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Twelfth Night or What You Will


  • 18 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 186 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.427 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 822.3/3
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: PR2837.A2 D355 2004
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Survival after airplane accidents, shipwrecks, etc.--Drama
    • Brothers and sisters--Drama
    • Mistaken identity--Drama
    • Illyria--Drama
    • Twins--Drama

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521827928 | ISBN-10: 0521827922)

Twelfth Night or What You Will
Cambridge University Press
9780521827928 - Twelfth Night or What You Will - Edited by Elizabeth Story Donno and Penny Gay

The New Cambridge Shakespeare

General editor

Brian Gibbons
University of Münster

Associate general editor

A. R. Braunmuller
University of California, Los Angeles

From the publication of the first volumes in 1984 the General Editor of the New Cambridge Shakespeare was Philip Brockbank and the Associate General Editors were Brian Gibbons and Robin Hood. From 1990 to 1994 the General Editor was Brian Gibbons and the Associate General Editors were A. R. Braunmuller and Robin Hood.

Twelfth Night

For this updated edition of Twelfth Night, Penny Gay has written a wholly new Introduction to this well-loved Shakespearean comedy. She stresses the play’s theatricality, its elaborate linguistic games and its complex use of Ovidian myths. She analyses the play’s delicate balance between romance and realism and its exploration of gender, sexuality and identity. In examining the stage history, Professor Gay suggests that contemporary critical theory could have much to offer twenty-first-century directors and actors. An updated reading list completes the edition.

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Twelfth Night or What You Will

Updated edition

Edited by

Elizabeth Story Donno and Penny Gay

University of Sydney

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© Cambridge University Press 1985, 2003

This publication is in copyright. Subject to statutory exception and to the provisions of relevant collective licensing agreements, no reproduction of any part may take place without the written permission of Cambridge University Press.

First published 1985
Reprinted 1998 (with revisions)
Eleventh printing 2003
Updated edition 2004
10th printing 2012
Printed in the United Kingdom at the University Press, Cambridge

Library of Congress catalogue card number: 84–28482

British Library cataloguing in publication data

Shakespeare, William
[Twelfth night]. Twelfth night or What you
will. — (The New Cambridge Shakespeare)
Ⅰ. Title Ⅱ. Donno, Elizabeth Story
Ⅲ. Twelfth night or What you will
822.3′3 PR2837

ISBN 9780521827928 Hardback
ISBN 9780521535144 Paperback

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The New Cambridge Shakespeare

The New Cambridge Shakespeare succeeds The New Shakespeare which began publication in 1921 under the general editorship of Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch and John Dover Wilson, and was completed in the 1960s, with the assistance of G. I. Duthie, Alice Walker, Peter Ure and J. C. Maxwell. The New Shakespeare itself followed upon The Cambridge Shakespeare, 1863–6, edited by W. G. Clark, J. Glover and W. A. Wright.

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The New Cambridge Shakespeare aims to be of value to a new generation of playgoers and readers who wish to enjoy fuller access to Shakespeare’s poetic and dramatic art. While offering ample academic guidance, it reflects current critical interests and is more attentive than some earlier editions have been to the realisation of the plays on the stage, and to their social and cultural settings. The text of each play has been freshly edited, with textual data made available to those users who wish to know why and how one published text differs from another. Although modernised, the edition conserves forms that appear to be expressive and characteristically Shakespearean, and it does not attempt to disguise the fact that the plays were written in a language other than that of our own time.

Illustrations are usually integrated into the critical and historical discussion of the play and include some reconstructions of early performances by C. Walter Hodges. Some editors have also made use of the advice and experience of Maurice Daniels, for many years a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Each volume is addressed to the needs and problems of a particular text, and each therefore differs in style and emphasis from others in the series.

Philip Brockbank

General Editor


List of illustrations
Preface to first edition
Abbreviations and conventions
Date and early performances
The play’s sources
Imaginary geography and stage space
Puritans and clowns
Time, chance and the poetry of romance
Myths and metamorphosis
Gender, sexuality and the stage
Critical fashions
Stage history
Note on the text
List of characters
The Play
Textual analysis
Reading list


1       Twelfth Night as presented in Middle Temple Hall, London, on 2 February 1602, by C. Walter Hodges
2       Antony Sher as Malvolio, Jim Hooper as Fabian, Roger Allam as Sir Toby, Pippa Guard as Maria, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1987. Act 3, Scene 4: ‘Which way is he, in the name of sanctity?’ Joe Cocks Studio Collection. © Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
3       Maerten van Cleve, Lent surprising revellers at a carnival meal. The Warburg Institute, London
4       Henry Irving as Malvolio, Ellen Terry as Viola, with supporting cast, London, 1884. Reproduced courtesy of the Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery
5       Cross-gartering in 1562. From John Heywood’s Workes. Reproduced courtesy of the Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery
6       Patience on a monument. The Warburg Institute, London
7       Narcissus. The Warburg Institute, London
8       Judi Dench as Viola, Charles Thomas as Orsino, Royal Shakespeare Company 1969, Act 2, Scene 4. Joe Cocks Studio Collection. © Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
9       Elizabeth Farren as Olivia, with guitar, late eighteenth century.
10      Lillah McCarthy as Viola, Granville-Barker’s production, London 1912, designed by Norman Wilkinson. From Play Pictorial (London 1912). Reproduced courtesy of the University of Pittsburgh
11      Geraldine McEwan as Olivia, Dorothy Tutin as Viola, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1958. Photo: Angus McBean. © Royal Shakespeare Company
12      Cherie Lunghi as Viola, Geoffrey Hutchings as a watchful Feste, Norman Tyrrell as Fabian, John McEnery as Sir Andrew, Willoughby Goddard as Sir Toby, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1979. Act 3, Scene 4: ‘He named Sebastian.’ Joe Cocks Studio Collection. © Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
13      ‘Autumnal’ set, designer Robin Don, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1983. Joe Cocks Studio Collection, Shakespeare Centre Library
14      Anthony O’Donnell as Feste, Simon Russell Beale as the ‘madly used’ Malvolio, Donmar Warehouse 2002. Act 5, Scene 1: ‘And thus the whirligig of time brings in his revenges.’ Photo: Manuel Harlan
15      John Bell as Malvolio, 1995. Photo: Branco Gaica. The Bell Shakespeare Company Collection, Performing Arts Museum of the Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne
16      Act 5, Scene 1. Shenandoah Shakespeare at the Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton, VA, 2003. Photo: Tommy Thompson
17      David Marks as Sir Toby, Sarah Marshall as Feste (replacing Fabian), James Sugg as Sir Andrew. Act 3, Scene 4. Folger Theatre, Washington DC, 2003. Folger Shakespeare Library
18      Act 3, Scene 4. Shenandoah Shakespeare at the Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton, VA, 2003. Photo: Tommy Thompson

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