Twelfth Night

Presented by The Old Stagers
7.30pm, 1st – 5th August 2023 (2.45pm matinee on Wednesday 2nd August)

Foolery, sir, does walk about the orb like the sun, it shines everywhere.

(Feste, Act 3 Scene 1)

This year, for their 170th season in Canterbury, the Old Stagers are delighted to perform one of William Shakespeare’s most popular plays.  Believed to have been written and first performed at the turn of the 17th century, Twelfth Night is often regarded as the crème de la crème of all of Shakespeare’s comedies.  Woven into this play is a realism that showcases the effects desire, chaos and confusion have in a world, producing a melancholic twist that is seldom seen in comedies.  Written as one of his later comedies, Twelfth Night is believed to be a conjuring of all Shakespeare’s guile and skill, creating a play that shines a light on the conditions of human nature and the consequences of our follies.

Set in a land called Illyria, where nothing is truly as it seems, a shipwrecked sister hides her femininity for safety and finds herself working and falling in love with the Count Orsino.  Disguised as a boy, she tries to win him the hand of his unrequited love, Lady Olivia, thus causing her ladyship to fall in love with her.  This tale is fraught with misplaced affection as a triad of lovers navigate their androgynous heart-raging lusts towards not what they think. Within the play, we meet a drunken uncle, a thick-headed suitor, scheming servants and an outspoken jester, all of whom provide the wit and depth needed to class this play as one of the all-time greats. Oh, and did I mention a pair of cross-gartered yellow stockings?  Join us in the first week of August as we travel to Canterbury to tell the tale of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at The Malthouse Theatre.

The traditional ‘Old Stagers Epilogue’ – a light-hearted topical musical and comedy revue – will be performed after the play on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Ticket prices include £1.25 booking fee per ticket.



Event Type: Theatre
Running Time: 120 minutes
Company: The Old Stagers

Additional Information

The theatre box office and bar will open one hour before show time for ticket collection, sales and refreshments.


Please call the box office – 01227 287234 to book a wheelchair and companion seat

For blue badge holders parking will be made available


The Theatre campus has very limited onsite parking available, parking any available spaces will be allocated on a first arrival basis.  We recommend you use local car parks such as St Radigund’s (5-7 minute walk), Pound Lane (10 minute walk) Canterbury West (10-12 minute walk) or public transport.

Mask Wearing & Covid-19

We ask that you do not attend the theatre if you have tested positive for covid-19 and are within your 5 days of isolation.  Mask wearing is no longer mandatory but we support an individuals choice to wear a mask throughout the building.

The theatre has a fresh air flow system which pumps fresh air from outside into the auditorium – this can mean if the outside air temperature is low the theatre can feel cool.

Refunds & Exchanges

The production company is not offering refunds unless the show is cancelled.  Tickets can be changed for an alternative performance of the same show (subject to availability).  We can endeavour to resell your ticket, if the show is sold out. If your ticket is sold, we will refund the ticket value to the original payment method.

Dates & Times

Date: 7.30pm, 1st – 5th August 2023 (2.45pm matinee on Wednesday 2nd August)
Price: From £13.25

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