Twelfth Night

Director – Martha Henry

Cast – Sarah Afful as Viola, Michael Blake as Sebastien, E.B. Smith as Orsino, Shannon Taylor as Olivia, Brent Carver as Feste, Lucy Peacock as Maria, Geraint Wyn Davies as Sir Toby Belch, Tom Rooney as Sir Andrew Aguecheek and Rod Beatty as Malvolio.

In contrast to the production of Twelfth Night that we saw at the National Theatre a couple of months ago, this was not Malvolio’s play. Rod Beatty played a character among many others. Instead, this production used all the available talent to great effect. And it certainly had lots of talent to show. The cast list is a who’s who of not just the Stratford company, but of Canadian stars.

Lucy Peacock was a womderful Maria. Geraint Wynn Davies and Tom Rooney were hilarious as the two drunks.  Brent Carver was a wistful obsever Feste.

But the show belonged to Sarah Afful. She lit up every scene she was in. She was sad, she was funny, she was completely delightful. She is definitely one to watch!


About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to Twelfth Night

  1. keithhpotter says:

    This was certainly a more balanced production than the one at the National.
    I liked that and the abbreviation of the torment scene.
    I thought the emphasis on Feste was a bit much, however. I understand that if you have Brent Carver you want to use him, but I don’t think it served the production well.
    The cast was universally strong but I agree that it Sara Afful’s show, as the National’s was Tamsin Greig’s.

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