Traquair’s Twelfth Night could get Stratford showing

Simone Rebello appears at Innerleithen's Memorial Hall on May 19
Simone Rebello appears at Innerleithen's Memorial Hall on May 19

WHILE 2012 sees Traquair host the World Shakespeare Festival, the house’s annual performance of one of the bard’s most famous works will take place as usual.

This year, Shakespeare at Traquair stages Twelfth Night.

It will form part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Open Stages programme, and along with 263 amateur productions across the UK, the company have the possibility of performing at Stratford in July. Director Richard Forsyth said: “The quality of Shakespeare at Traquair productions is already recognised as being very high.

“The cast and crew have received invaluable training from Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre of Scotland professionals which adds to the professionalism of their production.

“But what is new this year is the group has commissioned a local musician, Chris Dubé, to compose the music and he along with other local musicians will integrate their musical performances into the play.

“The costume department is working extremely hard. Costume mistress Jane Gaze was unable to resist the temptation of creating 16th century style Stuart costumes to compliment the mainly 16th century facade at Traquair House. Jane is an archivist, so the costumes should be authentic and each one individually made by our costume team.”

Richard went on: “After going for her dress fitting, Leah Moorhouse, who will play Olivia, looked like the cat who had got the cream and remarked that she just absolutely loved her dress.

“Again we have a lot of young people who wish to perform with Shakespeare at Traquair. Catlin Morris travels from the Kelso area and Steve Walt comes all the way from Durham to perform with the group.

“And this year we welcome back Michael Boyd who performed in our first production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 1995.”

Those wishing to attend should note the performances run a week earlier than normal. from Wednesday, May 23 to Sunday, May 27 and Thursday, May 31 to Saturday, June 2.

Performances start at 7.30pm, apart from Sunday, May 27 when it starts at 6.30pm.

Wednesday and Thursday night tickets cost £8/£6 and Friday, Saturday, Sunday tickets £14/£12. They are available now from the Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, by phoning 01721 725777.