Education and Learning are very important to us. In order to encourage new and younger audiences, we will be releasing a series of viewtorials to support the main Twelfth Night film. These will feature the highest calibre Shakespeareans and will be available to viewers on our YouTube channel from April 2019.
The contemporary setting of Twelfth Night encourages us to view Shakespeare as having relevance to our own lived experience.
Act 2 Scene 1 between Antonio and Sebastian is a good example. Written almost entirely in prose, the scene feels very naturalistic. Placing the action inside a van helps emphasise the conversational nature of the language.
Twelfth Night was shot over a single month in West Sussex. Five full Acts of Shakespeare in four weeks represents something of a challenge. To achieve this whilst maintaining the integrity of the original text, it was critical not only to cast top quality actors who were comfortable with the language, but also to ensure they were properly prepared. Three weeks rehearsals were completed before a single shot was filmed. By doing so, this allowed the cast to gain confidence by developing their work naturally through the rehearsal process and arrive on set secure with both language and character.
Starring 2018 Olivier Award winner Sheila Atim as the shipwrecked twins Viola and Sebastian, with Zackary Momoh (Seven Seconds/Netflix) and Dominic Coleman (Upstart Crow/BBC1), Twelfth Night is a charming tale of love and ambition brought right up to date by Director Adam Smethurst.
Sheila Atim - Viola & Sebastian
Antony Bunsee - Malvolio
David Charles - 1st Officer
Dominic Coleman - Sir Andrew Aguecheek
Alexander Delamere - Priest
George Johnson - Valentine
Christopher Keegan - 2nd Officer
Jamie Kenna - Sea Captain
Steven Miller - Fabian
Zackary Momoh - Antonio
Luke Murphy - Curio
Simon Nagra - Sir Toby Belch
David Nellist - Feste
Shalini Peiris - Olivia
Nina Shenkman - Maid
Ben Whybrow - Orsino
Lisa Zahra - Maria