Duke Theater Studies presents Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

English actor Jonathan Cullen directs Duke Theater Studies‘ Fall 2023 Mainstage production of William Shakespeare’s comedy “Twelfth Night.”

Thursday, November 9 | 8 p.m.
Friday, November 10 | 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 11 | 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 12 | 2 p.m.

Thursday, November 16 | 8 p.m.
Friday, November 17 | 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 18 | 8 p.m.


Viola and her twin brother Sebastian have been shipwrecked; each believes the other to be drowned. Viola disguises herself as a young man and, under the name of Cesario, gets a job as a servant for the Duke, Orsino. Orsino is in love with Olivia, but she’s mourning for her dead brother, so has rejected all his advances so far. He sends Cesario (who is really Viola) with love letters to woo Olivia on his behalf. Unfortunately for the Duke, Olivia is taken in by Cesario’s disguise and falls in love with him. Viola has secretly fallen in love with Orsino, and Orsino is confused by his feelings for his new ‘male’ servant. So, Viola loves Orsino, Orsino loves Olivia and Olivia loves Cesario/Viola.


Nov 18 2023


8:00 pm




Rubenstein Arts Center
2020 Campus Dr, Durham, NC 27708


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