Twelfth Night

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Twelfth Night


By William Shakespeare

Directed by Matthew Gorman


Nov. 6–23, 2013



Shakespeare’s beloved comedy begins with a shipwreck and ends with marriages, reunions and some good old-fashioned revenge–with plenty of hijinks and hilarity in between. Featuring some of the Bard’s most memorable comedic characters, Twelfth Night is classic comedy at its best, full of mistaken identity, disguise, intrigue and, above all, the search for love.






A tour of the set as it is loaded into the theatre – led by Director Matthew Gorman





Production Photography


Three week run:

Week 1: Wed. – Sat., 8 pm
Week 2: Wed. – Sat., 8 pm
Week 3: Wed. – Sat., 8 pm & Sat., 2 pm


Postshow Chats: Thurs., Nov. 7 & Sat., Nov. 9, 2013
Preshow Chat: Sat., Nov. 23, 2013, 1 pm


Adults: $28 / Seniors: $17 / Students: $15


$10 Student tickets every Wednesday
$17 Alumni tickets every Thursday


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Student Matinees

Hart House Theatre offers student matinees at the low price of $15 per student, and complementary tickets for teachers and chaperones.


For more information and to book a performance please call the Box Office at 416.978.8849.


Director’s Notes


Welcome to The Elephant, our little pub. A village meeting place in no particular country, in no particular time; our Illyria is its own place, borrowing from everywhere. It is a place of music, sadness, love and possibility.


I have always been fond of this play for its thoughtful and tender treatment of love and all the pain it brings. I’ve often thought that the real distinction between the comedies and tragedies in Shakespeare isn’t the body count, but the hope we’re left with at the end. The tragedies bring a sense of finality as the curtain falls, but the comedies leave us with possibility. Tonight, we’ll watch as a town is pulled from perpetual mourning into celebration when true love washes up on its shores. Will Viola, Orsino, Olivia and Sebastian live happily ever after? We can never truly know. What we believe is that now there is a chance for happiness, a chance that was impossible before the twins crawled out of the sea onto Illyria’s shores.


This is a play about gender, sexuality, class, revenge, and countless other themes. But most importantly it is a play about love.


Thank you to the cast for making these characters individuals and daring to say iconic words as if for the first time. Thank you to the remarkable women of our design and creative team helping to give shape to imagination. Thank you to Hart House for hosting us and trusting us. And above all, thank you for coming to share an evening with us.


Matthew Gorman