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TWELFTH NIGHT CAST (article first published : 2000-07-23)

The casting for the Playhouse Company’s production of Shakespeare’s much-loved romantic comedy, Twelfth Night, has been announced.

Fiery performer Leeanda Reddy, who starred in Ronnie Govender’s critically acclaimed At The Edge which toured India, plays Viola/Cesario. Tamar Meskin plays the noble-born Olivia. Director of the award-winning drama War Cry, which played at the Playhouse for two successful weeks, Tamar is a lecturer at University of Natal, Durban.

Playing the part of the sharp witted fool, Feste will be actor, director, mime-movement specialist and creator of Not The Grahamstown Festival, Aldo Brincat. Another well-known personality and award-winning director of the successful Actor’s Co-Operative, Garth Anderson, will play the gloomy steward Malvolio. Garth has appeared in numerous major productions in Durban, the most recent being Robin’s a Cruise-Ou.

FNB Vita Award Nominee for best actor in 2000 (Greg King’s Popcorn) is Michael Gritten who plays the role of Sir Andrew Agucheek. Belinda Henwood, who also starred in Popcorn, plays the role of the vivacious Maria. Johannesburg actor John Whiteley, no stranger to Durban audiences, makes a welcome return to play Sir Toby Belch.

A special feature of the play will be commissioned music directed by distinguished jazz-musician Roland Moses from The Brian Thusi Sextet. Design will be in the hands of Peter Cazalet.

"Twelfth Night lends itself to an updated treatment better than most of Shakespeare’s plays,” says Ralph Lawson. “Little needs to be compromised or stretched in any way. In fact the dialogue, and particularly the comedy, can emerge as relevant and fresh - so I think the experiment should appeal to young audiences and traditionalists and should prove to be a big hit."

Presented by the Playhouse Company, Twelfth Night runs in the Playhouse Drama Theatre from August 23 to September 9. Book at TicketWeb including Engen Quick Shops, Intel, Mr Delivery, and most Edgars stores. Order on-line at www.ticketweb.co.za or phone Dial-A-Seat on (031) 369-9444, also the number to call for special school performances (tickets R10 per pupil)




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