Thu 18 May - Sat 20 May
Time: 7.30pm, Saturday matinee 2.30pm
Running Time: 2 hours 45 mins (including interval)
Venue: Main House
Ticket Information: £28 - £14
Booking Fee: £1.50 transaction fee per booking
Warning: Pre-show talk 19th May at 7pm
Producer: The Watermill Theatre
Writer: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Paul Hart
Designed by: Katie Lias
Lighting Designed by: Tom White
Sound Designed by: David Gregory
Movement by: Tom Jackson Greaves
Musical Direction by: Ned Rudkins-Stow
Music Associate: Johnny Flynn
Cast: Victoria Blunt, Peter Dukes, Aruhan Galieva, Rebecca Lee, Emma McDonald, Offue Okegbe, Lauryn Redding, Jamie Satterthwaite, Mike Slader, Stuart Wilde
“If music be the food of love…”
Reimagined in the 1920s where prohibition is rife and Europe is still reeling in the wake of war, this brand new production bursts to life. Fuelled by a scintillating selection of energetic jazz music, an outstanding new ensemble of actors come together to create a dizzying and beautiful version of Shakespeare’s perfect play. The radical spirit of Duke Ellington, Django Reinhardt, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong is fused with an innovative approach to staging and actor-musicianship to tell this timeless story.
Bohemian, outlandish, isolated: Illyria is a land where everyone has lost something and they will use any means to survive. Viola is washed ashore, compelled to survive in a mysterious ethereal land. She disguises herself as Cesario to serve the solitary Duke Orsino. What follows is a tale of mistaken identities, seduction and transformation, leading to a complex love triangle and the potential destruction of all propriety.
The Watermill Theatre has become known around the world for its bold, ensemble driven approach to presenting Shakespeare. Previous productions have toured internationally from Buenos Aries to Singapore, New York to China and from Bangladesh to Japan. In its fiftieth anniversary year, The Watermill Theatre celebrate this rich history by presenting a brand new production of a play that balances comedy, romance and tragedy in equal measure.
Performance dates: 18 May (7.30pm), 19 May (7.30pm), 20 May (2.30pm). Book tickets to both Twelfth Night and Romeo + Juliet and receive £5 off the total.
Pre-show talk by Professor Judith Buchanan (7pm, Fri 19th May)
Check out the education pack HERE.
Part of York International Shakespeare Festival