Following the success of its run at The Watermill and its UK and international tour last year, The Watermill Ensemble will revive Twelfth Night at Wilton’s Music Hall from 12 to 22 September. Renowned for its bold, progressive and collaborative approach to Shakespeare, The Watermill Ensemble re-imagines Twelfth Night in the hedonistic 1920s, where prohibition is rife. Fused with innovative staging and actor-musicianship, the radical spirit of Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald collides with the contemporary influence of Postmodern Jukebox to create a dizzying and beautiful version of Shakespeare’s perfect play.
The Watermill Ensemble includes returning cast members Victoria Blunt (Maria), Peter Dukes (Malvolio), Rebecca Lee (Viola), Emma McDonald (Antonia), Offue Okegbe (Feste), Lauryn Redding (Sir Toby Belch), Jamie Satterthwaite (Orsino) and Mike Slader. Lillie Flynn (Olivia) and Ned Rudkins-Stow (Sebastian) join the original cast.
Twelfth Night is directed by Paul Hart and designed by Katie Lias. Sound design is by David Gregory, movement by Tom Jackson Greaves and musical direction by Ned Rudkins-Stow.
Director, Paul Hart said ‘A jazz club seems the perfect setting for Twelfth Night given the play’s obsession with music, love and excess. Featuring live music performed by our multi-talented company, the soundtrack is 1920’s influenced with a modern twist.’