The year is 2020, and the corona pandemic is raging all over the world. A young woman called Viola loses her twin brother in a crowd and finds herself stranded in an exceedingly strange hotel – and the other people there are even more peculiar…

Twelfth Night, or Hotel Illyria is our answer to the question “Can a global crisis stop the BUEDG from putting on a summer production?” – certainly not! Join Viola as, disguised as a man, she joins the hotel staff and explores Hotel Illyria in video calls with the other guests and employees, all of whom have their own particular way of responding to the situation.

There is, for example, the hotel staff, headed by the owner, Duke Orsino, who lives in the penthouse and fancies himself a star musician. Or Olivia, a rich guest grieving for her brother, with her staff and family: Malvolio, her butler, who may or may not enjoy wearing yellow; Maria, her personal assistant, who seems to be the only sane person in the hotel; Dame Toby, Olivia’s aunt, who definitely does not enjoy a glass of wine a bit too much; and Sir Andrew, who Dame Toby would surely be friends with even if he didn’t pay for the minibar. And, perhaps most confusingly of all, there is the hotel clown, Feste, who is determined that (nearly) everyone will have a good time even in this crisis. Joined by a crafty concierge and others, Viola and the rest spend their time in Hotel Illyria singing, talking, laughing, drinking, fighting and being unhappily in love with each other – and as if this wasn’t enough, things get even more out of hand when Viola’s long-lost twin brother enters the scene…

Twelfth Night, or Hotel Illyria is an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night, or What You Will, retaining – with few exceptions – the original and unabridged text. The play will premiere on 31st July 2020 at 7pm on YouTube, where you can enjoy it live and chat with others, but it will of course remain accessible on the BUEDG YouTube channel after that. The stream is free, but donations are welcome. Do join us, check in and prepare for an exceptional stay in Hotel Illyria!