Season runs from January 3 to February 1 2014 Outrageous high comedy returns to King's Park in January 2014 with the critically acclaimed production of Twelfth Night directed by Paige Newmark.
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Outrageous high comedy ensues as the pangs of unrequited love affect the unforgettable characters of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. While the lovelorn Duke Orsino plots to win the heart of the mourning Ollivia an alliance of servants and hangers-on scheme against the high-handedness of Olivia’s steward, the pompous Malvolio. When Orsino engages the cross-dressed Viola, who has disguised herself as a young man under the name Cesario, to plead with Olivia on his behalf, a bittersweet and hilarious chain of events follows
The last time this play was directed by the Artistic Director was in South Africa, where the production met with universal acclaim: Grocott’s Mail incited their readers that the production was “not to be missed.”
Die Burger (the country’s national Afrikaans newspaper) enthusiastically said that “Paige Newmark . . . succeeds masterfully in his task of making “Twelfth Night” approachable . . . The production as a whole is ideal for the younger set who think that Shakespeare is only for old folks.”
The Festival’s newspaper Cue excitedly proclaimed that it was “A delightful adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s best comedies. Extremely enjoyable.”
,br> Brian Pearce in Journal of the Shakespeare Society of Southern Africa relished that “This was an elegant and stylish production. . . . The farcical scenes were really amusing, delighting the audience, who happily entered into the spirit of the play. . . . This was a production that displayed many original insights, [and] was extremely well received by the audience.”
Rhodos reviewed the production, delighting in the “Standing ovations” and how “[This] one of a kind production . . . kept audiences glued to their seats.” “The finest directorial skills and emerging acting talent assured a highly cultural and entertaining evening in the theatre.”