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Shakespeare on Film: Twelfth Night

Renaissance Theatre Company

Twelfth Night (1988)

Kenneth Branagh takes on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night with the Renaissance Theatre Company. The exemplary cast includes Richard Briers as Malvolio, Frances Barber as Viola, Caroline Langrishe as Olivia, Christopher Ravenscroft as Orsino, and James Saxon as Sir Toby Belch. The original music for this production is by Paul McCartney and Pat Doyle. Provided by Films on Demand.


Twelfth Night (2000-2001)

"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them." -Malvolio With practical jokes, poetry and haunting songs, this is the most subtle of Shakespeare's comedies. In an aristocratic country house, we see the infatuation of Orsino, the devoted loyalty of Viola, the selfless friendship of Antonio and the self love of the ambitious Malvolio. Starring Alec McCowen, Trevor Peacock and Felicity Kendall. Provided by OhioLINK's Digital Resource Commons.

Globe Theater

Twelfth Night (2012)

In the household of Olivia (Mark Rylance), two campaigns are being quietly waged—one by the lovesick Orsino (Liam Brennan) for the heart of the indifferent Olivia; the other by an alliance of servants and hangers-on against Olivia’s steward, the pompous Malvolio (Stephen Fry). When Orsino engages the cross-dressed Viola (Johnny Flynn) to plead with Olivia on his behalf, a bittersweet chain of events follows. This all-male production of Twelfth night, filmed at Shakespeare’s Globe using carefully recreated authentic clothing, music, and dance, was deemed “sensational” by the London Telegraph and “a knock out audience success” by the Observer. Provided by Films on Demand.

Stratford Festival Classics

Twelfth Night (1985)

Shipwrecked off the coast of the mythical land of Illyria, a young woman named Viola (Seana McKenna) and her twin brother, Sebastian (Ernest Harrop), each believe the other has drowned. Disguising herself as a boy, Viola takes the name Cesario and enters the service of Illyria’s Duke Orsino (Colm Feore). She is sent to woo the Countess Olivia (Maria Ricossa) on Orsino’s behalf, but Olivia instead falls in love with Cesario, now love’s unwilling messenger. From here the network of misguided confusions soon overtakes virtually every one of the play’s characters. Viewers will find this Stratford Shakespeare Festival production not only entertaining but also ideal for studies in Shakespeare and dramatic art. Provided by Films on Demand.