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Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night Tickets

5/5 - based on 29 reviews
  • Starring: Tamsin Greig
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About Twelfth Night

Performance Times
Mon - 19:30
Tue - 19:30
Wed 14:00 19:30
Thu - 19:30
Fri - 19:30
Sat 14:00 19:30
Sun - -
Starring:

Tamsin Greig

Twelfth Night description

If you enjoy Shakespeare, you’ll love this production. The storyline hasn't lost any of its appeal over the centuries. More than four hundred years after the play was written, in about 1601, the plot remains as fresh, innovative and entertaining as ever, brought to life in the West End, this time with comedian and actor Tamsin Greig at the helm as the transformed Malvolia. The brilliant Simon Godwin directs.

What's the plot? A ship is wrecked on the jagged rocks. The terrified Viola is washed ashore, in the process losing her beloved twin brother Sebastian to the crashing, violent seas. Heartbroken but determined to survive alone, she explores the new land she finds herself in.

So far so simple... but a confusing whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love soon takes place, and the homes of Olivia and Orsino are both overcome with mad passion. It's so powerful that even Olivia's serious, sensible housekeeper Malvolia is swept up in it. As it turns out, in a setting where music is the food of love and you really can't rely on your first impressions of people, anything can happen. Including new and unexpected news about Viola's shipwrecked twin...

Shakespeare's wonderful stories always cause a big stir in the West End and this one is no different, taking to the stage at the magnificent National Theatre. The Radio Times calls it “Fabulously funny, dazzling and finely tuned.” According to the Evening Standard, “Tamsin Grieg is brilliant.” And The Times says it's “A knock out. Simon Godwin has pulled off a wowser. Tamsin Greig gives one of the performances of the year.” The signs are all looking good for a classic theatrical experience you won't forget in a hurry.

Shakespeare meant this play to be fun. And it is. We love what Andrzej Lukowski from Time Out said about it: "Godwin takes Shakespeare's mistaken identity comedy, spices it up with with a bit of sexual fluidity, then chucks in a bunch of great comedy character actors and leaves them to go nuts." Now that's what we call entertainment!

Twelfth Night reviews

5 out of 5 based on 29 reviews

What to expect:

Acting
Music
Costumes
Story
Lighting

Recommended for:

Anyone (76%)
Families (79%)
Teenagers (76%)
Couples (90%)
Theatregoers (100%)
Latest customer reviews
Vanessa
Fantastic

My Mum and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. What a clever interpretation of such a classic. Some fantastically funny details that made it feel modern and as relevant today as it was in Shakespeare's time.

Reviewed on 23 April 2017 by , Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom

Sheru
Staging at its best

Reviewed on 21 April 2017 by , Beaconsfield, United Kingdom

Anonymous
Great Twelfth Night Out

Reviewed on 07 February 2013 by

Anonymous
Twelfth Night

This was a great chance to see Twelfth Night performed using practices from Shakespeare's time, but also with a very fresh and original interpretation. It's a top talent cast, and the funniest Twelfth Night I've ever seen.

Reviewed on 24 January 2013 by

Anonymous

I hated Twelfth Night at school, but have come to value the different productions I have since seen. This one, with a stage seat, was one I loved above others in terms of the immediacy of the acting, the joy of the play and the whole experience.

Reviewed on 24 January 2013 by

Anonymous
The best stage production I have ever seen

The Actuing Music Cotumes Story was execllent.

Reviewed on 23 January 2013 by

Anonymous

This production should encourage children to enjoy Shakespeare and understand the language, and it shows how an all male cast can act without 'camping' it up. Marvellous acting and costumes and very economical but effective set.

Reviewed on 18 January 2013 by

Anonymous
Sensational So Worth Investing in Good Seats!

This is a fantastic production. My only criticism is that some of the actors - the fool for eg - spoke so quickly it was difficult to hear up in the balcony. But despite the discomfort, poor view and difficulty hearing, it is absolutely worth 5 stars. In hindsight, I wish we had gone for more expensive seats though thought balcony enough at £41 with booking fee. Mark Rylance is extraordinary and Stephen Fry very good. Some magical moments which make me smile thinking about them as I write. I now want to go to their Richard lll,

Reviewed on 18 January 2013 by

Anonymous
Shakespeare at his best

Probably the best 12 Night I've ever seen.

