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CBeebies to adapt Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night


CBeebies to adapt Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night is being adapted by CBeebies.

Family favourites Maddie Moate, Justin Fletcher and Steven Kynman are set to steal the show.

Performances will take place at Shakespeare’s Globe on 30th and 31st May 2023, and tickets are available at The show will then air on CBeebies and BBC iPlayer in 2024.

Maddie Moate said:

“There’s so much fun to be had for all of the family in this special CBeebies adaptation of Twelfth Night! I’m excited to take to the iconic Globe stage with a brilliant cast and bring the magic of Shakespeare to life.”

Previous Shakespeare adaptations from CBeebies include The Tempest, Midsummer’s Night DreamRomeo and Juliet, and As You Like It. Now, pre-school children and parents will experience the magic of Illyria brought to life in the iconic open-air Globe Theatre,.

Moate turns up to Shakespeare’s Globe for an interview as a tour guide and bumps into Mr Shakespeare – played by Kynman – and some of his players. Maddie is brimming with facts and figures because she believes that is what a great tour guide needs, but Mr Shakespeare suggests that there is more to the Globe than dates and facts; it is a magical place that creates all manner of feelings and emotions. He suggests Maddie watch his new play Twelfth Night to see what he means…

Fletcher will take to the stage as Antonio, while the cast also includes Sid Sagar as Sebastian, James Mackenzie as Orsino, Tony Jayawardena as Sir Toby, Puja Panchkoty as Viola, Jennie Dale as Maria, Gemma Hunt as Valentine, Nigel Clarke as Officer of the Law, Rebecca Keatley as Sea Captain and Evie Pickerill as Priest, alongside Jacoba Williams as Olivia and Anna Soden as Feste.

Patricia Hidalgo, Director of BBC Children’s and Education, said:

“Making the arts accessible and entertaining for our young audience is a real passion of BBC Children’s, and what better way to do that than by partnering with the iconic British institution that is Shakespeare’s Globe. Families across the UK will be able to join their favourite CBeebies stars in a special adaptation that combines laughter, song and audience participation – in person, or from the comfort of their own homes on BBC iPlayer later next year.”

Twelfth Night for BBC CBeebies is made by BBC Kids & Family Productions, a division of BBC Studios Productions.

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