See Colm Feore as King Lear in Cinemas Tonight Only

King Lear Fathom

Tonight, for one night only, you have the opportunity to see Colm Feore in The Stratford Festival’s production of King Lear which will play in quite a few cinemas around the state.  Click Here for a complete list. The 2 hours, 50 minute film (approximate) includes one intermission.

Captured live at the legendary Stratford Festival in Canada, King Lear is the story of a kingdom divided, a family destroyed, the faithful banished and the hateful left to wreak inhuman havoc in the realm. Four hundred years after it was written, King Lear resonates as never before. This powerful and unforgettable production of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy stars the incomparable Colm Feore in the role of a lifetime, directed by Stratford Festival Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino.

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See The Royal Ballet’s THE WINTER’S TALE – One Night Only

Winter's Tale Fathom 2015

Fathom Events invites you to experience the powerful tale of a family’s destruction when The Winter’s Tale is screened in select cinemas nationwide on Tuesday, February 17.

Following his delightful full-length ballet Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Christopher Wheeldon continues his highly successful collaboration with designer Bob Crowley and composer Joby Talbot to create his first ballet based on a Shakespeare play, The Winter’s Tale. The story follows the destruction of a marriage through consuming jealousy, the abandonment of a child, and a seemingly hopeless love. Yet through remorse and regret – and after a statue comes miraculously to life – the ending is one of forgiveness and reconciliation. It is powerful material for ballet, with a story that allows for the portrayal of intense emotions between and within the characters, and the opportunity for the Company to create not just new central characters but the whole world around them.

Click Here for complete information about The 2014/15 Royal Ballet Cinema Season.

THE WINTER’S TALE
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
7:00 pm (local time)
Run Time: 2 hours 25 minutes (approximate)

Santa Monica Filmmaker Goes International with OTHELLO Adaptation

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Congratulations to City Shakespeare Company co-founder Allison Volk whose short film adaptation of Othello, which she produced with Loyola Marymount University professor and director, Mikael Kruzriegler has been accepted into the Kenneth Branagh’s Shakespeare Film Festival in Stratford-upon-Avon. Othello will premiere in England on November 6, 2014. The festival is sponsored by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, dedicated to preserving Shakespeare’s home town.

“It feels like a good omen that this news came right at this time,” says Volk. “As artists, we’re always asking ourselves if what we’re doing is hitting the mark. This is like a little gift of validation, and that always feels nice.”

Volk is currently in Niwot, Colorado filming her first feature length film, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth which features a script co-written by her City Shakes co-artistic director Brooke Bishop that takes place on one night in the Macbeth household; the night the king is murdered.

For more information about the second annual Shakespeare Film Festival, visit http://filmingshakespeare.com/

Preview: Globe on Screen’s TWELFTH NIGHT Opens in LA Cinemas, 9/22

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Mark Rylance and Johhny Flynn. Photos by Simon Annand

Lovers of Shakespeare are in for a real treat when Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre brings its all-male Original Practices production of Twelfth Night to local cinemas on September 22. Starring award-winning actors Mark Rylance as Olivia and Stephen Fry as Malvolio, the film gives audiences an exclusive opportunity to see this unique performance from the Globe Theatre in London. It is also a chance to see the kind of production that would have been presented in Shakespeare’s day, down to the style of the music, dance, costumes, and scenery.

In 2012, Tim Carroll directed Twelfth Night, which was one of London theatre’s biggest hits of summer, completely selling out all of its performances at the Globe. After seeing the filmed version of the production I can absolutely see why. It is magical from beginning to end.

The dream cast is magnificent, and oh what a joy it is to watch them in action. I could hardly stop smiling, and only did so when a moment of pure delight would make me laugh out loud. It is wildly entertaining, sensitive, rich, and achingly honest in its slice of life simplicity.  More

Review: Indie Film BILLY SHAKESPEARE Highlights the Writer’s Dilemma

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Billy Shakespeare is a spicy little independent film by Deborah Voorhees that imagines what might happen if William Shakespeare tried to make it as a writer in today’s Hollywood rather than Elizabethan England. Quirky characters, compromising situations, and the kind of deadpan humor that fans of Waiting For Guffman will recognize collide with hilarious moments of camp to create a madcap world in which young Billy just can’t get a break.

From the blockbuster producer who wants to add aliens to The Tempest to the Pornos R Us production company that is ready to produce an X-rated version of The Merry Whores of Windsor starring Bigstaff instead of Falstaff, everyone wants to make “a few changes.”   More

Trailer: Julie Taymor’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream Premieres at TIFF on 9/8


Following its 2013 New York stage run, Julie Taymor (The Lion King, Titus, The Tempest) brings her production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to the screen starring David Harewood (Homeland) as Oberon, Max Casella (The Sopranos) as Bottom, Tina Benko as Titania, and Kathryn Hunter as Puck. The film premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2014 and features original music by Taymor’s longtime collaborator, Academy Award and Golden Globe winner and Pulitzer Prize nominee Elliot Goldenthal and cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto (Argo, Frida, Brokeback Mountain).

