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Shakespeare in Performance: Film

Twelfth Night (1939)

TitleTwelfth Night
Release LocationsGB
Length2 hrs, 30 mins
Play ConnectionsTwelfth Night (recording)


The television program announced that this play was to be presented "direct from the Phoenix Theatre" in London's West End. One assumes therefore that it was actually recorded on the stage of the theatre rather than in the studio, which must have been quite a technical feat in those early days. Certainly the cast glitters with well-known names to include Peggy Aschcroft (Viola) and Michael Redgrave (Sir Andrew Aguecheek)

Description from Shakespeare on Screen : an International Filmography and Videography by Kenneth S. Rothwell and Annabelle Henkin Melzer. ©1990 Kenneth S. Rothwell. Cited by permission. — Added 2008-11-14

Cast Overview

ViolaPeggy Ashcroft
OrsinoEsmond Knight
OliviaVera Lindsay
FesteWarren Jenkins
Sir Andrew AguecheekMichael Redgrave
MalvolioGeorge Hayes
FabianThomas Heathcote
MariaLucille Lisle
SebastianBasil C. Langton
AntonioWilliam Devlin
Sea CaptainJohn Rae
ValentineJames Donald
CurioPeter Whitehead
PriestAlistair Bannerman
Sailors, Lords, Officers, Attendants, MusiciansNorman Spencer
Second OfficerJohn Earle
1st OfficerPierre Lefevre
CastMichael Acton-Bond
CastMary Alexander
CastJohn Blagden
CastJames Cairncross
CastStephen Dolman
CastMichael Goodwin
CastGenevieve Jessel
CastDavid MacMichael
CastDennis Madders
CastMerula Salaman

Production Team and Crew Overview

ProducerMichel St. Denis

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell