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Twelfth Night

by William Shakespeare

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Running Time: 3 hours, including 20-minute interval

Twelfth Night

A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land.

So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love. The nearby households of Olivia and Orsino are overrun with passion. Even Olivia's upright housekeeper Malvolia is swept up in the madness.

Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible.

Simon Godwin (Man and Superman, The Beaux' Stratagem) directs this joyous new production with Tamsin Greig as a transformed Malvolia.


Talks and events

Simon Godwin, Tue 21 Mar, 6pm

Tamsin Greig, Fri 24 Mar, 3pm

In Context – Shakespeare's Comedies: Character, Plot and Language, Mon 27 Mar, 2 – 5pm [SOLD OUT]

Redressing the Balance: Gender in Shakespeare Fri 31 Mar, 6pm

Talk - Gender Fluid Wed 5 Apr, 6pm

Twelfth Night on Stage and Screen Fri 21 Apr, 6pm


NT Live broadcast to cinemas on Thursday 6 April


Production supported by Shawn M. Donnelley and Christopher M. Kelly

5 star rating

Fabulously funny, dazzling and finely tuned

Radio Times
4 star rating

Tamsin Greig is brilliant

Evening Standard
4 star rating

A knock out. Simon Godwin has pulled off a wowser. Tamsin Greig gives one of the performances of the year.

The Times
4 star rating

Bright, inventive and boundlessly funny. Soutra Gilmour has created a massively ingenious set

4 star rating

A production for our times

Financial Times
4 star rating

An extravagant, rambunctious production. Tamsin Greig is magnetic

4 star rating

Exhilaratingly fresh and funny. What a night

Mail on Sunday

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Ticket Information

Mon – Thu & all matinees
£60, £52, £39, £29, £15
Fri & Sat evening
£65, £56, £44, £31, £18

Captioned performances 
Saturday 8 April 2pm 
Tuesday 11 April 7.30pm
Tuesday 18 April 7.30pm

Audio-Described performances
Friday 24 March at 7.30pm 
Saturday 25 March at 2pm (Touch Tour 12.30pm) 
Saturday 22 April 2pm (Touch Tour 12.30pm)

Twelfth Night Digital Programme

Download the digital version of the Twelfth Night programme via our Backstage app. The digital programme includes exclusive articles and interviews so you can discover more about the production on your iphone and ipad. 

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Twelfth Night Digital Programme in the Backstage App

How well do you know Twelfth Night?

Can you tell Orsino from Olivia? Maria from Malvolio? When Twelfth Night has its first preview in the Olivier on 15 February, it will be 415 years, one week and six days since its first performance back in 1602. So you've had plenty of time to revise.

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Twelfth Night | Audience Reactions

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Twelfth Night | The Plot in a Minute

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Twelfth Night Rehearsal Gallery

Who said that?

We all know the phrase – 'If music be the food of love, play on...' but who said it? Test your knowledge of Twelfth Night with our quotes quiz.

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If Music Be The Food of Love quote

NT Live: Twelfth Night

National Theatre Live will broadcast Twelfth Night to over 650 cinemas across the UK, and more internationally, on Thursday 6 April 2017. Selected venues will also be showing Encore screenings from Thursday 20 April 2017.

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Twelfth Night NT Live broadcast

Five of the best... Theatrical Gender Swaps

In this whirlwind of mistaken identity, where nobody is quite what they seem, Tamsin Greig (A Woman on the Verge of a Nervous BreakdownGreen Wing) plays a transformed Malvolia, traditionally a male role. Meanwhile Doon Mackichan (Smack the Pony) will play a gender-flipped Feste. Here's our pick of the some of the best on-stage switches.  

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Tamsin and Phobe in rehearsals

Production team

Photography (Tamsin Greig) by Frederike Helwig

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