Twelfth Night, William Shakespeare
Though I studied English literature, I didn't spent much time on Shakespeare's works. In this year's Hong Kong Arts Festival (27 Feb - 25 Mar), the Watermill Theatre and VIC Productions from UK are going to present two of Shakespeare's famous plays, The Taming of the Shew and Twelfth Night (or What You Will).
I've bought ticket for Twelfth Night which will run for around 3 hours. What tempted me to watch this performance is because the casts are all male, which means both men and women roles are to be played by male actors! Well, back in Shakespeare's time, actors in the theatre were all men while women were forbidden to perform on stage. You can see this background from the movie Shakespears in Love. I would very much like to see how will it work if the leading lady is a guy, and I think it would be quite funny. And according to the introduction in HKAF's website, the production "have enjoyed successful seasons in London's West End and in New York, winning awards and nominations in many different categories including best direction, ensemble performance, design and lighting. "
So, in order to know what I am going to watch, I picked up the Twelfth Night in biligual version from the library. Twelfth Night is a one of Shakespeare's highly acclaimed comedy. HKAF's website says "Twelfth Night (Or What You Will) takes place on the island of Illyria, where nothing is quite what it seems. Trapped in the whirligig of time, a woman has her love for a man awakened by a woman. Shipwrecks, storms, late night drinking, duels and broken hearts are just some of the ingredients of this most beautiful and haunting comedy. What you will is what you are, and true nature is revealed by deception!"