Television adaptation of Twelfth Night.
Originally shown as part of the ITV Sunday Night Theatre series.

Twelfth Night skilfully weaves a story of deception, disguise and frustrated love amid the festivities of an ancient tradition, Christmas, when, for one night life is turned upside down and mischief reigns, men dress as women, servants dress as their masters, and authority is usurped. Heading an illustrious cast are two giants of the stage and screen: Alec Guinness is the pompous and puritanical steward, Malvolio and Ralph Richardson plays Sir Toby Belch, whose drunken prank deftly exposes Malvolio`s vanity and hypocrisy and lies at the heart of the play`s subplot. Tommy Steele is the wise fool, Feste. Renowned Shakespearean actress Joan Plowright plays Viola, the shipwrecked young noblewoman posing as a page in the service of Duke Orsino. This acclaimed production is directed by the award-winning John Sichel, who worked with some of the world’s greatest actors and most prestigious theatre institutions, and was originally screened in 1970 as part of the celebrated ITV Sunday Night Theatre series.

Adrienne Corri as Countess Olivia
Alec Guinness as Malvolio
Christopher Timothy as Valentine
Gary Raymond as Orsino
Gerald Moon as Gardener's boy
Joan Plowright as Viola
John Byron as Priest
John Moffatt as Sir Andrew Aguecheek
Kurt Christian as Curio
Paul Curran as Sea Captain
Ralph Richardson as Sir Toby Belch
Richard Leech as Antonio
Riggs O'Hara as Fabian
Sheila Reid as Maria
Tommy Steele as Feste

Certificate U
Running Time 103 mins
Region 2
Main Language English
Release Date 04/05/2009

Number of Discs 1
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