Shanghai Repertory Theatre continues its theatrical year with Shakespeare’s comedy of mistaken identity Twelfth Night. An entirely entertaining show that is sure to coax out a few laughs with some stand out performances from a talented cast, the show has been shifted from its Shakespearean era to the eve of World War II. This is reflected in the songs and the costumes but otherwise remains largely unreferenced. The plot unfolds with continued hilarity and the cast are perfectly suited to their roles. Count on SRT regular Laurie Padgett Fralick to steal the show even as one of the support characters. They’ve added a bit of musicality to the classic Shakespearean drama via her vocals, creating some of the most memorable highlights of the night. Tickets do however cost 200 kuai, with pre-sale tickets costing 180. If you have the money to spend then this play is definitely worth going to see and will make for an entertaining evening. This said, considering that the Jue Festival is now in full swing, there is plenty to see at a much better price. The play lasts for 2 and a half hours and starts at 8 o’clock. But be sure to get there early, because lord knows nothing breaks down the “fourth wall” more than a stooping, beer-toting man running across the stage.
Performed in English with Chinese subtitles. Tickets are 180RMB presale; 200RMB at the door (with further discounts for large groups.) Contact [email protected] for more information.
Tues – Sat 8pm, Sun 3pm; Mar. 24-Apr. 3 (no show on March 28)Ke Center for Performing Arts. 613-B Kaixuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路613号,近.延安西路)
Photos by Tobias Kegler