Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night poster 2009

9th July - 5th September 2009

Saïd Business School Amphitheatre


The amphitheatre of the Said Business School provided the stunning setting for Shakespeare’s comedy of mistaken identities. With the striking architecture of the Said Business School and innumerable beautiful sunsets creating a magnificent backdrop, and a sand-filled stage setting the scene for a shipwreck, returning director Heather Davies fully utilised the huge space available, using both the amphitheatre itself and the courtyard below during the performance. Designer Tomasin Cuthbert worked with recycled materials to create an unforgettable set and costumes, ensuring that the production was environmentally friendly and original! Davies introduced a unique meta-theatrical aspect, with the actors playing shipwrecked mariners who act out the Shakespeare plays they find on the beach to while away the time till rescue.

The audience experienced theatre at its most potent in the intimate traditional amphitheatre setting, and Creation were able to provide an indoor option for the first time, in case of bad weather. Audience members were also treated to the option of a delicious gourmet barbeque menu provided by the Said catering company.


“Sparkling Verve”
The Stage

“An Absolute Gem”
Daily Information

“Fantastical and Imaginative”
Daily Information

Artistic team

Director – Heather Davies
Designer – Tomasin Cuthbert


Andrew Macbean – Malvolio/ Antonio
Antony Jardine – Feste/ Fabian
Emily Pennant-Rea – Viola
Janet Greaves – Maria/Priest/First Officer
Jonny Bower – Sebastian/Curio/Second Officer/Servant
Melanie MacHugh – Olivia/ Valentine
Nick Earnshaw – Sir Toby/Captain
Stephen Carlile – Orsino/ Aguecheek

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