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Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night


Wednesday 27 October - Saturday 30 October: arrive from 6:30pm for a 7:30pm start.

Saturday 30 October Matinee: arrive from 10:30am for an 11:30am start.

Sunday 31 October, 2021: arrive 4pm for a 5pm start.

Tickets: $45 per person.

Program: Coming along? Download the program here!


“If music be the food of love play on!”

As twilight descends, be entertained by this joyous outdoor production of Shakespeare’s enduringly popular comedy, Twelfth Night.

Performed under the stars in the beautiful natural setting of Adelaide Botanic Garden, this hilarious yet moving comedy of loss and reunion will give you a night to remember through music and an immersive experience of nature.

Produced by newly formed company Shakespeare South Australia and presented as part of the Botanica Lumina program, Twelfth Night stars award-winning performers Michaela Burger, Alys Daroy, Shedrick Yarkpai and a full cast of South Australia’s leading classical actors.

The story

Twelfth Night follows orphaned twins Viola and Sebastian’s separation at sea and the resultant ‘comedy of errors’ of mistaken identity, gender-swapping and merry misrule, while also inviting deeper considerations of environment and self, place and identity, loss and homecoming.

Following a time in which distance and separation have become all too real, Twelfth Nightoffers a chance for us to share in its catharses, entanglements, reunions and, ultimately, celebrations amongst the 'sweet beds of flowers' in South Australia's most iconic garden.

Make a night of it and bring snacks to enjoy as you relax and unwind on the lawns before the performance. Patrons can also pre-order a delicious picnic box of goodies from the Gardens Café and Kiosk.

A bar will be available on the night for both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

We invite you to rug up, bring a low-chair or picnic blanket and be transported to a world where all is not quite what it seems.

Shakespeare SA

Shakespeare SA is a new classical theatre company combining Shakespeare’s timeless work with innovative new theatrical directions. Featuring South Australian classical actors and showcasing the State’s magnificent landscapes, Shakespeare SA is the State’s only dedicated Shakespeare company. The company is committed to environmentally-sensitive theatre and the exploration of emerging eco-theatrical practices.


Feste - Michaela Burger; Orsino - Shedrick Yarkpai; Viola - Melanie Munt; Olivia - Alys Daroy; Malvolio - Michael Baldwin; Sir Toby Belch - Paul Westbrook; Sir Andrew Aguecheek - David Daradan; Mariah - Kate Van Der Horst; Sebastian - David Daradan; Antonia - Britt Plummer

Directed by Jess Clough and Britt Plummer

Original Music by Peter Urquhart

Michaela Burger

  • “One of the finest voices this State has produced” —The Sunday Mail
  • “Strikingly original … one of Australia’s leading voices” —The Advertiser
  • “Pure bliss to watch, heaven to listen to”— Glam Adelaide

Alys Daroy

  • “Five stars: A stand out performance by Alys Daroy” — Time Out, London
  • “Destined to be one of the leading stage actresses of her generation” —Sky TV, Take 101.
  • “Absolutely riveting. From her first entrance to her last, there was not a moment missed” — Andrew Muir, Shakespeare in Cambridge


Event information

Duration: Two hours plus interval

Location: Palm House Lawns, Adelaide Botanic Garden – entry and exit via Main Gate on North Terrace.

Who: This performance is suitable for all ages, but please note that this is not a children’s production

Food and Beverage

Ticket-holders are welcome to bring their own food. However, please note that due to garden regulations, BYO alcohol is not permitted. A bar will be available on the night for both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

Picnic boxes with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are available to pre-order here.

Please pre-order your picnic box before midday on Friday 22 October, 2021.


Parking is located nearby on Rundle Road or catch the tram. The Botanic Gardens stop is just 160m from the Garden's Main Gate on North Terrace.

What to Bring

Seating is not provided at this event. Please bring your picnic rugs, bean bags, cushions, low chairs, blankets, warm clothes and an umbrella if required (umbrellas cannot be used during the performance).

Weather Policy

Please note this event is outdoors and on grass during spring time. Please consider the weather forecast and dress suitably as well as any allergies. In the case of inclement weather, the event may be cancelled and ticket holders will be notified and offered another date. Refunds will only apply if you are not available to attend the rescheduled date.


The event has wheelchair access, however patrons are advised that it takes place on a grass surface. Please let us know if you have any mobility needs.


Shakespeare SA is committed to environmentally-sensitive theatre and the exploration of emerging eco-theatrical practices that are sustainable and have an enhanced presence of nature on stage.

COVID-19 information

The safety and well-being of our visitors, volunteers and staff is our highest priority.

We are mindful of concerns surrounding COVID-19 and are following all federal and state government policy and directives. We are closely monitoring updates through SA Health and the impact of COVID-19 on our community.

In response we are implementing some COVID-safe protocols and ask you to please remember to:

  • Use the QR Code to check-in when you arrive at the event.
  • Maintain 1.5m social distance between groups – there is plenty of room for social distancing at the venue.
  • Practise good hygiene, wash your hands regularly, and utilise the hand sanitiser available.
  • Wearing of face masks is welcome.
  • If you have any COVID-19 symptoms (flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue or shortness of breath), please refrain from attending the event and contact staff to discuss options.

The Botanica Lumina program is supported by Major Partner SA Power Networks.

Twelfth Night
Twelfth Night

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