Twelfth Night


In the household of the Countess Olivia, two campaigns are being quietly waged. When Orsino engages the cross-dressed Viola to plead with Olivia on his behalf, a bittersweet chain of events follows.
Twelfth Night

Image: Shakespeare's Globe


Overview


Genre: Shakespeare - comedy
Venue: Shakespeare's Globe
Started: Monday 7 May 2018
Closes: Thursday 6 September 2018
Running time:To be confirmed
Age suitability: Not available

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Background


How did a company tour in Shakespeare's day?


We know that when the theatres closed, a small group of actors, juggling a variety of roles in three or four plays from their extensive repertoire, would leave London and head off on tour.


We also know that the choice of play or entertainment was left to the most powerful person of the household.


So, following in the tradition of our resident playwright, and in a first for Shakespeare's Globe, between May and September 2018 a company of eight actors will offer audiences a choice of three plays: The Merchant of Venice, The Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night.


They will perform all three at the Globe before setting out on a national and international tour.


And also in keeping with tradition - and with thrilling unpredictability - the choice of play will be put back into the hands of the most powerful members of the house: the audience.


Brendan O'Hea, director, actor, and passionate education practitioner, has previously performed in a number of productions at Shakespeare's Globe including Cymbeline (2015), Measure for Measure (2015), A Midsummer Night's Dream (2014), and Henry V (2012).


Synopsis


In the household of the Countess Olivia, two campaigns are being quietly waged - one by the lovesick Duke Orsino against the heart of the indifferent Olivia; the other by an alliance of servants and hangers-on against the highhandedness of her steward, the pompous Malvolio.


When Orsino engages the cross-dressed Viola to plead with Olivia on his behalf, a bittersweet chain of events follows.


Filled with a cast of unforgettable characters, Twelfth Night combines cruelty with high comedy and the pangs of unrequited love with some of the subtlest poetry and most exquisite songs Shakespeare ever wrote.


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Theatre


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21 New Globe Walk
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London SE1 9DT

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Dates


Previews from:Monday 7 May 2018

Closes:Thursday 6 September 2018

Performance days & times


Evening:

Monday 7 May, 7.30pm

Thursday 10 May, 7.30pm


Matinee:

Tuesday 8 May, 2.00pm

Thursday 6 September, 2.00pm


Tickets


Standard:

Yard (standing) £5


Gallery (seated) from £22


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Cast


Luke Brady - Feste

Steffan Cennydd - Viola

Cynthia Emeagi - Olivia

Sarah Finigan - Sir Andrew Aguecheek

Colm Gormley - Malvolio

Russell Layton - Sir Toby Belch

Rhianna McGreevy - Duke Orsino

Jacqueline Phillps - Maria / Sebastian


Creatives


Author: William Shakespeare
Composer: Bill Barclay
Director: Brendan O'Hea
Designer: Andrew D Edwards
Choreography: Si├ón Williams

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