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Twelfth Night

Synopsis
Video recording, using a single, fixed camera, of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 1983 production of Twelfth Night. Directed by John Caird with Zoe Wanamaker as Viola and John Thaw as Sir Toby Belch.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
5 Jan 1984
Duration
180 mins

Credits

Director
John Caird
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Ilona Sekacz
Production Design
Robin Don
Costume
Alix Stone
Cast
Zoë WanamakerViola (later disguised as Cesario)
Sarah BergerOlivia
Miles AndersonOrsino, Duke of Illyria
Emrys JamesMalvolio
Richard O’CallaghanFeste
Caroline HarrisLady in Waiting
Christopher NeameAntonio
Cyril NriCurio
Daniel MasseySir Andrew Aguecheek
Gemma JonesMaria
Griffith JonesValentine
Jeremy WilkinCaptain
Jeremy WilkinFirst Officer
John ThawSir Toby Belch
Nigel CookeSebastian
Paul Clayton (2)Second Officer
Paul SpenceLord
Peter LennonSailor
Peter LennonFourth Officer
Selena Carey-JonesLady in Waiting
Simon TrevesThird Officer/Sailor
Stanley DawsonSir Topas
Stanley PageFabian
Victoria WicksLady in Waiting
Victoria WicksServant

Additional Details

Theatre
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Theatre company
Royal Shakespeare Company
Production type
Stage Recordings
Historical period
Elizabethan
Plays
Twelfth Night
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

History
Press night 20 April 1983.
Stills
Stills from, and design notes on, the production are available on the Arts and Humanities Performing Arts Data Service (AHDS) at http://ahds.ac.uk/performingarts/collections/designing-shakespeare.htm
Reviews
James Fenton, The Sunday Times (3 April 1983). Roger Warren, Shakespeare Quarterly 34 (1983), pp451-60 (review article). Wanamaker, Zoe ‘Viola in Twelfth Night’ in In Players of Shakespeare 2, edited by Russell Jackson. Zoe Wanamaker talks about her conception of, and preparation for, the role of Viola in Caird’s production.

Production Company

Name

Royal Shakespeare Company

Web
https://www.rsc.org.uk External site opens in new window
Address
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Waterside
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
CV37 6BB

Archive

Name

Shakespeare Centre Library and Archive

Email
scla@shakespeare.org.uk
Web
https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01789 204016 (bookings)
Fax
01789 262073
Address
Henley Street
Stratford-upon-Avon
CV37 6QW

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