Once upon a time in Illyira there lived a Duke named Orsino. Duke Orsino was in love with the Lady Olivia, the daughter of a count, but to his great disappointment, Lady Olivia kept rejecting his advances. Staying with Olivia were her uncle, Sir Toby, and his drinking companion, Sir Andrew, who, encouraged by Sir Toby, was also trying to woo Olivia.
One stormy day, alas, a ship was wrecked close to Illyria’s coast and its passengers were washed up on the shore. Amongst the passengers of this ship were Viola and her twin brother
Sebastian who got separated during the sea storm. Upon their arrival in Illyria, both were in the belief that their sibling had not survived.
Viola, with the help of the ship’s Captain, soon decided to disguise herself as a boy and from then on called herself Cesario, so she could enter the Duke’s services. Upon meeting Cesario, Orsino decided he was the one who was best suited to woo Olivia for him.
Upon Cesario’s arrival at Lady Olivia’s court, Olivia – surprisingly – instantly fell in love with Cesario and as usual kept rejecting Orsino’s approaches. Instead she asked Cesario to return.
Meanwhile, Viola’s twin brother, Sebastian, finally also arrived in Illyria accompanied by Antonio, a sea-captain and former enemy of Orsino.
One night, during another drinking session at Olivia’s court, Sir Toby, Sir Andrew, Olivia’s maid Maria, and the Clown Feste started a quarrel with Olivia’s steward, the strict Malvolio, and, furious about him telling them off for making too much noise, decided to play a trick on him with a very special letter.
Having seen that Cesario was apparently more successful with Olivia, Sir Andrew prepared to leave the house, but Sir Toby persuaded him to stay and challenge Cesario to a duel. They were about to fight when Antonio arrived, intending to defend who he thought was Sebastian.
Not long after, Sir Andrew spotted Sebastian and started to fight him, thinking him to be Cesario. Sebastian however was not scared to fight back, when eventually Olivia arrived to stop the fight. Of course, she was delighted to see ‘Cesario’ again and soon decided to marry.
After many mix-ups and confusions, Lady Olivia and Duke Orsino finally met in person. What happened after that, well that remains to be seen, but ultimately, they all lived happily ever after.