Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

Image by Fiona Evans

The time has come once again for Barbican Theatre’s much-anticipated third instalment of their ‘Bard in the Yard’ series. Last year gave us their beautiful rendition of Romeo and Juliet, starring Giorgio Kays and Holly Hewat, in the Royal William Yard’s elegant outdoor building, Residence One, which was equal parts stunning, comedic and flawlessly executed. You can read my piece on last year’s performance here.


This year, Barbican Theatre is premiering the Bard’s famous comedy, Twelfth Night, at the Royal William Yard, with their performance comprising of an entirely new cast. Out of a total of 133 actors who applied for various roles, only 8 made the final cut; these few are boasted to ‘include a mixture of dynamism, long time experience and inspirational new comers from the region.’

The outdoor production, taking place from 2-20 August 2017, will be starring Zoe Bloss as Viola / Cessario and Owen Lewis as Sebastian; both of whom have considerable amounts acting experience. Zoe Bloss, a drama graduate of Kingston University (2013), has performed in a number of pieces, including a KUDS production of Othello as Emilia, and has also helped organize a pop up theatre event, Outpost 2016, which took place last year. Owen Lewis has an extensive history of his own in regards to  theatre, having played both Tybalt and Paris in the Barbican Theatre’s 2016 production of Romeo & Juliet, and will be completing his professional training at Marjon University this July with an impressive string of acting credentials under his belt.

Stepping in as replacement for last year’s director, Mark Laville, Jon Nash will be filling the role of #BardInTheYard Director. His credentials are notably comprehensive, including an extensive history of working with Shakespeare, which will no doubt only serve to aid him in constructing and executing this year’s production. As well as co-directing Untamed Theatre’s tour of Much Ado About Nothing, he has devised work for Bristol Shakespeare Festival, Plymouth Fringe Festival and Plymouth City Council, as well as having been Assistant Director for Barbican Theatre’s 2015 production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream.


Twelfth Night

Image by Fiona Evans

Barbican Theatre’s CEO Sheila Snellgrove says on the choice of Jon Nash for Director, “Jon is an incredible Director and his passion for, and knowledge of, Shakespeare is remarkable. I have no doubt his interpretation of this chaotic comedy, produced specifically for the stunning gardens of Residence One, will leave audiences excited, uplifted and ready for more.  As a young Director, Jon’s take on this classic masterpiece of English literature promises to be different, vital and energized.”

Your summer won’t be complete without a ticket to one of these thrilling and highly entertaining performances! A total of 18 will be staged outdoors in the stunning ‘Secret Garden’ of Residence One at Royal William Yard; but, don’t worry if the weather is less than ideal – a wet weather contingency is in place at an equally lovely location at Royal William Yard, so you won’t have to end up saved by a sea captain yourself! The B-Bar will be providing catering services as a fully licensed bar with delicious hot food, drinks and desserts made by the esteemed Jamie Oliver Fifteen trained chef, Sam Lounds, of Phoenix Spice.

You can find ticket dates, prices and links below.


2 – 6 August (7.30pm plus Sat 2.30pm matinee)

8, 11, 12 & 13 August, (7.30pm plus Sat 2.30pm matinee)

15 – 20 August (7.30pm plus Sat 2.30pm matinee)

Tickets are priced at Full £17, Concession £14 (under 16s, students, over 60s and registered disabled), Family £56 (2 full + 2 under 16s).  Or, buy 10 tickets and get the 11th free! Buy tickets 24 hours a day on our website, in person at the Barbican Theatre (11am – 6pm, Monday to Friday) or by calling 01752 267131 (11am – 6pm, Monday to Friday).  Please note there is an additional £1 booking fee per person.