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Tuesday, May 23, 2017


(Tamsin Greig. Pic by Marc Brenner)

(Report by Patrick Compton)

William Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity, Twelfth Night, screens at Durban’s Gateway Nouveau cinema in the latest edition of National Theatre Live starting on May 27.

The production, filmed live at the National’s Olivier Theatre in London, has attracted rave reviews. It is distinctive in that one of the central performances is from Tamsin Greig who plays a transformed Malvolia (usually Malvolio) in a new twist.

Viola (Tamara Lawrence) is washed ashore after her ship crashes on the rocks. Determined to survive on her own without her twin brother Sebastian (Daniel Ezra), she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love.

The nearby households of Olivia and Orsino are overrun with passion. Even Olivia's upright housekeeper Malvolia (Greig) is swept up in the madness. Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible.

Twelfth Night will be screened on Wednesday (May 31) and Thursday (June 1) at 19h30. There will also be a screening on Sunday (June 4) at 14h30. The running time is about three hours, including an interval.

The next productions from NT Live to be screened at Gateway Nouveau include:

Rozencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead (starring Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire) on June 3; Obsession, starring Jude Law, on June 24 and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, starring Imelda Staunton, on July 1. – Patrick Compton