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England in he roaring ‘20s.
Bright young aristocrats flock to spend time in the fashionable seaside resort of Illyria, where there’s no shortage of champagne cocktails, Rockefeller oysters and other tantalising distractions. Their host, hopeless romantic Duke Orsino has tried everything to make the achingly glamorous Countess Olivia fall in love with him, but she’s vowed to stay away from men for seven long years, whilst she grieves for her dead brother. ‘If music be the food of love, play on’ a dejected Orsino tells the band, as Olivia’s fool, Feste, hooks and tickles revellers with witty pranks and jokes and paranoid party-pooper Malvolio plots revenge on anyone he suspects may secretly be sneering at him.
Meanwhile, a storm in the Channel brings near marine tragedy. Twins Viola and Sebastian are shipwrecked and washed ashore, several miles apart from each other. Naturally, each presumes the other is lost to the sea. Knowing that Orsino is wealthy, generous and single, Viola spots an opportunity for a job and calculates that her best chance is to crash the party, disguised as a boy. But her plan backfires and she finds herself being courted by Olivia, who is willing to break her man-fast, so strong is her infatuation. No long and languorous soliloquies in this play – it’s a racey, pacey, romcom packed with naughty humour, mistaken identity, gender switching, deceit, confusion, rollicks, frolics and beautiful poetry, beribboned and bejewelled in plentiful music from start to finish.
The Cotswold Arcadians present open-air Shakespeare every Summer in the Cotswolds
Tickets and Travel
Tickets for members can not be bought at present, Box office not open until April/May but seats can be reserved in the normal way…
Departure from Stone: 17.00 hrs
Departure from Newport Towers: 17.05 hrs
Departure from Stinchcombe: 17.15 hrs
Grounds Open 18.00 hrs
Performance 19.30 hrs