lot of confusion, a near-rape, and, as it is a comedy, it finishes with a wedding. From OUP.
The Oxford Shakespeare offers authoritative texts from leading scholars in editions designed to interpret and illuminate the plays for modern readers. The Two Gentlemen of Verona is believed to be Shakespeare's earliest surviving play. A wide-ranging introduction explores the lyrical language with which Shakespeare dramatizes competing kinds of love. On-page commentary and notes explain language, word-play, and staging. This is the only edition to provide a setting of the song 'Who is Silvia?', taken from an Elizabethan source. Illustrated with production photographs and related art, this is the only edition to provide a complete text for performance.