About the showSimon Godwin directs a joyous new production of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at the National’s Olivier Theatre, which began previews February 15th. A tale of mistaken identity and unrequited love, Godwin’s new interpretation sees Tamsin Greig star as a transformed Malvolia.
Twelfth Night is the well-known Shakespeare comedy that takes place after a ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore, but her twin brother Sebastian seems to be lost at sea. Determined to survive, she explores her new surroundings. Nearby, the households of Olivia and Orsino are overrun with passion, and so begins a hilarious story of chaotic mishaps.
As Viola assumes her new position, in disguise, as the page to Orsino, things quickly get confusing. Even Olivia’s uptight housekeeper Malvolia is swept up in the madness! In a place where nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible.
Comedy actress Tamsin Greig stars as Malvolia, with previous theatre credits including Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and Jumpy. Greig is best known for her television roles in Black Books, Green Wing and Episodes. Further cast members include Oliver Chris as Orsino, Daniel Ezra as Sebastian, Phoebe Fox as Olivia, Tamara Lawrance as Viola, Doon Mackichan as Feste and Daniel Rigby as Sir Andrew.
Directed by Royal Court Associate Director Simon Godwin, Twelfth Night features design by Soutra Gilmour, choreography by Shelley Maxwell, lighting by James Farncombe and sound by Christopher Shutt.
Twelfth Night began previews at the Olivier Theatre on February 15th and plays until April 17th 2017, having had an official opening night on February 22nd 2017.
Who Should See It?Fans of Tamsin Greig now have the opportunity to see her in action on stage. Shakespeare fans will not be disappointed with this interpretation.
Twelfth Night is not recommended for children.
Viola - A woman of aristocratic birth who is separated from her brother Sebastian. She disguises herself as a man, Cesario and ends up falling in love with Orsino, whose intended Olivia falls in love with her male alter-ego.
Orsino - A nobleman of Illyria who is in love with Olivia.
Olivia - A wealthy noble lady who falls in love with Cesario.
Malvolio - Olivia's grumpy head servant.
Sebastian - Viola's lost brother, washed up on the shores of Illyria.