With adoration, with fertile tears, With groans that thunder love, with sighs of fire.’
Twins Sebastian and Viola are shipwrecked on the coast of Illyria, separated and believing each other to be dead. Beside herself with grief, Viola disguises herself as a boy and goes into the service of the Duke Orsino. The Duke, madly in love with the Countess Olivia, sends Viola to woo on his behalf. What could possibly go wrong? Olivia falls in love with the cross-dressed page while Viola falls deep and fast for Orsino. Meanwhile, mischievous servants play painful pranks at each other’s expense. Heady chaos ensues as griefs, loves and deep human confusions collide, but fear not! Sweet resolution wins the day as friends, twins and lovers are reunited.
Expect cross-dressing, hijinks and bittersweet hilarity as Emma Rice directs Shakespeare’s timeless, soulful and irrepressible comedy.
For today’s matinee performance, the role of Antonio will be played by Theo St. Claire.
Join Matthew Dunster, Associate Director of Shakespeare’s Globe, as he interviews leading Artistic Directors about their life, their work and their influences. Their memories will be accompanied by handpicked pieces of music that have inspired them.
Emma Rice & David Jubb: Thursday 29 June 2017
Nicholas Hytner & Ellen McDougall: Friday 30 June 2017
Time: 8.00pm Venue: Sam Wanamaker Playhouse Tickets: £10 – £25