Two worlds collide in Shakespeare's lyrical Twelfth Night. Olivia's melancholic, puritanical household clashes head on with Sir Toby Belch's insatiable appetite for drunken debauchery. Orsino's relentless pursuit of Olivia and Malvolio, her steward's extraordinary transformation typify the madness of love in Illyria, a land of make-believe and illusion, mistaken identity and a ridiculous pair of yellow stockings! You wouldn't be the first if you struggled to keep up with many love triangles in this enormously funny, fast-paced production of Shakespeare's much-loved comedy. Dynamic narrative, witty invention and bursts of music results in a joyous celebration. This is undoubtedly one of the freshest and most acclaimed Shakespeare productions of recent years and was originally performed in the Royal Shakespeare Company's 2006 Complete Works Festival.
- Sean Holmes