Malvolio is one of the main sources of humour in Twelfth Night.

In the Twelfth Night, the character Duke Orsino uses flowery and over-dramatic language, long poetic sentence structure, and melodramatic metaphors to display his overemotional romantic nature despite the different emotions in his various speeches....

We were invited to create an original-practices production of Twelfth Night there.



Olivia is not a part that necessarily stands out in Twelfth Night. Was that appealing to you in a way, as a challenge?

No, that wouldn’t be the way I would approach any part particularly.


SparkNotes: Twelfth Night: Themes

Two plays in particular—As You Like It and Twelfth Night—rely significantly on subtext.

Disguise is very important as a theme in the Twelfth Night. In fact, disguise is a crucial plot to the play. It is the thread which runs through the play from start to end and holds it all together. Yet, paradoxically along the way there are many problems, deceptions and illusions, providing a comment on human behavior and creating comedy.


Rethinking Sexuality and Class in Twelfth Night

We did the play for three years; it was the most beautiful production. People still say to me it was the best Twelfth Night they ever saw. I don’t know because I’ve never seen the play since.

Professor Emeritus, Department of English, University of Toronto

Shakespeare’s timeless parody of social status and social climbers, Twelfth Night, opens Friday (April 22) at Lab Theater. John Repa will play the part of Sir Toby Belch.

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Sir Toby is Twelfth Night’s resident reveler. He eats, drinks, jokes, sings and parties to excess, thanks in large measure to his niece, Olivia, and best friend, Sir Andrew Aguecheek. He sponges off his rich, winsome niece, who is in mourning over the death of her beloved brother. He ingratiates himself to the doltish Andrew by promising to talk Olivia into marrying him. Not only will that induce Andrew to continue picking up the tab for his lavish lifestyle, but insure that Olivia not marry beneath her station in life, something of overarching importance to Toby and the social strictures of Shakespeare’s day. But while the burping Belch serves as a symbol of the over-indulgence and inversion of social order at the root of Twelfth Night, Sir Toby is also the catalyst for much of the humor and comedy of the play. In fact, Shakespeare scholars have labeled Sir Toby Shakespeare’s most delightful comic character after Sir John Falstaff.

A look at courtship, love, marriage and divorce in Viking Scandinavia

And Twelfth Night is all about people stepping outside their given role in the natural order of things according to the Elizabethan societal structure. So you can’t put it in the twenties, and you can’t put it in the fifties because those things didn’t matter anymore.

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Twelfth Night is all about that night in the calendar year when everything goes topsy-turvy. These days anything goes, but in those days it didn’t. And you need to put it in that context.