Sport for Jove celebrates Shakespeare's 450th

FAST becoming one of Sydney's top theatre companies, Sport For Jove will return to where it all began to celebrate Shakespeare's 450th anniversary.

The company, founded in The Hills five years ago, will perform a repertory season of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, or What You Will and All's Well That Ends Well at Parramatta's Riverside Theatres in March.

Artistic director Damien Ryan said audiences could expect the unexpected, particularly in All's Well That Ends Well — a play he said hasn't been performed in Sydney for decades.

"It's an opportunity to present a Shakespeare play where people don't know what happens next," Ryan said.

"Unless they take the time to read it, they will show up and wonder where the play is going to take them and they won't have any preconceived ideas.

"We also want it to feel like a new play, so we are giving it a contemporary and modern setting."

Ryan said he was not only looking forward to a special celebration of one of the greatest writers of all time, but also about doing it in his home town.

"Riverside Theatre was the first theatre I ever went to see a play when I was young," Ryan said.

"It was also where I got my first serious job, so it's a place very close to my heart.

"We try to bring theatre to The Hills, Parramatta and greater western Sydney that is grown out there and produced for those areas."

■ Details: March 5-8, Riverside Theatres, Parramatta; April 1-9, Seymour Centre, Sydney. Visit riversideparramatta.com.au or sportforjove.com.au.

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