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Shakespeare: Twelfth Night (Globe on Screen) [DVD] [2013] [NTSC]

4.9 out of 5 stars 171 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Mark Rylance, Liam Brennan, Paul Chahidi, John Paul Connolly, Ian Drysdale
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, German
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: 29 July 2013
  • Run Time: 176 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DEROM3M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,303 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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One of Shakespeare's best-loved comedies, Twelfth Night was ‘blissfully reborn’ (The Daily Telegraph) for the 2012/13 season at London's Globe Theatre, under the direction of Tim Carroll. The hilarious tale of misdirection and deception is performed here by an all-male cast, as it would have been in Shakespeare's day, with Mark Rylance playing Olivia and Roger Lloyd Pack as the hapless Sir Andrew Aguecheek. The production also marks Stephen Fry's triumphant return to the stage as the pompous Malvolio, ridiculous in his yellow stockings. Filmed in High Definition and true surround sound. Spoken in Shakespeare's English with English and German subtitles. An all-male Original Practices production

Press Reviews

"Although this is ensemble theatre at its finest, it's Rylance's contribution that puts the production among all-time Shakespeare greats. Frankly unmissable." (The Daily Telegraph)
"... it is difficult to imagine that Twelfth Night could be performed more effectively than it currently is at the Globe theatre ...
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(The Guardian)
Cast
SAMUEL BARNETT (SEBASTIAN )
LIAM BRENNAN (ORSINO )
PAUL CHAHIDI (MARIA )
JOHN PAUL CONNOLLY (ANTONIO )
STEPHEN FRY (MALVOLIO )
MARK RYLANCE (OLIVIA )
ROGER LLOYD PACK (SIR ANDREW AGUECHEEK )
JOHNNY FLYNN (Viola)


Stage Director: Tim Carroll
Television Director: Ian Russell
Catalogue Number: OA1111D
Running Time: 175 min minutes
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic
Subtitles: EN, DE
Label: Opus Arte

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And the too soon departed Roger Lloyd-Pack.

Thank God and the Globe that someone had the foresight to film this performance. This is sheer, blissful, give-yourself-over-to-it fun. The laughs started with the opening scene, and the first scream laughs started with Mark Rylance' first footfall on the stage, if you could call it that. He certainly looked like he had on skates under that beautiful dress.

I had the great good fortune to see this leaning on the front of the stage at the new Globe in London, then eight months later from a seat on the stage in New York. I was able to secure the entire second row of the center orchestra and filled it with friends. One of the greatest joys of my life, at least thus far, was being able to look past the footlights and see the faces of my closest friends, second row center, convulsed with laughter. Three of the men kept handkerchiefs in hand, wiping away tears of laughter.

I have seen hundreds of productions of Shakespeare's plays. I can confidently state I will never see a better production. Rylance is never less than perfection, Fry's Malvolio's preening courtship of Rylance' Olivia, spurred by Chahidi's Maria was supremely funny, but I don't think you could expect less from that trio.

Unfortunately, Roger Lloyd-Pack was too ill to make the trip to New York, but thank goodness, his performance as Sir Andrew Aguecheek is preserved here during the London run.

Well, here's that word that any of us hate to use when reviewing any Shakespeare performance, this play is ridiculously accessible. Anybody, from scholars to music hall holdouts, will enjoy this play. It is impossible not to.

I've just ordered seven more dvd's of this.
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I've seen this production twice, now: once live on stage, and once at my local cinema. Now I'm waiting for the DVD so I can see it again. It's that good.

This is an all-male production, which harks back to the original Tudor theatre; which goes some way to explain why Shakespeare was so fond of cross-dressing as a plot device - a boy disguised as a girl, disguised as a boy. It also heightens the comedy; both Mark Rylance (Olivia) and Paul Chahidi (Maria) would make wonderful Pantomime Dames if they so chose.

The big name in this production is Stephen Fry as Malvolio. He is, by turns, side-splittingly funny and heart-rendingly vulnerable. There's a touch of Lord Melchett in his performance, but this works splendidly. Fry is a much better actor than many people (including himself?) give him credit for.

The twins are convincingly interchangeable (not least due to the preposterous wigs they each sport); and though it seemed to me that Viola took a couple of scenes to get into his stride, he was great thereafter. Mark Rylance plays Olivia as a semi-hysterical spinster unable to contain her lust for the handsome young "Cesario." When Sebastian (who Olivia thinks is "Cesario") responds positively to her advances, Rylance's reaction is a hoot.

The comedy double-act of Toby Belch (Colin Hurley) and Andrew Aguecheek (Roger Lloyd "Trigger" Pack) is wonderful. The duel between Aguecheek and Viola/Cesario is hilarious; but for pure comedy it is topped by the Box Tree scene, where Belch, Aguecheek and Fabian eavesdrop on Malvolio as he struggles with the planted letter. I have never known this scene to be done better, or to have got more laughs.

All in all, this production treats Twelfth Night as the comedy it is - but not JUST as a comedy.
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By Rhoswen TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 April 2015
Fantastically funny, sharp, brilliant all male performance of Twelfth Night filmed at the Globe Theatre, London, during June 2012. A star studded cast with a mass of acting experience and each one giving a lesson in how to own the stage. They act, they dance and sing while a small orchestra entertain throughout playing only traditional instruments. Musical credits go to Claire Van Kampen; wife of Mark Rylance. This is a real troupe and they bring the play to life. Performed on a small stage, surrounded by a live audience and with the bare minimum of props they are mesmerizing and I had no problem melting into the drama and laughing along with this amazing Shakespearean comedy.

Mark Rylance and Liam Brennan are listed as 'primary contributors' but watch out for magical performances from the late Roger Lloyd-Pack (Trigger from 'Only Fools and Horses) as the hapless Anthony Aguecheek and Stephen Fry as an eye catching Malvolio complete with bright yellow stockings!. I'd also have to give praise to Peter Hamilton Dyer who made an amazing 'Fool'.

Full cast listing;
Samuel Barnett, Liam Brennan, Paul Chahidi, John Paul Connolly, Ian Drysdale, Johnny Flynn, Stephen Fry, James Garnon, Peter Hamilton Dyer, Colin Hurley, Roger Lloyd Pack, Mark Rylance, Jethro Skinner and Ben Thompson.

Director: Tim Carroll

The DVD has a running time of approx. 164 minutes.
Subtitles: EN/DE
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I was lucky enough to see this production on Broadway. It was so good, I saw it twice. The second time, I took my teenage son. During the intermission I told him. "You may see more productions of Twelfth Night in your lifetime, and I hope you do, but you will NEVER see a production better than this one." It was the most wonderful theatre imaginable. In my opinion, perfect in every way. Down to a man, the acting was sublime. (No women here! My favorite performance? Samuel Barnett.) The best ensemble I've ever seen in anything. Totally enthralling and hilarious. Gorgeous costumes. My son, who is usually bored to death and confused by Shakespeare, hung on every word, as did the entire audience. I am so happy they have preserved this on a DVD. I intend to play it at least once a year until I die!
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