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Enjoy a Flower-Power 1960s Style Twelfth Night!

Some cast members gather in the Great Garden of New Place.

Second Thoughts Drama Group are celebrating their 40th anniversary by performing Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, at the Bear Pit Theatre, Rother Street, Stratford, from 3 – 6 July. Also, an outdoor performance at the Great Garden in the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s New Place on 14 July.



One of Shakespeare’s most famous comedies, Twelfth Night is filled with cases of mistaken identities and gender, as twins Viola and Sebastian are split up after a shipwreck. While Viola decides to cross-dress to find work within high society, Sebastian tries to find Viola- only to be constantly mistaken for her, all the while the courtiers Orsino and Olivia and their servants get their wires crossed in love.

However, rather than follow tradition, Second Thoughts are putting their own twist on Twelfth Night by setting it in the 1960s - a celebratory and vivid decade of new freedoms, peace, funky fashion trends, and great music. A decade when man first stepped on the moon. A decade when anything seemed possible!

And somewhere along the Mediterranean shores lies Orsino’s Beach Café and Bar! Director Amanda Laidler (Arms and The Man) leads a cast of 15, including Georgina Monk, Stephanie Jephson, Christa Gaskell, Noel Dollimore, Ian McLean, Tim Raistrick, Chloe Wiltshire, Gill Hines, Michael Thompsett, Paige Hopper, Samantha Nicholas, Edythe Wurtzler, Nic Walsh, and Bernard Hall. 

Olivia, Sebastian and Viola. Photo courtesy of Second Thoughts.

Audience members attending the outdoor event on 14 July should take their own folding chairs or rugs to sit on, and some waterproof clothing, just in case! They are welcome to bring picnics or refreshments and there will be soft drinks, wine and ice cream available to purchase.

Tickets for Twelfth Night can be booked at, on 0333 666 3366, or on the door from one hour before the performance, for £14 (£12 concession).

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