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Overview


Synopsis

Often lauded as one of the most structurally perfect comedies ever written and beloved by audiences for generations, Twelfth Night; or, What You Will is a masterpiece. Shipwrecked on the shores of the strange land, Illyria, Viola believes herself alone in the world and her twin brother drowned. Disguising herself as a boy to work in the court of Illyria’s Count Orsino, Viola discovers her male disguise has proven all too effective: Orsino sends her as a go-between in his persistent love-suit to the unresponsive Olivia. Even as Viola sues for Olivia’s love on Orsino’s behalf, Viola falls in love with Orsino herself. What ensues is a cross-dressing comedy rife with pain and triumph, humor and madness, transformation and redemption.


Characters

Male

Lead

Spoken

Female

Lead

Spoken

Male

Lead

Spoken



Show Information

Category
Play
Number of Acts:
5 Acts
First Produced:
1602
Genres
Comedy
Settings
Multiple Settings
Time & Place
the imaginary kingdom of illyria, time unknown
Cast Size
large
Ideal For
large cast, holiday show, community theatre, university theatre
Casting Notes:
Mostly male cast
Includes young adult, adult, mature adult characters

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