Twelfth Night (Twelfth Night or What You Will)


(out of 5)

Energetic and enjoyable adaptation of William Shakespeare’s timeless comedy, about a shipwrecked maiden (, director Trevor Nunn’s real-life wife) who disguises herself as a boy to better survive the new world she has found herself in. Now in the employ of a nobleman () and finding herself in love with him, she woos a moody heiress () on his behalf, who in turn falls in love with our heroine (now hero) instead. Meanwhile, Stubbs’ twin brother () also survived the shipwreck, but like her thinks the other dead until the chance comes for them to be reunited. Marvelously cast and beautifully designed, this is one of the high-ranking Shakespeare adaptations, the most enjoyable of his filmed comedies after Kenneth Branagh’s Much Ado About Nothing.

Renaissance Films, BBC Films, Circus Films, Fine Line Features, Summit Entertainment

United Kingdom/Ireland/USA, 1996

Directed by

Screenplay by Trevor Nunn, based on the play by

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  TIFF 1996




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