Around the Block (with Hamlet) Opens at Arena Cinema in Hollywood

Sarah Spillane’s Around the Block is the story of American Dino Chalmers (Christina Ricci) – an edgy and charismatic drama teacher with a passion for Shakespeare. When the opportunity arises for her to work at a school in inner Sydney, she embraces the chance to introduce the magical world of theatre as an alternative to life on the tough streets of Redfern, Sydney, Australia. The story centers on the developing relationship between Chalmers and Liam, a sixteen-year-old urban Aboriginal boy who lives ‘around the block’ in Redfern. As well as presenting Liam with an alternative to life on the tough streets of Redfern, Chalmers’ American idealism becomes a counterpoint for racial tensions between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. The film provides an intimate insight into Redfern, a third world ghetto town that exists in the middle of an otherwise illustrious city, provoking an emotional and engaging journey towards a hope and the future.

Around the Block opens theatrically in Los Angeles August 1st at the Arena Cinema in Hollywood and stars Christina Ricci and Hunter Page-Lochard in an acclaimed debut performance, with Jack Thompson, Damian Walshe-Howling and Ruby Rose.

AROUND THE BLOCK
Opens August 1, 2014 for a one week run
Arena Cinema Hollywood
1625 N. Las Palmas Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90028
http://arenascreen.com/event/around-block/?eID=1459
Check theatre listings for showtimes

 

Sunday Shakespeare at The Crest in Westwood

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Throughout the summer, The Crest theatre in Westwood will be offering live broadcasts of Shakespeare performed at Stratford-upon-Avon. Upcoming dates include:

Sunday, June 8th & 15th 4:20 pm: HENRY IV PART 1 starring Jasper Britton

Sunday, July 6th & 13th. 4:20 pm: HENRY IV PART 2 starring Antony Sher as Falstaff, Jasper Britton as Henry IV and Alex Hassell as Prince Hal.

If you are interested in this unique event, they also offer 25% per show, 50% every two shows, or even 100% off by joining the Crest Culture membership.

The Crest theatre is located at 1262 Westwood Blvd, 90024 Los Angeles. For more information call The Crest at (310) 470-1508 or go to www.crestwestwood.com.

City Shakes Produces Macbeth Film Adaptation, The Heat of Deeds

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The City Shakespeare Company invites you to a staged reading of their latest project on May 22nd; a feature film adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth titled The Heat of Deeds, currently scheduled to shoot in Boulder, Colorado in September.

“This script is something brand new; it is a hybridization of classic Shakespearean text and modern American English,” says Allison Volk, City Shakes co-founder who wrote the screenplay and is slated to play Katherine, the Lady Macbeth character.

Volk has been recognized for her writing in previous years. In 2013 she won the California Film Award for her short film, Last Ditch Therapy, and earlier this year her full-length play, Rite of Seymour, was produced in East Los Angeles by Drive Theatre Company.

“People will either really, really love it, or really, really hate it,” laughs Brooke Bishop, co-founder of City Shakes and Heat of Deeds director. Both women are excited to share this new project with the community and welcome creative feedback.

“It’s a process,” says Volk, “and we’re all about the journey.”

The Heat of Deeds staged reading will take place at 8 pm on Thursday, May 22nd at 1454 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401. There is plenty of free street parking after 6 pm. Admission is free, but please RSVP to CityShakes@gmail.com to reserve a seat. For more information, visit www.CityShakes.org.

NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage – A Window Into Spacey’s Richard III


Most people never get the opportunity to experience theatre life on the road firsthand but now, thanks to Kevin Spacey and director Sam Mendes, everyone is able to go along for an amazing ride in the new documentary, NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage. The 90-minute film follows twenty British and American actors on a whirlwind ten month international tour of Richard III and will be available for digital download beginning May 2. [Pre-order HERE] I highly recommend it.

If you are a theatre artist of any kind – actor, director, stage manager, producer – or just a lover of Shakespeare itself, this breathtaking film will take you on a journey unlike any you’ve ever seen. In over 200 performances, and across 3 continents, Spacey and the troupe reveal some of the most intimate moments behind the scenes of their staging of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, Richard III.

You’ll see excerpts from the play on stages such as the ancient Amphitheatre of Epidaurus in Greece where Julius Caesar sat and watched plays, and the gleaming National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, a city in which the awestruck actors reverentially said felt “like another planet.”  More

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