Twelfth Night 1986 - 1987

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Brother and sister, Sebastian and Viola, who are very close and look a great deal alike, are shipwrecked separately in Illyria, both thinking the other dead.

On finding herself without means in a foreign country Viola dresses as her brother and adopts the name Cesario, becoming the man-servant and confidante to the Count Orsino.

She is sent to deliver a message of love to Lady Olivia, who instead falls in love not with the master but the messenger, who in turn is beginning to harbour feelings for her employer, Orsino.


My father had a daughter loved a man / As it might be, perhaps, were I a woman, / I should your lordship.


Shakespeare’s tale of unrequited love, mistaken identity and comic wordplay is one of the best-loved of his comedies.


Produced by Cheek by Jowl. The first performance of Twelfth Night was held at the Liverpool Playhouse on 25th July 1986.

Venue City Country Date No. of Performances
Liverpool Playhouse Liverpool UK 25/07/86 3
Buxton Octagon Buxton UK 29/7/86 4
Villa Communale Taormina Italy 05/08/86 3
Blackfriars Arts Centre Boston UK 05/09/86 2
Epsom Playhouse Epsom UK 18/09/86 3
Midlands Arts Centre Birmingham UK 22/09/86 4
Mansion House Dublin  Ireland 29/09/86 4
Stahl Theatre Oundle UK 10/10/86 1
Wilde Theatre Bracknell UK 16/10/86 2
Wolsey Theatre Ipswich UK 20/10/86 2
Gardner Centre Brighton UK 22/10/86 1
The Theatre Chipping Norton UK 29/10/86 1
New Theatre Hereford UK 31/10/86 2
Spring St Theatre Hull UK 03/11/86 2
Arts Centre Stamford UK 11/11/86 1
Arts Theatre Cambridge UK 20/11/86 1
Roses Theatre Tewkesbury UK 24/11/86 2
Woughton Centre Milton Keynes UK 26/11/86 1
Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds UK 01/12/86 4
Library Theatre Luton UK 08/12/86 2
Stanwix Arts Centre Carlisle UK 11/12/86 2
Rose Theatre Kidderminster UK 17/12/86 1
Ashton Theatre Shrewsbury UK 19/12/86 1
Donmar Warehouse London UK 12/01/87 25
Swan Theatre Stratford Upon Avon UK 23/02/87 4
Venus Theatre Istanbul Turkey 23/03/87 3
Kucuk Theatre Ankara Turkey 26/03/87 3
Christo Sarafov Institute Sofia Bulgaria 31/03/87 2
House of Culture Plovdiv Bulgaria 03/04/87 1
Theatre Stodola Warsaw Poland 06/04/87 4
Ostre Gasvoerk Copenhagen Denmark 24/04/87 3
Norske Teatret Oslo Denmark 29/04/87 3
National Theatre Helsinki Finland 04/05/87 3
Theatre Hallitus Tampere Finland 09/05/87 1
Stadttheatre Wuerburg Germany 12/05/87 1
Gasteif Kulturzent Munich Germany 16/05/87 2
Maison de Culture Bourges France 19/05/87 2
Maison de Culture Amiens France 22/05/87 2
Patricia KerriganViola
David MorrisseySebastian
Patrick RomerAntonio
Keith BartlettSea Captain/Sir Toby Belch
Timothy WalkerOrsino
Alex StarrCurio
Anne WhiteOlivia
Hugh RossMalvolio
Aden GillettValentino
Melinda McGrawMaria
Stephen SimmsFeste

DirectorDeclan Donnellan
DesignerNick Ormerod
Musical Director/ComposerJoanna MacGregor
ChoreographerSara Van Beers
Stage Manager/Lighting DesignerAlex Starr
Mary AskhamAssistant Stage Manager
Louise PageCostume Supervisor

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