The play Twelfth Night is set in a Elizabethan country household in a place called Illyria. Illyria is a fictional place. Although the setting felt familiar to the audience, the name Illyria gave it a feeling of escape from reality, something that was important because everyday life could be tough in those days. The people needed an escape from reality sometimes. In this play we meet the upper class, as well as the lower class. It is not certain whether it really is "twelfth night", but there are several things in this play that suggest that it might well be the twelfth night. The twelfth night is on the 6th of January, a night where the servants and other low class figures get to change place with their superiors. The hierarchy is…show more content… I think the audience liked it that way, very straight to the point. The audience of a typical Shakespeare play has a wide social range. All kinds of people, from ambassadors to apprentices came to watch them. The audience loved the special use of, and play with language, and the rapid pace on stage. The culture of an audience at that time was very oral, the spectators always had a witty comment up their sleeve and did not hesitate to shout a response to the actors on stage. This made the actors both actors and people, a certain duality was played at. All of the actors of the Elizabethan time were men. It was against the law to allow women on stage, at least in the big public plays. Women were by far the weaker sex, despite of having a queen running the country.
The props used in this play were few but adequate. Both the props and the costumes were well made and played an important role in making the play successful. Some critics have said that this play is an attack on Puritanism, where Malvolio represents the puritan who is quite disliked by everybody around him. The name malvolio bears a strong resemblance to the Latin words "mal voglio", which means ill will. Maybe it is because the character Malvolio is so self absorbed and gullible, that Shakespeare gave him this particular name? Maybe the critics were partly right? Another important