Performing Twelfth Night is an unusual way to spend your birthday, but that’s what Mike Barber and Stephen Lowin decided to do when they auditioned for the parts of Sir Toby Belch and Sir Andrew Aguecheek respectively.
The duo’s drunken antics - all in the name of theatre, and not simply to celebrate their birthdays - will delight audiences this summer as EODS Productions take William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night to the Italian Gardens, Holywell.
The scheming Maria, played by EODS regular Jane Tingley will endeavour to keep the two knights under control, while at the same time plotting to bring down her superior, the pompous Malvolio. Phil Poole plays the much maligned servant.
Considered one of Shakespeare’s masterpieces, the play reveals the love triangle that exists between Viola-Orsino-Olivia, played out against a background of trickery, confusion and mistaken identity.
Twelfth Night runs from July 29 to August 8, nightly at 7.30pm. (No performance Sunday 2nd August). All seating is covered. Arrive early and bring a picnic or choose from tea, coffee wine and beer and a fine array of homemade cakes in the refreshment marquee.
Tickets available at £18 and £15 with concessions at £13 are now booking from the Congress Theatre box office 01323 412000. www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk