Twelfth Night: A Cornish Tale

Twelfth Night: A Cornish Tale

Twelfth Night: A Cornish Tale

Twelfth Night: A Cornish Tale

June 21 - July 7, 2024

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Tickets from just £23.00

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

Stafford Shakespeare is proud to present TWELFTH NIGHT at the Gatehouse Theatre in summer 2024.

One of The Bard’s best-loved comedies, our tale has a Cornish theme after fair Viola finds herself shipwrecked on the island of Illyria.

For protection, she disguises herself as a young man, Cesario, and enters the service of Duke Orsino to deliver love letters to Countess Olivia.

Amid a tangle of mistaken identities and passions, Olivia falls for Cesario, whose heart belongs to Orsino, who is still smitten with Olivia.

When Viola’s twin brother appears, complications peak and the laughter starts to rise like an incoming tide.

Packed with hilarious scenes and some of Shakespeare’s most memorable lines, this production will enthral audiences of all ages.

For long-term fans and newcomers alike, this age-old story has stood the test of time for good reason.

Don’t miss it!

‘Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon ’em.’
(Malvolio, Act 2 Scene 5)


School Performances: £15 per ticket, 1 free teacher ticket for every 10 student tickets paid for

Wednesday 26th June – 12:30pm

Thursday 27th June – 12:30pm

Tuesday 2nd July – 12:30pm

Thursday 4th July – 12:30pm

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Fri 21 Jun 7:30 pm £24 Book
Sat 22 Jun 2:30 pm £24 Book
Sat 22 Jun 7:30 pm £24 Book
Tue 25 Jun 7:30 pm £23, £27 Book
Wed 26 Jun 7:30 pm £28, £32 Book
Thu 27 Jun 7:30 pm £23, £27 Book
Fri 28 Jun 7:30 pm £28, £32 Book
Sat 29 Jun 2:30 pm £28, £32 Book
Sat 29 Jun 7:30 pm £28, £32 Book
Wed 3 Jul 7:30 pm £23, £27 Book
Thu 4 Jul 7:30 pm £23, £27 Book
Fri 5 Jul 7:30 pm £28, £32 Book
Sat 6 Jul 2:30 pm £28, £32 Book
Sat 6 Jul 7:30 pm £28, £32 Book
Sun 7 Jul 1:30 pm £23, £27 Book


The Gatehouse Theatre is delighted to announce that NATALIE ANDERSON has joined the cast of this summer’s TWELFTH NIGHT.

Natalie will take on the role of Olivia in the Stafford Shakespeare production which runs from June 21-July 7 and is set in 1950s Cornwall.

She recently played Claire Walker, who met an untimely end in the hit Netflix drama FOOL ME ONCE, starring Michelle Keegan.

She has also featured in critically-acclaimed BBC shows including HAPPY VALLEY and last year’s Stephen Graham drama BOILING POINT, as well as earlier roles in THE ROYAL (ITV) and EMMERDALE (ITV). In 2021 she appeared in the Liam Neeson action film MEMORY, which also starred Guy Pearce.

She said: ‘I’m thrilled to be joining the Stafford Shakespeare company at the Gatehouse Theatre this summer and can’t wait to take on the wonderful role of Olivia in one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, ‘Twelfth Night’.’

The annual Stafford Shakespeare production has been a highlight of the county’s cultural calendar since 1991 and last year’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM attracted a record audience for a drama show at the Gatehouse.

General Manager Gary Stevens said: ‘We are delighted to have Natalie join the cast. It shows again just how prestigious the production is.’

TWELFTH NIGHT, directed by Sean Turner, will be the 32nd Stafford Shakespeare production, with the first being HENRY V at Stafford Castle in 1991. Last year, the event moved to the Gatehouse Theatre where it achieved a record audience for a drama at the venue, with more than 5,000 people attending. Producer Mike Groves said: ‘I’m thrilled to be working on another Stafford Shakespeare project. It’s become a real passion of mine to champion regional theatres and their produced work.

‘Having this level of cast and creatives on board is a very exciting piece of the puzzle that will bring this production to life.’

Tickets for TWELFTH NIGHT are available now at an Early Bird rate of just £22.00 until February 12. Book via the Box Office on 01785 619080 or www.gatehousetheatre.co.uk

Directed by: Sean Turner

Musical Director: Stephen Hyde

Movement Direction: Amy Lawrence

Set & Costume Designer: Alfie Heywood

Lighting Design: Barry Smith

Sound Design: Hattie North




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Stafford Gatehouse Theatre

  • If music be the food of love, play on

  • Better a witty fool than a foolish wit

  • Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon 'em.