by William Shakespeare
produced by Yard Players
Twelfth Night: a time of mischief, trickery and debauchery.
When Viola washes up on the shores of Illyria, she witnesses the festivities first hand and is drawn into the schemes of the lovestruck Duke Orsino, and subjected to the antics of the anarchic Toby Belch. At first it’s all fun and games, but then things take a more serious turn…
Twelfth Night exposes a world of love triangles, plotting drunkards and false identities. In the northern town of Illyria anything goes, especially on Twelfth Night.
Following their sell-out production of King Lear, Yard Players bring a vibrant and modern take to one of Shakespeare’s most renowned comedies, in a production full of comic twists and dark turns.
Yard Players are an emerging company from south-east London, bringing accessible, intelligent and fast-paced productions of classical texts to new audiences.
Press for this production
An intelligent and thorough production…the substance Daniel Chrisostomou manages to invest in both Malvolio and Antonio gives the production its unusual gravitational force, but it is balanced on the comedy side of the scale by Pete Picton, who is as watchable a Sir Toby Belch as you could find at any ticket price…It’s hard to figure out which is greater, the vibrant whole or the sum of its high-calibre parts. ★★★★ Spy in the Stalls
the play still makes for an entertaining night out, and there are plenty of laughs to be had from the gender swapping, mistaken identities and general mischief going on…I enjoyed this more sombre adaptation of the play, which remains accessible to newcomers while offering a fresh perspective to those who’ve seen it before. It…does ask some interesting – and refreshing – questions. Theatre Things
An outstanding cast who effortlessly draw you into their world…The performances were impressive across the board. The two stand outs being Jessica Kinsey, who portrayed Viola’s journey and turmoil with heartbreaking seniority and earnestness, and Candice Price as Olivia whose presence and mastery of the language had you hanging on her every word… I will be looking out for their next production, I am intrigued to see what they will do next. London Pub Theatres
As ever, Shakey’s cross-dressing comedy spiced with cruelty amuses with its madcap mayhem and delights with its beauteous language. Broadway World
It’s worth a visit to the Jack to see this well-meaning and reflective adaptation of Twelfth Night. Fairy Powered Productions
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
Director James Eley
Assistant Director Maya Shimmin
Malvolio and Antonio – Daniel Chrisostomou
Maria – Heloise Spring
Olivia – Candice Price
Sebastian and Valentine – James Viller
Sir Andrew Aguecheek and Duke Orsino – Duncan Drury
Sir Toby Belch – Pete Picton
Viola – Jess Kinsey