“When the Sal’s delivery guy walked on stage with five large pizzas, I understood why Filter Theatre artistic director Ferdy Roberts described “Twelfth Night” as ‘anarchic.’’
“From the onset, the company made it clear this wasn’t your high school English teacher’s Shakespeare (unless you had a wicked cool teacher).”
"My highest recommendation: SEE THIS SHOW."
“Filter Modernizes Classic With Spectacular Results”
“Will leave you enthralled not only with the cast and the play, but with the primacy of live performance to engage and delight.”
"Theatergoers familiar with the original will find much that delights"
"It makes perfect sense to have an onstage band, which in this case includes drummer Alan Pagan, electric bassist Fred Thomas and other performers creating sundry electronic effects."
"Amy Marchant is eminently winning as Viola"
"Paced by very charismatic performers and spiked with frequently weird music that happened to be to my taste."
"A ‘Twelfth Night’ To Rock With"
"Updated and invigorated with blithe touches of a modern beat, this is Twelfth Night remixed."
"Enjoyable and delightful"
"The boldness of this production is truly something to be admired"
"It takes a great deal of courage to create this kind of art; dispensing with tropes of Shakespeare past while embracing a fresh vivacity of Shakespeare future. These performers shake it off with a ferocity that Taylor Swift would envy;"
"Sitting in the audience, you can’t help but be part of this celebration (actually literally; be ready for anything including a mid-show pizza party with real pizza)."
"Go catch Twelfth Night before it’s gone."
"Fun, flirty, and frivolous"
"Even though this ArtsEmerson production has the Royal Shakespeare Company’s official stamp of approval, it’s certainly not Queen Elizabeth’s Bard. This madcap, radically remixed version of Shakespeare’s comic cross-dressing love triangle is 90 minutes of stripped-down, live-music-infused participatory theater."
"Go. Go see it. That's all I can say." - @Igofboston
"Holy S*** it was great." - @corinnemmason
"Go see Twelfth Night right now at! You are missing out big time otherwise!!!" - @khemingway
“Very raw very powerful performance with a Comedic twist.go.” - @KennyCooks
“Charming, witty and engaging. Loved watching Twelfth Night” - @JGuneratne
"Filter’s approach meshes well with “Twelfth Night,” says Roberts, who describes the play as “manic, full of anarchy, heartbreaking, silly, and full of music.”"
"One of Shakespeare’s most iconic lines — “If music be the food of love play on” — comes from “Twelfth Night.” The Filter Theatre made sure that sentiment dominated their mounting with a live band adding folk, heavy metal and wild jazz to the proceedings."
"Twelfth Night: Rock and roll Shakespeare’s a blast"
“Filter is a company blessed with wit, style and a touch of magic, and despite the huge liberties and bizarre leaps of imagination that the production takes, a great deal of the spirit of the original remains.”
“Better yet, the jokes are genuinely funny, the music, ranging from folk and free jazz to heavy rock, is both spontaneous and exciting, and Shakespeare's original lyrics are wisely retained. At 80 minutes, this irreverent and inventive Twelfth Night never outstays its welcome.”
“One certainly wouldn't want this show to be the last word on Twelfth Night, but for those who believe that Shakespeare is big enough to survive and indeed profit from the occasional modern twist, it's just the ticket.”
“...when you enter the theatre, the stage seems to be set for a rock concert rather than a play.”
“Filter is a company blessed with wit, style and a touch of magic.”
“The music...spontaneous and exciting.”
“...an anarchic, spontaneous and sexy impression of the original, played on an empty stage, stripped to the fly ropes.”
“The mayhem they create in the auditorium is extraordinary.”
“...you are left with a sense that you have encountered this 400-year-old play for the very first time.”
“...one hell of a way to encounter Shakespeare.”
“...sonic virtuosity and physical exuberance…”
“...meticulously plotted sound-design...cunningly mixed with an audience-engaging spontaneity.”
“...Puts the fun back into Twelfth Night and allows us to become participants in a feast of misrule.”
“this company's blend of sonic virtuosity and physical exuberance perfectly fits a music-filled comedy that deals with the rapture of young love.”
“The real virtue of this production, however, is that it puts the fun back into Twelfth Night and allows us to become participants in a feast of misrule.”
"Filter, one of Britain's best and boldest devising companies"
“...Explosive, funny and fast-paced.”
“...one of the most exciting and accessible productions of Shakespeare’s much-loved comedy.”
THE SUNDAY TIMES ★★★★
"The most hardhearted purists would melt at Filter's 90-minute reworking of this play, directed with passion, panache and precision by Sean Holmes. For newcomers to Shakespeare I can't think of a better introduction. The music is ferocious, fiery and funny: at times, it makes the Stones look like a group of genteel clergymen. This is not a send-up: it's a celebration – mad, wild, loving and hilarious."
THE METRO ★★★★
"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 LONDON PAPER ★★★★
"This modern staging makes the Bard's timeless comedy of mis-matched romantic desires burst with fresh irreverence."
"Fresh, fast and very funny... Chaotic, creative and zinging with vibrant irreverence."
- Location: Emerson/Paramount Mainstage
- Ages: 13+
- Run Time: 90 minutes with no intermission
- Presented by: Filter Theatre in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company
- Written by: William Shakespeare
- Created by: Filter Theatre
- Directed by: Sean Holmes
- Music and Sound by: Tom Haines and Ross Hughes
- Performers: Ronke Adekoluejo, Sandy Foster, Harry Jardine, Amy Marchant, Fergus O’Donnell, Dan Poole, Alan Pagan and Fred Thomas