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Dont miss: Mumbai Theatre Company's Twelfth Night

At first glance, Mumbai’s The Company Theatre’s Hindi production of Twelfth Night seems at worst a colourful curiosity and at best, sheer entertainment, which just goes to show how misplaced Eurocentrism can be. In fact, this is a delightful programme - and it's in Shanghai this week.

Rarely has an ensemble enjoyed its material, its audience and each other so much; when we witnessed the show at last year's Wuzhen International Theatre Festival, the stage just radiated infectious energy. More importantly, there was balance in all things. What could have easily become a riot of noise and colour blended slapstick comedy with genuine tenderness; the company married an obvious respect for the text with an effective individuality, not least by inserting oddly well-suited Hindi songs. Their broad facial expressions and audience interactions were always natural and their timing was impeccable.

Most importantly, all performances were equally strong, and equally individual. Mansi Multani (Olivia) is that rare beautiful woman who isn’t afraid to make faces, and Geetanjali Kulkarni (Viola) effortlessly toggles between male and female body language, comedy and pathos.

After one poignant exchange with Orsino, she sits in darkness, slowly wiping off her drawn-on moustache, unwinding her hair from her turban and tearfully singing – as the subtitles put it – 'a song of unrequited love', as the audience is stunned into silence. Contrast this with Sebastian’s fumbling seduction of Olivia; while she sings a passionate song, he struggles with a foreboding knot on her blouse. But as the audience laughs itself into hysteria, the production never lost its quality or honesty.

If we have a quibble – and we say 'if' – it’s that Malvolio (Saurabh Nayyar) was far too handsome to be a perpetual victim, and alpha male Orsino (Sagar Deshmukh) probably never needed a go-between for Olivia. Having said that, this Orsino was not weak but arrogant – he loves Viola not as the end result of cross-gender confusion but because of her utter devotion to him, and he probably used her services out of pride rather than necessity.

As for handsome Malvolio, he presented the Wuzhen end-of-show wedding garland to Time Out, so we’re not complaining. Talk about making Shakespeare accessible.