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Twelfth Night

William Shakespeare

Reviews for Twelfth Night

  • Royal Shakespeare Theatre

    Stratford-upon-Avon

    Until 24 Feb 2018

  • In Cinemas

    Broadcast live on 14 Feb 2018

  • Running time:

    2 hrs 20 mins + 20 mins interval

Next performance:

14 December, 1:15PM

Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon

★★★★

‘Sumptuous romp is a festive season treat’

evening standard

‘Heavens, this does look lovely. The RSC has gone all-out on a sumptuous design (three cheers for Simon Higlett)’

Evening Standard

‘An unending delight; John Hodgkinson is a deliciously mercurial Sir Toby and Michael Cochrane’s Sir Andrew is cherishable’

evening standard

★★★★

‘Christopher Luscombe’s deliciously louche production…it’s a visual feast…sumptuous nostalgia’

daily mail

‘The most heartwarming production of Shakespeare at the RSC since director Christopher Luscombe’s last, three years ago. That double-header was unforgettable – his latest is in the same league’

Sunday Mirror

‘Adrian Edmondson brings a hilarity beyond The Young Ones, with darker intent too’

Sunday Mirror

‘Lavish designs by Simon Higlett…Nigel Hess’s Victorian-influenced score is the perfect accompaniment’

Sunday Mirror

‘Christopher Luscombe has again delivered a triumph, perfect for the festive season’

Sunday Mirror

‘Adrian Edmondson steals the show as Malvolio...Terrific’

daily mail

‘The cornerstone is Simon Higlett’s set which seduces the eye with the rich Moroccan colours of the Arts and Crafts movement steeped in sepia light’

daily mail

‘Awash with spectacle and fastidious detail, it’s surely another seasonal hit for the RSC’

daily mail

★★★★

‘Dinita Gohil, ‘a luminous Viola’; Beruce Khan, ‘excellent as Feste’

whatsonstage

‘Designer Simon Higlett’s stunning styling…the Victorian period details are lovely…the costumes exquisite – it really does look beautiful’

whatsonstage

‘Adrian Edmondson is outstanding as Malvolio…hysterical…he brings the house down’

whatsonstage

‘Sir Toby Belch and drinking partner Sir Andrew Aguecheek are devoured with great relish by the wonderful John Hodgkinson and Michael Cochrane…very funny physical comedy’

whatsonstage

‘Enjoyable performances all round from a super-talented cast’

whatsonstage

★★★★

‘Lavish and uplifting - an incredibly handsome production’

the stage

‘John Hodgkinson’s flatulent, thunder-lunged Toby Belch and Michael Cochrane’s quavering Andrew Aguecheek make a delightful double act’

the stage

‘Fun and fury from Adrian Edmondson and Kara Tointon’

the guardian

‘Kara Tointon’s poised, elegant Olivia…Dinita Gohil is a bright-eyed figure who delivers the famous “willow cabin” speech with a level of rapture I have not heard in ages’

the guardian

‘The designs, ranging from railway stations to statuary-filled gardens, are a delight’

the guardian

‘Adrian Edmondson is fantastic as Malvolio. He possesses a hypnotic quality of unpredictability’

the daily telegraph

‘John Hodgkinson delivers a great parcel of comic joy as Toby Belch, and there’s a joyously funny Aguecheek from Michael Cochrane’

the daily telegraph

‘If music be the food of love, get ready to lick your lips: Christopher Luscombe’s RSC production of Shakespeare’s melancholy comedy sounds – and looks – sumptuous. Lavishly designed with a lush, romantic score, and stuffed with smart ideas. The wealth of detail is richly rewarding’

the times

‘Kara Tointon’s forthright Olivia glitters alluringly…Vivien Parry’s Welsh Maria is warm and witty…Dinita Gohil’s bright, lively Viola...a delicious cameo by Sarah Twomey as Fabia’

the times

‘Adrian Edmondson has flashes of dark, comic brilliance’

the times

‘Frothy fun – but with bite’

the times

‘Director Christopher Luscombe’s undisputed comic skills are here combined with a wistful note that delicately explores the play’s ambiguities. Simon Higlett’s sumptuous settings place the action in 1890s London, the decade of decadence and aesthetics’

sunday times

‘A production full of humanity, and surely an ideal choice for anyone seeing Shakespeare for the first time’

sunday times

‘Christopher Luscombe is our finest exponent of Shakespearean comedy’

sunday express

‘Simon Higlett’s glorious sets’

sunday express

‘Adrian Edmondson’s dour Malvolio, John Hodgkinson’s menacing Toby Belch, Michael Cochrane’s crumbling Andrew Aguecheek and Vivien Parry’s scheming Maria…Comedy gold’

sunday express

‘Christopher Luscombe’s lavish production...gorgeous to look at, stuffed with tunes’

mail on sunday

‘Adrian Edmondson, superbly bitter as Malvolio’

mail on sunday

‘Brings a glorious historic England to life’

weekend notes

‘Adrian Edmondson shines’

weekend notes

‘John Hodgkinson and Michael Cochrane make a great team, with elements of slapstick, pantomime and comic timing that work a treat. Hilarious’

weekend notes

‘Lavish, joyous, well thought out, and marks the long-awaited RSC performance of one of Britain’s best comedy actors’

weekend notes

‘Christopher Luscombe returns to the RSC to direct Twelfth Night. It’s another triumph…Simon Higlett’s designs are just as lavish as before… the Victorian setting provides a compelling context’

whatsonlive

‘There’s a palpable chemistry between [Nicholas Bishop’s Orsino] and Dinita Gohil’s Viola…the best I’ve seen the relationship played’

whatsonlive

‘Adrian Edmondson’s Malvolio is pitched to perfection…Michael Cochrane’s Andrew Aguecheek is hysterical…Vivien Parry’s witty Maria…Beruce Khan’s brilliant Feste’

whatsonlive

‘Rowdy music hall numbers…an all-singing, all-dancing finale…Undoubtedly, the RSC has another big hit on its hands’

whatsonlive

‘This beautiful rendition of Shakespeare’s melancholy comedy…a glorious production’

theatrecat

‘Ravishingly designed by Simon Higlett…perfection of design and setting…not a nuance is missed, not a joke fails’

theatrecat

‘Michael Cochrane’s fabulously hopeless Aguecheek…Kara Tointon’s finely drawn Olivia…Beruce Khan’s calculatedly capering Feste’

theatrecat

‘The whole ensemble is perfect: Vivien Parry gives us Maria as a vindictive virago…Sarah Twomey, Verity Kirk and Sally Cheng are lovely maids’

theatrecat

‘There is an exuberance which warms the whole evening…I’d go again tomorrow’

theatrecat

‘If you only go to the theatre once in the next three months, make sure it’s for this. It is utterly enchanting’

express and star

‘Adrian Edmondson leads an excellent company’

express and star

‘Wonderful comedy routines by John Hodgkinson and Michael Cochrane’

express and star

‘Dinita Gohil as Viola is terrific’

express and star

‘The settings are gorgeous’

express and star

‘Wonderful, magical, gender-bending, elegant stuff’

express and star