Globe On Screen: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Starring Jonathan Pryce

Globe On Screen returns to Southern California cinemas this fall with three productions recorded live at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London: The Merchant of Venice, Measure for Measure, and Richard II. Tickets are now on sale for The Merchant of Venice, starring Jonathan Pryce as Shylock, in his first appearance at the Globe. Joining her father on stage is Pryce’s daughter, Phoebe Pryce, who plays Shylock’s daughter, Jessica. Jonathan Munby directs.

The cast also includes Stefan Adegbola, Michael Bertenshaw, Philip Cox, Scott Karim, Ben Lamb, Daniel Lapaine, Christopher Logan, Dominic Mafham, Brian Martin, Dorothea Myer-Bennett, Regé-Jean Page, Rachel Pickup, and David Sturzaker. Original music is by Jules Maxwell, choreography is by Lucy Hind and the Designer is Mike Britton.

Additional screenings will be added in the coming months so check back periodically for updates.

The Merchant of Venice  ~ Measure for Measure  ~ Richard II
Recorded at Shakespeare’s Globe 2015

Tickets and more info: Globe On Screen
Running time: Approximately 2hrs 45mins including one intermission

Merchant - Globe on Screen

Christopher Logan (Prince of Aragon) and Rachel Pickup (Portia) All photos by Manuel Harlan

Merchant - Globe on Screen

Jonathan Pryce as Shylock

Merchant - Globe on Screen

Rachel Pickup & Dorothea Myer-Bennett (Nerissa)




Merchant - Globe on Screen

Jonathan Pryce and Dominic Mafham (Antonio)


Kenneth Branagh and Rob Ashford’s ROMEO AND JULIET Comes to the Big Screen

Kenneth Branagh’s new version of Romeo and Juliet is coming to the big screen for one night only, July 7 at 7:30 pm. Presented by Fathom Events, Picturehouse Entertainment, and the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company in select cinemas, this modern take on Shakespeare’s classic love story will be shown in high-definition black and white and reunites the stars of Branagh and Rob Ashford’s film Cinderella, Richard Madden and Lily James, who play Romeo and Juliet. It also stars Derek Jacobi as Mercutio and Meera Syal as The Nurse.

Thursday, July 7, 2016
7:30 pm (local time)
Run Time: 2 hours 45 minutes (with one intermission)
Tickets and More Info

Innocent Sleep, CityShakes’ Adaptation of Macbeth Featured at IFS Film Festival

This year’s Independent Filmmakers Showcase will include an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, produced by Santa Monica-based City Shakespeare Company. The screening will take place at Laemmle Music Hall in Beverly Hills on June 1 at 8:10 pm.

Innocent Sleep began as a site-specific theatre production staged in a Santa Monica warehouse in the Fall of 2013. Following its initial run, CityShakes artistic directors Allison Volk and Brooke Bishop decided to continue exploring the intimacy between Shakespeare’s characters and the viewer via film.

Says Volk, who wrote Innocent Sleep, “The film focuses in on Acts I and II of the source text, exploring the emotional dark corners of the night the King is murdered.” In a revolutionary hybrid approach, the script marries bits of Shakespeare’s original text with contemporary dialogue. Bishop calls the film “a piece of feminist speculative fiction that puts the audience in the shoes of Lady Macbeth, and asks the viewer how far they would go to have it all.”

Innocent SleepInnocent Sleep stars Gregory Linington, Leslie O’Carroll, Allison Volk, Colin Martin, David Hartstone, Caylie Rae Kalmbach, Jason Coviello, Leslie O’Carroll, Mallory Marie Wedding, Jordan Leigh, Jennifer DeDominici, Jennifer Lynne Jorgenson, Olivia Hendrick, Kristin Keating, and Mindy Faulkner.

June 1, 2016 at 8:10 pm
Laemmle Musical Hall
9036 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Ticket Link 
The film is also available for pre-order on Vimeo On Demand.
More info:

The Shakespeare Show in Cinemas one-night-only, May 23

Fathom Events and BBC Worldwide North America are continuing the 400-year Shakespeare celebration with The Shakespeare Show, a special one-night event, in cinemas nationwide on Monday, May 23.

