A NEW cutting-edge production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night takes to the stage of the Broadbent Theatre at Wickenby this month.
And behind the scenes of nationally-touring theatre company The Movement is managing director Benjamin Blyth, who began his theatre career at the Wickenby theatre.
The Movement company comprises recent graduates of the University of Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the production has already received excellent press reviews.
Twelfth Night, or What You Will, plays at the Broadbent Theatre on January 15, at 7.30pm before touring the country; including a week at London’s prestigious Greenwich Theatre and the Norwich Playhouse.
In the cold winter of 1602, the century seemed to be refusing to start.
The old Queen was dying but still not dead, and despite dozens of dalliances with the men of her court she had produced no heir.
Religious civil war and foreign invasion loomed. It was a dark winter. In Stratford-upon-Avon, William Shakespeare’s son, Hamnet, had died, leaving a twin sister bereft.
In January, the Lord Chamberlain’s men performed a new piece, Twelfth Night.
It is a play shadowed from the outset by decay, overseen by decadent, self-indulgent monarchs in a land where the midwinter Festival of Misrule does not end. A sister watches her twin brother drown.
It is the most enduringly funny and popular of Shakespeare’s comedies. The Movement’s latest production restores Twelfth Night to its wintry beginnings and to its original power: the story of dawn breaking, of the days lengthening and of a family’s love overcoming death.
Tickets cost £8.50 and £7, available from the box office on 01673 885500 or online at www.broadbent.org .