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Twelfth Night; or, What You Will (1971)

Twelfth Night; or, What You Will

Shakespeare's play performed at the Leeds Playhouse (13 October - November 1971).


Twelfth Night is a comedy of mistaken identity, with aspects of tragedy. 

Viola and her twin brother, Sebastian, are shipwrecked off the coast of Illyria.  They are separated in the chaos, and each subsequently believes the other has drowned. 

Once ashore, and with the help of a sea captain, Viola disguises herself as a boy and assumes the name Cesario, entering the service of the Duke of Orsino.  The Duke sends 'Cesario' to woo Olivia on his behalf - but the gentlewoman falls in love with the servant instead. 

Meanwhile, Antonio has come to the aid of Sebastian, whom Olivia mistakes for Cesario.  She and Viola's twin brother are then secretly married, much to the latter's bemusement! 

As the play concludes, true identities are revealed and Orsino realises that he loves Viola.


Orsino, Duke of Illyria ... John Nightingale
Valentine (gentleman attending on Orsino) ... Geoffrey Perkins
Curio (gentleman attending on Orsino) ... Richard Borthwick
First Officer ... Robert Prince
Second Officer ... Richard Borthwick
Viola, a shipwrecked lady, later disguised as Cesario ... Vivienne Dixon
Sebastian, her twin brother ... Howard Rawlinson
Captain of the wrecked ship ... Howard Rawlinson
Antonio, another sea captain ... Peter Ellis
Olivia, a countess ... Zo Wanamaker
Maria, her waiting-gentlewoman ... Barbara New
Sir Toby Belch, her uncle ... Philip Newman
Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Sir Toby`s protege ... Andrew Dallmeyer
Malvolio, Olivia`s steward ... Anthony Boden
Fabian, a member of her household ... Trevor T Smith
Feste, her jester ... Larry Dann
A priest ... Robert Prince
A servant ... Susan Blake


Director: Brian Murphy
Costumes and Setting Designer: Una Collins
Music: Bill Southgate
Production Manager: John Russell
Assistant Designer: Robert Sandiford
Design Technician: Nick Croft
Electricians: Gary Graham and Stephen Holroyd
Wardrobe Supervisor: Kitty Burrows
Wardrobe Designer: Elizabeth Rutherford
Wardrobe Cutter: Ray Foulkes
Wardrobre Maintenance: Catherine Pilcher
stage Managers: Alistair Minnigan and Gordon Roberts
Deputy Stage Manager: Prue Haynes
Assistant Stage Managers: Philippa Linacre and Kris Szajdzicki
Photography: MPH Studios


During the same season in which Twelfth Night was performed at the Leeds Playhouse, Zoe also appeared there in Pictures in a Bath of Acid and Family Album.

Zoe has twice revisited Twelfth Night, performing it with the Cambridge Theatre Company in 1973, and then as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1983.


Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

Related links

Twelfth Night complete text - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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