Explosive New Take on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

Monday, 23 November 2015

“If music be the food of love, play on!” ‘Twelfth Night - A story of romance, satire and mistaken identity’.

November, 23 : The British Council brings to India an astounding show that none would want to miss - Filter Theatre’s acclaimed Twelfth Night, a fast and furious reworking of Shakespeare’s well-known work. Twelfth Night is a fresh, unconventional and interactive experience with the feel of an intimate, rock gig. It is a radically-cut, fast-paced and extremely accessible version of Shakespeare's much-loved comedy. It is an intelligent approach by a strong ensemble with striking new techniques that renews the power of Shakespeare for a 21st century audience. Filter Theatre’s production (in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company) showcases the madness of love in this heady world, where riotous gig meets Shakespeare.

Filter Theatre is one of the UK’s best and boldest devising companies. This radical and riotous interpretation of the classic Twelfth Night, is directed by Sean Holmes and re-directed by Oliver Dimsdale and Ferdy Roberts. The play revolves around the collision of two worlds - Olivia’s melancholic, puritanical household clashes with Sir Toby Belch’s drunken revelry. Orsino’s relentless pursuit of Olivia and Malvolio’s extraordinary transformation typify the madness of love in Illyria: land of make-believe and illusion. In the midst of all of this, the production stays true to Shakespeare’s tale, accurately conveying the melancholy of unrequited lovers and the mad things that we all do when falling head over heels.

Rob Lynes, Director, British Council, India, says, “We are pleased to bring Filter Theatre to India for the very first time. Shakespeare is one of the UK’s greatest icons, and as we approach his 400th death anniversary in April 2016, we will have a year-long celebration entitled ‘Shakespeare Lives’. Filter Theatre’s production is a reimagining of ‘Twelfth Night’ which makes it accessible to modern day audiences. I am sure Indian audiences across eight cities will enjoy this experience. Cultural relations are central to our work in India and this is an important step towards fostering artistic collaborations between UK and India”.

Sean Holmes, Artistic Director, Filter Theatre Company, says, “We are delighted to come to India to perform and showcase our work to Indian audiences sharing with them the rich diversity of contemporary British approaches to Shakespeare’s text – it’s not all about grand speeches and traditional costumes, it’s about theatre for people living in the 21st century. That’s the most fascinating thing for us as artists”.

Filter Theatre will not only perform in India but will also hold workshops for schools and theatre professionals on performing Shakespeare’s plays and making them relevant for current times.

Filter Theatre India tour schedule:

Date City
24-25 Nov Delhi
27-28 Nov Chandigarh
1-2 Dec Kolkata
4-5 Dec Bhubaneshwar
8-9 Dec Chennai
11-12 Dec Hyderabad
14-15 Dec Goa
17-18 Dec Mumbai

Delhi schedule 

In Delhi, Filter Theatre is being held in association with Modern School, Barakhamba Road.

The shows are being held at the British Council office, New Delhi and the Modern School on 24th and 25th November respectively. 

Dates and timings: 24 November 7.p.m, British Council, New Delhi

25 November:   3.00 p.m. and 7 p.m. Modern School, Barakhamba Road. 

Notes to Editor

About Filter Theatre Company

"One of Britain's best and boldest devising companies" (Metro - 2011) 

“A company celebrated for their irreverent, penetrating deconstructions of the classics”

(Independent – 2015)

Led by actors Oliver Dimsdale and Ferdy Roberts, and musician Tim Phillips, Filter has been creating innovative, exciting theatre since 2003. Filter's unique collaborative language explores the interaction between sound, music, text, and movement, in a desire to make stories that awaken the imaginative senses of an audience. Working out of a sense of trust, and retaining a robust emotional honesty and playfulness, the company creates new works of original theatre, as well as dynamic incarnations of existing texts.


About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organization for educational opportunities and cultural relations. We work in over 100 countries worldwide to build engagement and trust for the UK through the exchange of knowledge and ideas between people. We work in the arts, education, science, sport and governance and last year we reached over 128 million people. 

The British Council is recognized across India for its network of 9 libraries and cultural centers. We offer a range of specialized projects in arts, education, exams, English language and society to audiences across India and more than 100,000 members. We also provide access to English language training and learning for both students and teachers, offer UK qualifications in India and enable opportunities to study in the UK.


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