Reviewed on 17 January 2013 by

Anonymous
Shakespeare at his best

Probably the best 12 Night I've ever seen.

Reviewed on 17 January 2013 by

Anonymous
Excellent rendition of Twelfth Night

This all male Twelfth Night was amazing - Mark Rylance as Olivia was perfect. And with Stephen Fry as Malvolio, this show couldn't have got any better.

Reviewed on 09 January 2013 by

Anonymous
Best show in years!

Festive, fun production. Beautifully directed, acted. Simply stunning all round. What a treat! What an experience. Thanks to all involved.

Reviewed on 07 January 2013 by

Anonymous
Absolutely amazing experience!!

Absolutely everything about this show was amazing!! The stage seats were totally worth it!

Reviewed on 31 December 2012 by

Anonymous
Simply fabulous!

Twelfth Night was simply fabulous! A totally gorgeous production, extremely funny, beautifully staged and lit and brilliantly acted - everyone was fantastic but Mark Rylance was particularly splendid. I would go and see it again....many times!

Reviewed on 19 December 2012 by

Anonymous
Fantastic production

Reviewed on 15 December 2012 by

Anonymous
The Sublime and the Ridiculous

You will not have seen a more beautifully stage or acted play this year. Mark Rylance is confirmed as the finest Theatre actor we have. I was fortunate enough to sit in one of the stage seats, which had the effect of bringing us into the warm and generous heart of one of Shakespeare's greatest comedies. If I were to list all the wonderful actors ,this would be a very long review indeed. I would mention, Paul Chahidi as Maria, Stephen Fry, probably the best Malvolio sine Richard Briars. And at the heart and soul of the play (this according ) to Peter Hall is Feste, Peter Hamilton Dyer enchanted and moved us in this role. See it, if you can, it's the best Christmas present you could give or receive.

Reviewed on 13 December 2012 by

Anonymous
Really entertaining

Reviewed on 09 December 2012 by

Anonymous
Best experience ever!!

It's not all about Steven Fry, good as he is. We had stage seats so we could see the subtle facial expressions and it all felt really authentic. The acting was tremendous, particularly the jester who sang really well too!! It was just really funny, I could go on and on..

Reviewed on 02 December 2012 by

Anonymous
Best experience ever!!

It's not all about Steven Fry, good as he is. We had stage seats so we could see the subtle facial expressions and it all felt really authentic. The acting was tremendous, particularly the jester who sang really well too!! It was just really funny, I could go on and on..

Reviewed on 02 December 2012 by

Anonymous
Do a bit of homework before the show

If its sometime since you read the play or maybe you never have, read a synopsis of the story, so you know what's going on. Then sit back and enjoy the very best that theatre can offer.

Reviewed on 01 December 2012 by

Anonymous
Throroughly excellent show

Fantastic production, engaging performances, lovely venue. Great show all round!

Reviewed on 21 November 2012 by

18 Apr
2017
Phil Willmott

Last Chance to See... - Spring 2017

by Phil Willmott | Tuesday, April 18 2017, 10:54

With so much great theatre on in London it's easy to miss fantastic productions. It can feel as if as soon as you get round to booking to see some critically acclaimed show it's already closing and you've lost your chance. So here's a run down of the top productions with their closing dates which you should book to see right now before they disappear in their current form.

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25 Feb
2017
Phil Willmott

Review: TWELFTH NIGHT at the National Theatre

by Phil Willmott | Saturday, February 25 2017, 10:25

Twelfth Night It's a time for star led Shakespeare. Next week I'm looking forward to seeing Andrew Scott as Hamlet at the Almeida (despite the news that it's running at 4 hours 10 minutes!) but nipping in before him is TV and stage star Tamsin Grieg who's starring as Malvolia in TWELFTH NIGHT at the National Theatre.

Review: TWELFTH NIGHT at the National Theatre