National Theatre productions are generally always a bit different and interesting. So a modern Twelfth Night was no great surprise. A female Malvolio (Malvolia), though, was an entirely different matter…
Tamsin Greig, always a favourite of mine, played the role, here modernised into a housekeeper rather than the usual manservant of Olivia. There were plenty of other quirky touches too, including fancy suits, sports cars and a set based around a gleaming white staircase.
I don’t always love modernised Shakespeare (I’m a bit of a traditionalist really) but this production did a really great job and Tamsin Greig made the part of Malvolia truly her own.
Overall: very good modern Shakespeare handled masterfully by a superb cast