What’s the Idea?
Enjoy Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night Live from June 12th – 14th June. The world’s first live, interactive online musical version.
What’s the story
Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night is one of his best-loved comedies combining a great storyline and colourful characters.
From June 12th – 14th The Maltings Theatre in St Albans is putting on an interactive live musical version of the play with a unique twist.
I’ve been a fan of Shakespeare’s plays and particularly Twelfth Night since I read it in my English class at school.
It’s a great storyline with plenty of plot twists plus some very funny characters,
Since then I have seen many versions over the years but never a live musical version that is interactive.
This new production is set during the 1920s on a cruise liner called the SS Illyria.
All the cast will be dressed up in costumes from that era.
Plus a live jazz band will be playing popular songs from the likes of Rihanna, Radiohead and Britney Spears amongst others.
Which means you will be able to join in the singing along with the actors.
What makes this version of Shakespeare’s Twelfth night so different is that the audience is also invited to dress-up in 1920’s costume.
And they will be able to interact with the cast during the show at certain times.
So while participating isn’t compulsory, it’s a great opportunity to create a fun evening with your family or friends.
People should do this because…?
Firstly, our theatres need our financial support during the lockdown.
They rely on ticket sales to keep them afloat so most are struggling financially at the moment. Buying a ticket will help them protect their future.
Tickets are great value for money. So while this isn’t a free event, tickets only cost £10 which is a fraction of what you would normally pay for a night out at the theatre.
You have an opportunity to be involved in the performance.
This production is quite different because you can to interact with the cast during key moments of the show.
Audience members might be invited to chat with one of the crazy characters or be given specific tasks to do by the another.
You can enjoy a very different kind of fun night with your friends or family.
So why not make an event of it?
Try creating some 20s style food to enjoy before the performance.
If you enjoy a tipple, the theatre is providing recommendations for drinks to mix. Or why not try our own wonderful Martini recipe here.
Love fancy dress? Then this is a perfect excuse to don those fancy clothes and become someone else for the evening.
And for those who prefer to be away from the spotlight, you don’t have to be involved.
You can switch off your camera and microphone allowing you to sit back, relax and just watch the show
How do you do it?
This musical version of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night will be performed live on Zoom.
Firstly, decide on which performance you want to see.
The production runs for 3 nights – Friday 12th, Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th June. Performance times are 8.15 pm -9.30 pm BST
Then purchase your tickets. The ticket price of £10 that covers the cost of one device. The link is here https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/ovo
You can also purchase an E programme for £1.50
Invite your family and friends to purchase a ticket too.
After that, you will receive a unique Zoom link a few days before the performance for which you have booked. Plus they will also send you joining instructions.
It’s possible to go into Zoom directly from your browser. However, for the best experience, they recommend downloading Zoom before you join. Learn how to do this here.
Make sure your laptop or computer is fully charged and set up where you can all see the screen.
You can watch the show on a phone or tablet but the bigger screens are better.
The theatre will also provide instructions on how to use Zoom including controls for turning the camera and microphone on and off.
If you want to carry the theme to the food here are some 1920s style food ideas.
If you are not familiar with the story you can learn more about it here.
Sit back and enjoy the show!
Stuff you may need
- Laptop or PC
- Internet connection
- 1920’s style dress (optional)
- 1920’s style food (optional)