Despite its comedic multiple wedding ending, Twelfth Night is undercut with mourning. Shakespeare wrote the play shortly after the death of his one of his young twins, so the story of a sister mourning her twin brother has more depth than the traditional context for mistaken identity and unrequited love.
With a shipwreck, cross-dressing and clowning, there's plenty of lively comedy. But the aching irresolution of the ending is epitomised by the puritanical Malvolio, who opposes merriment suffers gross humiliation, leaves the stage with a vow to 'be reveng’d on the whole pack of you'
In a welcome twist, this National Theatre Twelfth Night will instead have Malvolia. Tamsin Greig, whose knack for character comedy shines in Green Wing and Black Books as well as on stage, will play the yelllow-stockinged Steward.
Last time Shakespeare was at the National the majestic set did much of the talking, but we expect a subtler, pared back production from Simon Godwin, with all focus on Shakespeare's text.
Public Booking opens on 2nd December 2016
|What||Twelfth Night, National Theatre|
South Bank, London, SE1 9PX | MAP
|Nearest tube||Waterloo (underground)|
15 Feb 17 – 31 May 17, Run dates to be confirmed
|Price||£15 - 65|
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