Shakespeare's Globe

Twelfth Night [2017]

Written by: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Emma Rice

‘How does he love me?

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.

Cross-dressing, hijinks and bittersweet hilarity as Emma Rice directs Shakespeare’s timeless, soulful and irrepressible comedy.

Joshua LaceyAnnette McLaughlin and Anita-Joy Uwajeh featured as part of the Adopt an Actor interview series for this production.


  • Designer Lez Brotherston
  • Composer Ian Ross
  • Choreographer Etta Murfitt
  • Lighting Designer Malcolm Rippeth
  • Sound Designer Simon Baker
  • Fight Directors Rachel Bown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown

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