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November 19, 2015

Twelfth Night For The 21st Century

Text by Tanisha Choudhury

Why this explosive new take on Shakespeare will convert you…

“If music be the food of love, play on,
Give me excess of it; that surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die.”

If you fell asleep reading that quote, or are someone who despite Sparknotes’ insistence definitely did fear Shakespeare, then this revival of Twelfth Night is for you. It’s time for you to give Shakespeare a second chance and we promise it won’t be all elaborate costumes and droning monologues. In fact, Filter Theatre Company’s Twelfth Night is like a “riotous gig”, with musical interludes and audience interaction (and not the cringe-worthy kind). Less a play and more a celebration, this wild comedy captures the magic of Shakespeare’s original.

As the press note explains, “This radical and riotous interpretation of the classic Twelfth Night is directed by Sean Holmes and re-directed by Oliver Dimsdale and Ferdy Roberts. The play revolves around the collision of two worlds – Olivia’s melancholic, puritanical household clashes with Sir Toby Belch’s drunken revelry. Orsino’s relentless pursuit of Olivia and Malvolio’s extraordinary transformation typify the madness of love in Illyria: land of make-believe and illusion. In the midst of all of this, the production stays true to Shakespeare’s tale, accurately conveying the melancholy of unrequited lovers and the mad things that we all do when falling head over heels.”

Having performed at UK, Holland, Germany, Spain and Mexico, the play has won numerous awards and charmed audiences worldwide. Now British Council brings it to India for an eight-city tour that includes Delhi, Chandigarh, Kolkata, Bhubaneshwar, Chennai, Hyderabad, Goa and Mumbai.

The production will kick-off its tour on 24-25th November in Delhi and end on 17-18th December in Mumbai at High Street Phoenix.

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