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Twelfth Night

by William Shakespeare

Now playing
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.

 

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

 

 

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

Guardian
4 star rating

A production for our times

Financial Times
4 star rating

An extravagant, rambunctious production. Tamsin Greig is magnetic

Observer
4 star rating

Exhilaratingly fresh and funny. What a night

Mail on Sunday

Tamsin Greig on Twelfth Night

The actor reflects on the challenges and rewards of playing Malvolia in Twelfth Night.

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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

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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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

Twelfth Night | The Plot in a Minute

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Twelfth Night | Audience Reactions

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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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Cast

Adam Best
Antonio
Adam Best
Oliver Chris
Orsino
Oliver Chris
Claire Cordier
Ensemble
Claire Cordier
Imogen Doel
Fabia
Imogen Doel
Mary Doherty
Ensemble
Mary Doherty
Ammar Duffus
Officer
Ammar Duffus
Daniel Ezra
Sebastian
Daniel Ezra
Phoebe Fox
Olivia
Phoebe Fox
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Malvolia
Tamsin Greig
Whitney Kehinde
Servant
Whitney Kehinde
Andrew Macbean
Ensemble
Andrew Macbean
Sir Toby Belch
Tim McMullan
Brad Morrison
Valentine
Brad Morrison
Daniel Rigby
Sir Andrew Aguecheek
Daniel Rigby
Imogen Slaughter
Ensemble
Imogen Slaughter
James Wallace
Captain and Priest
James Wallace
Niky Wardley
Maria
Niky Wardley

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Photography (Tamsin Greig) by Frederike Helwig

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