VIOLA A lady, sir, though it was said she much resembled me, was yet of many accounted beautiful: but, though I could not with such estimable wonder overfar believe that, yet thus far I will boldly publish her; she bore a mind that envy could not but call fair. She is drowned already, sir, with… Continue reading Twelfth Night – Viola
Branagh (1988) (Thames Shakespeare Collection) Made for television? VIOLA: Frances Barber FESTE: Anton Lesser DUKE ORSINO: Christopher Ravenscroft MALVOLIO: Richard Briers SIR TOBY BELCH: James Saxon OLIVIA: Caroline Langrishe SIR ANDREW AGUECHEEK: James Simmons MARIA: Abigail McKern ANTONIO: Stuart McCreery SEBASTIAN: Sebastian/Curio: Christopher Hollis DIRECTOR: Paul Kafno; Producers: Paul Kafno, Ian Martin OTHER: Paul Williams… Continue reading Twelfth Night – Branagh/Thames Shakespeare
ATV British TV (1969) – Made for television VIOLA: Joan Plowright FESTE: Tommy Steele DUKE ORSINO: Gary Raymond MALVOLIO: Alec Guinness (not yet “Sir”) SIR TOBY BELCH: Sir Ralph Richardson OLIVIA: Adrienne Corri SIR ANDREW AGUECHEEK: John Moffatt MARIA: Sheila Reid ANTONIO: Kelsey Olson SEBASTIAN: Joan Plowright DIRECTOR: John Sichel (John Dexter’s production) OTHER: Christopher… Continue reading Twelfth Night – ATV, British TV
Good grief, tonight is Twelfth Night! I so intended to have all my posts done! (And my book finished! And … stuff. Woops.) However, in honor of the Lord of Misrule and all that, let’s see what I can accomplish. I’ve Netflixed the BBC 12th, which for some reason I bought in VHS (!), and also… Continue reading Twelfth Night – Live at Lincoln Center
Theatrical release VIOLA: Parminder Nagra FESTE: Zubin Varla DUKE ORSINO: Chiwetel Ejiofor MALVOLIO: Michael Maloney SIR TOBY BELCH: David Troughton OLIVIA: Claire Price SIR ANDREW AGUECHEEK: Richard Bremner MARIA: Maureen Beattie ANTONIO: Andrew Kazamia SEBASTIAN: Ronny Jhutti DIRECTOR: Tim Supple OK, it’s more than time I got back to Twelfth Night. In a couple of… Continue reading Twelfth Night – by Tim Supple
It struck me while watching the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival production again (yet again) that as the music used in the play goes, so goes the play. Not too groundbreaking an observation, as it has to be a goal of production to fit any music used in a play to the rest of the staging… Continue reading Twelfth Night: Give me some music!
It really does … Through the play money crops up over and over. It’s a factor in the plot, to a surprising – to me at least – extent. The Captain tells Viola he saw Sebastian riding the waves clinging to a mast, so maybe, just maybe he survived; and Viola’s response: “For saying so, there’s… Continue reading Twelfth Night: Money matters
ETA: I’ve been a little surprised to see the number of hits on this post, and maybe it’s made me a little paranoid. But paranoid or not, I need to say: I’m hereby placing a curse on any homework this might be illicitly recycled into. May your paper shrivel; may your ink fade; may your… Continue reading Twelfth Night: Come away, come away, death
FOOL The word in some form is used around eighty times in Twelfth Night. Almost every one of the main characters is at some point called a fool, an ass, or mad. There those who are born fools, those who achieve foolishness, and those who have foolishness thrust upon ‘em … Feste, of course, is… Continue reading Twelfth Night: put me into good fooling!
As I said in the last Shakespeare post, part of my geekiness is that I love, I crave as many versions of each play as possible. (I need to make nice with the library and start treating myself to massive doses of all of the plays so I don’t have to buy them all …… Continue reading Twelfth Night – bits and bobs