Twelfth Night in the Barn

January 5, 2019

What Cheer, Shakespeare? and The Rhode Island Shakespeare Theater (TRIST) have been Shakespeare performing at venues for years.  What Cheer produces several "off-season" productions, including their farcical adaptation of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, which has become a legend in Rhode Island and performed on the lawn at the Farm this summer.  TRIST began in 1971, performing in church basements, parks, schools, at the State House, and for several years at the Swanhurst Theatre in Newport. Currently they stage an annual outdoor summer Shakespeare at The Roger Williams National Memorial in Providence, free to the public. Coming up are "King Lear" at Theatre 82 in Cranston in the spring, and "Antony and Cleopatra" as this year's outdoor summer show."

Both companies are known for bringing Shakespeare to life for everyone, using modern costumes, simple scenery, topical references, but keeping The Bard's words intact!  This is a great chance to see a classic comedy with the whole family!

Twelfth Night is an "audience favorite" 

Duke Orsino of Illyria is in love with Olivia, but his advances are rejected. 


A shipwrecked Viola arrives on his shores, and with the help of a Captain, disguises herself as a boy, calling herself Cesario, and enters Orsino's service. 


 Orsino takes to Cesario, and sends 'him' to woo Olivia for him. But when Orsino sends Cesario to deliver Orsino’s love messages to the disdainful Olivia, Olivia herself falls for the beautiful young Cesario, believing her to be a man. The love triangle is complete: Viola loves Orsino, Orsino loves Olivia, and Olivia loves Cesario—and everyone is miserable.  The intrigue continues amid much confusion… a happy ending.

Tickets are $25 per person ($20 for MHF members, students and seniors over 65). Tickets may be purchased on Eventbrite, or by calling the Farm at 401.254.1745.  For questions about the production, call 401-332-0029.