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National Theatre at Home: Twelfth Night

Absurdity, comedy and pathos are thrown into a blender in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, the next production in the National Theatre at Home series of screenings.

A ship is wrecked on the rocks, Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost, in this strange but entertaining play. Determined to survive on her own, Viola steps out to explore a new land where nobody is quite what they seem and anything proves possible.

“Director Simon Godwin takes Shakespeare's mistaken identity comedy, spices it up with with a bit of sexual fluidity, then chucks in a bunch of great comedy character actors and leaves them to go nuts,” enthused Time Out reviewer Andrzej Lukowski said.

“Tamsin Greig (Black Books) is the person on the posters, and she's enjoyable as a Grim Reaperish Malvolia (ie a gender-reversed Malvolio) who stalks the household of her mourning mistress Olivia (Phoebe Fox) in a severe bob and foul temper.”

It looks very promising and can be viewed from tomorrow morning until April 30 at www.youtube.com/user/ntdiscovertheatre

JOURNEY'S END: Phoebe Fox plays Olivia in a National Theatre production of Shakespeare's off-the-chain comedy, Twelfth Night, which is available online from tomorrow. Picture supplied