Why See Twelfth Night?
Journeys end in lovers meeting
From tropical shipwrecks to yellow stockings, Twelfth Night is one of Shakespeare's battiest and most memorable comedies and a season at the Globe is rarely complete without an outing. A perfect introduction to The Bard for newcomers, it contains some of his classic devices, including cross-dressing, confused lovers, zany servants and merry song leading to a highly pleasing finale.
What you will, the story of Twelfth Night
This story of love and loss takes place on the island of Illyria, where our heroine Viola is desperate to find her twin brother Sebastian following a deadly shipwreck.
Disguising herself as a man named Cesario, Viola enters the service of Duke Orsnio. Orsnio is in love with the disinterested Olivia, and his plan for "Cesario" to deliver his message of love to her backfires when Olivia falls instead for the messenger. Meanwhile, others, including the loutish Sir Toby Belch and his cast of hilarious acolytes, seek to exact their revenge on the stuffy servant Malvolio, by convincing him that he in fact is the object of Olivia's desire.
Thy frank election make
In 2018, the Globe are exploring how theatre worked in Shakespeare's day. Along side Twelfth Night and The Taming of the Shrew, the Merchant of Venice will be one of the repertoire offered up by 8 actors as they tour the country. At each performance, the audience will be able to vote on what show they'd like to see that night. Prior to the planned tour, you'll be able to catch them individually at the Globe or take a gamble with Voter's Choice on May 18th!
Opening night: 11 May 2018
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