The play’s subtitle is ”What You Will” and everybody will really find their fulfilment therein, whether he or she prefers love stories or barroom tales, whether he or she is fan of puns or battles of wit, whether he or she prefers women, men, or both.
A young woman named Viola is shipwrecked on the coast of Illyria, a region resembling more a fairyland than a reality. There lives a charming Duke wooing a graceful Lady, and a fairy tale drunkard terrorizing an ageing degenerate. For her own safety, Viola decides to disguise herself as a young man. But when she falls madly in love with Duke Orsino, she exposes herself to danger. In this comedy, whose deepest meaning is hidden in its subtitle, nobody can be sure of anything. It’s due to their poetic and dramatic brilliance that the plays of William Shakespeare (1564–1616) resonated with their public in such a way that they became an essential part of every repertoire. Written towards the end of the English Renaissance, the plays – in their tragic and comic aspects – deal with the forever relevant issues: the crisis of the individual and the crisis of identity. Štěpán Pácl’s staging of Twelfth Night is a marvellous coupling of lyrical and instinctive poetry.
Premiere: at Mahen Theatre on January 28th, 2022