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Twelfth Night

Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Bristol Old Vic present
Twelfth Night
By William Shakespeare
directed by Wils Wilson

‘If music be the food of love, play on…’

In Shakespeare’s bittersweet comedy genders blur, boundaries are crossed and the world is turned upside down, all with music as the engine for these bacchanalian shenanigans. Director Wils Wilson saturates this tale of magic and wonder with all the psychedelia and bohemian delight of the ‘summer of love’.

Desire and grief collide in a heady cocktail as hidden emotions are aroused in a quartet of lovers. Meanwhile frivolity is edged with cruelty as the puritanical Malvolio, transformed for a time into a Technicolor alter-ego, is humiliated and abandoned; a man marooned, left behind by a generation he will never understand. 

So join Viola (or is that her twin brother Sebastian?), Orsino, Olivia, Lady Tobi and her sidekick Andrew Aguecheek, and the rest of the household for Shakespeare’s most sparkling cocktail of wit and deep feeling. It’s sure to be the party of the year!

Lyceum Associate Artist Wils Wilson’s vibrant production, performed by actor-musicians, will include a score by Welsh Music Prize winner, Meilyr Jones, whose bold and beautiful compositions intertwine early music with contemporary tones.

Co-produced with Bristol Old Vic

Production supported by The Lyceum Patrons

'Sir Andrew's Ballad' by Guy Hughes
‘Malvolio’s Song’ by Christopher Green and Meilyr Jones

Cast and Credits

Christopher Green Malvolio
Lisa Dwyer Hogg Olivia
Joanna Holden Maria
Guy Hughes Andrew Aguecheek
Meilyr Jones Curio
Aly Macrae Captain
Jade Ogugua Viola
Brian James O'Sullivan Antonio / Valentine
Dylan Read Feste 
Dawn Sievewright Lady Tobi 
Colette Dalal Tchantcho Duke Orsino 
Joanne Thomson Sebastian

Director Wils Wilson
Designer Ana Inés Jabares-Pita
Assistant Designer Jennifer Logan
Lighting Designer Kai Fischer
Composer Meilyr Jones
Sound Design Gregory Clarke
Musical Director Aly Macrae
Movement Director Emma Jayne Park
Dramaturgy Eszter Marsalkó 
Fight Consultant EmmaClaire Brightlyn
Casting Director Laura Donnelly CDG


The Audience reviews

"It's like Shakespeare on steroids!"

The making of Twelfth Night

"Love stories everywhere"

Dates, Times & Prices

14 September - 6 October 2018

PREVIEWS, 7:30pm
Friday 14 Saturday 15 and Monday 17 September, 7.30pm
£10 (Preview tickets on sale from 13 August)

EVENINGS, 7:30pm
Tuesday - Saturdays

MATINEES from 19 September, 2pm
Wednesdays and Saturdays

Running time: Approximately 3 hours, including one 20 minute interval

For Access performances see below


Individual Tickets

Tuesday - Saturday: £16 - £32

Wednesday and Saturday: £14 - £28.50

from £10, not available on Premium Seats
For full details on concession pricing please contact Box Office on 0131 248 4848

Unreserved seating, all tickets £10
On sale 13 August


Thursday 27 September, 7.30pm
Touch Tour, 6.15pm
Saturday 29 September, 2pm
Touch Tour, 12.45pm

Wednesday 26 September, 7.30pm

Saturday 29 September, 2pm

  • Book Accessible performances here

Read The Lyceum's Access Statement here

Take Part

Tuesday 25 September
Takes place in the Stalls after the evening's performance.

  • FREE, no ticket required

Friday 28 September, 5.30pm
LYT will be doing a series of short performances in response to the show on the main stage, just before the show.

FREE, but ticketed / Book Here

Friday 5 October, 5pm
The Whirligig of Time - Shakespeare, Pyschedelia and the '60s
Featuring Andrew Greig, Mike Heron and Time Crouch.

Saturday 22 September, 10am-4.30pm
Twelfth Night: Directing Shakespeare

Saturday 29 September, 10am-12:30pm
Twelfth Night: Acting - All the World's a Stage

Press Coverage

Please note some publications make use of paywalls.

“a triumph of the psychedelic imagination”
The List

“Shakespeare to remember... full of visual richness, passion, poetry and thought.”
The Scotsman

"Powerful and hugely entertaining"
The Stage

“a hedonistic house party”
The Guardian

“a groovy kind of love awaits”
The Herald

“Brutally comic”
All Edinburgh Theatre

“A real feast of theatre”
Edinburgh Guide

“a riot of music and colour”
Edinburgh Festival

“waves of charming colour and sparkle”
Young Perspective

“a roaring success”
Just For Culture


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