Bard’s comedy at Duchess Theatre

The Riverside Drama Company are to perform Twelfth Night
The Riverside Drama Company are to perform Twelfth Night

Riverside Drama Company is putting on its first full Shakespeare production later this month when the comedy Twelfth Night is performed at the Duchess Theatre in Long Eaton.

Set in the mythical country of Illyria, Twelfth Night is a rollicking, riotous romantic comedy played out by some of Shakespeare’s most memorable characters: the outrageous drunkard Sir Toby Belch, the feisty Viola and the pompous Malvolio to name but a few. If you can’t quite remember which one it is - think twins, mistaken identities, and yellow stockings.

“It’s one of my favourites,” says director Liz Turner, “because it’s a very easy play for the audience to understand. It’s also very funny, with some really quite physical comedy alongside character-based humour, so really the fore-runner of today’s sitcoms!

“We’ve got a really good cast too, so I’m really looking forward to the performances, when I’ll be able to sit back and enjoy it all while they do the hard work on stage!”

Riverside have already brought a Shakespeare-related play, The Pocket Dream, to audiences in 2011, which they then went on to perform in Stratford as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Open Stages event.

Performances are at the Duchess Theatre in Long Eaton from Thursday, October 17 to Saturday, October 19 (7.30pm). Tickets are £7 full and £6 concessions and are available via the website, from the Chatsworth Centre coffee mornings on Saturdays (10am-noon), or on 0115 8756041.