An autumnal garden - Kara Tointon in a long black dress tearing up a letter with Adrian Edmondson in the background looking on and pouring tea

Twelfth Night

William Shakespeare

Christopher Luscombe returns to direct Shakespeare’s tale of unrequited love; hilarious yet heart breaking.

  • Royal Shakespeare Theatre


    2 Nov 2017 - 24 Feb 2018

  • In Cinemas

    Broadcast live on 14 Feb 2018

  • Running time:

    To be confirmed

Next performance:

2 November, 7:15PM

Royal Shakespeare Theatre

'I am all the daughters of my father's house,
And all the brothers too.'

Twelfth Night is a tale of unrequited love – hilarious and heartbreaking. Twins are separated in a shipwreck, and forced to fend for themselves in a strange land. The first twin, Viola, falls in love with Orsino, who dotes on OIivia, who falls for Viola but is idolised by Malvolio. Enter Sebastian, who is the spitting image of his twin sister...

Christopher Luscombe, Director of the ‘glorious’ (Daily Telegraph) Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing (2014 and 2016), returns to tackle Shakespeare’s greatest comedy, a brilliantly bittersweet account of "the whirligig of time", with Adrian Edmondson (Bottom, The Young Ones) in the role of Malvolio and Kara Tointon (ITV’s Mr Selfridge and Sound of Music Live!) in the role of Olivia. 

Twelfth Night will be broadcast live to cinemas on 14 February 2018.

Twelfth Night is generously supported by the Twelfth Night Syndicate:
Janet Bignell QC
Caroline and Christopher Compston
Michael and Felicia Crystal
Alison and Timothy Frost
Catherine & Simon Hargreaves QC
Philippa Seal and Philip Jones QC
Daniel Jowell QC
Jeffery Onions QC and Sally Onions
Philip Ridgway QC
Helen Webb