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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.
5 stars ***** - "Fabulously funny, dazzling and finely tuned" Radio Times
4 stars **** - "Tamsin Greig is brilliant" Evening Standard
4 stars **** - "A knock out. Simon Godwin has pulled off a wowser. Tamsin Greig gives one of the performances of the year." The Times
- Good To Know
Saturday 8 April 2pm
Tuesday 11 April 7.30pm
Tuesday 18 April 7.30pm
Friday 24 March at 7.30pm
Saturday 25 March at 2pm (Touch Tour 12.30pm)
Saturday 22 April 2pm (Touch Tour 12.30pm)
- Cancellation Policy
No exchanges or refunds after purchase.
Simon Godwin (Man and Superman, The Beaux' Stratagem) directs this joyous new production with Tamsin Greig as a transformed Malvolia.
- When Can I Go
18 April - 13 May 2017
3 hours, including 20-minute interval
- Where Do I Go
The National Theatre is on the South Bank, just minutes from Covent Garden, the West End and Waterloo.
The main entrance is on the riverside walkway.
There are three theatres, the Olivier, Lyttelton and Dorfman.
The address is National Theatre, Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PX
- How Does It Work
Please print and bring your voucher to the theatre. Tickets can be collected from the box office before the show.
Latest customer reviews
Keep away from Circle
21 April 2017
An ingenious funny spirited take on the play which too often sacrificed the subtleties of the original for largely fabricated laughs. A friend who was seeing it for the second time told us that the actors had become far too self indulgentl in their quest for laughs
Laurie Confirmed ticket purchaser
Malvolia stole the show
20 April 2017
Camp, slap stick comedy without the subtleties in the Shakespeare play. Somehow this type of farsical comedy, out of context, in a modern day setting ,for me doesn't work. Set was brilliant. Tamsin Greig as Malvolia was excellent- stole the show.
Mandyb Confirmed ticket purchaser
19 April 2017
This really was the best and most enjoyable version of twelfth night that I have ever seen.
Maryam Confirmed ticket purchaser
19 April 2017
Will stand out in my memory of great theatre productions for ever. Up there with Jonathan Miller. And that's saying something. Surprisingly moving as well as funny. Well worth the money for the tickets.
John Windsor Confirmed ticket purchaser
19 April 2017
This was an outstandibg rendition of Shakespear's play. The acting, the arrangement of the stage and the music were all excellent, to my taste. The fact that human weaknesses and problems have not changed throughout the centuries was further stressed by the modern twist of the performance. I laughed a lot and was sad at the end. Thanks for a memorable event.
Yair Zarmi Confirmed ticket purchaser