Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity, Twelfth Night, is the latest National Theatre production which will be screened live to cinemas across the UK next Thursday.
Locally you can see it at the Majestic in Lynn, Fakenham Hollywood, The Princess Theatre in Hunstanton, Westacre Theatre and The Light in Wisbech. The running time is three hours, including a 210-minute interval.
With the cinema live screenings, each broadcast is filmed in front of a live audience in the theatre; cameras are carefully positioned throughout the auditorium to ensure that cinema audiences get the ‘best seat in the house’ view of each production.
Simon Godwin (Man and Superman, The Beaux’ Stratagem) directs this joyous new production which has a new twist, with Tamsin Greig as a transformed Malvolia.
The Times has stated: “A knock out. Simon Godwin has pulled off a wowser and Tamsin Greig gives one of the performances of the year.”
A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land and 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 is swept up in the madness. Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible.
This joyous comic confection on the subjects of gender and identity includes several of Shakespeare’s dearest fools – the steward Malvolio, here refashioned as the housekeeper Malvolia, and the misadventurers Sir Toby Belch and Sir Andrew Aguecheek.
Tamsin Greig, who is well known to radio listeners as Debbie Aldridge in The Archers, has undertaken numerous theatre roles, voice-over and television work such as Episodes, Green Wing and The Lenny Henry Show, as well as films such as Shaun of the Dead and Tamara Drewe.
In 2007 she won the Best Actress, Laurence Olivier Awards and also a London Critics Circle Theatre Award for her theatre role as a Beatrice in “Much Ado About Nothing”.
Curtain up on Twelfth Night (12A) at the local cinemas is at 7pm next Thursday, April 6. For further information visit the cinema websites.