The gentle melancholy and lyrical atmosphere of Twelfth Night have
long made the play a favourite with Shakespearian audiences. The
plot revolves around mistaken identities and unrequited love, but
is further enlivened by a comic sub-plot of considerable
accomplishment. In it, Sir Toby Belch and his companion outwit the
pretentious Malvolio, who despite suffering their most outrageous
and insulting practical jokes, emerges as an almost noble figure.