Saturday, 1 June 2013

Twelfth Night (theatre)

Three Shakespeare plays from the Globe Theatre are coming to Cineworld as part of a short Globe On Screen season. The first, which will be Henry V, has two performances in just two days time - a matinee and an evening screening both on the third of June. The last, The Taming Of The Shrew, is on the 29th of July and has just a single screening. Irritatingly I have already booked in to see Birdsong at the Theatre Royal on that very night so will miss it but Dave might still go along if the previous play is as good as expected. Anyone want to go with?

The middle of the trio is Twelfth Night and this is the one we are definitely both going to see because I've already bought the tickets! I have seen Twelfth Night before - a cleverly interpreted Second World War version performed by The Barefoot Players back in 2010 - and normally don't like to repeat so soon, but for the chance to see The Globe in action, I've made an exception. Shakespeare's comedy of cross-dressing and mistaken identities was first performed over four hundred years ago at Candlemas, the night which marks the end of Christmas festivities - hence the mistletoe on the poster. Directed by Tim Carroll and designed by Jenny Tiramani, this production features music composed by Claire van Kampen and will star Stephen Fry and Mark Rylance.

When Viola is shipwrecked off the coast of Illyria, she loses her twin brother Sebastian and assumes he must have died. Rescued by a sea captain, Viola disguises herself as a man and calls herself Cesario in order to find work with the Duke Orsino. Orsino is in love with Olivia and sends Cesario to her with a message declaring so. However Olivia immediately falls in love with Cesario not realising he is actually Viola. Meanwhile Olivia's pompous steward Malvolio has been persuaded by the meddling of her other staff that his mistress is secretly in love with him and he begins to act most strangely in order to encourage her attention.

Cineworld, Mon 1st Jul, 13:00, 19:00.
Tickets £10.50, £8.40 concessions, available online, by calling 0871 200 2000 on in person in the foyer.

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