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Actors from the London Stage – Twelfth Night

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Mistaken identities, disguises, and love triangles: Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night sees the great playwright blending his comic and dramatic devices with masterful dexterity. Even now, its riches entertain and delight, with some of Shakespeare’s most famed language bolstered by deeper, richer currents of love, desire, grief, and transformation. Twelfth Night is a deliriously enjoyable romantic comedy not to be missed.

Shipwrecked on the Illyrian coast, Viola, an aristocrat by birth, searches for her long-lost twin brother Sebastian. Believing him drowned, she disguises herself as a boy named “Cesario” and goes to work for Duke Orsino, who is in love with Lady Olivia. Olivia, mourning the deaths of her father and brother, instead falls in love with Cesario, who is herself falling for the Duke.  Meanwhile, the scheming steward Malvolio endures a series of practical jokes, creating a delightful tangle of comic complications on the way to a memorably joyful ending.

Founded in 1975, Actors From The London Stage is one of the oldest touring Shakespeare theatre companies in the world. Housed and workshopped in the UK and based in the United States at Shakespeare at Notre Dame, this intensive residency program is truly one of a kind. Coming from such prestigious companies as the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain, and Shakespeare’s Globe, AFTLS actors are uniquely focused on student engagement across the academic spectrum as well as the creation of a collaborative learning environment in which to experience Shakespeare’s texts and universal themes. Throughout the first week of October, AFTLS be holding workshops at San José State University. The vibrant hands-on nature of the program provides an extraordinary opportunity to engage faculty and students far beyond the confines of the English and Theatre departments.


October 18 @ 11:00 am


Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose, CA 95113 Located between 2nd and 3rd St. in downtown San Jose.


Convenient parking available @ 2nd & San Carlos Garage $5 flat fee after 6 PM

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Accessible by BART and VTA (2nd & Paseo De San Antonio exit is in front of the Hammer Theatre)