Shipwrecked in Ilyria

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Having just reviewed The Tempest for YearofShakespeare.com, I thought you might like to hear some of my responses to the R.S.C.’s production of Twelfth Night, or What You Will. The recording was made just a few moments after I’d seen it. Just click on the audio-post below.

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Author:Paul Edmondson

Head of Research and Knowledge and Director of the Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival for The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Follow Paul on Twitter @paul_edmondson
  • Wayne Myers

    Thank you, Paul, for your detailed remarks on the production, especially about the set. And I do love the conclusion, with the couples ending up in the bed, strongly suggesting that their sexual future will not be monogamous. The production, it seems to me, was a success on many levels.

  • Rory

    Thanks, Paul. I so wanted to enjoy this production. Your comments are very helpful – and I agree strongly regarding the non-engagement with the variety of social rankings. My big problem was with the casting of Viola and Sebastian. Shouldn’t there be at least some attempt to include the audience in the whole mistaken identity hoo-ha? Viola was pretty and very, very small. Her twin was handsome and very, very big. So the fact that Olivia marries Seb on the basis that he’s one and the same with Cesario is beyond loopy. Am I being fussy?

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