Monday, February 22, 2016

Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" Given a Rock Transformation

Filter Theatre's "Twelfth Night" Photo Credit: mark garvin

        The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to bring Twelfth Night to the Byham Theater, 101 6th Street, Pittsburgh, PA, this February.  Part of the Cohen & Grigsby TRUST PRESENTS Series, Twelfth Night will be performed on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. and Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.  Tickets start at $20 and are available, by phone at 412-456-6666 or in person at the Box Office at Theatre Square, 655 Penn Avenue.
    Twelfth Night, originally written by William Shakespeare in 1601, is a play “full of magic and transformation, loss and reconciliation,” said Simon Reade, Filter Theatre Producer and author of Dear Mr Shakespeare: Letters to a Jobbing Playwright.
   Filter Theatre, in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company, transforms this age old Shakespearian comedy into a condensed, fast-paced play complete with a rock sound and atmosphere. “The stage for their version of Twelfth Night is more reminiscent of a rock gig than a straight play, strewn as it is with sound equipment and musical instruments,” Paul Taylor, theatre reviewer for the UK’s Independent newspaper.
    “Filter’s lo-fi, 90min remix of Shakespeare’s comedy infects the audience with the play’s celebratory spirit of madness from the start…You leave feeling slightly changed yourself.” – The Metro.
    This explosive new take on Shakespeare’s play is sure to enchant all with its Shakespearian foundation but modern, alternative approach. All are welcome to attend.

Sandy Foster and Dan Poole in "Twelfth Night" Photo Credit: Mark Garvin

    “One of Britain’s best and boldest devising companies” – Metro
    Filter has been creating innovative, exciting theatre since 2003. Filter’s unique collaborative language explores the interaction between sound, music, text, and movement, in a desire to make stories that awaken the imaginative senses of an audience. Working out of a real sense of trust, and retaining a robust emotional honesty and playfulness, the company creates new works of original theatre, as well as dynamic incarnations of existing texts. To find out more about Filter Theatre visit
    The Royal Shakespeare Company (also known as the RSC) is based in Stratford-upon-Avon and produces an inspirational artistic programme each year, setting Shakespeare in context, alongside the work of his contemporaries and today’s writers. Visit for more information.

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