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Twelfth Night
by William Shakespeare

Wimbledon Studio Theatre

2001
10th April to 28th April
Monday to Saturday at 7.30 pm

Cast List

Reviews

Orsino
Sam Gordon
Curio
Mark Wyman
Valentine
Petros Emanuel
Captain of a Ship
Trevor Armstrong Eynon
Viola
Lisa May
Sir Toby Belch
Bryan Pilkington
Maria
Helen Bachrich
Sir Andrew Aguecheek
Daniel Wexler
Feste
Kenneth McClellan
Olivia
Victoria Walker
Malvolio
Philip Mansfield
Sebastian
David Gray
Antonio
Petros Emanuel
Fabian
Trevor Armstrong Eynon
Officers

Mark Wyman

Sam Gordon

Priest
Mark Wyman
   
Directed by
Melissa Holston

Review by Paul Nelson

Probably the best and clearest production of Shakespeare's best loved play, and certainly my favourite of his comedies, is to be seen presented by the excellent Logos Theatre Company at the Studio Theatre in Wimbledon Broadway...  The 'fire and ice' of director Melissa Holston's hand makes the evening something to remember, as always.  I think I can report nothing more favourable than reporting that a smalll child (obviously under ten) clearly with not a lot of prior knowledge, sat rapt with attention and rocked with laughter at the funnier moments.  What we think of as possibly archaic language crosses barriers that we (certainly I) thought were impassable.  I couldn't have been more delighted.  The production boasts the best Malvolio I have seen.  The measured tread of Philip Mansfield, his occasional lapses into dropping his aitches and revealing a working class origin, not instantly apparent, and not overused, is a brilliant touch.  I for one found it not only startlingly funny, but a telling pointer toward the character.  It is the first revelation of the evening.  The second is that Kenneth McClellan, founder of Logos and here playing the jester Feste, produces the clearest delineation of the character that anyone could wish.  He has a true singing voice, and I hope that the tunes he sang... are the ones handed down since the Bard himself was alive...  There is a moving Olivia (Victoria Walker), a splendid Antonio (Petros Emanuel), a killingly funny cameo of the priest who marries Sebastian and Olivia (Mark Wyman) and a bold attempt at Toby Belch by Bryan Pilkington, who looks far too young for the part.  The cast make amusing asides to the audience constantly throughout the play, which makes for a cosy evening and the feeling that the entire thing is being performed for you only.  There are some absolutely brilliant directorial touches which caught me off balance and made me laugh outright.  Indeed, I haven't laughed quite so much at a production of this very familiar play for some years. 

Wimbledon News
27th April 2001
Lucy Orson

Logos Theatre Company have brought one of Shakespeare's greatest comedies, Twelfth Night, to the theatre just as it should be: full of merriment, excitement, madness, confusion, extravagance and of course, ultimately, happy resolution.  The company has been performing for 12 years and prides itself on providing high quality refreshing performances whilst remaining faithful to the author's original intentions - there is no doubt that the Bard himself would find this piece a triumph.  Logos have pieced together a sumptuous yet intimate performance that works in harmony with the Wimbledon Studio Theatre... The sub-plot revolves around Olivia's steward, Malvolio, played so brilliantly by the Alan Rickman-esque Philip Mansfield... Kenneth McClellan gives another notable performance, playing alongside a young and promising cast in his 90th Shakespeare part as the fool.  This is a wonderfully accessible production that will leave you dying with laughter! 

Another review
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Logos' faultless production will make you feel that you are watching the play exactly as Shakespeare himself would have intended you to enjoy it.  This fresh, crystal-clear interpretation is worthy of any West End stage, yet a bigger auditorium than the compact Wimbledon Studio could lose the wonderful intimacy that the players bring about through eye contact and subtle interaction with the audience.  The cast wants to entertain you and this is accomplished - through every facial expression, gesture and speech delivery - with flying colours.  All the cast members without exception, whether in principal or supporting roles (and some play both), perform confidently and convincingly.  Lisa May shines as Viola/Cesario in a beautifully expressive performance, while Victoria Walker is perfect as the fair Countess OliviaPhilip Mansfield seems born to play the role of Malvolio, the snooty, puritanical steward of Olivia's household who just can't help but make himself unpopular.  His forced change in behaviour, following ridiculous instructions when he is tricked into believing that his wealthy mistress is in love with him, is hilariously portrayed. Equally entertaining are the bawdy, drunken revellers Sir Toby Belch and Sir Andrew Aguecheek, brilliantly performed by Bryan Pilkington and Daniel WexlerKenneth McClellan makes a great Feste, the witty fool.  Top marks to director Melissa Holston for creating the feel of 16th-century theatre, aided by a simple but effective set, good light management, rich, traditional costumes, and original music accompaniment.  If you want to experience Shakespeare at its best, don't miss this magical production at the Wimbledon Studio

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