Twelfth Night at The Rose Playhouse

Wednesday 20 February 2019

Shakespeare - Shows

Marking the 30th anniversary of the discovery of The Rose Playhouse, St Albans-based company OVO will be heading to London presenting their modern take on Twelfth Night from 23 April.
Twelfth Night at the Rose Playhouse

Image courtesy OVO

Marking the 30th anniversary of the discovery of The Rose Playhouse, St Albans-based theatre company OVO now journeys to London presenting their modern take on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.

In this new and exciting musical version, The Bard meets Postmodern Jukebox in a remix of one of his best loved comedies, set on a cruise liner at the height of the roaring twenties.

The production will be at the Rose Playhouse from 23 April to 5 May 2019.

This upbeat and melodious production is brought to life by Lucy Crick, Joshua Newman, Will Forester, Emma Watson, Anna Franklin, James Douglas, Jane Withers, Faith Turner, Andrew Margerison, David Widdowson, Alex White and Hannah Francis.

Director Adam Nichols commented ...

"Our starting point for every Shakespeare production has been to ask ourselves how would Shakespeare present this play if he were writing for a contemporary audience.

People often refer to 'modern dress' productions of Shakespeare, as if sticking the actors in flapper dresses or flares, or superficially transporting the action to Nazi Germany or Edwardian London, will, in itself, make a play more relevant to a contemporary audience.

You can't impose a theme on any Shakespeare play just because you have taken a fancy to art deco interiors, or eighties new wave music

Theme and setting have to emerge from the characters, their situations and the words they speak.

OVO aim to provide universally accessible and enjoyment entertainment for more casual theatregoers, whilst satisfying Shakespeare aficionados and honouring the great man's legacy."

About the company

OVO is an award-winning theatre company, based at the Maltings Arts Theatre, in St Albans where they produce a year-round repertory programme.

They believe in creating exciting and artistically innovative theatre without financial support, which they feel can often be the motherhood of invention.

OVO aims to present a new twist on the old classics - Shakespeare and other famous texts made accessible, usually through the use of music and a strong concept or setting.

Twelfth Night is OVO's 19th Shakespeare production - their reworkings have been seen by more than 15,000 people in three years alone.

About the venue

If you want to know more about The Rose Playhouse and its rediscovery in 1989, check-out this page from the venue's website.


On the SS Illyria two campaigns are being quietly waged - one by the lovesick Duke Orsino against the heart of the indifferent Olivia; the other by an alliance of servants and hangers-on against the highhandedness of her steward, the pompous Malvolio.

When Orsino engages the cross-dressed Viola to plead with Olivia on his behalf, a bittersweet chain of events follows.

Shakespeare meets Postmodern Jukebox in a musical version of one of his best loved comedies, set on a cruise liner at the height of the roaring twenties.

Featuring a live jazz band performing music by Rihanna, Britney Spears, Radiohead, Michael Jackson and many more …


Feste - Hannah Francis

Viola - Lucy Crick

Sebastian - Joshua Newman

Orsino - Will Forester

Olivia - Emma Watson

Lady Toby Belch - Anna Franklin

Sir Andrew Aguecheek - James Douglas

Maria - Jane Withers

Malvolia - Faith Turner

Fabian - Andy Margerison

Antonio - David Widdowson

Captain/Officer/Priest - Alex White


Author: William Shakespeare
Director: Adam Nichols
Set designer: Simon Nicholas
Costume designer: Kate Unwin
Musical direction: Tom Cagnoni
Lighting: James Wakerell
Production: OVO


The Rose Playhouse
56 Park Street


From: Tuesday 23 April 2019

Closes: Sunday 5 May 2019


Standard: £17.50

Concessions: £15

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