Shakespeare’s First Acts: Twelfth Night

6th September 2012



Director Tim Carroll discusses the first act of the play, which he is currently directing for Shakespeare’s Globe with Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry, with Sophie Reynolds. This interview is part of theatreVOICE’s new series for Olympics year 2012, looking at the beginning of each of Shakespeare’s plays. Recorded at Shakespeare’s Globe, 4 September 2012.

I have an instinctive feeling that the audience shouldn’t laugh much in the first half hour. I don’t think there are really many laughs in the first four scenes at all, and I don’t mind if there are none… and then in Act Five they’re going to be laughing their heads off.