Shakespeare’s Globe has launched a production of Twelfth Night directed by Emma Rice.
Emma’s 2017 summer season, the Summer of Love, marks the 50th anniversary of the summer of 1967. The season opened with Romeo and Juliet, starring Edward Hogg as Romeo, and Kirsty Bushell as Juliet. Twelfth Night stars Carly Bawden as Maria and George Ikediashi, also known as award-winning drag performer Le Gateau Chocolat, as Feste.
Twins Sebastian and Viola are shipwrecked on the coast of Illyria, separated and believing each other to be dead. Beside herself with grief, Viola disguises herself as a boy and goes into the service of the Duke Orsino. The Duke, madly in love with the Countess Olivia, sends Viola to woo on his behalf. What could possibly go wrong?
Olivia falls in love with the cross-dressed page while Viola falls deep and fast for Orsino. Meanwhile, mischievous servants play painful pranks at each other’s expense. Heady chaos ensues as griefs, loves and deep human confusions collide, but fear not! Sweet resolution wins the day as friends, twins and lovers are reunited.
Expect cross-dressing, hijinks and bittersweet hilarity as Emma Rice directs Shakespeare’s timeless, soulful and irrepressible comedy.
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