• 'Bitter but playful, this production is utterly beautiful to watch.' ★★★★★ Whatsonstage

  • 'Go for Propeller’s ingenious wit and ability to extract energy and humour from almost every line.' ★★★★ The Independent

  • 'Excitingly original, brilliantly inventive, thrilling and very fast moving.' British Theatre Guide

  • 'A hugely entertaining and thoughtful new angle to a very old play.' ★★★★The Public Reviews

Twelfth Night and The Taming of the Shrew 2012/13


One of Shakespeare’s best loved comedies of love and confusion, Twelfth Night tells a twisted tale of mistaken identity, transformation and deception.  With a man playing a girl disguised as a boy, illusion and reality are almost indistinguishable on Propeller’s island of Illyria. Dark and delightful, the play asks ‘What happens when you fall in love with the wrong person?’ and the answer is both beautiful and bittersweet.

In The Taming Of The Shrew two, disguised, competing suitors clamour for the hand of beautiful  Bianca whilst gold digging Petruchio agrees to wed her viciously ill-tempered sister Kate sight-unseen. The difference between marrying for love and marrying for money, however, becomes increasingly difficult to judge. This brash, brutal and darkly comic story pulls no punches.

Both plays explore beautifully how being in love with the wrong person reveals true feeling as Shakespeare asks us to examine what makes happiness.

One thing is certain - nobody does Shakespeare like Propeller.

Propeller presented these plays from November 2012 until August 2013 as part of a national and international tour.

Throughout the tour, Propeller supported Target Ovarian Cancer, the national ovarian cancer charity working to save lives and helping women diagnosed live their lives to the full, wherever they live in the UK. Donations can be taken here.

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