From the 2010-2011 Season: Twelfth Night Playing January 01, 2011 to January 30, 2011

All performances during our final weekend (Jan 27-30) are SOLD OUT! (See below for information on Waiting Lists)

Veronika Duerr, Jeff McKerley

A Suzi Recommeded Show!

A shipwreck, separated fraternal twins, mistaken identities, romance and one pair of yellow stockings…welcome to Orsino’s court and the zany world of Twelfth Night.

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Waiting Lists on Sold Out Nights: If you would like tickets to a performance that is already sold out, you have two options:

If you are calling for tickets days in advance of a sold out performance, you can put your name on a waiting list for any tickets that become available from a patron who has purchased tickets but has to cancel. You can do this over the phone. This is best if you are flexible with your schedule and do not mind being called at the last minute. Tickets tend to be released around 5pm the day of any performance from people who cannot come. WE WILL ONLY CALL THIS WAITING LIST IF TICKETS BECOME AVAILABLE. We usually don’t call after 5:30pm (4:30pm on Sundays). You must be able to purchase these tickets over the phone should we call you. If you are on this waiting list and do not receive a call, it is because no tickets have been released. If you still would like to take your chances, try option 2:

On the night of the sold out performance, you may put your name on a waiting list in person for any SEATS that are available. We will release the unclaimed tickets and seats to this waiting list 5 minutes prior to curtain. We tend to allow 6-10 people on this waiting list in on sold out nights. We cannot guarantee that you will be able to purchase food or drink beforehand, but the food and drink bars are open at intermission with desserts and drinks. We also cannot guarantee that your whole party will get to sit together as we will be seating you in available seats, which may not be together. This option is great for gamblers and for people who just want to see the show.

Click here to watch a quick interview with Veronika Duerr.

INTERESTING FACTOID: TWELFTH NIGHT contains one of the most famous, misquoted lines in all of Shakespeare.  Many will quote Shakespeare as writing:
‘I can no other answer make but thanks, and thanks, and ever thanks…’

This line was actually written by a man named Theobald, who determined that the line as written by Shakespeare MUST be wrong because it doesn’t scan to a perfect 10 syllables.  If you want to actually quote Shakespeare’s line:

‘I can no other answer make but thanks, and thanks, and ever oft good turns are shuffled off with such uncurrent pay…’

Read the Plot Synopsis

Twelfth Night Synopsis
-Adapted for this production from The Pocket Companion to Shakespeare’s Plays by J C Trewin

Orsino, the Duke of Illyria, is in love with the Lady Olivia. Viola, “of Messaline,” wrecked on the Illyrian shore and believing wrongly that her twin brother Sebastian has been drowned, becomes (in the male disguise of Cesario) a page to Orsino. Viola/Cesario falls in love with the Duke. She bears his reiterated and scorned love message to the young countess Olivia, who is mourning affectedly for a dead brother. Olivia falls in love with Viola/Cesario. Meanwhile Olivia’s parasitic relative Sir Toby, her gentlewoman Maria, her “allowed fool” Feste and Fabian, also in her service, join to trick Malvolio, her somber, haughty and puritanical steward, an enemy of them all. Presently, told by a forged letter (ostensibly Olivia’s, actually Maria’s) that Olivia is infatuated with him, Malvolio takes to himself the phrase: “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, some have greatness thrust upon ‘em.”

Obeying the false command to appear before his mistress smiling and in absurdly cross-gartered yellow stockings, Malvolio is carried off to a dark cell as a presumed madman. Sebastian, who we have realized by now was saved (believing his sister lost), has reached the town with his rescuer Antonio, a piratical captain who had once fought against Orsino’s ships. The plotters have persuaded Andrew, jealous of Olivia’s obvious love for Cesario, to challenge the page to a duel; while this is being scrambled through, Antonio arrives, mistakes Cesario for Sebastian, draws his sword to help, and is arrested by the Duke’s officers.

Soon afterwards Toby, believing Sebastian to be Cesario, attacks him and is sternly rebuked by Olivia. Also mistaken, she begs the young man to go with her; he does so, pleasantly bewildered, and in a brief later scene she urges marriage and they follow a priest to the chantry. Finally, confusions are resolved: the twins recognize each other; Viola, herself again, will be Orsino’s Duchess, his “fancy’s queen”; Toby weds Maria; Malvolio, released, swears revenge on “the whole pack of you”; and the comedy fades in Feste’s twilit song.

Director's Notes

Directed by Drew Reeves

Show Information


Act One - 75 min / Act Two - 75 min

Show Roles

Jan 1-30, 2011
Viola – Veronika Duerr*
Olivia – Mary Russell
Orsino – Andrew Houchins*
Feste – J.C. Long*
Malvolio – Jeff McKerley*
Sir Toby Belch – Nicholas Faircloth
Sir Andrew Aguecheek – Matt Nitchie
Maria – Katie Grace Morton
Curio – Daniel Parvis
Valentine – Stephen Hanthorn
Captain – Vinnie Mascola
Sailors – Jeff McKerley*, David Sterritt, Brian Mayberry
Antonio – Daniel Parvis
Sebastian – David Sterritt
Fabian – Brian Mayberry
Attendant – Vinnie Mascola
1st Officer – Stephen Hanthorn
2nd Officer – Vinnie Mascola
Priest – Vinnie Mascola
Musicians – J.C. Long*, Matt Nitchie

Show Times
Shows at The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse begin at 7:30pm, except on Sundays, when they begin at 6:30pm

Bardometer Rating

How difficult is this Shakespearean play to grasp? On a scale of 1 to 10.
What does rating this mean?

You may already know the story and what happens at the end. But even if you don’t, the play is light and the plot is easy to follow. Limited violence, limited bawdiness (see below). There are very few things – historical, religious, or political – that you need to know ahead of time. Just enjoy!

A note about bawdiness in Shakespeare: It exists. Despite what your English teacher taught you, Shakespeare wrote some pretty saucy lines and they pop up from time to time. While there is never any nudity on stage, our actors are trained to make the text clear. If we feel a show contains a plethora of Graphic Elizabethan Poetry (or is very bloody/violent/triggering) we will put that disclaimer in the blurb about the show. It won’t happen often. If this Bardometer lists a play as a 1 or 2, you can rest assured that it is an appropriate show for kids under ten.

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