Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 October & 4, 5, 6 November
Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm
The Drill Hall Theatre Company presents
Not quite Shakespeare’s TWELFTH NIGHT
a Rock & Roll Musical with Circus Interludes featuring an All-Female Cast.
It’s over 400 years since Shakespeare wrote this play which turned out to be his farewell to pure comedy. After TWELFTH NIGHT his comedies have a darker element that may have been influenced by the death of his son Hamnet, the many deaths caused by the plague, advancing age or the perfection of his tragedies. Luckily for us he celebrated the Elizabethan dolce vita with a romantic comedy that balances the gaiety and boisterousness of the drunken carousing of Sir Toby Belch with the pathos of unrequited love and the pomposity and self-deception of Malvolio and Sir Andrew Aguecheek. The twelfth night after Christmas was an Elizabethan festival on which the close of the Christmas / New Year season was celebrated and it was the night when this brilliant comedy was first performed. It conjures a carnival world of mistaken identity and gender confusion infused with the poetic genius of its creator.
In Director, Mike Russo’s words, “It seems more appropriate to me to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of our greatest poet with a rollicking comedy rather than a tragedy and TWELFTH NIGHT is one of our greatest comedies. I’ve edited the script to make it more accessible and to enliven the celebration even more. I have set our production in the 1950’s and included eight songs played by a live band and four circus interludes. In Shakespeare’s day, only males were allowed to perform on stage which led to young men playing women who sometimes pretended to be young men. I decided that, after 400 years, it was time to experiment with the alternative and chose an all-female cast. I’m delighted to report that the experiment has been a great success.
We’ve had a lot of fun working on TWELFTH NIGHT and look forward to presenting it to you.”