Sorry! You missed Twelfth Night at Apollo Theatre

Unfortunately, we don't have any information about upcoming performances of this show. Maybe we can interest you with something similar from the options below...


Shaftesbury Avenue 31, London W1D 7ES

You are viewing a past performance of Twelfth Night

You can catch Twelfth Night at the Shakespeares Globe Theatre, showing Until October 3, 2020

Twelfth Night Poster

Twelfth Night

4.5 star rating4.5 star rating4.5 star rating4.5 star rating4.5 star rating

Closed February 3, 2013

Rylance is once again a marvel

The Evening Standard

Why See Twelfth Night?

ShakespeareCritics PicksComedy TheatreCeleb on Stage

Fry and Rylance light up the West End

National treasure Stephen Fry makes a triumphant return to the stage after a 17-year absence in Tim Carroll's revival of Twelfth Night. He stars alongside pre-eminent stage actor Mark Rylance, and an all-male supporting cast in an 'original practices' production of the Shakespeare comedy. After having enjoyed sell-out performances at Shakespeare's Globe, this production deservedly gets its West-End transfer to the Apollo Theatre.

Fry and Rylance both give career-defining performances: Fry is pompous and witty as Malvolio, while Rylance is consistently hysterical as Olivia in his white make- up and black dress. With the inclusion of original practices, the audience can enjoy authentic Elizabethan costumes, music and acting styles as they would have been in Shakespeare's day. One of the Bard's finest comedies, this production is raucously funny in places yet moving in others. A stellar revival, featuring the finest acting talent of the modern day.

What is Twelfth Night about?

Shakespeare's comedy of gender confusion is an uproarious, classic farce. Twins Viola and Sebastian are shipwrecked off the coast of Illyria, where they are separated. Presuming Sebastian dead, Viola disguises herself as a man named Cesario, and enters the service of Duke Orsnio. Orsnio is in love with the disinterested Olivia, and his plan for Cesario to deliver his message of love to her backfires when Olivia falls instead for the Cesario the messenger. Meanwhile, others seek to exact their revenge on the evil Malvolio, by convincing him that he in fact is the object of Olivia's desire.

show content hide content

Additional Information


Previews from: 2 November 2012

Opening night: 20 November 2012


Twelfth Night is suitable for audiences aged 8 and upwards

Run time

Three hours with one interval

Cast and Creative


Samuel Barnett as Sebastian
Johnny Flynn as Viola
Mark Rylance as Olivia
Stephen Fry as Malvolio
Liam Brennan as Orsino
Peter Hamilton Dyer as Feste
Colin Hurley as Sir Toby Belch.


By William Shakespeare
Directed by Tim Carroll
Designed by Jenny Tiramani
Music by Claire van Kampen

What you thought

3 reviews, average rating: (5.0 Stars)

5.0 star rating

Christine Strong: “You must see this”

Saw Twelfth Night last night,17th November, and thought it was superb.... more

Martin Linke: “Shakespeare as it should be done...”

I honestly admit this was the 2nd time I've seen a production of "Twelfth... more

Read all reviews Write a review


Venue home

Venue home





Additional Information

seating chart
SeatingSeating map

Spread the word

Sound good to you? Share this page on social media and let your friends know about Twelfth Night at Apollo Theatre.

Keep up to date

I want email news and updates for events in my area! Read how we protect your data.

Please note: The term Apollo Theatre and/or Twelfth Night as well as all associated graphics, logos, and/or other trademarks, tradenames or copyrights are the property of the Apollo Theatre and/or Twelfth Night and are used herein for factual descriptive purposes only. We are in no way associated with or authorized by the Apollo Theatre and/or Twelfth Night and neither that entity nor any of its affiliates have licensed or endorsed us to sell tickets, goods and or services in conjunction with their events.