The performance was recorded live from the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon on April 23, the anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, and captures the enduring influence of Shakespeare’s plays on music, dance, opera, musical theatre and comedy. You may have seen the “battle of the Hamlets” clip that is going around social media that was part of this event.

The show was conceived and directed by Gregory Doran, hosted by David Tennant and Catherine Tate and features Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Helen Mirren, John Lithgow, David Suchet, Joseph Fiennes, Rufus Wainwright, Tim Minchin, Al Murray, Meera Syal, Alison Moyet, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Paapa Essiedu, Pippa Nixon, Alexandra Gilbreath, the Royal Ballet, the Orchestra of the Swan and many more.

That’s a cast with a pretty big “wow” factor so you may want to get thee to the theater. Quite a few are showing it in Southern California.

THE SHAKESPEARE SHOW: Recorded Live from the Royal Shakespeare Company
Monday, May 23, 2016
7:00 pm (local time)
Run Time: 2 hours 30 minutes (approximate)
Tickets: Fathom Shakespeare Show

Arena Cinema Presents Free Shakespeare Film Series

bbcshakespeareposter_240_356_81_s_c1Mark your calendars now: Arena Cinema Hollywood is commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death by presenting a Free Shakespeare film series. While the films are free, you must still make a reservation online at or by calling (323) 306-0676. The Shakespeare series runs April 22 – 28 at Arena Cinema Hollywood, 1625 N. Las Palmas Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90028. Here’s what’s on the docket:

As You Like It
Sat. April 23 at 4:00 and Tues. April 26 at 5:30
This U.S. premiere is directed by Michael Elliott and Ronald Eyre and stars Vanessa Redgrave, Patrick Allen, Ian Richardson, Patsy Byrne, Max Adrian and Patrick Wymark. BBC Worldwide North America. B&W, 1963 U.K., 135 minutes.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Sunday, April 24 at 7:40; Thurs. April 28 at 5:30
Also a U.S. premiere, it is directed by James Cellan Jones and produced by Cedric Messina, starring Lynn Redgrave, Eileen Atkins, Michael Gambon, Edward Fox, Eleanor Bron, Robert Stephens and Ronnie Barker. Set in Edwardian England and filmed in and around Scotney Castle in Kent. BBC Worldwide North America. Color, 1971, U.K., 120 minutes.

King Lear
Sun. April 24 at 5:00; Mon. April 25 at 7:10
Directed and adapted by Richard Eyre, this National Theater production is done in a sparse modernistic style and stars Ian Holm, Victoria Hamilton, Amanda Redman, Barbara Flynn, Timothy West and Paul Rhys. BBC Worldwide North America. Color, 1998, U.K./U.S.A., 150 minutes.

The Taming of the Shrew
Sat. Apr. 23 at 9:55 p.m.; Tues. April 26 at 7:50
Directed by David Richards, adapted by Sally Wainwright and produced by Diederick Santer starring Shirley Henderson, Rufus Sewell, Santiago Cabrera, Twiggy Lawson, Jaime Murray and David Mitchell. In this sexy update, Kate is a Member of Parliament who marries up in order to advance her goal of becoming a party leader. BBC Worldwide North America. Color, 2005, U.K., 90 minutes.

Chimes at Midnight
Fri. Apr. 22 at 6:30; Sat. Apr. 23 at 6:20; Wed. April 27 at 7:10; Thurs. April 28 at 7:35
Directed by Orson Welles. Adapted by Welles from Henry IV, Part One; Henry IV, Part Two; and Henry V and The Holinshed Chronicles. Produced by Harry Saltzman, Emiliano Piedra and Angel Escolano. Starring Welles, Jeanne Moreau, Keith Baxter, John Gielgud, Margaret Rutherford and Marina Vlady. Orson Welles as Falstaff in one of Welles’ finest achievements. Janus Films. B&W, 1967, France/Spain/Switzerland, 113 minutes.

Sun. Apr. 24 at 3:30; Mon. Apr. 25 at 5:30. Wed. Apr. 27 at 5:30
Directed and adapted by Bruce Ramsay. Produced by Ramsay, Joseph Gould and John Cassini. Starring Bruce Ramsay, Lara Gilchrist, Peter Wingfield, Gillian Barber, John Cassini and Duncan Fraser. This modern-dress version of the story of the melancholy Danish prince and the intrigues surrounding his family is set in postwar London. Breaking Glass Pictures. Color, 2014, Canada, 88 minutes.

