Twelfth NIght

Directed by Pat Cannings

4th - 9th July 2022

Book your tickets from 23rd April!

Or contact the Box Office directly on 07780 938107
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What better way to lift our spirits than to see Shakespeare’s best loved romantic comedy,  'Twelfth Night'?

'Twelfth Night or What You Will', believed to have been written around 1601 as entertainment for the close of Christmas festivities at the Elizabethan court, opens as Viola and her twin brother Sebastian are separated in a shipwreck off the coast of Illyria. Both believe the other to have drowned.  Viola, disguised as a boy, Cesario, becomes a servant to the Duke Orsino, and acts as a go-between for Orsino and the Countess Olivia, who rejects Orsino but falls for Cesario instead.

 

Olivia's drunken uncle Sir Toby Belch and his hapless friend Sir Andrew Aguecheek are added to the melting pot, as they serve up a generous helping of trickery and revenge on the pompous steward Malvolio. When Sebastian turns up there's even more confusion.

In a world where music is the food of love and nobody is quite what they appear, anything is possible.

Performed in the delightful grounds of Cleeve House, directed by Pat Cannings,  with outstanding local talent and sumptuous Elizabethan costumes, this tale of mistaken identity, love, frivolity, music and cross-dressing is not to be missed.

 

Tickets and timings

Performances start 7.45pm for evening shows and 2pm for the matinee. For ticket prices please see our Ticketsource. Reserved tiered seats will be inside a large marquee so the show can go on regardless of the weather. Groundling places are in front of the marquee, so these will be open to the elements. Please do not bring your own seats, but feel free to bring a rug. Please contact the Box Office directly if you require wheelchair access.

The bar will be open before the show and during the interval. Hot drinks and cakes will be also available. The grounds will be open before the show for picnics in the lovely spacious garden of Cleeve House (Monday - Friday 6.30pm. Saturday matinee 12:30pm and 6pm).

Our traditional Gala Performance on Saturday night features live entertainment before the performance and during the interval, and has a real party atmosphere.

Comedy of Errors

Directed by Liz Hume

Autumn Tour - October 2022

Auditioning soon!

This year we will be taking a pared down (but still hilarious) version of Comedy of Errors on tour around Wiltshire and Somerset during October. And we are looking for a cast! 

 

Directed by our own Liz Hume, we are looking for ten performers to present one of Shakespeare's most farcical plays. 

 

Comedy of Errors tells the story of two sets of identical twins who were accidentally separated at birth. Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant, Dromea of Syracuse, arrive in Ephesus, which turns out to be the home of their twins, Antipholus of Ephesus and his servant, Dromea of Ephesus. When the Syracusans encounter the friends and families of their twins, a series of wild mishaps based on mistaken identities lead to wrongful beatings, a near-seduction, the arrest of Antipholus of Ephesus, and false accusations of infidelity, theft, madness, and demonic possession.

Keeping the original ancient Greek setting largely through costume, this is a pared down cast. Whilst Antipholus (S) and Adriana remain the two central characters we have used multi-role-ing to give everyone in the company a great part. 

The Cast

The Ruler (Duke or Duchess) / The (2nd) Merchant. Male or Female—Age any — lines 71

The Father (Aegon) / The Police (Officer) / The Doctor (Pinch). Male—playing age 45+ - lines 125

The Mother (Aemillia) / the Prostitute (Courtezan). Female—playing age 45+ - lines 79

The Jeweller (Angelo). Male or Female - playing age any — lines 66

The aristocrat twin brother from out of town (Antipholus of Syracuse). Male—playing age around 25 — lines 200

The poor twin sister, his slave (Dromea of Syracuse). Female—playing age around 25 — lines 119

The local aristocratic twin brother (Antipholus of Ephesus). Male—playing age around 25 — lines 155

The poor twin sister, his slave (Dromea of Ephesus). Female—playing age around 25 — lines 87

The Wife (Adriana). Female—playing age around 25 — lines 182

The wifes’ sister (Luciana) / The 1st Merchant. Female - playing age between 18 —35 — lines 73

Auditions be on Sunday 22nd May from 11am at Cleeve House, Seend, and Saturday 28th May from 2pm at the Church Rooms, Combe Down nr Bath.
 
Please contact Liz Hume on lizhume14@gmail.com or ring her on 07778939610 to book your place or find out more information and to receive a script.