To celebrate his 80th birthday, Sir Peter Hall returns to the National.
His daughter Rebecca Hall makes her NT debut as Viola; the cast also include Cornelius Booth, Simon Callow (as Sir Toby Belch), James Clyde, Marton Csokas (Orsino), Amanda Drew (Olivia), Charles Edwards (Sir Andrew Aguecheek), Samuel James, Richard Keightley, Ben Mansfield, Simon Paisley Day (Malvolio), David Ryall, Jeffry Wickham and Finty Williams.
Shipwrecked on the shore of Illyria, Viola believes her twin brother Sebastian to be drowned. She disguises herself as a boy and enters the service of the love-sick Duke, Orsino, who sends her to woo Olivia on his behalf.
This plan creates a chaos of mistaken identities and confused desires. Even the pompous Malvolio, duped by Sir Toby Belch and his ebullient companions, dons his yellow stockings in pursuit of a dream.