The Lowry, Manchester
9 – 13 April 2013
Reviewed by Laura Parle
When I agreed to review Twelfth Night at the Lowry I’ll be honest I wasn’t sure whether I would be able to understand the play as it has been over 10 years since I studied Shakespeare, however my fears were completely unfounded as it was delivered in a way that would make it accessible to the masses.
The play is brought to you by the all-male theatre company ‘Propeller’ who have done a sterling job in adapting and rejuvenating a classic Shakespearian work so much so that the three hour long production flies by in a highly entertaining fashion.
Twelfth Night is a tale of love, loss, gender confusion and cruelty and follows a shipwreck that sees twin brother and sister separated and left to fend for themselves and unexpectedly finding love with the ‘wrong’ people. The comedy is provided by a drunken Sir Toby Belch the court fool and Sir Toby’s equally drunken idiot friend Sir Andrew Aguecheek.
The cast are truly superb but for me the star of the show was undoubtedly Malvolio (Chris Myles) who portrayed the pompous and foolish character down to tee with hilarious and comedic effect.
On a whole this was by far the best Shakespearian drama I have been to see and I will be checking Propellers website regularly eager for their next amazing performance.