Theatre preview: Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night
Twelfth Night

It’s always refreshing to see one of Shakespeare’s plays reinvented and reinvigorated for a modern audience.

From Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet, to Alan Cumming’s one-man Macbeth, such works introduce the brilliance of the playwright to those who otherwise would avoid soliloquies and blank verse like the plague - all the while retaining the brilliance of the language and the universality of the plots.

That’s what groundbreaking company Filter Theatre are aiming for in their ‘reimagining’ of Twelfth Night - one of the Bard of Avon’s more over-the-top and boisterous comedies.

It arrives in Glasgow next week for a five-night run at the Citizen’s Theatre.

In a sparing 90 minutes, the adaptation tears apart the original work and reassembles it into a hugely accessible and anarchic celebration of romance, satire and mistaken identity.

Originally commissioned for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Complete Works Festival, it weaves the story around song, music and dance. With the emphasis firmly on having fun, it’s rock and roll theatre fit for the 21st century and suitable for young and old alike.

Twelfth Night runs at the Citizen’s Theatre from Tuesday, January 28, until Saturday, February 1.

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