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Review of Twelfth Night starring Tamsin Greig

The headline news about the National's new production of Twelfth Night has, of course, been the re-gendered casting of Malvolio as Malvolia, with Tamsin Greig assuming the mantle of the romantically deluded servant infatuated by her mistress, so Malvolia turns out to be a lesbian.

Mark Shenton, London Theatre, 25th February 2017

Sarah Johnson: Reminisce

Sarah Johnson's sold-out Leicester Comedy Festival crowd are primed for a lively night out, buzzing with excitement at the show ahead. Though that's not entirely surprising, since almost every one of them seems to know this localish, newish act.

That fact notwithstanding, she's an energetic performer who works to amplify that enthusiasm. She's been a comedy character you can hire for corporate events, among a chequered career that also includes working front of house at Jongleurs, and audiences hold no fear for her.

Steve Bennett, Chortle, 25th February 2017

Glasgow Lives: Phil, 60, Pollokshields, comedian

In tonight's Glasgow Lives, we hear from Phil who is getting ready to perform at the Glasgow Live International Comedy Festival for an eighth time.

Phil Differ, Glasgow Live, 24th February 2017

Nathan Willcock: State Of The Nathan

Nathan Willcock is upfront about his shortcomings, joking from the start that as white, twentysomething left-leaning white male from London who hasn't yet figured out what he's doing with his life, he's hardly a comedian who is seeing the world through a fresh pair of eyes.

Steve Bennett, Chortle, 24th February 2017

Twelfth Night, Olivier, National Theatre, review

Tamsin Grieg plays Malvolia, a traditionally male role, in Simon Godwin's new modern-dress production of Shakespeare's classic comedy of mistaken identity, joining the ranks of great actresses, who are tackling meaty Shakespearean roles, including Glenda Jackson as Lear.

Paul Taylor, The Independent, 24th February 2017

Horrible Histories stage producer boycotts Leeds Grand

The producer of Horrible Histories and David Walliams' Gangsta Granny has pulled all future shows from Leeds Grand Theatre in protest at its "totally unjustifiable" booking fees.

Tim Bano, The Stage, 24th February 2017

Seann Walsh on things that make him laugh

The fun-loving stand-up and panel show regular on the things that make him laugh the most, from Partridge to sausage.

Rachel Aroesti, The Guardian, 24th February 2017

Stewart Lee review

Frequent fans will enjoy his argumentative, grumpy style, and will particularly enjoy how he ties it together in the end.

Cara Ghoshal, The Latest, 24th February 2017

Twelfth Night - a production for our times

Tamsin Greig is a master/mistress of her po-faced comedy in Godwin's revival.

Ian Shuttleworth, Financial Times, 24th February 2017

Review - Richard Herring: The Best

The Best is a wonderful collection of wry and irreverent takes on modern life. Rattling through the routines, with awkward gear changes aplenty, Herring still clearly possesses a deft skill for audience manipulation and a unique perspective on the stuff of life.

George Attwell Gerhards, The Reviews Hub, 24th February 2017

Ricky Gervais review - show is his best yet

Gervais's new set, Humanity, is pumped with scorn and provocation but the inclusion of more personal material gives a rare glimpse of a gentler man.

Brian Logan, The Guardian, 24th February 2017

Ricky Gervais: Humanity, review

Half stand-up show, half lecture on offence.

Alice Jones, i Newspaper, 24th February 2017

Theatre review: Twelfth Night, Olivier

Tamsin Greig's lovestruck spoilsport is a knockout.

Ann Treneman, The Times, 24th February 2017

Twelfth Night at the National Theatre review

The National Theatre certainly knows how to put a cast together. In its extravagant production of Twelfth Night almost every major British sitcom from the last two decades, including Green Wing, The Office, Peep Show, The Day Today and Black Books, is represented on stage. This is the theatre flying its comedic flag high, Shakespeare's play taking on a heightened, campy tone.

Connor Campbell, The Upcoming, 23rd February 2017

Review: Twelfth Night at the National Theatre

In all her scene-stealing cross-gartered glory: Rosemary Waugh writes a love letter to Tamsin Greig thinly veiled as a review.

Rosemary Waugh, Exeunt Magazine, 23rd February 2017

Twelfth Night review

Director Simon Godwin and his doughty cast do not put a foot wrong in what must be the National Theatre's best Shakespearean production since Sir Nicholas Hytner's glorious Much Ado About Nothing, 10 years ago.

Philip Fisher, British Theature Guide, 23rd February 2017

Twelfth Night at The National Theatre - review

At a running time of around three hours including interval, there is nothing left out of this version of Twelfth Night but it's surprising how the time flies. This is a fun production with the emphasis on the many comedic elements of the story rather than dwelling on the melodramatic side. Everyone plays their part to produce a really great evening's entertainment and present the Bard at his absolute best.

Terry Eastham, London Theatre 1, 23rd February 2017

Interview: Tamsin Grieg on starring in Twelfth Night

It's not about 'shoving a square peg into a round hole', Greig says, but testing the boundaries.

Robert Dex, The Evening Standard, 23rd February 2017

BWW review: Twelfth Night, National Theatre

Suffused with grief and unrequited love, Twelfth Night is often played as an anti-comedy - more melancholy than mirthful. Not so in Simon Godwin's brash, gender-bending, utterly joyful rendering, which takes loss as a cue to embrace life

Marianka Swain, Broadway World, 23rd February 2017

Twelfth Night, National Theatre, review

Tamsin Greig leads a superb cast in this giddy take on Shakespeare's classic comedy.

Alexandra Coghlan, The Arts Desk, 23rd February 2017

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