Roaring Twenties setting for Shakespearean comedy

In a production inspired by Windsor and Detroit’s colourful past, the University Players will stage one of William Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, Twelfth Night, for 14 performances March 6 to 22 in the Hatch Studio Theatre.

The play is the ideal treat at the end of a cold Windsor winter, says director Gordon McCall.

“Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night celebrates the 12 days of Christmastide and is filled to the brim with festivity, ribald hijinks, rapier wit, and a happy ever after ending with a twist,” he explains. “Our version, while remaining true to Shakespeare’s magical words, is set in Roaring Twenties downtown Detroit, with its attendant rum running, speakeasies, Charleston dance craze, fervent anti-drinking temperance movement and the amazing music of the period. It is a perfect antidote to the long-winter blues.”

This light-hearted comedy is a celebration of romance, satire, and mistaken identity, as a shipwrecked noblewoman must make her own way under the clever disguise of a man. Hysterical chaos ensues as ridiculous love triangles are formed and destructive plans are put in place. This ensemble production will whisk you away on a crazy adventure that ends with a thoroughly satisfying conclusion… except perhaps for the deeply wronged and cross-gartered Malvolio.

Wednesday through Saturday performances are at 8 p.m. Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m., as is an additional Saturday on March 14. A “Talk Back” discussion with the director and actors will follow the performance on Sunday, March 8.

The Hatch Studio Theatre is located in the Jackman Dramatic Art Centre. Order tickets online at or by calling 519-253-3000, ext. 2808.