TWELFTH NIGHT: use of wet weather space Sunday 20 August (2:30pm & 7:30pm)

It’s our final day of Twelfth Night at Royal William Yard 😢We’ve had incredible three week run (in the Residence One secret garden and in the Factory Cooperage due to the weather being so intermittent)

Sadly the weather is not on our side for the final two performances so we’re having to move everything back into the Factory Cooperage (a massive thanks to our production manager Janie Smith and his team for working on this) However the space is still really unique and offers a wonderful theatrical experience that we’ve had so many amazing comments about.

Full details are below – we still have tickets left for both performances so you can book here: or on the door from an hour before performances start.



The weather forecast today is rain so both performances of Twelfth Night will be held in the wet weather space at Factory Cooperage at Royal William. Factory Cooperage is along from the harbour, past the old red phone box and opposite the new Column Bakehouse Cafe in Ocean Studios.

There will be plenty of signage to direct you to Factory Cooperage as you enter Royal William Yard (look out for our distinct yellow and black signage with the Twelfth Night cross gartered yellow stockinged legs on them!)

The bar and food stand will be set up in the space and there will also be a box office to collect pre booked tickets or buy on the door (all from 1:30pm/6:30pm)

While we understand some of you might be a tad disappointed to not be seeing the show in the garden what we can say is that the wet weather space still offers a unique and equally stunning theatre experience and the space and stage has been dressed and lit incredibly (massive thanks to our Production and Technical Manager, Jamie Smith and our fabulous frontbof house and their brilliant teams for their hard work on this)

Regardless of the rain and venue we are sure you’ll have an amazing evening. Here’s some photos from the first two performances which were in this space last week and we hope you agree it still looks amazing. We are hopeful that our two performances this weekend will be in the Residence One Secret Garden.

Below is a reminder of the other information we posted for audiences ahead of their visit.

One thing we will reiterate is the bringing of extra layers. Even though the space is covered it is still open at the sides, so as the night draws in can get quite chilly.

Information for Twelfth Night ticket holders ahead of your visit to Royal William Yard.

Getting to Royal William Yard
There is plenty of parking at Royal William Yard. Payment is now required upon arrival (previously it was pay on exit) and there are pay stations throughout the Yard which take cash, card and payment via an app. Alternatively the number 34 bus (operated by Plymouth Citybus) serves Royal William Yard from Plymouth City Centre with a number of later evening buses. Please click here to view the timetable. Or you can catch the ferry from Barbican to Royal William Yard. Please click here for the timetable

Directions to Residence One Garden
There will be signage directing you to Residence One as soon as you enter Royal William Yard – for those who know Royal William Yard well it is on the left of the main green (with the cows and deck chairs!) just before the archway down to the beach. If not just follow the yellow and black signage with the Twelfth Night cross gartered yellow stockinged legs on them! (Please see below for details of how to get to the wet weather venue if we need to use that).

Directions to Factory Cooperage (wet weather venue)
All 18 performances are due to be held in the Residence One secret garden, however there is a wet weather venue at Royal William Yard (the equally visually and acoustically stunning Factory Cooperage). If it does rain all customers should arrive at Royal William Yard as normal and signage / staff will direct them to the wet weather venue. We will also post updates on our Facebook and Twitter pages (on the day) if this venue is to be used.

Ticket collection
If you’ve not yet collected your tickets from Barbican Theatre they will be available for you to collect at the box office at Residence One (or if it’s raining at Factory Cooperage) on the day. Our Box Office will be open from 6:30pm for evening performances and 1:30pm for afternoons. For performances not yet sold out tickets can be bought on the door (subject to availability on the day.)

Chairs are provided for all ticket holders. There are also some blankets and cushions if you prefer to sit / lay at the front. There are also separate tables and chairs for before the performances to eat / drink at.

Audience comfort
We would advise all attendees of evening performances to bring an extra layer of clothing, or a blanket if they prefer. Once the sun sets it can tend to feel a little chilly, even if it has been a sunny day (this was the case last year!) It is the same for the wet weather venue as although this is covered it has open sides and can be draughty.

Dogs (except guide dogs) are not allowed entry to the garden or wet weather venue. This is part of the licence conditions of using the garden / Factory Cooperage for the event.

Children over 18 months require a child ticket / seat. Babies / toddlers are welcome however must sit on their parents / carers lap. Parents / carers are asked to be considerate of other audience members and the cast and should their child become upset or agitated they should leave the seating / stage area and not return until the child has settled.
The performance is suitable for family viewing, with an age guidance of being suitable for ages 8 and up.

Food and drink
Hot food is being provided in the secret garden by Sam Lounds and Phoenix Spice. (Sam is a Jamie Oliver trained chef – those who came to Romeo & Juliet last year might remember his delicious food!) The menu for afternoon and evening performances is:

– Mains –
Cajun Chicken Mayo burger £6.50
Veggie spiced bean burger £6.50
Local, sustainable fish goujons £6.50
Blue cheese arancini risotto balls £6.50
– Sides –
‘The Best’ fries £3
Sweet potato fries £3
Marinaded olives with Parmesan £3
– Interval desserts (via pre-order) –
Gooey brownie, with cream, toffee and fudge £4
Eaton mess, with strawberries, meringue, marshmallows and cream £4
– Hot drinks –
Tea/coffee – £1.50 each
Hot Chocolate (served with trimmings) – £2.50

The The B-Bar will have a mix of alcoholic and soft drinks, including jugs of Pimms!

We would advise the audience to pre order their interval drinks (especially hot drinks) and desserts before the show starts, so that queuing time is minimal.

Please note the bar is cash only. The food stand will accept cards & cash. (there is no cash machine anywhere at Royal William Yard)

The food counter and bar will be open from 6:30pm for evening performances and 1:30pm for matinees. Food will stop being served ten minutes before the show starts. Only (pre-ordered) desserts plus drinks will be available during the interval. In the event of wet weather (see below) the bar and food will still be available in the wet weather Factory Cooperage venue.

And of course there are a number of other restaurants and bars in Royal William Yard including Twelfth Night sponsors Column Bakehouse which opened their wonderful new cafe in Ocean Studios earlier this summer.

And lastly… we hope you enjoy the performance. If you do take any pictures (please no flash photography) we’d love you to share them with us on on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram using the tag #BardInTheYard.

And of course if you know people who’ve not yet booked tickets they can do so by clicking here

Warm wishes
Barbican Theatre,
Royal William Yard,
and the Twelfth Night Production Team!

Photo credits: Gemma Ward and Jo Cann.