(Lyn Gardner’s article ran in the Guardian, 8/24.)

Ostensibly, this show is part of a long theatrical tradition that allows the minor characters in classic plays to take centre stage and have their say. None, perhaps, deserve it more than the pompous but decent Malvolio in Twelfth Night, who is tricked into believing his employer, the noblewoman Olivia, is in love with him, and ultimately ends up in the mad house. His line "I'll be revenged on the whole pack of you" spreads a chill over the happy-ever-afters.


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