'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.
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.
Running time: 176 mins
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Claire van Kampen
Directed for the Screen:
John Paul Connolly
Peter Hamilton Dyer
Sir Toby Belch:
What you have to say
BJ Fleshman, Maine BJ Fleshman,Maine
I was most fortunate to attend Twelfth Night at the Belasko theatre on Broadway in January 2014, but alas was not able to see Richard III. While the DVD for Twelfth Night has brought back the most exceptional performances I have had the pleasure to experience on Broadway, I am hoping that a DVD of Rylance's Richard III will also be made available. This DVD has captured the performances perfectly and is a must even for those who have seen the play live.
Hiltrud Mueller, Berlin Hiltrud Mueller, Berlin
Thanks a lot for revival of most enjoyable memories to Globe productions in the cosy wooden O theatre - Twelfth Night here is so lively as if I had been there wondering and laughing again, and I can share here with those who were not able to visit - thanks so much
Diana Lee, Seoul Diana Lee, Seoul
Two words: Mark Rylance. As a resident in Seoul far away from London, I was both excited and a bit dejected that the Twelfth Night was to be performed at the Globe. I couldn't afford to hop on a plane to see the performance. I ravenously read all the reviews but they were simply not enough! I needed to see the performance with my own eyes. Though vicarious it was, this DVD has quenched my thirst. I've never seen Mr. Rylance's performance before, but he made me enchanted by Olivia which was one of the least attractive character for my taste. All the other casts are superb too. The best purchase, ever.
Paul Bowden, Hertfordshire Paul Bowden, Hertfordshire
I was one of the lucky few to catch this production at The Globe, spellbinding performances throughout. Fifth time I have seen the play live and the best by far. Can't wait to relive it again with the DVD release and to send to my friends overseas.
Barry Martin, Southend Barry Martin, Southend
Mark Rylance acts everybody off the stage (as usual) in this very enjoyable production. His Olivia's entrance - somewhat akin to an Elizabethan Dalek - is worth the price of admission alone. I personally found Stephen Fry's Malvolio rather colourless, and not as pompous and dislikeable as the character demands. Overall though, the cast is fine, and it's well worth seeing regardless of any reservations.
Larry R., New York City .
This must be the same production that is currently (December 2013) playing on Broadway with Mark Rylance as Olivia but with Sam Barnett as Viola. It is certainly the best Twelfth Night I've experienced, and even if I don't get to see it live once again, I can buy the DVD.
Christian Hodell @christianhodell
Edward Borlase @MrEddieB
It's brilliant! the cinema is really quiet, but mum said everyone laughed a lot. She keeps looking for herself.
Ulrike Boehm Ulrike Boehm
I'm so glad I caught this, on its very last night. WHAT a superb production! Outstanding performances by all ... and I surely won't ever think of Olivia as one of the play's less interesting characters again ... Congratulations!!