and Articles on Twelfth Night
Listener: "Michael Hurst's dazzling Twelfth Night perfectly captures the giddy madness of romantic yearning. . . . This is a production as clear and sparkling as its azure ocean." . . . "The imagination and exuberance of Hurst's production bring many moments of pure magic and the performances are uniformly excellent, with wonderful textual clarity and rich characterisations."
NBR: "Theatrical genius Michael Hurst has set the play in the 1950s in an expat community somewhere in the Pacific." . . . "Much of the play's appeal is in the delicious word play, which can often be lost if actors merely gabble the words. The cast in this production revel in their ability to express the subtleties of the language with precise acting, timing and expression." . . . "Jennifer Ward Lealand is stunning as the Grace Kelly lookalike Olivia . . . "
Zealand Herald: "Michael Hurst's scintillating production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night transports us to a sun-drenched beach in a world of music, drink, romance and madness - the perfect antidote for mid-winter blues." " . . . joyous mayhem in this superb production."
Sunday Star-Times: " . . . when done well Shakespeare is sublimely funny, supremely human, qualities this hilarious production achieves seemingly without effort, despite the sweat it must have taken. . . . As the best theatre should, this production leaves us wanting more."
Theatrereview: "Michael Hurst's interpretation of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night or, What You Will, is exquisitely crafted, beautiful, and enormously accessible. The continuous ripples of hearty laughter from the opening night audience, who willingly interacted with the players, is testament to his triumph."