The Maltings Theatre in St Albans have announced the world online premiere of its musical version of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.

(c)Lou Morris

Taking place in June, theatre company OVO will present this interactive version of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night online, via Zoom along with ten actors.

This highly entertaining version of one of the Bard’s best loved romantic comedies is set on a luxury cruise liner at the height of the Roaring Twenties.  10 actors will welcome their Zoom audience on board the glamorous SS Illyria for its maiden voyage where the action will take place amid singing, dancing, and a global online audience of Bright Young Things.  Music will be provided by a talented troupe of actor musicians who will magically drop in songs by the likes of Rihanna, Britney Spears, Radiohead and more.

Talking about the news Artistic Director Adam Nichols: “We wanted to create something different, something of quality and something LIVE that would stand apart from the hundreds of offerings currently available online for theatregoers.  Our production of Twelfth Night is enormous fun – we originally staged it at The Maltings Theatre and then the Rose Playhouse Bankside (in London) and it was so popular we thought it would be perfect to re-configure it for audiences to enjoy online. 
It’s a really exciting challenge for all of us: the actors are doubling as technicians and musicians and we’re currently rehearsing with green screen technology that will offer audiences a really rich, theatrical experience – all from the comfort of their own homes!”

Twelfth Night will be presented live through Zoom on June 12th, 13th and 14th at 8pm. To purchase tickets visit: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/ovo