Date and Time: LIVE – Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 8:00PM
Venue: Cinema (St James Cavalier) Price: €15
Praised director Christopher Luscombe returns to the Royal Shakespeare Company with a new staging of Twelfth Night, which is often hailed as the Bard’s greatest comedy.
The tale of two shipwrecked twins in a foreign land is as tender as it is comic. Unbeknownst to each other, estranged siblings Sebastian and Viola wash up on the shores of Illyria — the modern-day Balkan Peninsula. Seeking work and shelter, Viola disguises herself as a man, Cesario, and finds work in the household of one Duke Orsino — a would-be suitor to the mourning Lady Olivia. A complex love triangle is set into motion as Viola falls in love with her new master, Sebastian’s reappearance re-ignites Olivia’s passion, and the servants contrive to play a cruel joke…
Written for the close of the Christmas season, the play is a tangled web of unrequited love, mistaken identity and a good dash of domestic comedy. One of Shakespeare’s most popular works, the comedy has a long history in popular culture, with multiple productions designed for the stage, film and television, radio and even concert halls. In the tradition of the Feast of the Epiphany, it plays with the Carnivalesque — role reversal, revelry and licensed disorder — treating political themes in ways that are still relevant today.