Thursday 21 September 2017

Jordan's modern take on a gender-swap classic

The Pleasure List

A MAN’S WORLD: Sophie Robinson will star as Cesario in Twelfth Night. Photo: Gerry Mooney
A MAN’S WORLD: Sophie Robinson will star as Cesario in Twelfth Night. Photo: Gerry Mooney

'Some are born great, some achieve greatness"; Malvolio could well have been talking about Wayne Jordan himself, director of the Abbey's first staging of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night in over 30 years.

Though the Pleasure List reckons Jordan was born great AND has achieved greatness with his new daring, irreverent, reinvention of Shakespeare's complex tale of gender bending, sort-of lesbo lovin' unrequited loves.

Sophie Robinson, pictured, will be donning the stick-on stubble as Viola, the shipwrecked heroine forced to disguise herself as a man, Cesario, so that she may serve the Duke as a go between for the Duke and the object of his affections, Olivia, who becomes infatuated with Cesario. We told you it was complicated! What's not complicated is Jordan's clean, modern approach to this famous tale, on show until May 24.

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