Twelfth Night opens with twin siblings, Viola (Imogen Stubbs) and Sebastian (Steven Mackintosh), aboard a ship that is wrecked off the coast of the imaginary country of Illyria. Although both characters escape the disaster, they are separated, and each believes the other to be dead. Viola cuts her hair, glues on a fake mustache, and dresses in men's clothing - apparently in an effort to get on in a male dominated world. She uses the name of Cesario to get a position with a local Duke, Orsino (Toby Stephens).
Orsino meanwhile is madly in love with a young countess, Olivia (Helena Bonham Carter), who somehow is just not interested in him. Orsino sends Viola to woo Olivia in his name. Olivia immediately falls for Viola/Cesario, while, at the same time, Viola realizes that she is in love with Orsino. And so the eternal triangle is established in a somewhat different form
The director is Trevor Nunn, who is known for his work with the Royal Shakespeare Company. The time of the plot has been shifted from the 1600s to the 1800s, and, uses Cornwall as a backdrop.
Lanhydrock, Cotehele, Mt Edgcumbe, Prideaux Place, St Michael's Mount, Trebarwith Strand all in Cornwall
'Twelfth Night' starring Helena Bonham Carter (Olivia), Nigel Hawthorne (Malvolio), Ben Kingsley (Feste), Richard E. Grant (Sir Andrew Aguecheek), Mel Smith (Sir Toby Belch) and Imogen Stubbs (Viola)
St Michaels Mount was the film lm location for Orsino's castle in 'Twelfth Night'
Cast Bios, Twelfth Night
Film and Television locations in Cornwall