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Twelfth Night review from Dec 2008

Genre: Comedy
Opened 10 Dec 2008
Written: by William Shakespeare
Directed: Michael Grandage
Cast: Derek Jacobi (Malvolio), Mark Bonnar (Orsino), Norman Bowman (Curio), Ron Cook (Sir Toby Belch), Victoria Hamilton (Viola), Guy Henry (Sir Andrew Aguecheek), James Howard (Valentine), Lloyd Hutchinson (Antonio), Samantha Spiro (Maria), Zubin Varla (Feste), Indira Varma (Olivia), Alex Waldmann (Sebastian).
Produced by: Donmar Warehouse
Synopsis: Shipwrecked and fearing her twin brother dead, Viola is swept onto the shores of Illyria . Disguising herself as a boy, she takes a post in the Duke's court and, on his behalf, attempts to woo his loved one, the Lady Olivia.

What the popular press had to say.....
NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "A treasurable Twelfth Night that discovers a renewed sense of comedy...lovely production." MICHAEL COVENEY for THE INDEPENDENT says, " beautiful, touching and funny a Twelfth Night as London has seen in decades." MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "The production delights the eye, and shows Jacobi at his very best." BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "What's impressive about Michael Grandage's 1920s-era revival isn't just the excellent acting, from Derek Jacobi and others, but the acknowledgement that, as romantic comedies go, the stakes are as high as the incidents are funny." DAVID BENEDICT for VARIETY says, " Wise, winning production." CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "Spellbinding, magnificently acted production."

External links to full reviews from popular press
The Independent
The Guardian
The Times
Daily Telegraph

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