Written by: William Shakespeare; Cast: (the cast may change on different dates) Colin Campbell, Sarah Case, Mark Desebrock, Andrew Edwards, Andrius Gaucas, Beau Holland, Glynn MacDonald, Natasha Magigi, Isabel Marr, Mogali Masuku, Evelyn Miller, Brendan O'Hea, Eric Sirakian
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 – Every day – Have a tour of William Shakespeare's Globe and learn what Elizabethan life was like for the world's most famous playwright.
Richard Ii at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse – 22 Feb to 21 Apr 2019 – The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse will be putting on an intimate candlelit production of William Shakespeare's Richard II.
Richard Ii at Globe Theatre – 20 to 21 Apr 2019 – Talk a stroll through Shakespeare's London and be entertained by some of his finest prose and poetry at the same time.
Henry Iv Part I at Globe Theatre – 23 Apr to 11 Oct 2019 – The first part of Shakespeare's history of Henry IV which tells the story of Harry Hotspur's battle with Prince Hal to become king of England
Henry Iv Part Ii at Globe Theatre – 25 Apr to 11 Oct 2019 – The second part of Henry IV follows Falstaff's attempts to raise an army for the dying king whilst wishing for the war to be over
Henry V at Globe Theatre – 30 Apr to 11 Oct 2019 – When the French dismiss Henry V's claim to his ancestral lands across the Channel he marches the English army to Agincourt
Pericles at Globe Theatre – 5, 9 May, 18 Jun, 15 and 21 Aug 2019 – Prince Pericles flees his kingdom and takes to the sea for an adventure that leaves him shipwrecked and fighting for his love
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