Peter Dukes talks Twelfth Night and Romeo and Juliet
Watermill Theatre’s dual-productions of Twelfth Night and Romeo & Juliet, which feature Winterson’s actor Peter Dukes, both get underway at the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, this week. The two plays provide an innovative take on Shakespeare’s work, adding a lively jazz feel to the traditional shows. Earlier this week Peter spoke to Gloucestershire’s online lifestyle magazine, SoGlos, about the two productions and the music that they bring.
Originally from Cirencester, Peter Dukes grew up performing in both Swindon and Cheltenham. Having been a professional actor since graduating from the Guildford School of Acting (GSA) in 2009, he now returns to the area to perform for the Watermill Theatre Company. Playing Malvlio in Twelfth Night and Tybalt in Romeo & Juliet, Dukes takes central roles, and he told SoGlos:
“The clarity of the story is so important and our adaptions focus on really letting the audience into these two differing worlds from the moment they walk in, taking them on the journey with us each night. The Watermill’s deep history of actor-musicianship immediately helps too, using music as much as the text to tell the story and engage with the audience.”
It’s a great interview which you can read in full here.