Antaeus will give audiences an opportunity to get a first look at Much Ado About Nothing during their ClassicsFest program on April 21 & 22. The annual play reading festival features projects initiated by company members, and is an opportunity experience the earliest stages of rehearsal before sets and costumes, as the actors explore the text. Included is a discussion with the actors following the reading. Much Ado is initiated by Tony Amendola & Kitty Swink and directed by Barry Creyton. For a complete lineup of plays on ClassicsFest, go to www.antaeus.org/classicsfest.html.
Alan Cumming’s new solo album of Shakespearean monologues The Head That Wears The Crown, “Speeches For Royal Men By William Shakespeare” is now available for digital download and is set to be released in physical form on April 23. It features Cumming performing 22 of Shakespeare’s most well-remembered and best-loved dramatic, tragic and comic moments, plus a few that Cumming has famously played on stage and film. Included are Saturninus’ speech from Julie Taymor’s film version of Titus Andronicus and a preview of his work from his upcoming Broadway production of Macbeth. Click Here for more information and to digitally download the CD.
New Circle Artists will present a one-person adaptation of Shakespeare’s epic poem Venus and Adonis in ISC’s Atwater Village Studio for four performances April 20, 27 and May 4, 11. The story of desire and rejection is told from the point of view of Venus, illuminating the humor and humanity in one of the most lyrical works ever written. It is “pay what you can” at the door and stars Misha Bouvion, directed by David Mancini. Guest production at Independent Shakespeare Co. www.independentshakespeare.com.
And summer’s coming, which means that Shakespeare’s Globe On Screen will bring three productions captured during their 2012 theatre season to cinemas around the world in June 2013. Watch for more about Henry V, Twelfth Night (starring Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry) and The Taming Of The Shrew. Click Here for more information and to be notified of upcoming dates.