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Stage Performances of The Royal Shakespeare Company

Screen Adaptations

 

Stage Performances of The Royal Shakespeare Company

 

RSC Production

Dir: Lindsay Posner

RSC Production

Dir: Bill Alexander

 

 

Lindsay Posner's 2001 production of Twelfth Night explored the sexual ambiguity of its characters in new and interesting ways.

 

 

First Performance: 13 April 2001


Theatre: Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon


Director: Lindsay Posner              


Designer: Ashley Martin-Davis

ZoŽ Waites as Viola, Jo Stone-Fewings as Orsino, Dir: Lindsay Posner, RST, 2001


 

 

 Twelfth Night, 2001: Orsino and Viola talk of love, Act 2 Scene 4.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guy Henry as Malvolio, Dir: Lindsay Posner, RST, 2001

    

 

 

 

 

Twelfth Night, 2001: Sir Toby, Sir Andrew and Fabian listen to Malvolio talking to himself in the garden, Act 2 Scene 5.

 

 

 

Barry Stanton as Sir Toby, Mark Hadfield as Feste, Christopher Good as Sir Andrew, Dir: Lindsay Posner, RST, 2001 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Twelfth Night, 2001: Sir Toby, Feste and Sir Andrew at Midnight revels, Act 2 Scene 3.

   

This production was a strikingly visual one. Bill Alexander, and his designer Kit Surrey, chose a Greek island setting for their Illyria. The costumes and set worked well together to help create the atmosphere of confusion, chaos and trickery.

Harriet Walter as Viola, Donald Sumpter as Orsino, Dir: Bill Alexander, RST, 1987

 

First Performance: 7 July 1987


Theatre: Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon


Director: Bill Alexander                  


Designer: Kit Surrey


Twelfth Night, 1987: Viola and Orsino talk of love, Act 2 Scene 4.

 

 

Antony Sher as Malvolio, Dir: Bill Alexander, RST, 1987

 

 

 

 

 

Sher's Malvolio was actually driven mad by Maria's plan to make him believe that his mistress Olivia loved him and this was seen by some commentators as a new, and controversial, interpretation.

 

 

 Twelfth Night, 1987: Malvolio in prison, Act 4 Scene 2.

 

 

 

 

Antony Sher as Malvolio, Deborah Findlay as Olivia, Pippa Guard as Maria, Dir: Bill Alexander, RST, 1987 

 

 

 

 

 

 Twelfth Night, 1987: Malvolio confronts Olivia wearing yellow stockings, Act 3 Scene 4.    

 

Screen Adaptations

 

Movie Poster Image for Twelfth Night 

 

Genre: Comedy, Drama and Romance
Duration: 2 hrs. 14 min.
Starring: Ben Kingsley, Helena Bonham Carter, Imelda Staunton, Nigel Hawthorne
, Richard E. Grant,
Director: Trevor Nunn
Release Date: October 25, 1996.

Nunn has chosen to set the film in a 19th-century Illyria (because it is a world where the gender gap is strongly seen both in the extreme contrast of clothing (Nunn calls it "the dress silhouettes") and in social attitudes. He doesnít ignore the darker themes that run through the play.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twelfth Night DVD: Standard Edition

 

 

Genre: Comedy, Drama and Romance
Duration: 2 hrs. 14 min.
Director: Paul Kafno
Release Date: October 25, 1996.

 

Meticulously straightforward, Paul Kafno's direction of Twelfth Night suits Kenneth Branagh's inconspicuous stage direction. The minimalist backdrop, which originally appeared in an acclaimed run under the banner of Branagh's Renaissance Theatre Company, invokes Victorian Christmas pageantry which lends well to the moments of holiday gaiety, but also helps draw out the comedy's omnipresent cruelty.

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