The Watermill Theatre presents Twelfth Night

12th September to 22nd September . 7.30pm (Thursday & Saturday matinees, 2.30pm) .
£12.50-£27.50 full price and £10-£25 concessions | Preview: Wednesday 12th September

Twelfth Night
By William Shakespeare

"If music be the food of love..."

Bohemian, outlandish, isolated: Illyria is a land where everyone has lost something in a world reeling in the wake of war. Viola is washed ashore. In a bid to survive this mysterious ethereal land, she disguises herself as Cesario to serve the solitary Duke Orsino. What follows is a tale of mistaken identities, seduction and transformation, leading to a complex love triangle and the near destruction of all propriety!

The Watermill, renowned for its bold, progressive and collaborative approach to Shakespeare, re-imagines Twelfth Night in the hedonistic 1920s, where prohibition is rife. Fused with innovative staging and actor musicianship, the radical spirit of Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald collides with the contemporary influence of Postmodern Jukebox.

Following a hugely successful UK and international tour and fuelled by energetic jazz music, the ensemble reunite to create a dizzying and beautiful version of Shakespeare's perfect play. 

"A jazz club seems the perfect setting for Twelfth Night given the play's obsession with music, love and excess. Featuring live music performed by our multi-talented company, the soundtrack will be 1920's influenced with a modern twist."  Paul Hart, Director

There will be a post-show talk on Thursday 20th September after the matinee performance.

Download the education pack here.

Victoria Blunt (Maria)
Peter Dukes (Malvolio)
Lillie Flynn (Olivia)
Rebecca Lee (Viola)
Emma McDonald (Antonia)
Offue Okegbe (Feste)
Lauryn Redding (Sir Toby Belch)
Ned Rudkins-Stow (Sebastian)
Jamie Satterthwaite (Orsino)
Mike Slader (Aguecheek)

Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes, including an interval

They like it

  • "By the time all is resolved with a final glorious jamming session, the audience is begging the brass to 'play on' long after the last curtain call."

    ****. What's On Stage

  • "A fun and energetic production"

    ****. Reviews Hub

  • "The Watermill Theatre has an absolute winner on its hands with its rumbustious production of Twelfth Night... it should not be missed."

    British Theatre Guide

Your cart  
Check Out Log In