Sebastian played by Samuel Barnett
Twelfth Night (2012)
Written by: William Shakespeare
Samuel Barnett plays Sebastian in Twelfth Night, following his role of Elizabeth in Richard III. These plays are both Original Practices productions with an all male cast.
“Very gratifyingly people have said that Viola and Sebastian do look alike.” In his final interview, Samuel talks about the thrill of the first night and the great audience responses; particularly fooling them into thinking he and Johnny Flynn (Viola) are the same person! Samuel also looks ahead to the Apollo and the timeliness of performing Twelfth Night over Christmas.
"Tech Week at the Globe is far easier than Tech Week at any other theatre I've been at." In the middle of his dress rehearsal and in full costume, Sam discusses teching for Twelfth Night and how he is feeling pre-performance.
Samuel talks in detail about voice, movement and text work he has done for his character. In text, he has discovered that knowing what your character is saying at all times is vital and can "make or break a speech".
"Tim doesn't direct us in the way that I've ever been directed before." Samuel talks about rehearsals so far with the director Tim Carroll. This week they have been working on the final scene and the challenge of having all the characters on stage at the same time.
"Never done Shakespeare. Never been at the Globe." Samuel talks about the challenge of coming to the Globe and performing Shakespeare for the first time.