Twelfth Night in the jazz age

THE Watermill Theatre production of Twelfth Night, coming to Salisbury Play­house from Tuesday 20th to Saturday 24th June, sets Shakespeare’s story in the Prohibition era.

Bohemian, outlandish and isolated,  Illyria is a land where everyone has lost something and they will use any means to survive. Viola is washed ashore. Compelled to survive in a mysterious place, she disguises herself as Cesario to serve the solitary Duke Orsino. What follows is a tale of mistaken identities, seduction and transformation, leading to a complex love triangle and the potential destruction of all propriety.

The production is reimagined in the 1920s, where prohibition is rife and Europe is  reeling in the wake of war.

Director Paul Hart and his actor-musicians make the most of an  energetic jazz score to tell this timeless story of mistaken identities, seduction and transformation, balancing comedy, romance and tragedy in equal measure.

Peter Dukes plays Malvolio, with Jamie Satterthwaite  as Orsino and Rebecca Lee  as Viola. The cast also includes Victoria Blunt as Maria, Aruhan Galieva as Olivia, Emma McDonald as Antonia, Offue Okegbe as Feste, Lauryn Redding as Toby Belch, Mike Slader as Aguecheek and Stuart Wilde as Sebastian.

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