Twelfth Night was chosen to be performed as our second Shakespeare at the beatiful outside venue, Inn on The Park in July/August 2015. Though the weather wasn't quite as nice as the previous year (one wash out day resulted in us being forced to cancel the show), the audience laughed and cheered along with the action.
Our 1920s inspired production was fun at times; moving at others. The shows were very popular and we look forward to returning again next year to perform A Winter's Tale.
Synopsis - From RSC Shakespeare
Viola and her twin brother Sebastian have been shipwrecked off the coast of Illyria. Each believes that the other has been drowned. Viola disguises herself as a boy and, under the name of Cesario, enters the service of the duke Orsino. The duke sends Cesario to woo the lady Olivia on his behalf, but Olivia falls in love with the lovely 'boy'. Viola/Cesario, meanwhile, has fallen in love with Orsino. Sebastian is saved by the sea captain Antonio and he too arrives in Illyria.
Malvolio, Olivia's steward, disapproves of the other members of her household – her kinsman Sir Toby Belch, his friend Sir Andrew Aguecheek and the jester Feste. Led by the ingenuity of Maria, Olivia's waiting-woman, these three plot Malvolio's downfall.
Olivia meets Sebastian and, mistaking him for Cesario, arranges for them to be secretly married. Further confusion follows upon mistakes as to the identity of the twins. Orsino is furious at the apparent falseness of his page, but, with the eventual meeting of the twins, true identities are revealed and Orsino recognizes his love for Viola.
Cast & Crew
Duke Orsino - Stephen Deaville
Curio/First Officer - Shelley Healy
Valentine/Second Officer - Jake Browning
Viola - Steph Harrison-Barker
Captain - Lesley Cowland
Sir Toby Belch - John Kensett
Maria - Jill Davies
Sir Andrew Aguecheek - Denis Briggs
Feste - Suzie Drake
Olivia - Steph Cotter
Servant - Jon Baker
Servant (1st August) - Vicki Harris
Malvolio - Rob Lewis
Sebastian - Pete Martin
Antonio - Lewis Harrison-Barker
Fabian - Margie Skinner
Director - Clare Waller
Assistant Director - Jill Davies
Assistant Stage Manager - Sarah Cooper
Front of House Manager - Vicki Harris
Music Technician - Natasha Inglis
Lighting Technician - Lewis Harrison-Barker
(22nd - 23rd July & 30th July - 1st August 2015)
Inn on the Park, St Albans, AL3 4SN
'If music be the food of love, play on'