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Twelfth Night, or What You Will (2003)

Multicultural version of the Shakespearean tale Twelth Night, Made in modern day society featuring Anglo-Indian cast.

Director:

Tim Supple

Writers:

William Shakespeare (play), Andrew Bannerman (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Parminder Nagra ... Viola
Ronny Jhutti ... Sebastian
Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Orsino
Burt Caesar Burt Caesar ... Valentine
Andrew Kazamia Andrew Kazamia ... Antonio
Claire Price Claire Price ... Olivia
Vic Tablian ... Captain
Maureen Beattie ... Maria
David Troughton ... Toby Belch
Richard Bremner Richard Bremner ... Andrew Aguecheek
Ewart James Walters Ewart James Walters ... Priest
Zubin Varla ... Feste
Vincenzo Nicoli ... Fabian
Michael Maloney ... Malvolio
Faz Singhateh Faz Singhateh ... Olivia's servant
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Multicultural version of the Shakespearean tale Twelth Night, Made in modern day society featuring Anglo-Indian cast.

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Genres:

Drama | Comedy | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 2003 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Wieczór Trzech Króli See more »

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Projector Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Connections

Version of Au théâtre ce soir: La nuit des rois (1973) See more »

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almost but not quite a good version
7 November 2003 | by didi-5See all my reviews

Let's get the good things out of the way first. I loved the performances of Parminder Nagra as Viola and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Orsino; I quite liked the idea of using the back story that of asylum seekers (and the ambiguous ending where maybe it wasn't Viola's ideal happy ending); I thought using CCTV to watch Malvolio (a decent performance from Michael Maloney) in the garden was a great touch; and I liked the drum n bass feel to the songs.

But - overall I felt the poetry of the play to be stifled in its new home, and some characters to either be too cardboard (Richard Bremner's Andrew) or too coarse to gain audience connection (David Troughton, a superb stage actor, possibly miscast in this version as Toby). Tim Supple has a reputation in theatre for his invention and his risk-taking. I think perhaps Twelfth Night stopped just short of what he could have done with it within the context of battles between nations and genders. It is the kind of play which thrives with different interpretations, but this one just leaves you a bit disappointed by the end.


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