Drawing: Paul Chahidi as Maria in Twelfth Night


Twelfth Night is one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies. It was performed by an all-male cast in ‘original practice’, with the set, costumes, music and dances all inspired by the original staging of Shakespeare’s plays in the Elizabethan era at the Globe. In repertory with Richard III, both productions transferred to the Apollo Theatre in November 2012 in November 2012 until February the following year, and then transferred again to Broadway.

Paul Chahidi plays the scene stealing, witty, imperious maid Maria in Twlefth Night, in tandem with the brilliant Mark Rylance as his “mistress” Olivia.

He has to don six layers of women’s clothing, porcelain makeup and a ‘helmet’ hair piece, for the gender bending performance.

In his Broadway debut Paul secured his first Tony nomination this week for the role. He was also nominated for the Olivier in 2013.

He is currently in James Graham’s new play Privacy at the Donmar until the end of May 2014, where I met the charming actor after Thursday’s matinee and he loved the sketch. Which he happily signed. Good luck for the Tony’s!

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