Viola and Sebastian are lookalike twins, separated by a shipwreck. Viola lands in Illyria, where she disguises herself like her brother and goes into the service of the Duke Orsino. Orsino sends her to help him woo the Lady Olivia, who doesn't want the Duke, but finds that she likes the new messenger the Duke's sending. Then, of course, Viola's brother shows up, and merry hell breaks loose. Meanwhile, Olivia's uncle and his cohorts are trying to find some way to get back at Olivia's officious majordomo, Malvolio.
Did You Know?
The ring Olivia gives Viola actually has the name Viola engraved inside it. This happened by chance when director Catherine Taormina was looking for a prop ring and found one that was left in her apartment many years prior to production by her husband's nephew's ex-girlfriend whose name was not Viola. See more
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