Technical Information

Piece
*/d_piece 476
Piece Title
Twelfth Night, or What You Will
Plot Summary
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.
Notes
Comedy
Piece > Date
*/d_piece/d_piece.dateid 4760
Date piece created
1600
Piece > Piece Alternate Name
*/d_piece/r_piece_altname 696
Alternate Title(s)
Twelfth Night
Piece > Character
*/d_piece/r_piece_character 22
Character(s)
Viola
Piece > Character
*/d_piece/r_piece_character 30
Character(s)
Sebastian
Piece > Character
*/d_piece/r_piece_character 137
Character(s)
Malvolio
Piece > Character
*/d_piece/r_piece_character 340
Character(s)
Orsino
Piece > Character
*/d_piece/r_piece_character 341
Character(s)
Olivia
Piece > Function
*/d_piece/r_piece_creator:functionid 143
Function
Playwright
Piece > Language
*/d_piece/r_piece_language 2
Language
English
Piece > Structure of Piece
*/d_piece/r_piece_structure_division 22
Structure
Act 1 five scenes; Act II five scenes; Act III four scenes; Act IV two scenes; Act V one scene
Piece > Structure of Piece
*/d_piece/r_piece_structure_division 19
Structure
5 Acts, 17 scenes