Following a full-length production of Twelfth Night in the early spring, Scena Mundi decided to create an abridged version that debuted in late June in London, before taking it to the Ventnor Fringe Festival on the Isle of Wight in August. And it now makes its return to London for a one-off performance at St Giles-in-the-Fields!
This rounds off the company’s celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death, before they head into a new & exciting programme for 2017.
Framed by the concept of the Athenian amateur players in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the play is a classic story of mistaken identity – with some love & comeuppance thrown in for good measure! This idea allows the cast to show their versatility as actors & storytellers, as they ask you to suspend your disbelief and accompany them on a journey to Shakespeare’s Illyria.
Its cast is made up of some of Scena Mundi’s core acting talent: Pip Brignall as Master Phil, Viola & Feste; Jack Christie as Master Jack, Sir Toby Belch & Olivia; Edward Fisher as Master Ned, Orsino & Sir Andrew Aguecheek; Martin Prest as Master Martin, Malvolio, Sebastian & Captain.
Having seen the company & its actors on numerous occasions, as well as this concept in its infancy, I cannot recommend this more highly. Each member of the cast is absolutely hilarious – particularly with some of the roles they have to take on…
As we approach the twelve days of Christmas, what better way to get into the spirit?
Scena Mundi Mechanicals’ Twelfth Night runs at St Giles-in-the-Fields on Wednesday 14 December 2016 at 8pm. Tickets are £15 (£10 concessions), available online and on the door.