Twelfth Night Rerun Winds up Globe's 2003 SeasonDate: 22 August 2003
The Globe's award-winning 2002 production of Twelfth Night (pictured) - which featured an all-male cast including artistic director Mark Rylance - will return to London for 12 performances this autumn, from 2 to 12 October 2003, before crossing the Atlantic to embark on the theatre's first coast-to-coast North American tour (See The Goss, 24 Jul 2003).
First seen last spring at London's historic Middle Temple Hall, where it marked the 400th anniversary of the play's first-ever performance, this staging of Twelfth Night is an "original practices" production - in other words, one that remains faithful to 17th-century production constraints in terms of clothing, setting, music and the like.
Following the limited Middle Temple season, it had a highly acclaimed run at the Globe's Southwark home during last summer's repertory from May to September 2002. It's directed by Tim Carroll. In addition to Rylance - who, much to his chagrin, won this year's Critics Circle Award for Best Shakespearean Performance for his portrayal of Olivia (See The Goss, 4 Feb 2003) - the cast features Liam Brennan as Orsino, Michael Brown as Viola and Rhys Meredith as Sebastian.
Meanwhile, in this year's Season of Regime Change, the all-female staging of The Taming of the Shrew starring Kathryn Hunter and Janet McTeer opened last night (21 August 2003, previews from 10 August). It is the final production in the 2003 repertory, which also includes an all-female Richard III, all-male stagings of Richard II and Edward II and a cross-cast presentation of Marlowe's Dido, Queen of Carthage. The 2003 season officially concludes on 26 September.
- by Terri Paddock