William Shakespeare's

Twelfth Night

or, What You Will

13 JUL - 5 AUG 2006 — Comedy



Auckland Theatre Company


Maidment Theatre


Two Hours and 15 minutes, including a 15 minute interval





Tandi Wright picks up where Shakespeare in Love’s Gwyneth Paltrow left off as she brings Twelfth Night’s cross dressing heroine, Viola to life.  George Henare stars as the aptly named Sir Toby Belch and Paolo Rotondo is Viola’s twin, Sebastian. 

Jennifer Ward-Lealand, Oliver Driver, Paul Barrett, Andrew Laing, Charlie McDermott, Peter McCauley, Jason Smith and Jacque Drew complete Auckland Theatre Company’s famous line up.

Lyrical, emotional, bitter-sweet and hugely funny, Twelfth Night is a spectacular concoction of cross-dressing and confusion where everyone is in love with the wrong person.  Viola loves Orsino who loves Olivia who loves Sebastian and his twin brother Cesario - who also happens to be Viola!

Michael Hurst and his superb cast unscramble the confusion, madness and mayhem all the while breathing new life into Shakespeare’s most poignant comedy.


"Michael Hurst's interpretation of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night or, What You Will, is exquisitely crafted, beautiful, and enormously accessible. The continuous ripples of hearty laughter from the opening night audience, who willingly interacted with the players, is testament to his triumph."
Kate Ward-Smythe, Theatreview
"For best production for the year, nothing could beat the Auckland Theatre Company's Twelfth Night, Michael Hurst's playful and dazzling take on Shakespeare's giddy, lovestruck comedy...A fantastic and unforgettable show."
Natasha Hay, New Zealand Listener