Comparing Different Versions Of Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

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Comparing Different Versions Of Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

I am going to compare different versions of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. There have been many cinematic and theatre adaptations of Twelfth Night through out the years, but I am going to just compare two. A performance of it I went to see at the Globe theatre in London, and the 1999 film version starring Helena Bonham Carter.

The theatre version was far more authentic in its dramatisation. They performed it exactly how it might have been performed in Shakespeare's time, even performing it in a reproduction of the theatre Shakespeare used for some of his performances. The fact that they only use men gives it a less realistic
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A far more comic character, not only because it's a man walking about in a dress. Her comedy is less subtle, and she portrays the character Olivia as an almost foolish like character, even when she's acting serious parts. In fact the stage version is much less serious, and far more obviously comic. Nearly all of the characters are funny in some way, unlike the film version where the characters seem to be acting more of a drama with some comedy in it, rather than a full blown comedy.

Another good example of a character portrayed differently, is Malvolio. In the film he is very serious, and although others make fun of him because of this, he is not a funny character in himself. He never does anything by himself to make us laugh, except when he comes prancing out with yellow stockings, cross-gartered. He even looks happy to be wearing these, because its what he thinks Olivia wants. In the stage version he is a little bit sillier, and sometimes his actions, and the way he does things make him funny on his own. For example, when he comes down to stop a little party Sir Toby Belch, Olivia's Uncle, Sir Andrew Aguecheek, a suitor to Olivia, and Maria, Olivia's gentlewomen are having, he comes down dressed in a night-gown with a sleeping cap on and looking rather foolish and fragile. But when he comes to stop the party in the

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