Twelfth Night at National Theatre - Olivier tickets
Twelfth Night at National Theatre - Olivier tickets

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Overview

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 Stragem 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 Shakesepeare’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.

Recommended for

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.

Age Recommendations: May not be suitable for young children

Dates and times

Running time: 3 hours (including interval)
Opened: 15 Feb 2017
Press night: 22 Feb 2017
Booking from: 13 May 2017
Booking until: 13 May 2017

Location and map

National Theatre - Olivier
National Theatre, Upper Ground
London, SE1 9PX

41 Reviews Add review

Twelfth Night was an absolute dream to watch. Tamsin Greig taking on the normal male role of ‘Malvolia’ worked well for me. She ... More

joc78 5"4, 252 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Twelfth Night was an absolute dream to watch. Tamsin Greig taking on the normal male role of ‘Malvolia’ worked well for me. She was by far the best one in this ensemble piece, however the other actors were of an incredibly high standard. The set design for Twelfth Night was incredible and its worth watching just for this. The Olivier Theatre stage was used to its full extent in this production – if you are new to Shakespeare I would highly recommend this production to ease you in!

joc78 5"4, 252 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Simon Godwin’s production of 12th Night – a vicious swipe at the LBGT community. I just saw the last day of Simon Godwin’s gend... More

jameslange 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Simon Godwin’s production of 12th Night – a vicious swipe at the LBGT community. I just saw the last day of Simon Godwin’s gender-issue production of 12th Night – and I imagine the extremely talented cast are very relieved. It must be uncomfortable for actors of such brilliant abilities to be directed into frenetic slapstick while turning Shakespeare’s play into a series of brutal attacks on the gay, bi and gender confused. We are shown that LGBT folk are: • monumentally selfish, as each character repeatedly ranks their own feelings and needs above those of any other • slow on the uptake: unable to see through the simplest ruses nor react to good news • devoid of loyalty, unless forced into displaying some. • unspeakably cruel: willing to utterly destroy a colleague for a bit of fun • unfamiliar with remorse for such cruelty I am not certain what Mr Godwin has against the LBGT community but I am surprised, in this day and age of political correctness, that he is allowed to get away with it. But perhaps I misunderstand: it may be that he is honestly trying to help the general public understand what the community is like – or at least what he thinks it is like.

jameslange 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Absolutely loved this production! One of the best Shakespeare's I have seen for a very long time. Outstanding performances across ... More

susannahrosemn 5"3, 138 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Absolutely loved this production! One of the best Shakespeare's I have seen for a very long time. Outstanding performances across the board, particularly from Tamsin Greig (Malvolia), Phoebe Fox (Olivia) and Tamara Lawrance (Viola). Soutra Gilmour's design is inspired, and the whole thing gels very well together. Actually found myself (and the rest of the audience) properly belly-laughing at most of the production, and profoundly moved at other moments. Honestly a 10/10 interpretation that is worth seeing for the performances alone. One of Shakespeare's best comedies made all the more funny. LOVED it!

susannahrosemn 5"3, 138 reviews, 4 helpful votes

As a fan of Shakespeare already I was intrigued to see the Nationals new take on Twelfth Night by gender changing Malvolia. Howeve... More

zschmik 5"8, 14 reviews, 0 helpful votes

As a fan of Shakespeare already I was intrigued to see the Nationals new take on Twelfth Night by gender changing Malvolia. However excellence was succeeded yet again, Tamsin really brought in the dynamic to the character and gave her all into the performance paying off spectacularly. It was wonderfully comedic, emotional, serious and every bit a work of art. A massive congrats to the whole cast and the stage! If anything just go to see this performance the stage art alone. It is beautifully built with each section revolving within the staircase. Utterly, utterly fantastic.

zschmik 5"8, 14 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Some superb performances in here, especially Tamsin Grieg as Malvolia. A brilliant set design, nicely composed music and very stro... More

jgblunners 6'2", 119 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Some superb performances in here, especially Tamsin Grieg as Malvolia. A brilliant set design, nicely composed music and very strong direction come together with the excellent cast to form a hilarious production that still hits hard with serious tones when it needs to - partly thanks to the gender-swapping of Malvolio, which works extremely well.

jgblunners 6'2", 119 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Superb production with a stunning cast. Tamsin Greig is an absolute stand out, but overall this one is just amazing. You'll have t... More

steffigolightly 165 cm, 88 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Superb production with a stunning cast. Tamsin Greig is an absolute stand out, but overall this one is just amazing. You'll have to see it to believe it, really, but I'll say one thing - I don't think the Olivier has seen that kind of part all that often.

steffigolightly 165 cm, 88 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Wonderfully staged and so well acted. Extremely enjoyable throughout.

londontheatrefan 5'4", 180 reviews, 5 helpful votes

Wonderfully staged and so well acted. Extremely enjoyable throughout.

londontheatrefan 5'4", 180 reviews, 5 helpful votes

Absolutely hilarious! Tamsin Greig completely stole the show as Malvolia.

ruthc17 5"8, 51 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Absolutely hilarious! Tamsin Greig completely stole the show as Malvolia.

ruthc17 5"8, 51 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Absolutely wonderful show. Tamsin Grieg was incredible. The set was stunning and constantly surprising.

bryonyjameson 5"7, 58 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Absolutely wonderful show. Tamsin Grieg was incredible. The set was stunning and constantly surprising.

bryonyjameson 5"7, 58 reviews, 1 helpful vote