Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival to Present Twelfth Night

Author: Arts and Letters

As the capstone of its 10th anniversary season, the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival will present William Shakespeare’s romantic comedy Twelfth Night Aug. 18 to 30 at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

The Mainstage production will feature actors, musicians and designers from Chicago, New York, and Stratford, England. David H. Bell, best known for his award-winning work in London, on Broadway, and with the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, will direct.

Ticket information and a complete schedule of performances are available on the Web at or by calling 574-631-2800.

Twelfth Night bursts with romance, humor, music and some of the most famous Shakespearean characters. Shipwrecked twins set this tale of unlikely love and mistaken identity in bittersweet motion. Viola, separated from her brother Sebastian and now alone in the world, disguises herself as a servant boy and falls hopelessly in love with the duke she serves. Duke Orsino pursues Countess Olivia whose adoring gaze falls on the duke’s new page – Viola dressed as a boy.

The Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, Notre Dame’s professional theatre in residence, is one component of Shakespeare at Notre Dame, a program that also includes the McMeel Family Chair in Shakespeare Studies and Actors From The London Stage, a professional touring residency experience. The mission of Shakespeare at Notre Dame is to establish the University nationally and internationally as a center for the study of Shakespeare in performance.

More information is available online at .

Contact: Aaron Nichols, director of audience development, Shakespeare at Notre Dame, 574-631-3777,

Originally published by Aaron Nichols at on August 04, 2009.