Sunday, 14 August 2016

Theater Basel | Was ihr wollt (Twelfth Night, or What You Will)

Finally the new season of the Theater Basel has started, with an absolutely amazing premiere of Shakespeares "Twelfth Night, or What You Will" in a production by Julia Hölscher.
The comedy was written as a commissioned work 12 days after christmas when Shakespeare was asked to write a "cheerful story" and therefore he named it "Twelfth Night, or What You Will".
Twelfth night is played at the ancient roman theater Augusta Raurica which we think is a wonderful location for the play, as it creates a very ancient and mystical atmosphere.

Twelfth Night is about confused love, confused gender and guides us through the comical-melancholic story where the fool seems to be the only one who knows what's what and who's who.
Viola, in the disguise of Cesario loves the duke Orsino, Orsino loves Olivia and Olivia loves Viola / Cesario.
Even more confusion is created when Violas twin brother Sebastian (who she thought died in the shipwreck) arrives in the same town and he is being confused with Viola and Viola is being confused with him.

The play is very entertaining and catchy and the actors were fantastic, we think it is particularly remarkable how they were running up and down the stairs of the roman Theater in the summer heat and were still able to act and speak.

The costumes, make up and especially the hairstyles of the characters were very strong and conspicuous and emphasize the comical character of the play.

The play will be shown two more times at Augusta Raurica (on the 16th and 17th August) and from then in the Foyer at the Theater Basel, which will be set up like a roman amphitheater for the play.


Thiemo Strutzenberger as ORSINO (DUKE OF ILLYRIEN)
Lisa Stiegler as VIOLA (SEBASTIANS SISTER), CESARIO
Florian von Manteuffel as SIR TOBY RÜLPS (OLIVIAS UNCLE)
Elias Eilinghoff as SIR ANDREW LEICHENWANG
Barbara Horvath as OLIVIA (A RICH COUNTESS)
Nicola Kirsch as MARIA (OLIVIAS WAITING MAID)
Steffen Höld as MALVOLIO (OLIVIAS CHAMBERLAIN)
Katja Jung as ALLEGRA
Myriam Schröder as FESTE (FOOL)
Max Rothbart as SEBASTIAN (VIOLAS BROTHER)
Michael Wächter as ANTONIO (SEBASTIANS FRIEND, MUSICIAN)

production: Julia Hölscher
stage: Paul Zoller
costumes: Esther Bialas
music: Arno Waschk
dramatic composition: Sabrina Hofer

pictures © Simon Hallström

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