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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?!). Staged with an all-male ensemble, according to original Shakespearean practicePerformers Mark Rylance (Olivia), Samuel Barnett (Sebastian), Liam Brennan (Orsino), Paul Chahidi (Maria), John Paul Connolly (Antonio), Ian Drysdale (Priest/Valentine), Peter Hamilton Dyer (Feste), Johnny Flynn (Viola), Stephen Fry (Malvolio), James Garnon (Fabian), Colin Hurley (Sir Toby Belch), Roger Lloyd Pack (Sir Andrew Aguecheek), Mark Rylance (Olivia), Jethro Skinner (Captain/Officer), Ben Thompson (Curio).
Author Shakespeare. Producer SoniaFriedman Productions. Producer Shakespeare Road. Producer 1001 Nights. Producer Tulchin/Bartner Productions. Director Tim Carroll. Design Jenny Tiramani. Music Claire van Kampen. Lighting David Plater.
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