Filter Theatre promises a riotous Night to remember

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Filter Theatre are bringing their critically-acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night to Doncaster for the first time, running at new venue Cast next week.

Originally commissioned by RSC Artistic Director Michael Boyd as part of the RSC’s Complete Works Festival, Filter’s characteristically radical and riotous interpretation of this well-worn classic reaffirms their reputation as one of the most consistently inventive and critically acclaimed theatre companies working today.

Here nothing is hidden and no two shows are the same – decisions on the direction of the performance are taken on the hoof as the narrative unfolds and each performance develops in a different way each night.

In this informal production the stage is covered in cables, technical equipment, synthesisers, microphones, amplifiers and supporting instruments that enable Filter to create the world of the play through sound.

Performed under house lights with actors in casual costumes, the experience is described by Filter as “more akin to a rock concert than classic theatre, creating an exhilarating live chemistry between actor, audience and text”.

Filter, formed in 2003, is led by actors Oliver Dimsdale and Ferdy Roberts and musician Tim Phillips. The company works with a trademark fusion of performance with integrated live music and sound.

Cast, Doncaster’s new theatre in Waterdale in the town’s Civic and Cultural Quarter, opened its doors on Friday, September 6, welcoming a total of over 6,000 people. The venue’s first season includes Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Particle Velocity, Rash Dash’s The Ugly Sisters and Cast’s own pantomime, Cinderella, which will be directed by Kully Thiarai.

Twelfth Night is on from next Tuesday to Saturday.

Tickets for the opening season are on sale via Doncaster Ticket Office on 01302 303 959 or online from