Twelfth Night

04 June 2008 - 30 July 2008

By William Shakespeare

Separated in a shipwreck from her twin brother and believing him dead, Viola disguises herself as a boy and is employed by Count Orsino to woo the reluctant Lady Olivia. Olivia is indeed finally awoken from her own grief by a new love, but for the servant and not the master, whilst Viola herself has fallen head over heels for the Count.

Shakespeare’s comedy of mistaken identities, unrequited love, trickery and drunken reveling was the first play ever staged at the Open Air Theatre in 1932.

The Times

"Edward Dick’s intensely enjoyable production… an amazing pleasure… well thought out and convincing."

Evening Standard

"Clive Rowe's Feste is a grandstanding, sweet-voiced delight."

Financial Times

"Delightfully funny."


"Janie Dee as melt-in-the-mouth Olivia and Clive Rowe as an insanely sweet-throated clown, Feste."

Time Out

"Rowe is impressive, producing a steam of inventive visual clowning and delivering the musical numbers with magnetic assurance."

Creative team

  • Director – Edward Dick
  • Set Designer – Robert Innes Hopkins
  • Costume Designer – Fotini Dimou
  • Composer – Dominic Muldowney
  • Movement Director – Jane Gibson
  • Lighting Designer Simon Mills
  • Sound Designer Fergus O'Hare
  • Associate Designer Rachael Canning
  • Voice Coach – Carol Fairlamb
  • Casting Director Ginny Schiller
  • Assistant Director Paul Foster

The cast

  • Maria – Claire Benedict
  • Ensemble – Jennifer Bryden
  • Antonio – Richard Cotton
  • Fabian – Andy Cryer
  • OliviaJanie Dee
  • Viola – Natalie Dew
  • Andrew Aguecheek – Clive Hayward
  • Curio – Ben Ingles
  • Sebastian – Neet Mohan
  • Officer – Harry Myers
  • Malvolio – Richard O'Callaghan
  • Orsino – Oscar Pearce
  • Ensemble – Annalisa Rossi
  • Feste – Clive Rowe
  • Sea Captain – Marcello Walton
  • PriestDavid Whitworth
  • ValentineLeon Williams
  • Sir Toby Belch – Tim Woodward