Twelfth Night, National Theatre
Simon Godwin directs the first of two Shakespearean productions at the National theatre, starting with Twelfth Night starring Tamsin Greig as 'Malvolia'
Director Simon Goodwin is single-handedly bringing Shakespeare into the National Theatre programme for both 2017 and 2018 with a double bill of productions: first Twelfth Night with Tamsin Greig then Antony and Cleopatra with Ralph Fiennes.
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
|Nearest tube||Waterloo (underground)|
15 Feb 2017 – 31 May 2017, Run dates to be confirmed
|Price||£15 - 65|
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