Olivier Award winner Mark Rylance returns to the Apollo Theatre in a spectacular revival of The Globe's all male production of Twelfth Night. This Shakespeare classic comedy is a tale of mistaken identity, love and the search for family. As twins Sebastian and Viola are left shipwrecked and separated on the island of Illyria, Viola disguises herself as a man in order to woo the Countess Olivia (Rylance). Meanwhile her servant Malvolio (Stephen Fry) becomes the butt of everyone's joke as he is persuaded to don a pair of yellow stockings, thinking he has found his true love. As the twins travel throughout the island, a comedy of love pervades, resulting in a hilarious denouement in true Shakespearian style.
Rylance will be joined by popular comedian Stephen Fry who will play the cantankerous Malvolio, in a rare stage outing for the famous TV personality who hasn't performed in the West End since 1995. This production originally opened at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre back in 2002, and Rylance was nominated for an Olivier Award. This all male production will play in rep with Richard III, beginning on 2 November 2013 for a strictly limited season until 3 February 2013. The pair will be joined by Roger Lloyd-Pack who is most famous for roles in the sitcom 'The Vicar of Dibley' and the hit film 'Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy' who will play Sir Andrew Aguecheek.
This is a rare chance to see this beloved comedy in its original Elizabethan setting, played by a troupe of men as would be the case in the original production. Expect low humour, slapstick action and some fine quality of acting by some of the most popular actors in the West End. This is one theatrical event that you do not want to miss!
The content of Twelfth Night is suitable for children, but the difficult language makes it harder to follow. The play is recommended for ages 12 and up.