Twelfth Night is one of William Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies – a rambunctious story of hidden identities and misplaced love. Bruce Coville has been widely praised for his dynamic adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays. Here he again weaves his own graceful prose together with pivotal lines from the masterpiece.
Shipwrecked in an unknown land, Viola must disguise herself as a young man named Cesario in order to serve at Duke Orsino’s court. Soon she finds herself falling in love with Orsino, but alas, he loves the Lady Olivia. Little does he know that Olivia despises him and has in fact fallen for the gentle Cesario! “Disguise, thou art a wickedness” poor Viola can’t help but exclaim. Will she ever be able to revealher true identity?
Viola, Olivia, Orsino, and their company of buffoonish sidekicks are expressively, hilariously illustrated by Tim Raglin, who has taken full delight in Bruce Coville’s faithful, buoyant adaptation. Together they have created a joyous treasure to be relished by Shakespeare enthusiasts and newcomers alike.