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Twelfth Night – Maltings by Zoom (Susan Elkin reviews)

Twelfth Night, available to stream via Zoom until 14 June 2020.

Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩

Adam Nichols’ bijou take on Shakespeare’s most silvery, summery, musical play is quirky and fun. We’re on a cruise liner, the SS Illyria, captained by Orsino. At the beginning it picks up the survivors of SS Elysium on which Sebastian and Viola are employed as vaudeville dancers.

And this is very firmly the hedonistic 1920s with lots of jazzy music (MD: Tom Cagnoni) played and sung by a talented actor-muso cast.

Given that there’s a 10 minute, jokily inclusive modern English introduction and occasional explanatory comments plus music we don’t get more than about 45 minutes of Shakespeare’s text so this could be a good starting point for children …

Read the rest of this review at MTR https://musicaltheatrereview.com/twelfth-night-maltings-theatre-st-albans-zoom/

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Susan Elkin
Susan Elkin Susan Elkin is an education journalist, author and former secondary teacher of English. She was Education and Training Editor at The Stage from 2005 - 2016
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