by William Shakespeare
A pair of twins, separated in a shipwreck... each believes the other dead.
Viola and Sebastian try to start a new life in Illyria – they meet local inhabitants, and soon both are involved in intrigues of love, jealousy and mistaken identity. Only when the twins are reunited is the story complete, and love finds a way to bring the right couples together.
For four centuries audiences have laughed at the love-obsessed Orsino, the drunken Sir Toby, the proud Olivia, the vain servant Malvolio and the foolish Sir Andrew. Now Shakespeare's most popular comedy has been abridged for school audiences – retaining the original poetry, and shortening the story so that a performance lasts about 80 minutes.
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Extract from the script 'Twelfth Night'
|Viola:||Ay, but I know -|
|Duke Orsino:||What dost thou know?|
|Viola:||Too well what love women to men may owe:
In faith, they are as true of heart as we.
My father had a daughter loved a man,
As it might be, perhaps, were I a woman,
I should your lordship.
|Duke Orsino:||And what's her history?|
|Viola:||A blank, my lord. She never told her love,
But let concealment, like a worm i' the bud,
Feed on her damask cheek: she pined in thought,
And with a green and yellow melancholy
She sat like patience on a monument,
Smiling at grief. Was not this love indeed?
We men may say more, swear more: but indeed
Our shows are more than will; for still we prove
Much in our vows, but little in our love.
|Duke Orsino:||But died thy sister of her love, my boy?|
|Viola:||I am all the daughters of my father's house,
And all the brothers too: and yet I know not.