Artistic and Executive Director, Paul Hart has announced the company for his new production of Twelfth Night at The Watermill Theatre. Following the success of last year’s Romeo + Juliet set in a bar, The Watermill will stage a new 1920s inspired production of Twelfth Night continuing the theatre’s bold, ensemble driven approach to Shakespeare.
Returning to The Watermill to reprise their roles in Romeo + Juliet and to perform in Twelfth Night are:-
- Victoria Blunt (Benvolio/Maria)
- Rebecca Lee (Friar/Viola)
- Lauryn Redding (Nurse/Toby Belch)
- Mike Slader (Paris/Aguecheek)
- Stuart Wilde (Romeo/Sebastian)
Joining the ensemble are Peter Dukes (Tybalt/Malvolio) who played the role of Bela Zangler in The Watermill’s 2016 summer musical, Crazy For You, Aruhan Galieva (Juliet/Olivia), Emma McDonald (Lady Capulet/Antonia), Offue Okegbe (Mercutio/Feste) and Jamie Satterthwaite (Capulet/Orsino).
Twelfth Night is reimagined in the 1920s where prohibition is rife and Europe is reeling in the wake of war. The ensemble of actor-musicians will perform live a scintillating selection of jazz with a modern twist including, Duke Ellington, Django Reinhardt and Ella Fitzgerald, fused with an innovative approach to staging.
Shakespeare’s immortal tale of an all-consuming love, Romeo + Juliet is reprised in this youthful, energetic production that features music by Mumford and Sons, Johnny Flynn, The Vaccines, The Civil Wars and Hozier.
Twelfth Night and Romeo + Juliet are designed by Katie Lias, with lighting designed by Tom White, sound designed by David Gregory and movement by Tom Jackson Greaves. Ned Rudkins-Stow is Musical Director and Johnny Flynn is Music Associate.
Twelfth Night runs from 6 April to 6 May and in repertoire with Romeo + Juliet from 18 to 22 July. Both productions will tour nationally from Tuesday 16 May to Thursday 3 August.
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