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Twelfth Night; or, What You Will (1973)

Twelfth Night; or, What You Will

A play by William Shakespeare, performed during a regional tour of theatres in Harlow, Cambridge, Bury St Edmunds, Aberystwyth, Croydon, Guilford, Hull, Oxford, and Southampton, beginning 18 September 1973 (in Harlow).


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The publication from the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guilford, which accompanied this production of Twelfth Night, is the earliest example I have found of a theatre programme that includes both a publicity photo of Zoe and list of her stage credits.  They are reproduced above.

Overview

Twelfth Night is a comedy of mistaken identity, with aspects of tragedy.

Viola and her twin brother, Sebastian, are shipwrecked off the coast of Illyria.  They are separated in the chaos, and each subsequently believes the other has drowned.

Once ashore, and with the help of a sea captain, Viola disguises herself as a boy and assumes the name Cesario, entering the service of the Duke of Orsino.  The Duke sends 'Cesario' to woo Olivia on his behalf - but the gentlewoman falls in love with the servant instead.

Meanwhile, Antonio has come to the aid of Sebastian, whom Olivia mistakes for Cesario.  She and Viola's twin brother are then secretly married, much to the latter's bemusement!

As the play concludes, true identities are revealed and Orsino realises that he loves Viola.

Cast

Viola ... ZoŽ Wanamaker
A Sea Captain ... Roger Rees
Orsino, Duke of Illyria ... Trevor Bowen
Curio (attending on the Duke) ... Kit Thacker
Valentine (attending on the Duke) ... Oliver Ford-Davies
Sir Toby Belch, Olivia's Kinsman ... John Green
Maria, Olivia`s gentlewoman ... Brenda Peters
Sir Andrew Aguecheek ... James Aubrey
Feste, Olivia`s clown ... Denis Lawson
Olivia ... Diane Fletcher
Malvolio, Olivia's steward ... Philip Donaghy
Fabian, servant to Olivia ... Roger Rees
Antonio, friend to Sebastian ... Geoffrey Bateman
Sebastian ... Jack Galloway
Servant to Olivia ... Joan Moon
Officer ... Geoffrey Kirkness
Priest ... Osmund Bullock

Crew

Director: Richard Cottrell
Designer: Bob Ringwood
Music: John Addison
Lighting Designer: Michael Outhwaite
Production photographer: Chris J. Arthur, Transworld Eye

Notes

Having played Olivia in a 1971 production of Twelfth Night, ZoŽ assumed the role of Viola for this Cambridge Theatre Company production, in which the cast wore period costumes and the set resembled a garden terrace.

Zoe was among a number of young performers at the Cambridge Theatre Company during its 1973-4 season (a period of around eight months).  With the other company members, she performed a diverse repertoire of plays, encompassing comedy, drama, and pantomime.  Twelfth Night was their first production, followed by Aunt Sally, Jack and the Beanstalk, She Stoops to Conquer, Fears and Miseries of the Third Reich, and French Without Tears

By early 1974, Twelfth Night was being presented alongside She Stoops to Conquer.  The company's productions were performed in rotation (a week of one show, say, followed by a week of another), with the exception of Jack and the Beanstalk.

Press coverage

ZoŽ's portrayal of Viola was, as reviewer Eric Shorter pointed out in a regional newspaper, one of the high points of the production.  He remarked that Viola's struggles, as performed by the young actress, were 'touchingly funny'.

Merchandise

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

Related links

Twelfth Night complete text - Massachusetts Institute of Technology


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