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Photograph by Natalia Petrenko featuring Michaela Burger as Feste and Alys Daroy as Olivia

Twelfth Night: Or What You Will

The Story

Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, or What You Will, is one of his most enduringly popular comedies. It follows the story of shipwrecked heroine Viola, who washes up on the foreign shore of Illyria. Fearing her twin brother to be drowned and for her own safety, she disguises herself as a boy to seek employment in the Count Orsino's court. Orsino is lovesick for the Countess Olivia who is in mourning for her own brother's death. Viola, falling in love with Orsino goes to plead his suit to Olivia, who in turn falls promptly in love with her in disguise. Meanwhile, Olivia's puritanical steward Malvolio attempts to contain the boisterous Sir Toby Belch, Sir Andrew Aguecheek and Mariah. The resultant mayhem is overseen by Feste the court fool—one of Shakespeare's most enigmatic and complex characters. This world of madness, illusion, passion and revelry is played under the stars in the exquisite gardens of Adelaide's iconic Carrick Hill.

Everything you need to know

Where can I book? 

100% of booking fees will be donated to the 'Better Start' program for Indigenous students. 

When is the show?

6:30 pm Tuesday 4 January 2022, 

6:30 pm Wednesday 5 January 2022, 

6:30 pm Thursday 6 January 2022.

Is there a matinee? 

There are special two family-friendly matinees at 12:30pm on Friday 7 January and Saturday 8 January. Book via the link above before Christmas day 25 December 2021 and children under 16 come free. Be sure to select the 'Child' ticket (free) with your own matinee ticket purchase so that Covid-safe numbers can be monitored.

How long does the show run for?

Approximately two hours, including a 20 minute interval.

How do I find the venue?

Carrick Hill is located approximately 7km from the Adelaide city centre at 46 Carrick Hill Drive, Springfield 5062. Parking is available on-site. The performance will take place on the Elm Lawns behind the House.

Is it suitable for children?

The matinee performances are suitable for all ages, but please note that this is not specifically a children’s production.

How much are tickets?

$45 per person

$37.50 for students, seniors or MEAA members (valid ID must be shown on arrival with your ticket)

Can I bring my own food and wine?

Ticket-holders are welcome to bring their own food. However, please note that BYO alcohol is not permitted. Tabel Catering at Carrick Hill offers an extensive selection of excellent alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, in addition to gourmet food.

Picnic platters and drinks are available for pre-purchase via Tabel Catering (details coming soon).

What should I bring?

Picnic rugs, bean bags, cushions, low chairs, blankets, warm clothes, rain jacket and an umbrella if required (please note that umbrellas cannot be used during the performance - we recommend a rain poncho). Please also ensure that you bring sunscreen and a hat for the matinee performances.

What happens if it rains?

Please note this event is outdoors and on grass. Please consider the weather forecast and dress suitably as well as any allergies. In the case of severely inclement weather such as rain, heat or bushfire-risk, the event may be cancelled and ticket holders will be notified a minimum of 7 hours before the event and a full refund offered.


What about Covid?

Both the production and venue follow SA Covid-safe practices. Performance takes place outside and will be monitored by on-site Covid Marshalls. Should any performance need to be cancelled due to unforeseen Covid-related restrictions, ticket holders will be notified immediately and a full-refund offered. 

Will the show be amplified?

The show will not be amplified, out of respect to neighbouring residents. Actors will not be using microphones but a form of traditional Shakespearean stage practice called 'Original Practice' based on clear, precise physical performance and vocal projection.

Is the venue accessible?

Visitors who are mobility impaired have use of the ‘service entrance’ at 5 Meadowvale Road, which enables them to conveniently alight adjacent to the house.

While Carrick Hill welcomes all visitors there are some areas that are not easily accessible.

Please call Carrick Hill 08 7424 7900 when planning your visit for more information.