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Twelfth Night

by William Shakespeare

From 15 February
Running Time: tbc

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, Olivier, £5 (£4 concessions)

Tamsin Greig, Fri 24 Mar, 3pm, Olivier, £6 (£5 concessions)

In Context – Shakespeare's Comedies: Character, Plot and Language, Mon 27 Mar, 2 – 5pm, Cottesloe Room, £25 (£20 concessions)

Redressing the Balance: Gender in Shakespeare Fri 31 Mar, 6pm, Olivier, £5 (£4 concessions)


NT Live Broadcast on Thursday 6 April



Production team

Ticket prices

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

Ways to save:
Previews 15 & 16 February
£39, £32, £27, £20, £15
Previews 17 February - 21 February
£39, £29, £22, £15

Captioned performance
Saturday 8 April at 2pm
Tuesday 11 April at 7.30pm

Audio described performances
Friday 24 March at 7.30pm
Saturday 25 March at 2pm (Touch Tour at 12.30pm)

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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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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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.  

Take a look

Photography (Tamsin Greig) by Frederike Helwig

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