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A better production of Twelfth Night you will not see
on 15 November 2015
Anyone who thinks Shakespeare comedies are not really funny needs to see this; it's an absolute delight from beginning to end and I defy anyone to watch it without howling with laughter. What a master stroke to cast it, as it would have been in Shakespeare's day, with an all male cast. Mark Rylance gives a wonderful performance as the Lady Olivia. Through clever phrasing and intonation and some wonderful business with his dress, giving the impression that he is hovering around the stage, he gets laughs for a character that is not usually thought of as a comic creation. There is some marvellous ensemble work here, but I must single out national treasure Stephen Fry, who is suitably pompous as Malvolio, and the wonderful Roger Lloyd Pack, sadly no longer with us, as Sir Andrew Aguecheek. I shall watch this again and again.