Plot overview

Twelfth Night is a fast-paced romantic comedy with several interwoven plots of romance, mistaken identities and practical jokes. Separated from her twin brother Sebastian in a shipwreck, Viola disguises herself as a boy, calls herself Cesario, and becomes a servant to the Duke Orsino. He sends her to woo the Countess Olivia on his behalf, but the Countess falls in love with Cesario. Meanwhile Olivia’s uncle, Sir Toby Belch, gets drunk with his friend Sir Andrew Aguecheek and they play a trick on Malvolio, Olivia’s steward. Eventually Sebastian turns up and causes even more confusion, chaos and comedy.

Contents

  • Viola disguises herself as a boy to become Orsino's servant.
  • Olivia falls in love with Cesario and she in turn falls for Orsino.
  • Maria plays a trick on Malvolio, Olivia’s strict steward.
  • Sir Andrew is jealous of Cesario and challenges him to a duel.
  • Olivia and Sebastian get married and Orsino is jealous.
  • Sebastian appears and all becomes clear at last.