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Or What You Will. Shakespeare comedy of mistaken identity, practical jokes and unrequited love. Rescued from a shipwreck the twins Viola and Sebastian arrive independently in Illyria, both thinking the other is drowned. Viola disguises herself as a boy and finds employment with the Duke who is in love with Olivia. Malvolio is the subject of a cruel joke played on him by Sir Toby Belch (yellow stockings cross-gartered) leading him to believe that Olivia loves him. But Olivia has fallen in love with the disguised Viola, while she is in love with the Duke (following it so far?!). What Country Friends is This?
will cross-cast actors and share the same creative team.Performers Samuel Barnett (Sebastian), Liam Brennan (Orsino), Paul Chahidi (Maria), John Paul Connolly (Antonio), Ian Drysdale (Priest/Valentine), Johnny Flynn (Viola), Stephen Fry (Malvolio), James Garnon (Fabian), Peter Hamilton Dyer (Feste), Colin Hurley (Sir Toby Belch), Roger Lloyd Pack (Sir Andrew Aguecheek), Mark Rylance (Olivia), Jethro Skinner (Captain), Ben Thompson (Curio).
Author Shakespeare. Producer Royal Shakespeare Company. Director David Farr. Design Jon Bausor. Lighting Jon Clark. Sound Christopher Shutt. Music Adem Ilhan. Choreographer Isabel Mortimer.
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