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Apollo Theatre

Shaftesbury Avenue W1V 7HD

Twelfth Night

by William Shakespeare
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Show Details

Preview 2nd Nov 12
Opens 17th Nov 12
Closes 9th Feb 13

Show Times

Mon - Sat 7.30 pm
Matinée 2.00 & 3.00 pm
Please see below for exact show times by date.
Show length 3hrs 5mins

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A classic viewing of all the Theatreland play houses by night. The authentic commentary, by Ben Shafik - a player himself - gives an authentic feel to the West End's theatres - and is backed by real music.
Next version will be more upbeat as, suggested, to celebrate Britannia's unbeatable heritage.
(Over 6000 viewings and all good reviews to date).
Let us know what you think.

A note from the author

I took these pictures to show off London theatres as they are seen -most often - by theatre goers, at night.

Thanks to Ben Shafik for his lighthearted and informative commentary and Fionn O'Lochlainn for the original music.

Watch out for the new version with current liveries and the names of the theatres as they appear.




  • Mark Rylance - Olivia
  • Stephen Fry - Malvolio
  • Samuel Barnett - Sebastian
  • Johnny Flynn - Viola
  • Liam Brennan - Orsino
  • Peter Hamilton Dyer - Feste
  • Colin Hurley -Sir Toby Belch
  • Paul Chahidi - Maria
  • James Garnon - Fabian
  • Roger Lloyd Pack - Sir Andrew Aguecheek
  • John Paul Connolly - Antonio
  • Ian Drysdale - Priest/Valentine
  • Jethro Skinner - Captain
  • Ben Thompson - Curio

  • Director - Tim Carroll
  • Producer - Shakespeare Globe presented by Sonia Friedman Productions in association with Shakespeare Road, 1001 Nights and Tulchin/ Bartner Productions

Twelfth Night

Show times in detail

NOV - 17.

NOV - 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 20 23, 24, 27, 29, 30
DEC - 1, 4, 7, 8, 11, 14, 15, 18, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29
JAN - 4, 5, 8, 11, 12, 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, 25, 26, 29
FEB - 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 9.

NOV - 14, 21, 28
DEC - 5, 12, 19
JAN - 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.
FEB - 6

NOV - 4, 11, 18, 25
DEC - 9, 16, 23, 30
JAN - 6, 13, 27
FEB - 3


This is a musical comedy with all the boxes ticked including the fact that it's SHAKESPEARE as well..

As it was around 1601 - men are reputed to have played all the parts including the women. This is a theatrical and cultural 'given' though it may not be necessarily so. In any case they needed to get it right because instant and outright derision was the result of audience displeasure. One has to bear in mind that the men of this age were a pretty hairy lot and last minute shaves didn't come cheap.

Twelfth Night - Fry & Rylance

Remember the play's alternative title "What You Will" says a lot. This cast have been playing 'Twelf Night' at the Globe to give the play max authenticity. Now it's in the Apollo, apart from being warmer there are aspects of the play itself that emerge in stark poetry and brilliant performances by all - as close to what they think Shakespeare intended as possible.

Why a musical? well Shakespeare wrote 4 songs which are sung on stage, including - Feste's Song; I Am Gone, Sir

Twelfth Night - MArk rylance as widowWhy comedy? Nowadays the very act of what is called 'cross dressing' which is men acting as women - and giving the feminine touch a go - is mostly funny to both men and women in the audience. They invariably project their perception of what a woman does in a two dimensional way. In this case Olivia was always worried and somewhat querulous - well women are - are they not? Olivia could be excused because she had some hilarious problems which were funny then and funny now.

In as far as a melancholic state of mind can certainly be laughable. especially as the suitor (spurned) starts to fancy the bird dressed up as a man. Was this becuase he knew what she was really or was he a bit "bi'? (in other words a 'sexual ambiguity').

Twelfth night - Stephen Fry

Mark Rylance and Christopher Fry are always worth going to see as they possess the attraction of unmistakable charisma as well as being great players. Christopher Fry does pompous really well - (he's REALLY pompous) and Mark Rylance does feminine as feminine does. Both they and the cast in general manage to portray some pretty blunt cruelty as amusing also and there are many in any audience who love that sort of thing.


Twelfth Night - Mark RylanceWidowed countess, being courted by a lord, prefers the messenger of his suitor - whoops sorry her suitor... now where was I?

This classic play, played by a classic cast is one of Shakespeares most popular plays then as now. This performance has been hailed by even critical critics as "don't miss out on this one" Not long to go so best book good seats to catch all the nuances.

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