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TWELFTH NIGHT By William Shakespeare

Director: PAUL STEBBINGS
Producer: GRANTLY MARSHALL
Musical Director: John Kenny

This is Shakespeare’s greatest and last pure comedy, the master at the height of his
art. The play explores the great obsessions of human life: love, jealousy, class,
gender, greed and passion. And if it explores the serious within us it also revels in
merriment: drinking has a key place in the play as does song and laughter in all its
forms from melancholy wit to slapstick comedy. The enemy of laughter is the butt
of the play’s humour: Malvolio the Puritan, a spoil sport in the palaces of fun.

Set against Malvolio’s malevolence is the swashbuckling joy of Sir Toby Belch,
the mischievous servant Maria and the wit of the wise clown, Feste. No play of
Shakespeare has so many characters in what might be called a main role: plots
interweave with subplots until we are almost giddy. At the centre of the many
deceptions stands Viola, an extraordinary creation, a woman who prefers to
be a man and as such provokes a love she cannot return in the Lady Olivia while
cultivating an impossible passion for her manly master, Orsino.

Meanwhile her (lost) twin brother Sebastian appears to rouse the passions of one
Antonio while accidentally securing the hand of Lady Olivia. Nothing is what it
seems: life and love collide and create a comedy of errors that spreads confusion
even as it reveals the essential truth of human nature: perhaps nothing is what it
appears to be, but beneath appearances the truth will out and the truth is very
much to do with love. TNT, directed by Paul Stebbings, have been producing
Shakespeare’s comedies world wide for over ten years to great acclaim.

An ensemble of veteran performers have been gathered to grapple with this
magnificent work, with music added live under the direction of composer John
Kenny. We invite you into a wonderland, created by the greatest story teller ever to
grace the planet, one who liked a drink and loathed a puritan and above all knew
how to dissect love, which is both tragic and hilarious: the most powerful emotion
known to us stumbling humans. This production tours from China to Britain, from
Norway to France and Japan to Germany, join us in an evening of laughter and
song; for “If music be the food of love, play on!” Press: “I never knew Shakespeare
could be so entertaining!” CNN TV “One of the most interesting developments on
the current theatrical scene.” The Guardian London “Highly effective and
charismatic theatre” Village Voice New York “ TNT reveal all the qualities of British
theatre in a single performance” Suddeutsche Zeitung, Munich “The audience were
held in a vice like grip from start to finish” Japan Times “True music theatre. ”
Classical Music Magazine, London “TNT are known as the most popular touring
theatre company in the world” China National TV.

Datum & Priser

Datum: 25/8  2017

Tid: 14.00 & 18.00

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