Theatre company bringing their Yorkshire version of classic Shakespeare play to Leeds

Front Room Productions have received Arts Council funding which will enable them to show their version of Twelfth Night at Temple Newsam's Home Farm from August 1 to 12. The show will bring a Yokshire slant to Shakespeare. Photo by James Clare.
Front Room Productions have received Arts Council funding which will enable them to show their version of Twelfth Night at Temple Newsam's Home Farm from August 1 to 12. The show will bring a Yokshire slant to Shakespeare. Photo by James Clare.
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A theatre company have received the funding to be able to take their barmy, farmyard adaptation of a Shakespeare classic to audiences in Leeds.

Front Room Productions have received Arts Council funding which will enable them to show their version of Twelfth Night at Temple Newsam’s Home Farm from August 1 to 12.

The show will offer audiences a bite-sized, approachable take on Shakespeare’s comedy, featuring live music and placed into to a fun farmyard setting.

Having been launched last year, the production company have promised that year’s show, which will be funded by Arts Council England and delivered in partnership with Temple Newsam Estate, will be bigger and better than ever before.

The show will transport Shakespeare’s best-loved comedy to modern-day rural Yorkshire, leading audiences through the cobbled yards and traditional buildings of Home Farm, taking inspiration from its location.

Viola and Sebastian will be framed as city-slicker siblings, Orsino as a local farming tycoon, Olivia an ill-suited country girl, and Sir Andrew Auguecheek a try-hard hipster.

Actors will use Shakespeare’s original language, but the performances aims to unearth the modern day idiosyncrasies such language and make the show accessible to modern audiences.

Olivia Race, Artistic Director of Front Room Productions, said: “We wanted to remove staid Shakespeare preconceptions, and create a contemporary yet faithful production with a Yorkshire slant – a show that feels as though it could only happen now in Leeds.”

Tickets at www.ticketsource.co.uk/frontroomproductions.