The renowned comedy of the beloved English Bard is travelling to the South West, kicking off the region’s performing arts calendar in style. Fremantle Theatre Company is set to present a bewitching and beguiling production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in a travelling tour that makes two stops in the South West. The tale of a young woman disguising herself as a man to serve a handsome Duke will dazzle audience in Margaret River and Bunbury, playing the Cape’s Leeuwin Estate on December 29 and 30 before heading north to Bunbury Senior High School’s Rooftop Amphitheatre on January 4. FTC artistic director Renato Fabretti said the team was “incredibly excited” to be bringing the joy of Shakespeare to the regions in a new localised imagining. “The FTC creative team has dreamt up a world wherein the mysterious land of Shakespeare’s Illyria comes to life in WA’s own coastal settings, at once wonderfully exotic and comfortingly familiar,” he said. “Taking a lend from the many boat-folk that helped establish one of this coastline’s primary industries, our players will embrace the maritime feel close to Italian fishermen who worked our shores over the past 80 years, with some classy stylings borrowed from the turn of the century Venetian coast guard, alongside some all-purpose woven baskets and a heck of a lot of rope.” After its stint in the South West, the show will travel further south to the State’s Great Southern Region in the first week of the new year before returning for a final show in Perth’s Kings Park.