Shipwrecked twins are lost among love-sick aristocrats, unruly servants, mischievous pleasure seekers, clowns, and a puritan. With music as the bittersweet "food of love," all converge and conspire in this comic journey.
Mark Rylance and Johnny Flynn both play female characters, Olivia and Viola - not only does such cross-dressing follow a historical tradition, it also reflects the play's theme of gender fluidity. Furthermore, eleven years before this film was released, Mark Rylance was Artistic Director of the Globe theatre for an acclaimed all-male performance of Twelfth Night, with him also playing the part of Olivia.
Were not- were not you even now with the Countess Olivia?
Viola: Even now, sir, on a moderate pace, I have since arrived but hither.
Malvolio: Oh, well, she returns this ring to you, sir. You might have saved me my pains to have taken it away yourself. She adds, ...