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Twelfth Night

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Closed February 16, 2014

I can't remember being so ridiculously happy for the entirety of a Shakespeare performance since - let me think - August 2002.

Ben Brantley, The New York Times

Why See Twelfth Night?

Winner of two 2014 Tony Awards!

In the household of Olivia (Mark Rylance), two campaigns are being quietly waged - one by the lovesick lord Orsino against the heart of the indifferent Olivia; the other by an alliance of servants and hangers-on against the high-handedness of her steward, the pompous Malvolio (Stephen Fry).

When Orsino engages the cross-dressed Viola to plead with Olivia on his behalf, a bittersweet chain of events follows. Filled with a cast of unforgettable characters, Twelfth Night combines cruelty with high comedy and the pangs of unrequited love with some of the subtlest poetry and most exquisite songs Shakespeare ever wrote. A revival of the Globe's award-winning Twelfth Night of 2002 with an all-male Original Practices production, exploring clothing, music, dance and settings possible in around 1601.

This transfer from Shakespeare's Globe in London was nominated for seven 2014 Tony Awards, and won two. Mark Rylance won his third Tony for his performance as Olivia, adding to his statues for Jerusalem and Boeing-Boeing, while Jenny Tiramani won for her costume design.

Twelfth Night is presented as a double bill of Shakespearean classics alongside Richard III, with both plays being presented at the Belasco on a rotating schedule.
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Opening night: 18 October 2013


Children under 4 not allowed

Run time

Three hours, including one intermission

Cast and Creative


Mark Rylance
Stephen Fry
Samuel Barnett
Kurt Egyiawan
Matt Harrington
Matthew Schechter
Hayden Signoretti
Joseph Timms
Dominic Brewer
Dylan Clark Marshall
Tony Ward


Author: William Shakespeare
Director: Tim Carroll
Original Music: Claire van Kampen
Producer: Yellow Stockings LP
Press Agent: Boneau / Bryan-Brown


2014 Tony Awards

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play - Mark Rylance
Best Costume Design of a Play - Jenny Tiramani

Nominated for seven 2014 Tony Awards

Best revival of a Play
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play - Mark Rylance
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play - Stephen Fry
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play - Paul Chahidi
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play - Samuel Barnett
Best Direction of a Play - Tim Carroll
Best Costume Design of a Play - Jenny Tiramani

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Agnes: “An evening full of fun and laughter”

We have enjoyed the play , and the acting tremendously, it brings you... more

Gill W : “Londoners in NYC”

We loved this play. We arrived in NYC FROM London UK ON 10/15/13 and... more

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