Twelfth Night (2008): Filter Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company
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CAST INCLUDED: Jonathan Broadbent (Orsino); Oliver Dimsdale (Sir Toby Belch); Syreeta Kumar (Olivia); Poppy Miller (Viola); Ferdy Roberts (Malvolio); Gemma Saunders (Maria, Feste).
This production is credited as having been produced by Filter in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company. This run was a revival of the 2006 production that originated for the RSC's Complete Works Festival. It played at the Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon before touring, including a run at the Tricycle Theatre, London from 2 - 27 September 2008. Production information taken from Theatre Record; may be incomplete.
"It takes Shakespeare's dark, poetic comedy as the jumping off point for a dramatic and musical jam session, and when you enter the theatre, the stage seems to be set for a rock concert rather than a play....The stage is dominated by keyboards, an upright electric bass, drums, brass instruments and masses of wires and gizmos. Count Orsino receives news of his beloved Olivia via a mobile phone, and the great storm is conjured up by the BBC shipping forecast." ~ Charles Spencer, "Rock-and-roll Shakespeare's a blast", Daily Telegraph, 4 September 2008
"Although the Filter company have cut Twelfth Night to an hour and a half, it does not speed by. The six young actors in Sean Holmes's production, presumably aimed at teenagers (it's described as 'accessible'), exhibit the languor of adolescents as they mope through the often bewilderingly truncated play. Actually, there is less than 90 minutes of dialogue, for Shakespeare's comedy at times stops for the actors to play instruments, throw balls into the audience, invite people onstage to dance, and take delivery of pizzas - which they share with the front row. All this may be accessible, but once you've arrived, what have you got?" ~ Rhoda Koenig, "She fixed the eyes, the nose - now she goes for the jugular", Independent on Sunday, 7 September 2008
"Syreeta Kumar is far too strident for Olivia." ~ Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard, 3 September 2008, in Theatre Record 2008, Issue 18