John Lithgow put in a comic turn as Malvolio in Shakespeare Live! and viewers loved it

The stage of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon was awash with stars as hosts David Tennant and Catherine Tate introduced some of the brightest and best thespians to mark 400 years since the Bard's death.

And all in the presence of their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.

John Lithgow in Shakespeare Live!
John Lithgow in Shakespeare Live! (BBC)

We knew we'd be seeing Benedict Cumberbatch, Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellen and Dame Helen Mirren, to name a few.

But there was some excitement on social media when Hollywood actor John Lithgow appeared on stage as Malvolio in Twelfth Night.

To say he stole that segment of Twelfth Night is putting it mildly.

Lithgow, you legend!

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