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Abbey Shakespeare Players 2016: Twelfth Night

A dreadful shipwreck casts Viola ashore in Illyria. Thinking her twin brother Sebastian has drowned, she passes herself off as a boy and enters the service of the Duke, Orsino.
She becomes his messenger of love to the lady Olivia.
Olivia is captivated - but by the messenger, not the message.

I see you what you are, you are too proud;
But, if you were the devil, you are fair.
Viola, Act I Sc 5

Meanwhile Olivia's roistering uncle Sir Toby Belch and his companions set a trap for her self-important steward, Malvolio. A misleading missive and misplaced affection pile confusion on hilarious confusion.

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em.
Malvolio, Act II Sc 5

In the end, love proves the great redeemer - but will it last? As the melancholy jester Feste sings: "The rain it raineth every day."

What is love? 'tis not hereafter;
Present mirth hath present laughter;
What's to come is still unsure:
Feste, Act II Sc 3

Shakespeare wrote Twelfth Night in in the final years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, at the height of his dramatic powers. Devising an entertainment for the end of the Christmas season, he filled it with comic disorder and musical interludes.

The Abbey Shakespeare Players first came to the majestic ruins of St Dogmaels Abbey with Twelfth Night in 1987. We are delighted to revisit one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies for this, our 30th production.


Cast & Crew - Poster



A great while ago the world begun,
With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
But that's all one, our play is done,
And we'll strive to please you every day.

Feste, Act V Sc 1






Twelfth Night the Abbey Shakespeare Players' 30th summer production in St Dogmaels Abbey andwas directed by Georgina Ferry and Ian Wood.

Performances were from Wednesday 3 August to Saturday 6 August 2016 at 8pm

With grateful thanks to the people of St Dogmaels and Cadw: Welsh Historic Monuments for their generosity and continued support.

Proceeds from this production donated to Hanes Llandoch and the St Dogmaels Memorial Hall.