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Stephen Fry in Twelfth Night at Shakespeare’s Globe

Friday, 17th Feb 2012

The Television Personality Swaps the Studios of QI for the stage of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Alongside Mark Rylance, Samuel Barnett and Johnny Flynn

It had already been revealed that a season of shows entitled “The Play’s the Thing” would be heading to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre soon. Among the shows set to appear are “The Taming of the Shrew” with Samantha Spiro, “Twelfth Night” with Mark Rylance, Jamie Parker, Samuel Barnett and Johnny Flynn, “Richard III” and “Henry V”.

Now a new casting announcement has been revealed for the season, specifically in relation to “Twelfth Night”, with national treasure Stephen Fry cast in the role of Malvolio.

Fry has mixed comedy, acting, presenting and even sporting a large Twitter following during his career and as a result he is known to audiences around the country. But it will be London theatre audiences that get the chance to see his work in September as he follows up recent acting roles like “Sherlock Holmes II” and the recent television version of “The Borrowers”. His other credits include “Jeeves and Wooster”, “A Bit of Fry & Laurie”, both alongside Hugh Laurie, “Blackadder” and “Gosford Park”. He is also known for presenting the long-running panel show “QI”, which continues to have a strong following.

But he has also made his way to the stage on occasion, including “Cell Mates” in the mid-1990s and has penned numerous productions that have appeared at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (“Latin! Or Tobacco and Boys”) and in London (a recent pantomime version of “Cinderella” at the Old Vic Theatre).

“Twelfth Night; or, What You Will” is a well known Shakespearean play that was penned at the beginning of the 17th century and focuses on the much-explored theme of mistaken identity. In this case it involves Viola as she is shipwrecked o the shores of Illyria, with her twin brother Sebastian feared dead. To get by in this new location she goes by the name Cesario, a boy, and finds work for the Duke of Orsino, who uses her to help woo his love Lady Olivia, who promptly falls for Viola under her guise as Cesario.

Those wishing to pick up theatre tickets and witness “Tweflth Night” will be able to witness it at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre from Saturday 22nd September 2012 to Sunday 14th October 2012.

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