ETG 2015: Twelfth Night

Tue 12th – Sat 16th Jan 2016

NO UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

“music, trickery, deception and disguise”

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Cambridge University European Theatre Group

SUMMARY

Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night, or What You Will’ takes us to the heart of the festive season, full of music, trickery, deception and disguise. This year’s European Theatre Tour’s production will be set against a backdrop of 1950s Europe in an era of post war opulence, where appearance is everything, yet nothing is quite what it seems to be. With identical twins separated by a shipwreck, a cross-dressing heroine and everyone in search of love, Twelfth Night is one of the most famous and tangled love stories in literature.

In the fantastical, wacky and slightly surreal Kingdom of Illyria, the peace of the grieving Olivia and heartsick Duke is disturbed by the arrival of Viola and Sebastian with a lazy drunk, a vain pedant, a cowardly fool and a cunning maid who indulge in the madness of the festive season against a backdrop of 1950s Europe, with a mixture of original compositions and fifties music.

Using music, movement, physical theatre and slapstick comedy to show just how “the course of true love never did run smooth” in this, the most loved of Shakespeare’s comic plays, Twelfth Night hurls us into the madness of Illyria as the twins try to make their way through.

Admission: £14(£11)

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