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Twelfth Night

Bell Shakespeare | Our Season 2023

Twelfth Night

Viola is shipwrecked and believes her twin Sebastian is lost to the ocean.

Washed up in a strange new land, determined to survive, Viola disguises herself as a man named Cesario and finds work with Duke Orsino, only to fall head over heels in love with him. But Orsino is in love with Olivia, who – grieving for her brother – refuses all offers of romance. Until, that is, she meets Cesario for the first time. A whirlwind of passion ensues, leaving no one unaffected, not even Olivia’s prudish housekeeper Malvolia, played by Jane Montgomery Griffiths (A Midsummer Night’s Dream).

Heather Fairbairn’s fresh retelling of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy is a dark collision of hidden identities and unrequited love. Featuring all-new music by Sarah Blasko, Twelfth Night ultimately asks us to find light in the darkness.


  • By William Shakespeare
  • Director Heather Fairbairn
  • Set and Costume Designer Charles Davis
  • Lighting Designer Verity Hampson
  • Composer Sarah Blasko
  • Sound Designer David Bergman
  • Sound Associate Daniel Herten
  • Fight and Intimacy Director Nigel Poulton
  • Choreographer Elle Evangelista
  • Voice Coach Jack Starkey - Gill


  • Malvolia Jane Montgomery Griffiths
  • Toby Belch Keith Agius
  • Sebastian/Viola Isabel Burton
  • Viola Alfie Gledhill
  • Maria Amy Hack
  • Orsino Garth Holcombe
  • Andrew/Captain Mike Howlett
  • Feste Tomáš Kantor
  • Antonio Chrissy Mae
  • Olivia Ursula Mills

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australian Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

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Ticket prices

  • Full Price $69
  • Senior $62
  • Concession $62
  • Group (10 or more) $59
  • Student $62
  • Child (12 yrs and under) $45


The Story House


150 minutes, with a 20 minute interval.

Post Show Q&A

Stick around after the 7:30pm performance on Friday October 6 for a Post Show Q&A

Age Recommendation

Ages 14+

Twelfth Nightis recommended for audiences aged 14+. Please be advised that Shakespeare’s original play and this production contains sexual references and content. We recommend that adults bringing young people to the production take the time to discuss the plot and themes of Twelfth Night with them prior to attending. Resources about the play, including a detailed synopsis, can be found on Bell Shakespeare’s Shakespeare Hub.


All e-tickets will be sent out 3 days prior to the performance.

Photography is not permitted during the performance.