Shakespeare's comedy Twelfth Night; or, What You Will was probably written sometime between 1599 and 1601, and the first documented performance was on February 2, 1602, at Middle Temple Hall.
The feast of Twelfth Night, which occured each year on January 6th, traditionally marked the end of the Christmas season. It was a time of revelry when servants might take on the roles of masters and masters the roles of servants. Twelfth Night was a time for clowns, carnivals, and a suspension of norms. While little direct reference is made to the holiday within Twelfth Night’s text, the holiday
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