Twelfth Night

Or What You Will 
By William Shakespeare

'What country, friends, is this?'

At a moonlit cafe surrounded by the sea, Olivia sings a lament to her lost brother, watched on by faded crowd.

When a shipwreck catapults Viola into their world of abandoned festivities, a web of disguise and deception begins. This new injection of life rocks this melancholic community to the core, but can she finally shake them from their languor and get the party started again?

Set against the heat of the Mediterranean sun, Shakespeare’s comedy of mistaken identities is a glorious celebration of love. Directed by Owen Horsley (Henry VI: Rebellion, Wars of the Roses, Royal Shakespeare Company) in a marriage of happiness, nostalgia and riotous partying.

Photography by Rich Lakos.

Content Advisory Notes 

Guidelines for Parents and Teachers

03 May - 08 June 2024


Main Auditorium


Monday - Saturday: 7:30pm

2pm Matinee: Thursday & Saturday

Running time

2 hours 45 minutes (including interval)

Assisted performances

BSL - Thursday 6th June, 7:30pm

Captioned - Friday 31st May, 7:30pm

Audio Described with Touch Tour - Saturday 8th June, 2:00pm


"Stylish and surprisingly sexy"

Evening Standard

"An inventive gender-bending celebration of love in all its forms"

London Theatre

"Innovative, funny, cheeky, camp"

The Spy In The Stalls

A dignifiedly twilight world, stylish and welcoming"


Ryan Dawson Laight's sumptuous costumes shine"

The Guardian

"Bringing camp and calamity to this hilarious tale that wears its heart and identity on its sleeve with pride"

All That Dazzles

"The production manages to truly encaptivate the comedy of the script, leaving the audience belly laughing"

Beyond The Curtain

"Full of warmth, wit, humour and music...what's not to love?"

Gay Times



Basia Bińkowska

Set Designer

Rachel Bown-Williams & Ruth Cooper-Brown for Rc-Annie

Fight & Intimacy Direction

Ryan Dawson Laight

Costume Designer

Carole Hancock

Wigs, Hair & Makeup Designer

James Hassett

Season Associate Sound Designer

Daniel Hay-Gordon

Movement Director

Lotte Hines

Casting Director

Cory Hippolyte

Associate Director

Owen Horsley


Sam Kenyon

Composer and Musical Supervisor

Aideen Malone

Lighting Designer

Max Pappenheim

Sound Designer


Richard Cant


Sally Cheng


Nicholas Karimi


Michael Matus

Toby Belch

Katherine Toy


Jon Trenchard

Fabian/Musical Director

Harry Waller