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Twelth Night

March 6, 2013

Shakespear’s “Twelth Night”. I was mesmerised by Mark Rylance’s Olivia at the Globe Theatre September 11th 2002. Ten years later at The Apollo in Shaftesbury Avenue there are even more levels of complexity to enjoy with this character with such a magical interpretation and so subtle performance of the sub text by one of Britain’s greatest actors. I felt I was watching one of our great Theatrical Dames.

Paul Chahidi as Maria with comic genius and Johhny Flynn as Viola with such sweet tenderness had me on the edge of my seat. The set of the Elizabethan majesty of the Globe plays well on the smaller Apollo stage and gives a real sense of occasion to the play. Stephen Fry as Malvolio didn’t reach the previous very high standards set for me by Richard Wilson and John Lithgow, both at the RSC in Stratford. However he was wonderful and this part is written for him. His nervousness, which seemed apparent some of the time just made him more endearing to me which gives such a pay off for this particular role.

The audience were rapturous in their response and the cast seemed to be genuinely caught up in the enthusiasm of the audience approval.

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