Gender, sexuality and Shakespeare: ‘Twelfth Night’ comes to Manchester

The Royal Exchange Theatre is bringing Shakespeare’s classic and intoxicating ‘Twelfth Night’ to Manchester.

The compelling comedy has gender politics, shifting sexuality and identity at its core. The play will make its way onto the Manchester stage this spring.

Directed by Jo Davies, Faith Omole, Kevin Harvey and Mina Anwar will embody Viola, Orsino and Maria. Kate Kennedy will play Olivia and Anthony Calf will play Malvolio.

Manchester-based Kate O’Donnell is the award-winning transgender artist who will make her debut appearance. O’Donnell will take on the role as Feste, the wise observer in this foolish, lovesick kingdom. Feste will add to the complexity of this intricate comedy which probes gender-politics.

The recreation of this classic Shakespearean comedy will see Viola washed up on the shores of Illyria after a shipwreck. She hides her true identity by disguising herself as a man. She eventually finds a job, and love, at the court of Duke Orsino. However, muddled in mistaken identities her disguise begins to cause more problems than it solves.

Encompassing the exploration of gender, sexuality and identity through comedy, ‘Twelfth Night’ is not to be missed.

The play will run form 13 April – 20 May at the Royal Exchange Theatre.

TNT Arts & Culture

Photo Credit: Royal Exchange Theatre

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