THE dates for one of Oxford’s summer highlights – Shakespeare outdoors – have been announced.
Oxford Playhouse and the Bodleian Library welcome The Watermill’s 50th anniversary production of Twelfth Night from July 25 to August 3.
Directed by Paul Hart, who last worked on Propeller, Twelfth Night will be performed in the stunning outdoor setting of the Old School’s Quadrangle.
Deemed to be one of Shakespeare’s finest comedies, this Playhouse Plays Out production is brimming full of brass, oozing charisma and is steaming with sultry jazz.
Set in the 1920s with Europe reeling in the wake of war, Shakespeare’s tale of mistaken identity, mischievous mishaps and misplaced love is accompanied by unforgettable live music inspired by the likes of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong.
Twelfth Night was believed to have been written in the early 1600s and centres around twins Viola and Sebastian, who were separated in a shipwreck.
Viola escapes the shipwreck with the help of a captain and believes her brother has perished.
Disguised as a boy she calls herself Cesario, Viola falls in love with Duke Orsino, but he is in love with the Countess Olivia. However, upon meeting Viola, Countess Olivia falls in love with her thinking she is a man.
Will love find a way? And what happened to Sebastian? Can there be a happy ending?
Set in the glorious, historic setting of the Bodleian Quad, Twelfth Night is brought to life by an ensemble of actor-musicians, balancing comedy, romance and music showcasing The Watermill’s critically acclaimed bold and playful style.
Playhouse Plays Out is Oxford Playhouse’s programme of performances happening outside the theatre building across the county – engaging work in unusual settings.
Tickets for Twelfth Night start at £22 and are available on 01865 305305 or view oxfordplayhouse.com.