09 Feb

Press Release: Wolverhampton treasure in the spotlight

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PRESS RELEASE 9 February 2018

Wolverhampton treasure in the spotlight for a Shakespeare Classic

Fans of the Bard are looking forward to the Royal Shakespeare Company’s live screening of his most famous comedy ‘Twelfth Night’ on Valentine’s Day, Wednesday 14th February.

Sharp eyed locals have noticed a very familiar setting for the cinema trailer, which features Adrian Edmonson as the yellow-stockinged Malvolio and Kara Tointon as Olivia.

Wightwick Manor in Wolverhampton was chosen as the ideal location for the trailer filming, and has also been used as inspiration for the production design for the play, which is currently playing to packed houses in Stratford upon Avon.

Light House Media Centre, which is screening the play live as part of their popular ‘Thinema’ season, has reported a high demand for tickets, and have added an extra ‘encore’ screening on Saturday 7th April at 2pm, as the Valentine’s screening is likely to sell out.

Zoe Willems, Visitor Experience Manager at The National Trust’s Wightwick Manor said of the trailer “The Mander family who built Wightwick Manor were great supporters of the arts, and it’s fantastic that their richly beautiful house has formed the inspiration for the look of this production and the backdrop to the trailer.”

The trailer can be viewed here http://light-house.co.uk/calendar/2017/06/rsc-twelfth-night/

Fans intending to see Twelfth Night on Valentine’s Night should book quickly to avoid disappointment. Tickets are priced at £14/£12 concessions.

Wightwick Manor and Gardens, Wightwick Bank, Wolverhampton WV6 8EE

Gardens and tearoom open from 10am, shop and Malthouse Gallery from 10.30am, and House from 12 noon (earlier entry by tour only). Site closes at 4pm until 17th March, from then 5pm.

This year Wightwick Manor is one of the 20 National Trust properties taking part in the National Public Programming theme of Women and Power, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first women’s suffrage in the UK. For more details of our programme under the banner ‘Art and Activism’, please see www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wightwick-manor-and-gardens/features/wightwick-manor-art-and-activism
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