Twelfth Night (2013)
April 1, 2024 4:14 PM - Subscribe

'Better a witty fool, than a foolish wit.' Filled with a cast of unforgettable characters, Twelfth Night combines cruelty with high comedy and the pangs of unrequited love with some of the subtlest poetry and most exquisite songs Shakespeare ever wrote. The Globe revisits its award-winning Twelfth Night of 2002 with an all-male Original Practices production, exploring clothing, music, dance and settings possible in the Globe of around 1601. Mark Rylance reprises his performance of Olivia in Twelfth Night, 10 years after its original premiere at Middle Temple Hall and The Globe. This production was also on Broadway where Rylance won a Tony for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play in 2014. Shakespeare Movie Club pick for April.

In the household of Olivia, two campaigns are being quietly waged - one by the lovesick lord Orsino against the heart of the indifferent Olivia; the other by an alliance of servants and hangers-on against the high-handedness of her steward, the pompous Malvolio. When Orsino engages the cross-dressed Viola to plead with Olivia on his behalf, a bittersweet chain of events follows.

Information about the play from the Globe
NYTimes Review
Daily Telegraph Review featured on the DVD box.

I wasn't able to find where this was streaming for free, but there's a few ways to watch.
Worldcat record for ILL
Buy from Amazon
Watch it streaming from via the Globe Player, available worldwide for a fee.

It's an interesting staging of the play as it may have been done originally, when all the actors were men. I read an interesting article when I was researching the movie for this month that posited that Shakespeare created plays like this when he had an actor that was very strong in female roles. It's made me consider the comedies in a new light, maybe it will for you as well.

Starring Mark Rylance as Olivia and Stephen Fry as Malvolio plus other sundry Shakespearean actors.
posted by fiercekitten (1 comment total)
I forgot the Letterboxd link

I'm still awaiting my Interlibrary Loan request to be filled.
posted by fiercekitten at 7:24 PM on April 4

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