Twelfth Night review from 2001

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    "In the end, there is no such thing as a definitive Twelfth Night. But Peter Hall, now 80, offers us a resonant chamber-version that highlights the play's verbal splendour and that is filled with an awareness of the still, sad music of humanity."
    Michael Billington for The Guardian

    "The chief problem is that, for all the business to do with mistaken identities and cross-dressing, there’s not enough sense of either true bewilderment or enticing sexiness."
    Henry Hitchings for The Evening Standard

    "I found it a bit of a let-down. Its virtues are fine verse-speaking, clarity and luxurious casting. Yet it is also sluggish and too decorously constrained for a comedy so driven by a mad, topsy-turvy epidemic of misdirected love."
    Paul Taylor for The Independent

    "This production of Twelfth Night is his [ Sir Peter Hall at 80] birthday present to himself and us, and it stars, movingly and magnificently, his daughter Rebecca Hall, now better known as a rising star of Hollywood...If not quite an unqualified triumph, this is still a production that successfully distils the wisdom of Hall’s many years in the theatre."
    Charles Spencer for The Daily Telegraph

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