There are just days to go until the Apollo Theatre welcomes back multi award-winning Mark Rylance (Jerusalem), in the critically acclaimed productions of Richard III and Twelfth Night for 14 weeks only, following a sell-out run at Shakespeare's Globe. Don't miss out – book now to avoid disappointment.
In the household of Olivia (Mark Rylance), two campaigns are being quietly waged - one by the lovesick Duke Orsino against the heart of the indifferent Olivia; the other by an alliance of servants and hangers-on against the high-handedness of her steward, the pompous Malvolio (Stephen Fry). When Orsino engages the cross-dressed Viola to plead with Olivia on his behalf, a bittersweet chain of events follows.
Filled with a cast of unforgettable characters, Twelfth Night combines cruelty with high comedy and the pangs of unrequited love with some of the subtlest poetry and most exquisite songs Shakespeare ever wrote.
A revival of the Globe's award-winning Twelfth Night of 2002 with an all-male Original Practices production, exploring clothing, music, dance and settings possible in around 1601.
Richard Duke of Gloucester (Mark Rylance) is determined that he should wear the crown of England. He has already despatched one king and that king's son; now all that stand in his way are two credulous brothers and two helpless nephews - the Princes in the Tower. And woe betide those - the women he wrongs, the henchmen he betrays - who dare to raise a voice against him.
Monstrous, but theatrically electric, Richard III is Shakespeare's most charismatic, self-delighting villain, revelling at every moment in his homicidal, hypocritical journey to absolute power. Transferring from Shakespeare's Globe, this is an all-male Original Practices production, exploring clothing, music, dance and settings possible in around 1593.
RICHARD III REVIEWS
'Rylance back doing what he does best. Refreshing, challenging. A crowning glory'
★★★★ Daily Telegraph
'Rylance delivers a superb, fascinating, deeply unconventional Richard' ★★★★ The Guardian
'Star's crooked King is a captivating crowd-pleaser' ★★★★ Evening Standard
'This Richard is a dazzlingly complicated, troublingly likeable creature. 'Rylance is as brilliant as you'd hope.' ★★★★ Time Out
'His genius is in its element. Fit for a king' ★★★★ The Independent
'Mark Rylance gives an extraordinary performance.' ★★★★ Daily Express
'Mesmerising to watch, Rylance creates a genuinely new and riveting interpretation of Shakespeare's Richard of Gloucester. Strong supporting cast.' ★★★★ The Times Critic's Choice
'It's an extraordinary performance. Rylance has the audience hungrily eating out of his hands' Metro
'A terrifically enjoyable production' Independent on Sunday