Year: 1978

Title of the play: Twelfth Night

Author: William Shakespeare

Director: John Amiel

Others in the Cast: Patrick Godfrey, Alec Wallis, Clyde Pollitt, Christopher Hancock, Bob Peck, Bridget Turner, Alec Wallis, Suzanne Bertish, Griffith Jones, Jeremy Blake, Roger Rees, Ian McKellen, Clyde Pollitt, Emily Richard

Company/Event: Royal Shakespeare Company, Small-Scale UK Tour

Theatre and location: The Arts Centre, Christ’s Hospital, Horsham; Merchant Taylors’ Hall, London; Victoria Hall, Tunbridge Wells; Towngate Theatre, Poole; Guildhall, Portsmouth; Gulbenkian Theatre, University of Kent; Key Theatre, Peterborough; St George’s Arts Centre, Great Yarmouth; Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds; Corn Exchange, Ipswich; Stewart’s Melville College, Edinburgh International Festival; MacRobert Centre, University of Stirling; Music Pavilion, Dunfermline; Johnston Community Centre, Paisley; Dewsbury Town Hall; Hurlfield Campus, Sheffield; Civic Theatre Rotherham; Grange Arts Centre, Oldham; Bletchley Leisure Centre, Milton Keynes; Pavilion Theatre, Exmouth; Carn Brea Leisure Centre, Redruth; College of Further Education, Plymouth; Plough Theatre, Torrington; Assembly Rooms, Glastonbury; Merlin Theatre, Frome; Bryanston School, Blandford

Other productions of the same play:  1982, tour of the Far East. 1996 - Dir Ian Judge, Royal Shakespeare Company at Barbican Theatre, London; Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon; Theatre Royal, Plymouth; Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Lothian; Theatre Royal, Norwich; Theatre Royal, Nottingham; Belfast Opera House; New Victoria Theatre, Woking; and Theater an der Wien, Vienna. This time EP played the role of Malvolio

Plot summary: Viola is separated from her near-identical twin Sebastian and shipwrecked on the coast of Illyria. There she dresses up as a boy and becomes the Duke’s favourite page. The Duke is in love with the beautiful Countess Olivia who rejects him because she is still in mourning for her brother. The Duke sends Viola to court the Countess on his behalf, but Olivia falls in love with the supposed page instead. Then things get complicated as Sebastian arrives in Illyria.

Peth’s role: Orsino; Feste in 1982; Malvolio in 1996


Production details: 1996 performance and 1978 performance 

Related links:
Edward Petherbridge sings 'When that I was and a little tiny boy' from Twelfth Night at the end of his one-man show Mister Dickens/Mr Shakespeare.  Watch - "And the rain it raineth every day" 

Pics from Peth's Chinese foray



Pics of the Far East tour:

Original pics here

The playbill

More pics

Peth and Emily Richard

Feste, Olivia and Malvolio


 Pic here from a production in which Peth played Orsino



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