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ViatorTour + Afternoon Tea Enjoy a guided tour of the Globe followed by A Midsummer Night’s Dream-themed tea at The Swan restaurant next-door
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Director: Brendan O'Hea; Written by: William Shakespeare
Twelfth Night opens with Sebastian and Viola's shipwrecked boat on the coast of Illyria.
Viola believes her brother to be dead and disguises herself as him to get a job with Duke Orsino. But when he sends him/her off to woo his beloved Olivia on his behalf, Olivia instead falls for the charms of Viola/Sebastian. Viola, meanwhile, has decided that she likes Orsino. A chaos of mistaken identities then ensues (you are probably confused already, just reading this!), with Sebastian turning up in the nick of time to set right all the wrongs.
It's all very confusing, but also very funny -- this is one of Shakespeare's best-loved comedies.
Note: the Globe's theatre season runs from April to October. Craig has been to watch a play at the Globe himself and thoroughly recommends it because it's not like any other theatre you've ever seen -- it's all open-air, for a start, and it has a standing area in the middle (called 'The Yard'). The actors sometimes parade through this yard during the scenes, and end up involving the crowd as if they were part of the cast. Read Craig's review of watching a play at the Globe before you go, so you can get a feeling for what it's like inside.
You might like to check out our complete list of Shakespeare plays in London as well.
Guided tour of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre – Every day – Have a tour of William Shakespeare's Globe Theatre on Bankside, and learn what Elizabethan life was like for the world's most famous playwright.
Winters Tale at Globe Theatre – 22 Jun to 14 Oct 2018 – William Shakespeare's 'The Winter's Tale' is a story of love and loss and wild and uncontrollable emotions.
King Lear at Duke of York’s Theatre – 11 Jul to 3 Nov 2018 – Ian McKellen will be taking on the role of mad King Lear, in one of William Shakespeare's finest tragedies.
Othello at Globe Theatre – 20 Jul to 13 Oct 2018 – Mark Rylance will be starring in the Globe's production of one of Shakespeare's most celebrated tragedies.
Measure For Measure at Donmar Warehouse – 28 Sep to 24 Nov 2018 – The Donmar Warehouse will be putting on a production of Shakespeare's Measure For Measure, starring Hayley Atwell
Shakespeare-inspired comedy at the Globe Theatre – 19 Oct 2018 – The Comedy Store Players will be performing Shakespeare-inspired jokes and improvised skits at the Globe.
Winter Wassail at the Globe Theatre – 22 to 23 Dec 2018 – Enjoy a Winter Wassail with music from the English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble, and Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments
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