Twelfth Night is one of William Shakespeare’s most loved comedies. The play has an impressive cast who come together to make this classic play an unforgettable experience. After its massive success at the West End, the critically acclaimed production by Shakespeare’s Globe is coming to Broadway. It is a short run, as they will be performing for sixteen weeks only, so hurry up and book your Twelfth night tickets now, for this is one show you do not want to miss.
Twelfth Night is a mix of comedy, unrequited love and the things one will do to get that love. Shakespeare is believed to have written it during the middle of his career, when he was at his very best. Considered by some critics as one of his greatest comedies, the play has all the elements required for a highly entertaining comedy; deception, illusion, disguises, madness and fools in love.
Set in Kingdom of Illyria, the play revolves around the love sick Duke Orsino and his plot to win the heart of the mourning Olivia, who has just lost her brother and will not entertain suitors. Meanwhile in a shipwreck of the coast, a young noblewoman Viola finds herself in Illyria and assuming that her brother Sebastian is dead and with no one to protect her decides to find work. She disguises herself as a boy Cicero and goes to work for Orsino, who immediately takes to liking to her and makes her his page. She secretly falls in love with him but cannot pursue it since he thinks she is a man. It becomes really messy when Orsino sends Viola to deliver love notes to Olivia, who in turn falls in love with the messenger, whom she thinks is a boy.
This version of the play is produced by Shakespeare’s Globe, which is one of the most famous theaters in the World. The original Globe Theater was where Shakespeare actually worked and performed, but that was later demolished. A new theater was built in its place, renamed after the famous playwright. The heart of Shakespearian drama, it is famous for producing highly acclaimed performances of his plays. Their version of Twelfth Night has already enjoyed a highly successful run at the Globe and Apollo Theater in London’s West End. For its run in Broadway it will be show cased alongside another Shakespeare classic, Richard III. These two plays will allow audiences to catch Tony Award winner Mark Rylance, Golden Globe nominee Stephen Fry and Tony Award nominee Samuel Barnett.
How This Version is Different
This version of Twelfth Night will be a little different from other modern productions. Firstly it involves an all male cast, who will play the female roles as well. This is done to pay homage to how plays were performed in Shakespeare’s day and age, where females were not cast as actors. Secondly, the productions employ a lot of music, which is played live in front of the audience by a team of seven musicians. They play on traditional Elizabethan instruments. The musicians are usually seated on a traditional Elizabethan gallery above the stage, where they are illuminated by hundreds of onstage candles and almost no artificial lighting. This adds to the whole aura of the Elizabethan time period that the play is trying to portray. Finally, upon entering the theater, audiences will be able to witness actors putting on costumes and arranging their on-stage makeup. So from the word go, the whole production tries to immerse you into Shakespeare’s world, giving authenticity and real Elizabethan flavor to the play. Do not miss this wonderful opportunity to experience the brilliance of Shakespeare’s work and buy your Twelfth Night tickets now.