Twelfth Night 2003 - 2013


Shakespeare is obsessed with human love. “Twelfth Night” is a play about love and identity, about difficulties of love, about how our identity dissolves in love, about love verging on madness and fear and spiritual revelations.  The love Shakespeare shares with us in the play is as cruel as hope itself. It makes us think of the delusions of passion, of the eternal “magical mirror” of appearances and reality. The striking detail is that Viola in Twelfth Night has a line identical to one of Iago’s – “I am not what I am”.

Very often Shakespeare writes about ordinary people in extraordinary situations. We come to the theatre to see Shakespeare’s characters fall in love, suffer from love, grant and reject love. We come to see the kind of love we fear, the love we all dream about, the love we need, the love we avoid, the love that is perhaps our only reality.

– Declan Donnellan, Cheek by Jowl Artistic Director on Twelfth Night


If this were played upon a stage now, I could condemn it as an improbable fiction.


Produced by Cheek by Jowl in cooperation with the Chekhov International Theatre Festival. The first performance of Twelfth Night was at the Chekhov International Theatre Festival on 18th May 2003.

Vladimir VdovichenkovOrsino, Duke of Ilyria
Evgeny TsyganovSebastian, brother to Viola
Mikhail ZhigalovAntonio, A sea-captain, friend to Sebastian
Vsevolod BoldinAnother sea-captain, friend to Viola
Sergey MuhkinValentine, A Gentleman
Mikhail DementievCurio, attending on the Duke
Alexander FeklistovSir Toby Belch
Dmitry DyuzhevSir Andrew Aguecheek
Dmitry ScherbinaMalvolio, Steward to Olivia
Igor YasulovichFeste, Fool to Olivia
Alexei DadanovOlivia, A rich Countess
Andrei KuzitchevViola
Ilia IlinMaria, Olivia's Gentlewoman

DirectorDeclan Donnellan
DesignerNick Ormerod
Lighting DesignerJudith Greenwood
Assistant DirectorEvgeny Pisarev
Choreographer, Movement ConsultantJane Gibson
Movement DirectorAlbert Albert
Movement CoachAlexandra Konnikova
MusicVladimir Pankov / Alexander Gusev
Interpreter / Literary ConsultantDina Dodina
Company ManagerOlga Sharapova
Costume Designer's AssistantNatalia Vedeneeva
Stage ManagerOlga Vasilevskaya
Guitar CoachSergey Rodukov
Trumpet CoachTaras Kutsenko
Technical DirectorVladimir Kizeev

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