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Twelfth Night tickets

The National Theatre presented a brand new production of William Shakespeare’s adored comedy Twelfth Night at the Olivier Theatre, for a limited run from the 15th February 2017 to 17th April 2017.

Twelfth Night tells the story of Viola, who is washed ashore after a shipwreck, losing her twin brother in the process. Alone in a new land, she bravely steps out to explore, determined to survive.

What results is a complete whirlwind of confused identity and unreciprocated love. The nearby households of Orsino and Olivia are brimming with passion and even Olivia’s rather severe housekeeper Malvolia becomes enamoured in all the madness.

In a place where music is the food of love, and nothing is quite as it appears, really anything becomes possible.

Tamsin Greig starred as the transformed Malvolia. Grieg is best known for her prolific work in various acclaimed television comedy series including playing Fran Katzenjammer in Black Books, Dr Caroline Todd in Green Wing and Beverly Lincoln in Episodes.

She also has a range of film credits to her name, including Cuckoo and Tamara Drewe. Greig has also received great acclaim for her stage work, including receiving a nomination for the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for The Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and winning the WhatsOnStage Theatregoers Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress in The Little Dog Laughed.

This version of Twelfth Night was directed by Simon Goodwin, the Associate Director at the Royal Court Theatre and Associate Artist at Bristol Old Vic. Goodwin was nominated for an Evening Standard Award for Best Newcomer for Wonderlust in 2010 and won the Award for Emerging Theatre Director at the Evening Standard Awards. His most recent productions of Man and Superman and The Beaux Stratagem at the National Theatre have been received with great critical acclaim.

With a star leading actor and one of the most exciting directors in British theatre, this new retelling of Shakespeare’s classic comedy was not to be missed. With previews having began on 15th February 2017 and performances having continued until 17th April 2017, this was one of the most exciting new Shakespeare adaptations of the year.

Performance dates: 13 May 2017 - 13 May 2017

Running time: 3 hours (including interval)

Age recommendation: May not be suitable for young children

Special notice: Simon Goodwin is known for his exciting and interesting new takes on classic plays. Those who have seen his recent versions of Hamlet and Richard II will be interested to see what he has done with another of Shakespeare’s renowned plays.

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SeatPlan Recommends: The Olivier Theatre at the National Theatre is a fairly modern venue, meaning that it has been well designed with very few badly restricted seats. With a wide stage, the Stalls are sweeping and curve round the stage, being generally well raked without obstruction.

The Circle can also give good sightlines throughout, however towards the ends of the rows, technical equipment can begin to get in the way.

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