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, 287 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

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, 145 reviews, 5 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

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

jgblunners 6'2", 133 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, 110 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Wonderfully staged and so well acted. Extremely enjoyable throughout.

londontheatrefan 5'4", 186 reviews, 5 helpful votes

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, 65 reviews, 1 helpful vote