The Interactive Online Musical
By William Shakespeare | Directed by Adam Nichols
Presented by OVO
Shakespeare meets Postmodern Jukebox in a musical version of one of his best loved comedies, set on a cruise liner at the height of the roaring twenties.
Let us welcome you aboard the SS Illyria for its maiden voyage, where you’ll find yourself immersed in the action, interacting with a crazy cast of characters, and singing and dancing along with an online audience of bright young things from around the globe.
All accompanied by a jazz band performing music by Rihanna, Britney Spears, Radiohead and many more…
So slip on your flapper dress, mix your martini and join us for the world’s first live, interactive online musical – a hilarious and hedonistic cocktail with a bittersweet twist.
Live on Zoom
What the audience said…
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What the audience said…
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Cast and Creatives
Feste / Band
Orsino / Band
Lady Toby Belch
Sir Andrew Aguecheek
Maria / Band
Film Director / Simon Nicholas
Musical Director / Tom Cagnoni
Assistant Director / Janet Podd
Choreographer / Jill Priest
Fight Director / Enric Ortuno
Costume Designer / Kate Unwin
Wardrobe Supervisor / Lizzie Thomson
Scenic Artist / Lotte Brockbank
Scenic Artist / Emma Wright
Scenic Assistant / Delga Martineau
Graphic Designer / Adam Nichols
Proceeds from this production will go towards supporting actors and creatives through these difficult times, as well as securing the future of The Maltings Theatre.
London Theatre Reviews
“OVO has struck gold with how to deliver an engaging, fun and accessible piece of theatre during this time. An experience like no other.”
Love London Love Culture
“This production retains the spirit of the play and the characters but in a refreshingly unique way that is enjoyable from start to finish. A production that reminds us all that even now theatre can be a wonderful bonding experience.”
View from the Cheap Seat
A beautifully energetic ensemble that have proven actors and creatives can adapt to any environment when they have true talent and passion. This is a performance you won’t want to miss!
The Deskbound Dramatic
“Seeing the joy that live theatre was bringing to people’s faces after months away from it was very emotional.”
The Reviews Hub
“This modern re-telling has a heart, laughs and a 20s twist worth getting sea legs for. A quality, fun piece of interactive theatre.”
Musical Theatre Review
“The upbeat music is fun, effective and remarkably well synched, played and sung by a talented actor-muso cast.”
“OVO’s take on one of Shakespeare’s wittiest comedies is superb. The extensive use of modern songs makes this production stand-out.“
“The interactive experience, live music and popular songs make this version of Shakespeare’s much-loved play extremely exciting.”
How does the show work?
Twelfth Night Live is performed live on Zoom. All the actors and audience members are connected simultaneously to the Zoom platform. The actors perform from their own homes, but with the help of some theatre magic we aim to create an experience that is a close as possible to attending a show in person.
How do I attend the show?
You will be sent a unique Zoom link when you book.
I’ve never used Zoom before. How will I know what to do?
Full joining instructions will be sent to you when you book. Zoom is a very straightforward application to use. No special technical knowledge or skills are required.
Do I have to download anything?
For the best viewing experience, we recommend you download the Zoom app onto your device before the show starts.
Can I watch on my mobile phone?
For the best viewing experience we recommend a laptop or desktop computer. We do not recommend watching on a mobile phone.
Do I have to use any controls during the performance?
For the best viewing experience, we will show you how to use a few simple controls which enable you to change your view, as well as switching your camera and microphone on and off. Instructions will be sent to you a few days before the performance. You will also receive a briefing before you board the SS Illyria.
How is the show interactive?
Zoom enables two way communication between our actors and the audience. By using this functionality, we will bring the audience into the action at various key moments. You might be chatting to some of our crazy cast of characters, or being given specific tasks to undertake. We ask you to pack a few specific items to bring with you on the cruise, all of which you will be able to find in your own home.
I’m a bit shy. what if i don’t want to get involved?
Twelfth Night Live is designed to be a fun experience, and we won’t of course force anyone to participate in the interactive elements if they don’t want to! Once the show begins, you can simply keep your camera and microphone turned off. However, we hope that most of our audience members will want to get involved.
Do I need to dress up?
We want this to be an immersive experience, so we’re definitely encouraging audience members to dress up. We will also be sending you recipes for suitable drinks to mix! But this is not compulsory and it’s entirely up to you as to whether you’d like to get involved in this way.
What happens if I have technical problems in the performance?
This is a live event, and we all know that technology can go wrong. Should you have any problems during the performance, we will give you complimentary tickets for a future performance. If that is not possible, we will send you a recording of the show to watch.
I can’t make the show times. Can I watch a recording?
We believe strongly that online theatre needs to be live, so we won’t be making a recording of the show available for general release. However, we hope to arrange further performances of Twelfth Night Live in the future.