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A night under the stars with Shakespeare at Duff House

Duff House is set to stage one of William Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies this weekend (Friday 14 July), as Twelfth Night is brought to life in a stunning open-air performance.

Historic Environment Scotland (HES), who manage Duff House, 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 the Georgian mansion 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 performance, Graeme Curran, Manager of Duff House, said: “Outdoor theatre is a great way for visitors to enjoy the splendour of Duff House and its beautiful landscaped grounds. We’re encouraging everyone to pack a picnic and enjoy this creative interpretation of a classic Shakespeare comedy in a magical outdoor setting.

“The evening 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 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 14th 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.
Historic Scotland Members will receive a 10% discount when they login to the membership website to buy tickets.

For more information about our upcoming events, visit www.historicenvironment.scot.

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