'If music be the food of love, play on'
Cross-dressing, hijinks and bittersweet hilarity as Emma Rice directs Shakespeare’s timeless, soulful and irrepressible comedy.
Twins Sebastian and Viola are shipwrecked on the coast of Illyria, separated and believing each other to be dead. Beside herself with grief, Viola disguises herself as a boy and goes into the service of the Duke Orsino.
The Duke, madly in love with the Countess Olivia, sends Viola to woo on his behalf...
Olivia falls in love with the cross-dressed page while Viola falls deep and fast for Orsino. Meanwhile, mischievous servants play painful pranks at each other’s expense. Heady chaos ensues as griefs, loves and deep human confusions collide, but fear not! Sweet resolution wins the day as friends, twins and lovers are reunited.
Running time: 148 mins
Also directed by Emma Rice: The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales
Playing in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse: 27 March – 21 April 2018
Rachel Bown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown
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