Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

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

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



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