The Society of British Theatre Designers

Staging Places: We Are The Storytellers Now - open until March 13, 2020 at V&A London

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night
  • Production: Twelfth Night
  • Company: National Theatre of Norway
  • Year: 2001
  • Author: Shakespeare
  • Directed by: Ragnar Lyth
  • Lighting Design by: Linus Felbom
  • Costume Design by: Claire Lyth
  • Set designed by: Claire Lyth
  • Photography by: Claire Lyth
  • Design © Claire Lyth
  • Image © Claire Lyth
In this modern adaptation Viola becomes a Morrocan refugee fleeing war instead of shipwreck. The captain is a corrupt customs official selling her a passport - only male ones available. The safety curtain becomes the Frontier, the auditorium Illyria. Orsino and Olivia inhabit parallel worlds of glass and mirror emphasizing their narcissism. Cesario goes between them through a carousel of mirrored revolving doors while sand falls from an invisible hourglass. Orsino hammers out his melancholy on his jazz drums. Two black veils descend slowly at the back as Olivia sheds her mourning. In Act II the mirrored elements are rearranged onto a double asymmetrical revolve, in turn revolving as the story's confusion grows. Finally a white veil rises for a wedding dance, clear confetti falls and turns to rain (real) as the stage is left empty for Feste's song.