Southwark Playhouse presents
by William Shakespeare
“Love sought is good, but giv’n unsought is better.”
Whilst searching for her lost twin brother in Illyria, Viola stumbles upon something entirely unexpected – love. But in Illyria, love’s true course is never going to run smoothly.
No one is quite what they claim to be in this strange place – male/female, lover/fighter, happy/sad, fool/priest – which leads to all sorts of complications.
Shakespeare’s classic comedy of love and identity is given a rollicking makeover with a festival vibe and live music on stage. Grab your wristbands now before they all get snapped up!
Directed by RSC Creative Fellow Anna Girvan (Associate Director, People Places and Things) and designed by Anna Reid (The Cardinal, Dear Brutus) this production will be suitable for everyone aged 10 and above.
This production is kindly supported by The Topinambour Trust, St Olave’s And St Saviour’s Schools Foundation, Unity Theatre Trust, The Williams Charitable Trust, The Golsoncott Foundation and Royal Victoria Hall Foundation.
Composer and Musical Director
Shakespeare For Schools
Shakespeare lives on the stage, not the page, and it is there that students should first encounter him. Our annual Shakespeare for Schools production is the most ambitious element of our Youth and Community Programme, reaching over 1500 young people every year in Southwark and Lambeth at special matinee performances.
The project aims to enable more young people to engage with Shakespeare and have the opportunity to see live theatre that is exciting, innovative and contemporary, when they might not otherwise have the chance to do so.
All schools will be contacted by Southwark Playhouse this Autumn with details on how to book tickets.
Our most recent productions include The Tempest (2017) and Macbeth (2016)
“…this 90-minute show delivers an enchanting and emotionally charged Tempest.” WhatsOnStage (The Tempest)
“…the intimacy of the space, the editing of the text and the strength of the performances made the experience unique and really valuable.” Participating teacher, 2016
This project is supported by The Topinambour Trust, The Williams Charitable Trust, St Olave’s and St Saviour’s Schools Foundation and the Unity Theatre Trust.