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Twelfth Night

Synopsis
Video recording, using a single, fixed camera, of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 1987 production of Twelfth Night. Directed by Bill Alexander with Harriet Walter as Viola and Antony Sher as Malvolio.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
14 Jul 1987
Duration
170 mins

Credits

Director
Bill Alexander
Writer
William Shakespeare
Production Design
Deirdre Clancy
Costume
Kit Surrey
Cast
Harriet WalterViola (later disguised as Cesario)
Deborah FindlayOlivia
Donald SumpterOrsino, Duke of Illyria
Antony SherMalvolio
Alexander BruceFeste
Arnold YarrowPriest
David BradleySir Andrew Aguecheek
David PullanValentine
Jane LeonardLady
Jane WhittenshawLady
Jeremy GilleyCurio
Jim HooperFabian
Kate LittlewoodLady
Paul SpenceSebastian
Paul WebsterAntonio
Pippa GuardMaria
Richard ConwayFirst Officer
Richard ConwayCaptain
Roger AllamSir Toby Belch

Additional Details

Theatre
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Theatre company
Royal Shakespeare Company
Production type
Stage Recordings
Historical period
17th Century
Plays
Twelfth Night
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
Another master was recorded 14 July 1987 (Understudy copy) and a recording made at the Barbican 24 May 1988.
History
Press night 7 July 1987
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
Alexander, Bill ‘Why shall we make him mad indeed’ - Directing the ‘Dark Room’ scene (Act IV, sc. 2)' in Cookson, Linda & Loughrey, Bryan Critical Essays on ‘Twelfth Night’ (Harlow, Essex: Longman, 1990), pp83-90. Bill Alexander talks about directing the scene in his 1987 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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