Piece Name Twelfth Night, or What You Will
Piece Alternate Name Twelfth Night (*Abbreviation)
Creation Date 1600
Creator Shakespeare, William Playwright
Associated Performing Art(s) Drama
Language(s) of Creation English
Structure Divisions Act 1 five scenes; Act II five scenes; Act III four scenes; Act IV two scenes; Act V one scene, 5 Acts, 17 scenes
Characters in Piece Viola , Sebastian , Malvolio , Orsino , Olivia Viola
Plot The leading character, Viola, is shipwrecked in a hostile country during the opening scenes. She loses contact with her twin brother, Sebastian, whom she believes dead. Masquerading as a castrated boy under the name Cesario, she enters the service of Duke Orsino. Orsino is in love with the bereaved Lady Olivia, and uses Viola as an intermediary. Olivia, believing Viola to be male, falls in love with her. Viola, in turn, falls in love with the Duke. When Sebastian arrives on the scene, confusion ensues. Befitting a comedy, the play ends in marriage, with the Duke marrying Viola and Olivia marrying Sebastian.
Reference(s) Riverside Shakespeare, The (403-441)
Notes Comedy

Associated Items

Associated Productions 1907Jun20, Grand Opera House (Seattle), Twelfth Night, or What You Will ,
Theatre Royal ,
1897, Moscow Philharmonic Society, Drama class, Twelfth Night, or What You Will ,
1899, Moscow Art Theatre, Moscow Art Theatre, Twelfth Night, or What You Will ,
1904Feb08, Harlem Opera House, Twelfth Night, or What You Will
Performances of the piece 1003312, 1003313, 1003299, 1003314
Representations of characters from piece 1003295, 1003297, 1003593, 1003292, 1003294, 1003581, 1003296, 1003582, 1003293
Components associated with piece 1003292, 1003593, 1003798, 1003801, 1003800, 1003802, 1003797, 1003799, 1003294, 1003293, 1003295, 1003296, 1003297, 3181