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Twelfth Night, or, What You Will is a videotaped 1988 television adaptation of Kenneth Branagh's stage production for the Renaissance Theatre Company of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night first broadcast in the UK by ITV on 30 December 1988.[1] Made by Thames Television, in collaboration with Renaissance, it stars Frances Barber as Viola and Richard Briers as Malvolio. The recording was shot on a single set with the appearance of a wintry garden. The costumes are Victorian, and the time of year is Christmas.

Twelfth Night
Directed byPaul Kafno (television)
Kenneth Branagh (original stage production)
Produced byPaul Kafno
Written byWilliam Shakespeare (original play)
StarringFrances Barber
Richard Briers
Distributed byITV (original TV broadcast)
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Running time
165 mins.
CountryUnited Kingdom

Michael Brooke, in his piece for the BFI's screenonline website, particularly commends Briers performance. His "Malvolio is a delight, segueing seamlessly from self-righteous pomposity at inappropriate revelry to truly grotesque self-delusion as he proffers love to his mistress while clad in yellow stockings".[1]



  1. ^ a b Michael Brooke "Twelfth Night (1988)", BFI screenonline

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