A mixed-hybrid incremental variational formulation, involving orthogonal rigid rotations and a symmetric stretch tensor, is proposed for finite deformation analysis of thin plates and shells. Isoparametric eight-noded elements are based upon the Kirchhoff-Love hypotheses, the assumption of plane stress, and the moderately large rotations of Von Karman plate theory. Semilinear elastic isotropic material properties are assumed, and the right polar decomposition of the deformation gradient is used. The symmetrized Biot-Luré (Jaumann) stress measure gives a unique complementary energy density and a set of variational principles with a priori satisfaction of linear momentum balance, a posteriori angular momentum balance, and interelement traction reciprocity by means of Lagrange multipliers. The incremental modified Newton-Raphson solution procedure is generated by a truncated Taylor series expansion of the functional in a total Lagrangian formulation. The theory is applied to laterally loaded and buckled thin plates, and numerical results are compared with truncated series solutions.