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TWELFTH NIGHT's Mark Rylance Wins Tony for Best Featured Actor in a Play

TWELFTH NIGHT's Mark Rylance Wins Tony for Best Featured Actor in a Play

Mark Rylance has won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play for his role as 'Olivia' in Broadway's TWELFTH NIGHT.

Rylance last appeared on Broadway in his Tony Award®-winning performance as Johnny 'Rooster' Byron in the critically acclaimed production of Jerusalem, which he also played at the Royal Court and in the West End. Previously, he played Valere in La Bête (Broadway, West End), Hamm in Samuel Beckett's Endgame (West End) and Robert in Boeing-Boeing (Broadway and West End), for which he also received a Tony Award.

His other theatre work includes many productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and the Glasgow Citizens' Theatre. During his time as Artistic Director of Shakespeare's Globe, his work as an actor included the title roles in Henry V and Hamlet as well as Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra and Olivia in Twelfth Night.

His film and television work includes The Other Boleyn Girl, Prospero's Books, Angels and Insects, Leonardo and David Kelly in Channel 4's "The Government Inspector," for which he won the BAFTA Best Actor Award.


Outrageous high comedy ensues as the pangs of unrequited love affect the unforgettable characters of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. While the lovelorn Duke Orsino plots to win the heart of the mourning Olivia (Mark Rylance), an alliance of servants and hangers-on scheme against the high-handedness of Olivia's steward, the pompous Malvolio (Stephen Fry). When Orsino engages the cross-dressed Viola (Samuel Barnett), who has disguised herself as a young man under the name Cesario, to plead with Olivia on his behalf, a bittersweet and hilarious chain of events follows.

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