Two historic sites are set to stage one of William Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies this weekend (Friday 14 and Saturday 15 July), as Twelfth Night is brought to life in a series of stunning open-air performances.
Historic Environment Scotland (HES) are inviting visitors on a dramatic journey of mistaken identity and deception as Folksy Theatre bring a contemporary re-telling of Shakespeare’s story of unrequited love to Bothwell Castle in Lanarkshire – with British Sign Language interpretation – and Duff House in Banff.
An outrageous tale of misadventure, Twelfth Night follows the trials of shipwrecked Viola who has lost her twin brother, Sebastian. Disguised as a boy for protection, she becomes a page in the service of Duke Orsino, and soon learns her disguise causes more problems than it solves.
Commenting on the upcoming performances, Lorna Ewan, Head of Visitor Experience, Content and Learning at HES, said: "Outdoor theatre is always a great way for visitors to enjoy our sites, and both Bothwell Castle and Duff House are sure to provide an atmospheric setting for Shakespearean performance.
"These performances will be filled with music and laughter as the play tackles questions of gender, identity, love and loneliness. We’re looking forward to welcoming this Folksy Theatre production to Duff House and Bothwell Castle this weekend."
Tom Hardwicke, Director of Folksy Theatre, added: "Twelfth Night is one of Shakespeare's best loved comedies and it's a favourite of ours. The music throughout the text makes it a great fit for Folksy. With our love of live music and talented cast of actor/musicians, we've had great fun bringing the songs to life."
Twelfth Night takes place on Friday 14 July at Duff House, Banff. Doors open at 6.15pm for 7pm start, with the performance running time approximately 2 hours. Tickets are available online and on the door.
The performance at Bothwell Castle, Uddingston takes place on Saturday 15 July. Doors open at 6.15pm for 7pm start, with the performance running time approximately 2 hours. Tickets are available now from Bothwell Castle, and will be available on the door on the night.
The Bothwell Castle performance will be interpreted in to British Sign Language.

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