Originally published in 1986. Among the most frequently performed and high admired of Shakespeare’s plays, Twelfth Night is examined here in this collection of writings from well-known essayists and scholars. The chapters present to the modern reader discussions of the play to enhance understanding and study of both the text and performances. Opening essays address individual characters; then some accounts of its potential and theatrical reviews are included; finally followed by critical studies looking at various parts and themes. The editor’s introduction explains the usefulness of each chapter and gives an overview of the selection.

chapter 1|16 pages

The Illyrians

ByJ. B. Priestley

chapter 2|8 pages

Feste the Jester

ByA. C. Bradley

chapter 3|14 pages

Directions for Twelfth Night

ByJohn Russell Brown

chapter 4|10 pages

Twelfth Night

ByArthur Colby Sprague

chapter 5|12 pages

On Some of the Old Actors

ByCharles Lamb

chapter 6|3 pages

Samuel Phelps as Malvolio (1857)

ByHenry Morley

chapter 7|5 pages

Beerbohm Tree’s Twelfth Night

ByMax Beerbohm

chapter 8|8 pages

Twelfth Night at the Vieux Colombier (1921)

ByHarley Granville Barker

chapter 9|4 pages

Twelfth Night at the Old Vic (1933)

ByVirginia Woolf

chapter 10|5 pages

Peter Hall’s Production of Twelfth Night (1958)

ByRoy Walker

chapter 11|17 pages

Illyria for Whitehall

ByLeslie Hotson

chapter 12|23 pages

Testing Courtesy and Humanity in Twelfth Night

ByC. L. Barber

chapter 13|30 pages

The Fruits of the Sport

ByBertrand Evans

chapter 14|9 pages

The Underplot of Twelfth Night

ByHarry Levin

chapter 15|19 pages

Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

ByHarold Jenkins

chapter 16|35 pages

The Design of Twelfth Night

ByL. G. Salingar

chapter 17|33 pages

Twelfth Night

ByA.S. Leggatt

chapter 18|17 pages

Plays and Playing in “Twelfth Night”

ByKaren Greif

chapter 19|24 pages

The Dramaturgy of the Ending of Twelfth Night

ByJörg Hasler

chapter 20|8 pages

Shakespeare’s Sense of an Ending in Twelfth Night

ByAnne Barton