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Twelfth Night in Nonsuch and Cannizaro Parks

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

SUMMER Shakespeare returns to Nonsuch Park, Cheam (July 22 and 23) and Cannizaro Park, Wimbledon (July 24 to July 26) with Mayhem Theatre Company’s outdoor production of one of the bard’s best-loved comedies, Twelfth Night.

Shipwrecked on the shores of Illyria and believing her twin brother, Sebastian, to be drowned, young noblewoman Viola sets out, determined to survive in this strange land. Disguising herself as a man, she joins the household of Duke Orsino, who is pining for the reclusive Countess Olivia.

However, when she is sent to woo Olivia on Orsino’s behalf, a whirlwind of events unfold involving mistaken identity, cunning tricks and the folly of ambition.

Twelfth Night follows the huge success of Mayhem’s previous productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Much Ado About Nothing.

Director Maggie Kruger said:

“Nonsuch and Cannizaro provide beautiful backdrops to our Shakespeare productions and we can’t wait to return with this year’s fantastic show. Twelfth Night is a classic chaotic comedy – romance and cross-dressing alongside hilarious characters such as Sir Toby Belch and the yellow-stockinged Malvolio. What could be more British than putting your faith in the weather and heading out for a picnic and a bit of Shakespeare? Don’t forget to bring a bottle!”

Mayhem’s summer Shakespeare productions have proved very popular in previous years with a high demand for tickets and limited space available. As performances sold out in advance last year, the Company are urging people to book their tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Producer Elinor Morgan Jones said:

“We were inundated with requests for tickets last year, and so we have added an extra performance this summer to help cope with demand. We are also thrilled this year to offer a ticket and picnic hamper deal in conjunction with Deli Delights of Ewell Village. Of course, audiences are more than welcome to bring their own picnics, but we know how difficult it can be to pick up something on the way to the park, especially for those commuting directly from work. There are a number of different hampers available to suit a variety of tastes, all of which can be pre-ordered and bought alongside tickets for the show direct from the advance box office and collected at the venue on the night”.

Tickets: £13/£10 (concessions/MMTC members) – available on 07976 872127 or online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/mmtc.

NB: Picnic orders must be booked by Friday, July 18 at the latest.

Time: 7.45pm.

Ticket holders are asked to bring their own seating or rugs. Picnics are welcome. A performance will only be cancelled if absolutely necessary due to adverse weather conditions. In this instance, if possible, tickets for an alternative performance will be offered. However, the company will not be able to provide monetary refunds.