We watched Kenneth Brannagh’s Twelfth Night Saturday night (thanks to Mama Squirrel at http://deweystreehouse.blogspot.com for recommending it).
It was a slower in pace than the Trevor Nunn adaptation, and all the action takes place outside, which was odd. But there were some things we liked better. The slower pace made it easier for our young people to follow.
Here’s a line that is funnier when you know what it means:
Sir Toby asks Andrew Aguecheek:
“…why dost thou not go to church in a galliard, and come home in a coranto? My very walk should be a jig. What dost thou mean? is it a world to hide virtues in? I did think, by the excellent constitution of thy leg, it was form’d under the star of a galliard…”
Galliard and Coranto are both dances. Here’s a link for the galliard:
AFter you’re done thinking about walking to church doing the Charleston or some such thing, here’s a line that’s funnier because we don’t really know what it means:
Feste: I did impeticos thy gratillity; for Malvolio’s nose is no whipstock…
One of the funniest lines:
Fabian: If this were played upon a stage now, I could
condemn it as an improbable fiction.
Phrases I shall encourage the offspring to use in replace of some current popular terms:
Beshrew me! for ‘We’re rocking’
Misprision in the highest degree! for ‘I didn’t do it!’
Good swabber for ‘dude’
Most radiant, exquisite and unmatchable beauty- for ‘Muvver’ a title young Whats-it uses when he’s trying to wheedle
But that’s all one, our play is done,
And we’ll strive to please you every day.