Download Full Text (320 KB)
December 7, 1914
Twelfth Night, or What You Will is a comedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written around 1601–02 as a Twelfth Night's entertainment for the close of the Christmas season. The play centers on the twins Viola and Sebastian, who are separated in a shipwreck. Viola (who is disguised as Cesario) falls in love with Duke Orsino, who in turn is in love with the Countess Olivia. Upon meeting Viola, Countess Olivia falls in love with her thinking she is a man. The play expanded on the musical interludes and riotous disorder expected of the occasion, with plot elements drawn from the short story "Of Apollonius and Silla" by Barnabe Rich, based on a story by Matteo Bandello. The first recorded performance was on 2 February 1602, at Candlemas, the formal end of Christmastide in the year's calendar. The play was not published until its inclusion in the 1623 First Folio.
Twelfth Night. (2017, September 20). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 20:28, September 26, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Twelfth_Night&oldid=801627056
Acting | Dance | Theatre and Performance Studies | Theatre History
Otterbein Theatre, Performing Arts, College Theater
Otterbein University Theatre and Dance Department, "Twelfth Night" (1914). 1907-1958 Productions. 13.