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Twelfth Night (1931/2)
Twelth Night Programme Image Viola, who thinks she has lost her brother Sebastian by shipwreck, disguises herself as a boy, and calls herself Cesario. She serves the Duke Orsino, who is in love with the Countess Olivia. Olivia, who is in mourning for her brother, refuses the Duke's suit, but falls in love with Cesario. Her steward, Malvolio, reproves her uncle, Sir Toby Belch, for rioting at night with Sir Andrew Aguecheck. These two with Maria, the waiting maid, Fabian, and the Clown, forge a letter, which causes Malvolio to think that his mistress is in love with him. The thought makes his his behaviour so strange that he is locked up as a madman. Sir Toby finds further amusement in making Sir Andrew challenge Cesario to a duel. The duel becomes serious on the sudden appearance of Sebastian. Olivia also meets him and woos him, thinking him to be the same person as Cesario. They are married and the Duke marries Viola, who has secretly fallen in love with him.. Full synopsis or Gallery.

Sir Toby : Art any more than a steward? Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale?

Malvolio : Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em.

cast list production credits


Alastair Sim


Frank Napier
Feste, a Clown Robert Harris


Olivia Phyllis Thomas Theatre The Old Vic
Orsino Richard Riddle Presented by Lilian Bayliss
Viola Edith Evans Produced by Harcourt Williams
Sir Aguecheck Harold Chapin    
Sir Toby Belch Ralph Richardson    
Malvolio Robert Speaight

Twelth Night Cast

Sebastian James Lytton
Fabian Ralph Michael
Interesting facts

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In 1931/32 Alastair was asked to go the The Old Vic for the season where Harcourt Williams was directing and Ralph Richardson and Phyllis Thomas played the leads.