Twelfth Night

by William Shakespeare
directed by  Gail Dennis


The twelfth night after Christmas is Epiphany, the last night of the season and the traditional time to take down the decorations.  In Shakespeare's England it was in itself another festive holiday, a day of revelry when some of the social rules could be safely ignored.  Servants dressed up as their masters, men as women and so forth, an important basis for the shenanigans of the play.

Sir Toby and Sir Andrew interrupt the night with raucous singing and merry making.  Malvolio, a priggish puritan, finds this illogical and disturbing and, as a result, is thought mad by his friends and locked up in solitary confinement.  Twelfth Night is probably Shakespeare's greatest comedy but the play does have a darker side: there has been a shipwreck, the twins are separated, Viola does believe her brother is dead, Olivia's father and brother have died, Malvolio must be mad - and, despite Shakespeare's recommendations to lighten-up and when all is happiness and celebration, the play ends with a song telling us that storms are only to be expected!



Orsino, Duke of Illyria Paul Martin
Valentine, the Duke's gentleman & second officer Clare Richardson
Curio, another of the Dukes gentlemen & first officer Gail Dennis
Attendant to the Duke Tony Sims
Olivia, a lady Thirzah Jennings
Maria, Olivia's gentlewoman Christine Hughes
Fabian, servant to Olivia Holly McHugh
Feste, the jester Ruth Andrews
Sir Toby Belch, Olivia's uncle Maurice Raphael
Sir Andrew Aguecheek, friend of Sir Toby Dave Lintin
Malvolio, steward to Olivia Martin Noble
Viola (Cesario), sister to Sebastian Victoria Bankes Price
Sebastian, brother to Viola Dave Asher-Railton
Antonio,  a sea captain friend of Sebastian Robert Dennis
A Sea Captain, friend of Viola & servant Chris Matthews
Priest Ben Martin

Music:  Dante Ferrara


Front of House Trevor Minett
Lighting Technician Peter Langston
Poster Design Peter Langston