The Royal Exchange Theatre presents
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Jo Davies
13 April – 20 May – The Theatre
An intoxicating comedy with gender, identity and love at its centre, Shakespeare’s whirlwind play TWELFTH NIGHT bursts onto the Royal Exchange Theatre’s main stage this spring, directed by the award-winning Jo Davies.
The cast includes Faith Omole as Viola, Kevin Harvey as Orsino, Mina Anwar as Maria, Kate Kennedy as Olivia, Anthony Calf as Malvolio and Manchester-based transgender artist and activist Kate O’Donnell, who makes her Royal Exchange debut in the role of Feste, the wise observer in this foolish, lovesick kingdom.
Live music from the critically acclaimed folk musician Kate Young and lap-tap guitarist Joe Gravil adds to the complexity of this intricate comedy which probes gender-politics and ideas of belonging.
Washed up on the shores of Illyria after a ship-wreck, Viola hides her true identity by disguising herself as a man.
Finding a job – and love – at the court of Duke Orsino, Viola becomes muddled in mistaken identities when her disguise begins to cause more problems than it solves.
With some of Shakespeare’s most popular characters caught up in this outrageous tale of misadventure, join Malvolio, Maria and Feste as they argue, drink and trick their way through the wild world of Illyria.
The cast is completed by Aaron Anthony, Simon Armstrong, Harry Attwell, Daniel Francis-Swaby, Tarek Merchant and Jill Myers.
The creative team includes Designer Leslie Travers, Lighting Designer Jack Knowles, Sound Designer Pete Malkin and Composer Alex Baranowski.
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