10th/11th May 2018 at The Broadway Theatre Peterborough
This is a tale of betrayal and revenge and Prospero its creator.
“At this hour, Lie at my mercy all mine enemies.” (Prospero Act 4 Scene 1)
A remote island … filled with music and mystery. For twelve years, the banished Prospero waits. Finally, a tempestuous supernatural storm ensues bringing his enemies closer. Armed with magical books and a legion of spirits, he brings his powers to bear on his former tormentors.
Gearbox Theatre Company brings to you an exciting production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. In association with Broadway Productions, this performance draws its influence from the building itself. Built in 1938 as a cinema, later to become a theatre, The Broadway’s stunning Art Deco interior and epic proportions provide clues for the world in which the story is set. The sound and music (composed and created by Matt Challinor) surrounds us, light dances across the stage and magic and illusion bestows moments of wonder. Whilst remaining faithful to Shakespeare’s original text, our cast from Peterborough’s community of talented actors aim to resound with our modern-day audience.
Combining Peterborough Cathedral’s stunning Norman architecture, a sixties skiffle band and Shakespeare’s poetic language, the talented Gearbox Theatre Company brings to you a lively, entertaining and colourful production of one of Shakespeare’s best loved comedies, Twelfth Night.
It is the swinging sixties in Illyria where music really is ‘the Food of Love’. Cesario loves Orsino, Orsino loves Olivia, Olivia loves Cesario … but Cesario is really Viola, Sebastian’s twin sister … and is Sebastian really drowned? And then there is Malvolio … cruelly deceived into yellow stockings and crossed-garters by the riotous ‘rogues’ of this enchanting tale. There is love and marriage, laughter, mischief and cross-dressing. A sixties skiffle band harmonises with a cathedral organ to create the original and somewhat nostalgic soundtrack (music by Steve Hession). This is a show not to be missed.