Discounted parking is available with validation at lots adjacent to the venue and across the street.

The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles Hosts Declaration of Doubt Event

Declaration of DoubtHaven’t had enough of the authorship debate yet?

Here’s a free event from the good folks at The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles to get you going again.

From the email: “Actor-Author Michael York, introducing the authorship documentary Last Will & Testament, produced by Roland Emmerich, plus Beyond Reasonable Doubt: Shakespeare was not Shakespeare! This is one of several same-day international events timed to coincide with celebrations of William Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of the death of William of Stratford.”

Sunday, April 24, 2016
2:00 – 5:00 pm
The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles
1238 W. First Street (& Bixel St.)
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Admission is free and you can make a reservation HERE.

First Look: Michael Fassbender & Marion Cotillard in Macbeth

Trailer: First Look at Macbeth Adaptation, Innocent Sleep

Producers Allison Volk and Brooke Bishop, the team behind Santa Monica’s City Shakespeare Company, have released a trailer for their upcoming film adaptation of Macbeth, Innocent Sleep. The completed film will premiere at a private screening in Los Angeles on October 3rd, before moving on to screenings at film festivals across the country.

Bishop and Volk began exploring the concepts of Macbeth in late 2013, when they produced a stage version of the play with The City Shakespeare Company. Filming took place in Colorado in the fall of 2014.

Adapted for screen by Allison Volk, Innocent Sleep focuses on the night the Macbeths murder King Duncan, played by Ashland Shakespeare Festival veteran Gregory Linington. City Shakes actors Allison Volk, Colin Martin, David Hartstone, Mallory Wedding and Daniel Landberg star in the film alongside several Shakespeare veterans.

“I’d like the film festival process to be a framework for connecting with audiences, to help guide me in the other projects I’m currently working on and perhaps inspire future project,” says Bishop.

Volk adds, “As an actor, you see so many projects go unfinished or drag their feet to completion. It’s incredibly satisfying that this project moves forward so decisively. I’m very excited to share our work with the world.”

For more information, visit

The Old Globe Offers Free Monday Night Film Series

This summer, the Old Globe will include FREE Monday night screenings of four Shakespeare films as part of its 2015 Summer of Shakespeare. The films will relate to Shakespeare through the eras and celebrate both the Balboa Park Centennial and the theatre’s 80th Anniversary. They are: Henry V, directed by Laurence Olivier in 1944; Orson Welles’s 1965 classic Chimes At Midnight; Joss Whedon’s 2012 Much Ado About Nothing; and Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins’s groundbreaking 1961 West Side Story. Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and Beth Accomando, author of the KPBS blog Cinema Junkie, will alternate introducing the films.

June 29: Henry V (8:15 pm)
Sir Laurence Olivier made his 1944 directorial debut and starred in Henry V, a sparklingly inventive, Oscar-nominated film adaptation of Shakespeare’s epic history play. Olivier brings the Bard’s heroic king to full-blooded life in this breathtaking and passionate cinematic masterpiece.

Chimes at MidnightJuly 13: Chimes at Midnight
(7:00 pm)
Widely considered the greatest film adaptation of Shakespeare ever made, Orson Welles’s acclaimed 1965 masterpiece finds Shakespeare’s most famous supporting character, Sir John Falstaff, taking center stage. Drawing heavily on Henry IV and other histories by the Bard, the film follows the shifting relationship between Prince Hal and his drunken, obese, and altogether charming companion Falstaff (played by Welles himself). This enduring gem, rarely seen on the big screen, delves deep inside one of Shakespeare’s most intriguing players to shine a light on one man’s joys, struggles, and triumphs.


Need a Little Inspiration? Imagination Over Limitation is Hugo Martin’s Credo

I thought you’d all enjoy the result of one LA actor/filmmaker’s journey making independent Shakespearean short films. He’s proof that, with an idea and a little experimentation, anything is possible. Hugo Martin is a one-man production company, of sorts, who wears all the different hats needed to put together his short films. And his efforts have paid off. Two of his films were accepted to the 2nd annual Shakespeare on Film Festival in Stratford upon Avon in 2014. Congratulations Hugo, and keep up the good work. For more information, visit his website, O4A Films.

Now, the rest of you…get busy creating!

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