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Playing Shakespeare: Twelfth Night [2016]

Written by: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Bill Buckhurst

Following a shipwreck, Viola is separated from her twin brother Sebastian. Ignorant of his fate and her own, Viola decides to disguise herself as Cesario and finds employment at the house of Orsino as a male page. Her employment? To woo the Countess Olivia on behalf of her master. Unfortunately, the wooer becomes the wooed as the Countess professes her love for Cesario, an issue further complicated as Viola has fallen for Orsino.

Blurring the lines between gender, identity and love, Twelfth Night is one of Shakespeare’s most well-known and celebrated Comedies.

Twelfth Night was performed as part of the 2016 Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank project.

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  • Designed by Simon Kenny
  • Composed by Tayo Akinbode


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