Twelfth Night

3ydd i 6ed Awst
Cyfarwyddwyd gan Georgina Ferry

A dreadful shipwreck casts Viola ashore in Illyria. Thinking her twin brother Sebastian has drowned, she passes herself off as a boy and enters the service of the Duke, Orsino. She becomes his messenger of love to the lady Olivia. Olivia is captivated - but by the messenger, not the message.

I see you what you are, you are too proud;
But, if you were the devil, you are fair.
— Viola, Act I Sc 5

Meanwhile Olivia's roistering uncle Sir Toby Belch and his companions set a trap for her self-important steward, Malvolio. A misleading missive and misplaced affection pile confusion on hilarious confusion.

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em.
— Malvolio, Act II Sc 5

In the end, love proves the great redeemer - but will it last? As the melancholy jester Feste sings: "The rain it raineth every day."

What is love? 'tis not hereafter;
Present mirth hath present laughter;
What's to come is still unsure:
— Feste, Act II Sc 3

Shakespeare wrote Twelfth Night in in the final years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, at the height of his dramatic powers. Devising an entertainment for the end of the Christmas season, he filled it with comic disorder and musical interludes.

The Abbey Shakespeare Players first came to the majestic ruins of St Dogmaels Abbey with Twelfth Night in 1987. We were delighted to revisit one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies for this, our 30th production.


Orsino, Duke of IllyriaAudley Burnett
Olivia, a rich CountessKathryn Daw
Viola, in love with the DukeGemma Streat
Sir Toby Belch, uncle to OliviaRichard Carwardine
Sir Andrew Aguecheek, a foolish KnightHenry Morris
Malvolio, steward to OliviaHeledd Hart
Maria, Olivia's womanLinda Kirk
Sebastian, brother to ViolaJoel Pearcey
Antonio, a Sea Captain, friend to SebastianIan Wood
Sea Captain, friend to ViolaTim Buck
Curio, page attending on the DukeGabriel Pearcey
Valentine, gentleman attending on the DukeSimon Beattie
Fabian, servant to OliviaGeoffrey Summers
Feste, a Clown, servant to OliviaMatthew Bellwood
GentlewomanAmy Levene
First officerSimon Beattie
Second officerTim Buck
PriestTony Shepherd
Lords, Priests, Sailors, Singers, Entertainers and other AttendantsJane Morris, Ann Shepherd, Ann Christys, Hermione Miltiadou, Ele Beattie and members of the cast


DirectorsGeorgina Ferry & Ian Wood
ComposerRichard Morris
Lighting designer & Technical directorDavid Long
SoundDominic Hargreaves
Stage carpenterWilliam Martin
WardrobeAnn Shepherd
PropsPenny Miltiadou
Poster DesignDaniel Clatworthy
Front of HouseJane Hall, Janet Painter
SetRobert Fitzmartin & Henry VIII


Oboe, Cor AnglaisSimon Denison
ClarinetsCarwyn Thomas, Katy Lawrence
BassoonAnne Startup
PercussionAnn Christys
KeyboardsHenry Ward, Richard Morris