Twelfth Night

★★★★ The Stage ★★★★★ Northern Soul ★★★★ The Guardian ★★★★ The Telegraph

  • By William Shakespeare. Directed by Jo Davies
  • 13 April 2017 - 20 May 2017
  • The Theatre

O time, thou must untangle this, not I. It is too hard a knot for me t’untie.

Washed up on the shores of Illyria after a ship-wreck, Viola hides her true identity by disguising herself as a man. Finding a job – and love – at the court of Duke Orsino, Viola becomes muddled in mistaken identities when her disguise begins to cause more problems than it solves.

With some of Shakespeare’s most popular characters caught up in this outrageous tale of misadventure, join Malvolio, Maria and Feste as they argue, drink and trick their way through the wild world of Illyria.

The Royal Exchange will be filled with musical madness as Shakespeare’s rowdy comedy tackles questions of gender, identity, love and loneliness.

  • Event Information
  • VENUE: The Theatre

    PERFORMANCE DATES: Thursday 13 April 2017 - Saturday 20 May 2017

    PERFORMANCE TIMES: Monday - Saturday evenings, 7.30pm.

    Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday matinees, 2.30pm

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    TICKET PRICES: Standard tickets from £16.50

    Half price previews from £5

    Banquette tickets £10

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    SEASON TICKETS: A part of the Season Ticket Package

    5 Show Season Tickets from £58.50

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    BOOK TICKETS: Box Office 0161 833 9833 /online

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    RUNNING TIME: 3 hours 10 minutes (including interval of 20 minutes)

  • Creative Team
  • DIRECTOR Jo Davies
    DESIGNER
    Leslie Travers
    LIGHTING
    Jack Knowles
    SOUND
    Pete Malkin
    COMPOSER
    Alex Baranowski
    MUSICAL DIRECTOR
    Tarek Merchant

  • Related Events
  • MEMBERS CAST Q&A
    Join the cast of TWELFTH NIGHT in a Q&A
    12 May - 12.30pm - 1.30pm
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    AFTERSHOW DISCUSSION
    Wednesday 26 April, following the 5pm performance
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    INTRODUCING...
    Pre-show, talk-based introduction
    4 May - 10.30am - 12pm
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    BETWEEN THE LINES
    Playreading and Discussion
    10 May - 11am - 1pm
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    THEATRE CAFÉ
    Talk about the work we stage at the Royal Exchange
    18 May, 11am - 12.30pm
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    WORDPLAY
    Getting Started with Playwriting
    26 April, 11am - 1pm
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    RELAXED PERFORMANCE
    Tuesday 2 May, 2.30pm
    Twelfth Night Synopsis Resource

    The TWELFTH NIGHT Relaxed Performance has been generously supported by Pinsent Masons LLP

  • Accessible Performances
  • AUDIO-DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE: Saturday 13 May, 2.30pm

    BSL PERFORMANCE: Wednesday 3 May, 7.30pm

    CAPTIONED PERFORMANCE: Thursday 18 May, 7.30pm

    RELAXED PERFORMANCE: Tuesday 2 May, 2.30pm

    Twelfth Night Synopsis Resource

    The TWELFTH NIGHT Relaxed Performance has been generously supported by Pinsent Masons LLP

    Click here for more information about our accessible performances

  • ANTONIO

    Aaron Anthony

    MARIA

    Mina Anwar

    SIR TOBY BELCH

    Simon Armstrong

    SIR ANDREW AGUECHEEK

    Harry Attwell

    MALVOLIO

    Anthony Calf

    SEBASTIAN

    Daniel Francis-Swaby

    MUSICIAN

    Joe Gravil

    ORSINO

    Kevin Harvey

    OLIVIA

    Kate Kennedy

    VALENTINE

    Tarek Merchant

    SEA CAPTAIN

    Jill Myers

    FESTE

    Kate O'Donnell

    VIOLA

    Faith Omole

    MUSICIAN

    Kate Young

  • ★★★★ The Stage

    "Charming and joyous production that has a genuine feel for the play’s underlying gender issues"

    ★★★★ The Guardian

    "Opera director Jo Davies’ musical mastery shines through in a production made all the more absorbing by its gender-fluid casting"

    ★★★★ The Telegraph

    "The most striking stroke lies in the casting of transgender cabaret artiste Kate O’Donnell as Feste...encapsulating a world of migration, change, losses, pains and gains. Happy 453rd birthday for this Sunday, Bard - they’ve done you proud."

     Northern Soul

    "During a time when we’re feeling lost and uncertain, Shakespeare’s words resonate. The Exchange has done a sterling job with Twelfth Night, given it a modern context and pulled it head-first into 2017."

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