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Oh, what a night

Published on July 11, 2017 12:22PM

Tamsin Greig (right) is not amused as Malvolia

Tamsin Greig (right) is not amused as Malvolia

Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity will grace the big screen in Newport this Friday, July 14, as National Theatre Live presents “Twelfth Night” with a twist.

Simon Godwin’s joyous new production stars Tamsin Greig as Malvolia, gender-flipping the traditionally male role to great effect.

The play opens with a ship wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother, Sebastian, is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love.

The nearby households of Olivia and Orsino are overrun with passion. Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible.

The ensemble cast also features Daniel Rigby, Tamara Lawrence, Doon Mackichan and Daniel Ezra.

National Theatre Live is an initiative by the UK’s National Theatre to broadcast live performances onto cinema screens around the world. Since its first season, which began in June 2009, millions have now experienced the National’s work on movie screens worldwide.

Friday’s screening, hosted by Lynne Walser-Clark, will run from 7 to 10 pm at the Newport Performing Arts Center, 777 W. Olive Street.

Tickets, $16 for adults, $13 for seniors and $11 for students, are available at the box office, by calling 541-265-ARTS or online at www.coastarts.org.

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