A Musical Adaptation of William Shakespeare's TWELFTH NIGHT

Conceived by Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub
Music and Lyrics by Shaina Taub



The enforced closure of theatres in the last year has been a once-in-a-lifetime event. Other than a few days around the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, or the sudden death of Princess Diana (both of which occurred before most of our students were born), we were used to theatres being places where people gathered together to enjoy the unique experience of seeing live performers sing, dance, act and tell stories. When that privilege was abruptly withdrawn last year, it was a shock.

Shakespeare was no stranger to the theatres being forcibly closed, due to a series of plague outbreaks. Many times throughout his career the authorities took the decision, and between 1603 and 1613 theatres were shut for more than 60% of the time; a total of 78 months (or 6 and half years!).

For GSA, lockdown meant moving all our classes and productions online, and then a slow return to live rehearsals and then classes, with all production so far this year being streamed online – which has meant many people, all around the world have been able to see them. Now, for our first live performance in a year, there was no other choice than our national playwright, who would perfectly understand our current predicament.

Shakespeare’s comedy of gender-bending love is given a contemporary twist in Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub’s musical adaptation, first performed in New York’s Central Park. It brings together jazz, pop and Broadway in a jovial party that reminds us how theatre triumphs through all adversities and brings communities together in an act of healing.

We are so delighted you are able to join us and we look forward to seeing you back in our indoor theatres very soon!

With best wishes

Julian Woolford, Head of Musical Theatre


This production has been rehearsed and performed in Covid-safe conditions and according to Covid-secure regulations.

Suitable for all ages.

This recorded live production features the final year students of the BA (Hons) Musical Theatre programme in collaboration with students on the BA (Hons) Theatre Production and MA Stage & Production Management programmes. Please scroll down for headshots and Spotlight links.

Originally commissioned and produced by The Public Theater, Artistic Director: Oskar Eustis, Executive Director: Patrick Willingham
Orchestrations and Band Arrangements by Mike Brun
This production of Twelfth Night is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd.


Cast List

Feste, a busker: Ying Ue Li
Orsino, the Duke: Keelan McAuley
Viola: Caroline Whittingham
Olivia, the Countess: Lizzy-Rose Esin-Kelly
Toby, Olivia's uncle: Tiernan Lafleur-Johnson
Maria, Olivia's housekeeper: Katy Haffner
Andrew, Toby's friend: Joseph Saunders
Malvolio, Olivia's butler: Tobias Turley
Antonio, a sailor: Joe Munn
Sebastian: James Bourne
Fabian, Olivia's gardenerHarry Singh
Illyrian Police Officers: James CarlisleTyler Orphé-Baker
Illyrian Officiant: Lauren Steele
Illyrians: Thomas AlsopJasmine BayesOwen BoltonReuben BurrowsLucca Chadwick-PatelBeth CrameIván Fernández-GonzálezNaomi Fisch, Liam ForresterLaura Jayne-HardieGeorge LittellBella ManziRuairidh McDonaldGreta McKinnonCal PlantPearl SchombergEllie ShoveAlice SparrowAlice TunningleyJordan WalkerLillie-Pearl WildmanElise Zavou
Swings: Ruairidh McDonald, Cal Plant, Lauren Steele, Alice Tunningley


Feste: Lillie-Pearl Wildman
Orsino: George Littell
Viola: Alice Sparrow
Olivia: Greta McKinnon
Toby: Tyler Orphé-Baker
Andrew: Harry Singh
Malvolio: James Carlisle
Sebastian: Thomas Alsop
FabianRuairidh McDonald

The Band

Keyboard: Tom Turner
Trumpet: Mark Perry
Guitar: Lewis Turner
Bass: Sam Edgington
Drums: James Pritchard


Creative Team

Director: Julian Woolford
Choreographer: Mark Smith
Musical Director: Tom Turner
Set Designer: Roger Ness
Costume Designer: Carina Wells
Lighting Designer: Chris Wilson
Sound Designer: Chris Whybrow
Dance Captains: Thomas Alsop, Jasmine Bayes, Reuben Burrows, Beth Crame, Laura Jayne-Hardie, George Littell, Ruairidh McDonald, Ellie Shove, Lauren Steele, Alice Tunningley, Elise Zavou

Head of Musical Theatre: Julian Woolford
Programme Leader BA Musical Theatre: Stewart Nicholls 

Technical Team

Head of Technical Theatre: Jo Franklin
Programme Leader: Sheryl-Lynne Valensky
Production Manager: Chris Wilson
Assistant Production Manager: Rohan Carr
Stage Manager: Kiera Smith
Deputy Stage Manager: Ella Godbold-Holmes
Assistant Stage Manager: Oktawia Barnabus, Aaron Cawood
Wardrobe Supervisor: Carina Wells
Workshop Supervisor: Jamie Fitzgerald
Production Electrician: Zara Mahoney
Lighting Programmer/ Operator: Jordan Williams
LX Crew: Rebecca McCarthy, Rhiannon Witt
Production Sound Engineer: Helen Roberts
Sound 1: Ben Smith
Sound Crew: Georgina Ward
Sound 2: Lucy Baylis
Sound 3: Lily Collins 
Stage Crew: Georgia Jones, Megan Swinden, Martin Underwood



The videotaping or making of electronic or other audio and/or visual recordings or streams of this production is strictly prohibited, a violation of United Kingdom Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 and an actionable offense.