A funny and touching new play by Bryony Lavery, suitable for families and children aged 7+.


Stratford-upon-Avon, 1596.  Judith, daughter of William Shakespeare, wears boy's clothes just like her twin Hamnet and insists that she be called Cesario.  Why?  Because Hamnet is very ill.  He may leave forever and she's not going to let that happen.

Inspired by the twins in Shakespeare's plays, this funny and touching new play is performed by a cast of young people from London schools and youth theatres.

Part of National Theatre Inside Out in partnership with American Express.

Commissioned for the World Shakespeare Festival, produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company for London 2012 Festival


  • War Horse
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  • Jane Eyre. Woman in a pale dress with an image of flames projected onto her
  • National Youth Theatre: Consensual.  2 teenagers in school uniform, one with her hand over the boys mouth
  • National Youth Theatre: Wuthering Heights, Title in black, over a photo of a young woman dancing in a nightclub
  • National Youth Theatre: The Merchant of Venice, Title in white, over a B&W photo of a V for Vendetta mask
  • Husbands and Sons. Photo of Anne-Marie Duff
  • Waste. Image: Charcoal on paper a man's head, smudged, by Valentin van der Meulen. ‘Untitled 07’. 2013.
  • I  Want My Hat Back. Cartoon animals in black agaist an orange background
  • Evening at the Talk House. A decomposing dessert on a cake stand
  • Here We Go, shadowy, blurred figures, blue against a white background
  • As You Like It. Photo of Rosalie Craig
  • Guardian + NT Debates
  • Gigs at the National Theatre
  • Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. Photo of Sharon D Clarke by Seamus Ryan
  • Iphigenia in Splott
  • Cleansed. Photo: Untitled by Birgit Kahle
  • The Solid Life of Sugar Water
  • People, Places and Things
  • Les Blancs / The Whites
  • Brainstorm. Teenage boy with blue exploding head
  • The Suicide. Photography by Jay Brooks