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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre: Twelfth Night (2013)

Twelfth Night (original title)
Shipwrecked twins are lost among love-sick aristocrats, unruly servants, mischievous pleasure seekers, clowns, and a puritan. With music as the bittersweet "food of love," all converge and conspire in this comic journey.

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Tim Carroll
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Credited cast:
Samuel Barnett ... Sebastian
Liam Brennan ... Orsino
Paul Chahidi ... Maria
John Paul Connolly John Paul Connolly ... Antonio
Johnny Flynn ... Viola
Stephen Fry ... Malvolio
James Garnon James Garnon ... Fabian
Peter Hamilton Dyer Peter Hamilton Dyer ... Feste
Colin Hurley ... Sir Toby Belch
Roger Lloyd Pack ... Sir Andrew Aguecheek
Mark Rylance ... Olivia
Joseph Timms Joseph Timms ... Sebastian
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Shipwrecked twins are lost among love-sick aristocrats, unruly servants, mischievous pleasure seekers, clowns, and a puritan. With music as the bittersweet "food of love," all converge and conspire in this comic journey.

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Mark Rylance and Johnny Flynn both play female characters, Olivia and Viola - not only does such cross-dressing follow a historical tradition, it also reflects the play's theme of gender fluidity. Furthermore, eleven years before this film was released, Mark Rylance was Artistic Director of the Globe theatre for an acclaimed all-male performance of Twelfth Night, with him also playing the part of Olivia. See more »

Quotes

Malvolio: Were not- were not you even now with the Countess Olivia?
Viola: Even now, sir, on a moderate pace, I have since arrived but hither.
Malvolio: Oh, well, she returns this ring to you, sir. You might have saved me my pains to have taken it away yourself. She adds, moreover, that you are to put your lord into a desperate assurance she'll none of him. And one thing more, that you be never so hardy as to come again in his affairs, unless it be to report his taking of this. Receive it so.
Viola: She took the ring of me? I'll ...
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The best version I've seen
17 January 2018 | by bob998See all my reviews

I have seen the BBC production from 1980 with Felicity Kendal as Viola, which was cut in many places, and the Trevor Nunn film from 1996 which had fewer cuts, but a really off-putting Feste in Ben Kingsley. So I was ready for this Shakespeare's Globe performance from 2012 which seems so ideal in all its parts: acting, music, singing, dancing. Once more I felt as though I was back in London circa 1600.

Stephen Fry is splendid as Malvolio, the equal of Alec McCowan or Nigel Hawthorne; he's very dry and punctilious until the love-bug hits him. Mark Rylance makes a touching Olivia, and that dead white makeup is very striking. His timing and gestures are just about perfect. As Olivia's love interest, Johnny Flynn plays very well (I think there can't be anything harder than being a man playing a woman playing a man). Feste is so natural, so lacking in affectations that his performance is easily the best of all I've seen. If I had one reservation it would be the crowded stage in Act V; there's just too much going on to take it all in.


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Official Sites:

Official site | Opus Arte

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre: Twelfth Night See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Shakespeare's Globe See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original)

Sound Mix:

DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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