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Twelfth Night

BUY TICKETS 7pm Thursday 6 April

PLAY broadcast LIVE from the National Theatre

Tamsin Greig is Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity, directed with sparkling wit by Simon Godwin.

A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love. The nearby households of Olivia and Orsino are overrun with passion. Even Olivia’s upright housekeeper Malvolia is swept up in the madness. Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible.

Simon Godwin (NT Live: Man and Superman, NT Live: The Beaux’ Stratagem) directs this joyous new production with Tamsin Greig (Friday Night Dinner, Black Books, Episodes) as a transformed Malvolia and an ensemble cast that includes Daniel Rigby (Flowers, Jericho), Tamara Lawrence (Undercover), Doon Mackichan (Smack the Pony) and Daniel Ezra (The Missing, Undercover).

This is a dazzling and finely tuned production of Shakespeare’s comedy – a tour-de-force of invention that takes the play’s preoccupation with cross-dressing and gender slipperiness and runs with it. It has intelligence to complement the gusto and comic brio … Director Simon Godwin is sensitive to the source text, offering a view of its world and ideas that confidently tumble down the ages … Godwin accents the play’s comedic elements more strongly than anything else, but never loses sight of the play’s cloudy and troubling subtext.  Ben Dowell, Radio Times

Tickets: Full £19   Adult concessions £17   18 & under £10
Running time: 3 hrs (inc one interval)
Doors open: 6.30pm
Please note that tickets may give a start time of 6.50 to allow adequate time to be seated. Please be seated by 7pm when the performance starts
Certificate: This screening is certified 12A As Live. Click here for more information.

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