Twelfth Night review from 2002

  • Date:
    Friday, May 24, 2002

    Written: William Shakespeare
    Director: Tim Carroll
    Producer: Globe Theatre
    Cast: Liam Brennan (Duke Orsino), Paul Chahidi (Maria) , Peter Hamilton Dyer (Feste), Colin Hurley (Antonio), Simon Hyde (Curio/Officer) Jan Knightley (Fabian/Sea Captain), Rhys Meredith (Sebastian) , Mark Rylance (Olivia), Peter Shorey (Valentine/Priest) , Bill Stewart (Sir Toby Belch) , Timothy Walker (Malvolio) , Albie Woodington (Sir Andrew Aguecheek)
    Synopsis: Believing her twin brother Sebastian to have drowned after a shipwreck which she has survived, the young Viola is stranded on the mysterious island of Illyria. Disguising herself as the page Cesario, she enters the service of the handsome Duke Orsino, who is madly in love with the beautiful Countess Olivia. But when, while delivering a letter, the Countess falls helplessly in love with the disguised messenger herself, Viola realises her problems have only just begun.
    Other Info: An original practices production, exploring clothing, music and settings possible in 1602.

    **What the critics say***

    BRIAN LOGAN for TIME OUT says, "Shakespeare as it should be: funny, lively, profound, surprising. " LISA WHITBREAD for THE STAGE says, "This production is lively entertainment and the humour well received. The mixed sexuality element works to create a confidently androgynous version of one of Shakespeare's greatest plays." DOMINIC CAVENDISH for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "Bliss, sheer bliss......a funny, tender, first-rate Twelfth Night that treats the spectator to an authentic Elizabethan experience ...." MADDY COSTA for THE GUARDIAN says, "Thrilling production." KATE KELLAWAY for THE OBSERVER says, "Mark Rylance's Olivia is the joy of the evening." RHODA KOENIG for THE INDEPENDENT says, "Zounds and gadzooks, what a jolly Twelfth Night this is. The performances are different degrees of wonderful, but the honours go to Mark Rylance's Olivia and Paul Chahidi's Maria." NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "It was high time this most sexually ambiguous of all Shakespeare's plays enjoyed the services of an all-male cast. Tim Carroll's thoughtful Elizabethan production duly obliges..."

    External links to full reviews from newspapers
    The Guardian
    The Observer
    The Independent

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