Twelfth Night

A musical adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”

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

Directed by Ruben Van Kempen

Center Theatre at Seattle Center

April 25, 2023

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May 21, 2023

Viola and her brother Sebastian are separated in a devastating shipwreck. Naturally, Viola decides to disguise herself as a man in this new land and, now as Cesario, get a job for Duke Orsino, with whom she instantly falls in love. Duke Orsino, however, loves the countess Olivia, and sends Viola-as-Cesario to woo her. Olivia, unaware of Viola’s disguise, falls in love with Cesario. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Viola, Sebastian has been rescued and is about to add another angle to this love shape.

Shakespeare’s romantic comedy of mistaken identity and self-discovery is given a rousing musical adaptation originally premiered at New York’s Public Theatre, featuring an onstage band and a score inspired by jazz, soul, and showtunes from critically acclaimed musician Shaina Taub.

Content Advisories: This show includes content that may be distressing. Below are some particular warnings, but if you have any further questions, please email marketing@seattleshakespeare.org and we’ll be happy to provide additional information. This show contains: Death of a parent, grief, violence

*These advisories are based on the text of the play. As the show is developed and goes into rehearsals, we will continue to update advisories based on production-specific choices.*