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Twelfth Night 

Viola and Sebastian are lookalike twins, separated by a shipwreck. Viola lands in Illyria, where she disguises herself like her brother and goes into the service of the Duke Orsino. Orsino ... See full summary »

Directors:

Mariya Muat (as Maria Muat), Dave Edwards

Writers:

William Shakespeare (play), Leon Garfield (screenplay)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Rosemary Leach ... Narrator (voice)
Fiona Shaw ... Viola (voice)
Roger Allam ... Duke Orsino (voice)
Suzanne Burden Suzanne Burden ... Olivia (voice)
Gerald James Gerald James ... Malvolio (voice)
William Rushton William Rushton ... Toby Belch (voice)
Stephen Tompkinson ... Sir Andrew (voice)
Alice Arnold Alice Arnold ... Maria (voice)
Stefan Bednarczyk Stefan Bednarczyk ... Feste (voice)
Hugh Grant ... Sebastian (voice)
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Viola and Sebastian are lookalike twins, separated by a shipwreck. Viola lands in Illyria, where she disguises herself like her brother and goes into the service of the Duke Orsino. Orsino sends her to help him woo the Lady Olivia, who doesn't want the Duke, but finds that she likes the new messenger the Duke's sending. Then, of course, Viola's brother shows up, and merry hell breaks loose. Meanwhile, Olivia's uncle and his cohorts are trying to find some way to get back at Olivia's officious majordomo, Malvolio.

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Country:

Russia | UK

Release Date:

14 December 1992 (UK) See more »

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(VHS)
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Version of Scenes from Twelfth Night and Macbeth (1948) See more »

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A perfect adaptation of Shakespeare's most perfect play.
25 July 2001 | by the red duchessSee all my reviews

Quite simply one of the best ever Shakespearean adaptations, because it achieves the near-impossible balance of comedy and melancholy that makes 'Twelfth Night' the favourite Shakespeare play of the discerning. More than either, 'Twelth night' makes tangible a feeling of longing, the exquisitely fine puppetry, the richly detailed mise-en-scene, the haunting Elizabethan pastiche score, all frame characters alone and desiring unrequited. this courtly anguish is satisfyingly countered by the cruel, physical humour of Toby and Aguecheeks' world, but even here, Malvolio's mirroring humiliation returns us to sadness.


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