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Education Resources

Twelfth Night

William Shakespeare

Discover teaching ideas and lesson planning inspiration through our range of resources, activities and other supporting materials on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.

Twelfth Night tells the story of twins, Sebastian and Viola, who are separated after their ship is wrecked at sea and Viola is stranded on the shores of Ilyria. Trying to find work alone, Viola disguises herself as a boy and becomes a messenger for the Duke, Orsino. 

For young people of all ages, this play is a brilliant route into looking at dramatic irony and comic characters, such as Sir Toby Belch and Sir Andrew Aguecheek,as well as looking at a range of themes including:

  • Identity
  • Love
  • Deception

There's lots of ways you could choose to approach this text but you may find the following particularly useful: