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A special summer season of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night is headed to Carrick Hill

Following a sold-out 2021 season, Shakespeare South Australia returns with Twelfth Night at iconic Carrick Hill for a festive summer run on January 4-8 2022

Following a sold-out 2021 season, Shakespeare South Australia returns with Twelfth Night at iconic Carrick Hill for a festive summer run on January 4-8 2022.

This time, Shakespeare’s complex and heartwarming comedy takes place outdoors in the summer twilight at Carrick Hill’s perfumed gardens.

There are three evening shows at 6:30 pm on Tuesday 4th, Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th of January, with two special family-friendly daylight matinees at 12:00 on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th of January 2022. 

As a pre-Christmas special, audience 16 years and under can book either matinee for free when accompanied by a ticket-holding adult.

The performance dates coincide with the calendar date of ‘Twelfth Night’.

“Twelfth Night refers to twelve days after Christmas day, traditionally celebrated as a religious festival on either January 5th or 6th,” explains Shakespeare South Australia Artistic Director Alys Daroy. 

“It’s the perfect time of year to extend festive celebrations and the play’s lively mix of comedy, revelry and intrigue on a balmy summer evening as the sun sets and the stars appear.”

Guests can bring a picnic (no BYO), pre-order a platter from Tabel Catering and enjoy refreshments and views across the city.

Carrick Hill has had a long association with the theatre, with notable thespians such as Sir Laurence Olivier having stayed at the historic home. 

The house is a blend of Tudor, Jacobean and 1930s construction and design. Twelfth Night also melds together the 1930s with touches of Renaissance flair, including live lute performances by James Logan and original compositions played on the appellation dulcimer by Adelaide’s own Michaela Burger (State Opera, State Theatre). 

The performance will transport the audience back in time to the days of Adelaide’s elegant soirees, melding Shakespearean Original Performance with updated comedy and innovative eco-theatre.

Shakespeare South Australia joins organisations such as Shakespeare’s Globe, London, as part of the global EarthShakes Alliance, an international collective of Shakespeare companies putting nature at the heart of the performance.

Production is environmentally-sensitive, utilising the garden’s natural beauty and sensory atmosphere rather than built sets or stages. 

“Shakespeare’s text is multi-layered we ensure it is accessible and entertaining for every level of understanding and experience,” says Alys.

Alys established the new company in 2021 upon returning to her hometown of Adelaide following 18 years working in the UK, including for Shakespeare’s Globe and Cambridge Shakespeare.  

The performance stars Michaela Burger and an award-winning cast, including Shedrick Yarkpai, Alys Daroy, David Daradan, Melanie Munt, Paul Westbrook, Kate van der Horst and Michael Baldwin. It is Co-Directed by Jess Clough-MacRae (Shakespeare’s Globe) and Britt Plummer (Frank Theatre). 

Tickets are $45 for adults, $37.50 for students, seniors and MEAA artists and are available online with 100% of bookings going to charity.

Twelfth Night is running from January 4th – 8th 

Tickets cost can be purchased here

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