Director Christopher Luscombe returns to the Royal Shakespeare Company with a new staging of Twelfth Night, which is often hailed as the Bard’s greatest comedy.

The tale of two shipwrecked twins in a foreign land is as tender as it is comic. Unbeknownst to each other, estranged siblings Sebastian and Viola wash up on the shores of Illyria – the modern-day Balkan Peninsula.

Seeking work and shelter, Viola disguises herself as a man, Cesario, and finds work in the household of one Duke Orsino – a would-be suitor to the mourning Lady Olivia. A complex love triangle is set into motion as Viola falls in love with her new master, Sebastian’s reappearance reignites Olivia’s passion and the servants contrive to play a cruel joke.

The play is a tangled web of unrequited love, mistaken identity and a good dash of domestic comedy. One of Shakespeare’s most popular works, the comedy has a long history in popular culture, with multiple productions designed for the stage, film and television, radio and even concert halls.

Twelfth Night will be shown live on Wednesday at 8pm at the St James Cavalier cinema, Valletta. For more information, visit or call 2122 3200.


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