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The Two Gentlemen of Verona (& Sonnet 104)

27 June - 2 July 2023

27 June - 1 July 7:00pm Evenings

1 - 2 July 2:00pm Matinees

An intense ritual of youth. If Shakespeare were alive, he would have come to see this piece.” 


A spirited rebirth of Shakespeare's most neglected play

—London Pub Theatres 

Following a ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ sold out preview performance in April, BO15 Productions Ltd & The Messy Kind Collective are back, producing their newly developed “The Two Gentlemen of Verona & Sonnet 104” for another run this June!

The intimate setting of the Barons Court Theatre is a perfect space and the sound and music by Taylor and Rees, respectively, only make it better.


Welsh creative Evan L. Barker’s new version of the under-cherished drama-comedy presents a bold and surprising hybrid of classical and contemporary text. Creating the modern-day school system; following sixth-form students navigating their way through the social hierarchy; into their adult life. Going between Verona (State Comprehensive), Milan (Private) & Mantua (Military School) Exploring corrupted youth, naive love, friendship & betrayal. With themes of class, loneliness, and abandonment.’

It is the fast-rising/fast-fading affections that Barker embraces by setting the play in the contemporary school system. No more are the characters emotionally immature adults, but naive teenagers bumbling through the first pangs of love.

—London Pub Theatres 


Valentine - Hugo Papiernik 

Proteus - Paul Surel

Julia - Tor Leijten 

Sylvia - Lavinia Grippa 

Lance - Harry Rose 

Lucetta / Thurio - Izzi McCormack-John

Speed / Host - Alun Rees

Duke / Antonio - Gemskii

Fisher (1st Cadet) - Bradley Luckett

Sydney (2nd Cadet) - Rosanna Vikberg 

Papiernik, Rose & Leijten are more than worth the price of admission.

Everything Theatre 

A hilarious portrayal of Lucetta & Thurio- brought to life by Izzi McCormack-John.

London Fringe Theatre Reviews


Adaptation / Director / Producer - Evan L. Barker

Assistant Directors / Producers - Hugo Papiernik, Tor Leijten, Sophie Marsden

Musical Director / Producer - Alun Rees

Movement Director - Bradley Luckett 

Set & Costume Design / Props - Hana Sofia 

Sound Design - Lucas Taylor 

Photography, Videography & Editing - Tristan Sayers

Additional Photo & Video Editing - Paul Surel

Trailer Editing - Izzi McCormack-John 

Marketing - Hugo Papiernik, Evan L. Barker & Paul Surel 

Workshop Collaborator - Iwan Bond

Lighting Design / Tech - Trekessa Austin

WARNING : [16+] 

This production contains the threat and references of sexual violence, bad language and loud noises.

All ticket sales are non-refundable.

In exceptional circumstances, we might be able to exchange your ticket for another performance.

Late entry cannot be guaranteed; Latecomers are admitted at the discretion of the visiting company and show with everyone's best experience in mind.  

If you would like to request an exchange or a refund, please write to

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