A new adaptation of William Shakespeare’s comedic classic TWELFTH NIGHT – a 90-minute version with a music score excerpted from the 1960’s and 70’s pop songbook – will be among the first professional live theatre productions in the DC area next month when a newly-formed troupe, Her Majesty & Sons, debuts the show August 5 to 15 at the DC War Memorial, it has been announced by the producers, Anna DiGiovanni and Rachel Felstein. 

Opening night is August 7. All curtains at 7 p.m. 

TWELFTH NIGHT is adapted and directed by Séamus Miller, a DC-based director who previously directed JULIUS CAESAR at the War Memorial. The producers note that while the War Memorial is widely-known presently as a wedding venue, it was designed as both a memorial to soldiers from DC during World War I, and as a bandshell, which makes it acoustically ideal to support text and music. 

The cast, which doubles as live musicians under the musical direction of Tori Boutin, is comprised of DC-based actors who have been seen in productions at Arena Stage, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Folger Theatre, Studio Theater, and Signature Theatre, among others: Tori Boutin, Anna DiGiovanni, Rachel Felstein, Terrance Fleming, Shubhangi Kuchibhotla, Jessica Lefkow, Ryan Sellers, and Michael Wood.

Ticket prices: seats $25 each; standing $10 each. For performance and ticket information and to purchase, www.eventcreate.com/e/12thnightdc

Photo: (L to R) Michael Wood, Jessica Lefkow and Tori Boutin – photo by  Michael Haller