25-29 November 2014
Reviewed by Meresa Bergin
When I was asked to review the Shakespeare’s Tweltfh Night I wasn’t sure if it would be my sort of play but I was very wrong. I don’t know much about Shakespeare’s work besides Romeo and Juliet so had no idea what to expect.
The Tweltfh Night tells the tale of twins Sebastian and Violet who get separated by a storm at sea and both believe the other is dead. Violet disguises herself as a man and goes to work for Count Orsino who is in love with Olivia who is hearbroken at the death of her brother and vows to never marry. Orsion enlists Violet/Cesario help to win her affections.
What follows is touching and fightfully funny tale of finding love in the wrong places but ultimately love finds the right course.
All the actors were wonderful but we adored Olivia’s uncle Sir Toby Blech, who reminded us of the late Rik Mayall whom my husband is a great fan, whom caused havoc at night with his friends and torments the maid Maria who is also a wonderful addition to the story.
A note must be given to Brain Prontheroe who played Feste, his singing voice is so soothing and lovely and his acting is wonderful.
I must admit I did struggle to understand a lot of the dialogue due to a lack of knowledge of Shakespeare but this was no issue as it was easy to still follow the story.
Fan or not of Shakespeare you must see this play! A great evening out.
Tickets cost from £11.90 to £32.40 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Twelfth Night is at the Theatre Royal Brighton until 29 November 2014. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 7650.
Theatre Royal. New Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1SD | 0844 871 7650