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PRESS: Shakespeare’s popular romantic comedy keeps you warm this winter!

Christine Skinner


Shakespeare’s popular romantic comedy Twelfth Night will help warm up your winter!  It will be performed for a limited run from 5 to 15 July at The Masque.

Twelfth Night is one of the bard’s most classic comedies, featuring a cross-dressing love triangle, a wise-cracking fool, drunken shenanigans and a pair of yellow cross-gartered stockings.


Director Barbara Basel is playing into the theme of freedom and chaos from the traditional festival of the twelfth night of Christmas by setting this production in 1920s Germany and the opulent Weimar Republic. Instead of classic palaces, audiences will get cabaret nightclubs and all the decadence that goes with them.

This production has been three years in the making, having initially been planned for 2020, before the Covid-19 lockdown,” says Ms Basel. “Rehearsals are now in full swing and we are delighted to finally be bringing audiences this delicious romantic comedy featuring our enthusiastic team.”

The cast for 2023 sees a few faces returning, including Wayne Ronne as Duke Orsino, Tami Schrire as Lady Olivia, Hannah Molyneux as Feste the fool, and Kathryn Griffiths as Maria.

It’s wonderful to have Barbara back at the helm of a Masque Theatre production and we can’t wait to see the fun that’s going to be Twelfth Night,” says programming manager Faeron Wheeler. “Barbara  is no stranger to The Masque with this show marking her tenth production since 2011, and taking us into a new, exciting post-lockdown era at The Theatre. So if music be the food of love, play on and book your ticket to join us!”

More than 60 years old, The Masque is an iconic venue in the Cape Town cultural landscape. A unique and historic space, it has been home to many amateur theatre societies over the years and was established by local attorney Bertie Stern with the objective of encouraging voluntary participation in all forms of theatre by all people.

A registered Non-Profit Organisation, The Masque strives to make theatre accessible to all – onstage, backstage and for the audience. Run by volunteers with a focus on community, the theatre showcases all genres of performance and is as widely inclusive as possible. The Masque is wheelchair friendly, has a fully licensed bar and snacks are available before shows and during intervals.

At the helm of the operation is a team with professional theatre experience. Continuing its work into the post-Covid-19 era, The Masque seeks to present high-quality amateur theatre productions, providing a service of artistic engagement with the local community, celebrating diversity and building on the Theatre’s reputation as a sought-after professional venue-for-hire.

Twelfth Night will be presented at The Masque from 5 to 15  July. Performance times are:

5, 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14 July at 20:00

8 and 15 July at 14h30

8 and 15 July at 18h30


Dress up, ‘Masque’ up and join the fun on the special Masquerade on Friday 7 July.


Tickets cost R100-R120


Bookings can be made at Quicket

For discounted block bookings of more than 10 tickets - please contact

The Masque Box Office is open from 9am to 2pm every Wednesday.

Cash bar and simple snacks are available for sale at the Theatre.

The Masque is situated at 37 Main Rd, Muizenberg, Cape Town, 7950, South Africa.

Parking is available at the venue.  Wheelchair Access and Facilities available.

The Masque has a back-up generator so the show will go on, even when there is load-shedding!

*Join The Masque community! Become a member and have your say in the theatre. You can also sign up as a volunteer to participate on stage or behind the scenes, from stage management to archiving the wardrobe department!

*Invest in the Masque community, donate to one of their initiatives such as Project Solar, for which your donation will be matched by Standard Bank. Donate to Project Solar via ThundaFund:


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