The King and the Clown (Wang-ui namja)

Lee, Joon-ik 2005

The tragicomic film chronicles the life of a masculine and a trans-feminine vagabond performers in the fifteenth-century Joseon Dynasty. The traveling actors stage multiple plays-within-a-film using the conventions of the all-male vagabond theatre with masks, or namsadang nori (a UN Intangible Cultural Heritage). The feminine jester Gong-gil’s sexuality is deliberately kept ambiguous throughout the film. When the two “clowns” are recruited as the king’s jesters in court, the narrative evolves to echo several themes and characters of Shakespeare’s plays including the revenge plot in Hamlet, the device of a bawdy play-within-a-play in Taming of the Shrew, and the love triangle in the aforementioned Twelfth Night. Read More

Feste, Sir Toby, and Sir Andrew

Twelfth Night

Safonov, Pavel 2017

Twelfth Night in Russian, directed by Pavel Safonov at the Moscow Academic Theatre of Satire [Moskovskii Akademicheskii Teatr Satiry], March 12, 2017 Read More

The Speaker’s Progress (Twelfth Night)

Al-Bassam, Sulayman 2011

The Speaker’s Progress uses Twelfth Night as a starting point to explore events in the Middle East, transforming Shakespeare’s comedy into a satire on the decades of political inertia that have fed recent revolts across the Arab region and a daring theatrical metaphor for the mechanisms of dissent. Read More

Noche de Reyes (Twelfth Night)

Azurmendi, Jorge 2011

Courtesy of FUNDACIÓN SHAKESPEARE ARGENTINA

Rabieta Productions presents Noche de Reyes – Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

Adaptation and directed by Jorge Azurmendi

Cast (in order of appearance)

Mike Zubi (Singer)
Germán Tripel as Orsino
Leandro Bassano as Valentín
Santiago Almaraz as attendant
Nahuel Smith as attendant
Florencia Otero as Viola
Andrés Espinel as Sea Captain
Rita Terranova as Sir Toby
Ana María Castel as Maria
Rafael Aieta as Sir Andrew
Melania Lenoir as Feste, a Clown
Laura Azcurra as Olivia
Luz Kerz as Malvolio
Sebastián Suñe as Antonio
Felipe Colombo as Sebastian
Nicolás Larrain as Fabian

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Twelfth Night

Perng, Ching-hsi

Part of the Shashibiya Mingju Donghua (Animated Shakespeare) series.

36 Chowringhee Lane

Sen, Arpana 1981

In post-independence India an Anglo-Indian teacher, Violet Stoneham (Jennifer Kendal), lives a quiet and uneventful life at 36 Chowringhee Lane in Calcutta, now Kolkata. Her brother Eddie (Geoffrey Kendal, Jennifer’s father in real life) is senile and ailing in a nursing home. After the marriage of her niece Rosemary (Soni Razdan), she is alone except for her cat, Sir Toby. Her only joy in life is teaching Shakespeare, despite the lack of interest from her students. Read More