Following a critically acclaimed London run and an extensive UK and international tour, Filter are again touring nationally with TWELFTH NIGHT this autumn, opening at the Corn Exchange, Newbury on Tuesday 14 September, running until Saturday 18.
After a fantastic reception at the Corn Exchange in autumn 2008, Filter are back. This story of romance, satire and mistaken identity is crafted into one of the most exciting and accessible Shakespeare productions of recent years. Audiences can experience the madness of love in this heady world where riotous gig meets Shakespeare.
Viola has been shipwrecked and assumes her twin brother has died. In order to survive, she disguises herself as a man, finding herself torn between love for Orsino and the attentions of Olivia. In this enormously funny, fast-paced production of Shakespeare’s much-loved comedy, dynamic narrative, witty invention and bursts of music result in a joyous celebration. This is undoubtedly one of the freshest and most acclaimed Shakespeare productions of recent years.
Originally commissioned by Royal Shakespeare Company’s Artistic Director Michael Boyd as part of the RSC's Complete Works Festival, Filter’s characteristically radical and riotous interpretation of this well worn classic reaffirms their reputation as one of the most consistently inventive and critically acclaimed theatre companies working today. Here nothing is hidden, and no two shows are the same: decisions on the direction of the performance are taken on the hoof as the narrative unfolds, and each unique performance develops in a different way each night.
In this informal production the stage is covered in cables, technical equipment, synthesisers, microphones, amplifiers and supporting instruments that enable Filter to create the world of the play through sound. Performed under house lights with actors in casual costumes, the experience is more akin to a rock concert than classic theatre, creating an exhilarating live chemistry between actor, audience and text.
Twelfth Night is directed by Sean Holmes, Artistic Director of the Lyric Hammersmith, London where Three Sisters, his most recent collaboration with the company opened to critical acclaim prior to a national tour.
Twelfth Night will be at the Corn Exchange from Thursday 14 – Saturday 18 September. Tickets cost £14.50 with £13.50 concessions, and are available at the Box Office on 01635 522733 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 01635 522733 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or online at www.cornexchangenew.com. Age guide is 12+. There will be an opportunity to ask the company questions and discuss the show in a post show discussion after the Wednesday performance.
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