We were aware we were going to be disappointed in the first minute when Viola entered and we realised that the actress playing her was inadequate. She did not speak Shakespeare well and ruined the wonderful 'patience on a monument' speech. Apart from Clive Rowe's Feste, which we found irritating, we enjoyed the comedy. Tim Woodward (who we had previously admired as Capulet) and Clive Hayward were excellent. An understudy, who name, I regret, I did not take, was playing Maria and she did it very well. Richard O'Callaghan did his best as Malvolio but was not entirely convincing.
Jamie Dee was a lovely and elegant Olivia. However it was hard to believe that she could possibly fall for Natalie Dewe's Viola/Cesario or Neet Mohan's vapid Sebastian. Oscar Pearce played Orsino as a peevish cry baby.
We did not particularly dislike the evening but came away confused and irritated at the widely varying differences in acting ability. - jan d
13 Jul 08
Really enjoyed this - funny and dark and not a weak link in it. Builds to a golden ending. Stunning costumes, inventively staged and audience came away pleased.
- Jenny M
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