Shakespeare News Around About

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

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.

Venus and Adonis Misha Bouvion

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.

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.

Shakespeare in Watts

File this one under: Doing Good in the Community via Shakespeare:
What happens when you give urban students the opportunity to discover Shakespeare? For many it can be a life-changing experience. That’s the subject of the documentary, Shakespeare in Watts, that premiered earlier this week at the Pan African Film Festival. The film will screen again this coming Sunday February 17 at 3:15 pm.

Shakespeare in Watts
Directed by the late, award-winning filmmaker Mel Stuart, it shows the journey taken by a small group of students at Washington Prep, as they learn 16th century English for a production of Romeo and Juliet. They are guided through the process by their drama teacher, Dr. Melanie Andrews, producers Paul Heller and Katy Haber and a group of dedicated L.A.-based British actors and actresses who were their coaches and mentors along the way. From gangland to the stage, you can view the terrific trailer for the film at, which stars Javier Gutierrez, Janelee Rodriguez, Kaylynn Bilal, Danny Blanco, Lloyd James, A’Donus Gillett, Curtis Smith, Joey Moore, Matt Wolf, Joshua Thomas, Nena Dawson, Raymond Villeda, and Frank Simmons.

Sunday, Feb 17th – 3:15 pm
RAVE Cinemas 15 (located inside BHCP)
4020 Marlton Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90008
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza
3650 West Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90008

Now that’s a very good thing.

Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen Comes to Cinemas in California

Experience three incredible productions from the world’s most famous stage at a cinema near you.

Beginning Oct 11 – All’s Well That Ends Well
Helena loves Bertram, and when she cures the King of France of his sickness, she claims Bertram as her reward. Romantic and comic with a fantastic cast of frauds, cynics, sentimentalists and buffoons. Click Here for a list of screenings in Southern California.

Beginning Oct 23 – Much Ado About Nothing
Eve Best and Charles Edwards star as the bantering Beatrice and Benedick, Shakespeare’s wittiest pair of lovers in a romantic comedy with a twist of suspense. Click Here for a list of screenings in Southern California.

Beginning Oct 24 – Dr. Faustus
Marlowe’s poetic and anarchic tale of Doctor Faustus, who makes a deal with the Devil: if the evil spirit Mephistopheles will serve him for 24 years, Faustus will yield his soul to the Devil after death. Click Here for a list of screenings in Southern California.

Shakespeare High To Air September 13 on Showtime

SHAKESPEARE HIGH is a feature-length documentary produced by Kevin Spacey about a determined group of teens whose immersion in the Drama Teachers Association of Southern California’s high school drama program compels them to overcome their difficulties and create better lives for themselves. The 81-minute documentary will air on Showtime 8PM ET/PT September 13. It is also available On Demand 9/14-10/11 and will be available shortly on Netflix. Click Here to go to the Showtime website for more details about the schedule. In addition to the students, the cast includes Richard Dreyfuss, Val Kilmer, Kevin Spacey, Mare Winningham, Luis Cárdenas, Sue Freitag, Marisa Gold, and Julian G. Simmons. For more about the project go to

Stratford’s The Tempest with Christopher Plummer, in Theaters One Night Only

On Thursday, June 14, NCM Fathom and BY Experience present a one-time only movie theater showing of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s critically acclaimed production of The Tempest, starring Academy Award® Winner Christopher Plummer. Marooned on a distant island with his daughter, Miranda (Trish Lindström), the banished Duke of Milan, Prospero (Christopher Plummer) has spent twelve years perfecting his magic arts. Now, with the help of the spirit Ariel (Julyana Soelistyo), he raises a storm at sea, bringing within his grasp the enemies who robbed him of his dukedom. Captured LIVE over two days at the legendary Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada, this not-to-be-missed theatrical event also features a post-screening Q&A, captured live in New York with Christopher Plummer and director Des McAnuff, hosted by producer Barry Avrich. This a special one night event for the first time ever in U.S. theaters nationally, Thursday, June 14 at 7:00PM (local time). Click here for more information and a list of local theaters.

Shakespeare High, an Amazing and Inspiring Documentary

Shakespeare High is a feature-length documentary about a group of teenagers in Southern California who find a place to belong within their high-school drama program and are determined to succeed in the 90th Annual DTASC (Drama Teachers Association of Southern California) Shakespeare Competition. We hope it screens in California soon! For more information, including screenings, awards, and reviews, go to

LATW/UCLA to Broadcast National Theatre’s The Comedy of Errors on March 11

L.A. Theatre Works & The James Bridges Theater present a National Theatre Live broadcast of Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors in HD at UCLA’s James Bridges Theater Sunday, March 11 at 4:00 pm. Two sets of twins separated at birth collide in the same city without meeting for one crazy day, as multiple mistaken identities lead to confusion on a grand scale. Lenny Henry stars as Antipholus of Syracuse. Filmed live at the National’s Olivier Theatre and broadcast to hundreds of cinemas and performing arts venues around the world by National Theatre Live. The state-of-the-art.  James Bridges Theater is the main screening venue of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, an elegant, comfortable setting that enhances media presentations in a wide variety of film and video formats. It is located at 235 Charles E. Young Drive. Los Angeles, CA 90095. Tickets are $20/general admission and students $10. Call 310-827-0889 or go to

A Romantic Night with Romeo & Juliet at Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles

Monday, February 13 is movie night at Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles, and since it’s the day before Valentine’s Day, they’ll be screening Baz Luhrmann’s version of one of Shakespeare’s most romantic plays, Romeo and Juliet. Tickets are $5.00 or free for Shakespeare Center Members. Click Here for tickets. The screening will take place at 8:00 pm at The Studio at The Shakespeare Center, 1238 W. 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90026 and will begin with wine and roses.

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name
would smell as sweet.” – William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 2.2

LOVE: As You Like It, coming Summer 2012

Marika Cotter is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker who is currently fundraising for a feature-length film adaptation of Shakespeare’s As You Like It. Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet meets Richard Curtis’ Love Actually in Cotter’s bold, feature-length adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most popular romantic comedies. LOVE: As You Like It takes viewers on a wild ride through San Francisco’s hip, artsy and culturally diverse Mission District as a dynamic group of characters struggle with what it means to love, and to be loved.

The story follows free-spirited Rosalind, who falls for the wrong boy, and her beautiful, lovelorn cousin, Celia, as they run away from Celia’s father and move to the city to experience life at its fullest. Disguised as hipsters, and joined by their rich, video-game junkie cousin, Touchstone, they meet a compelling cast of characters who are all grappling with this idea of Love – what it means to love, to be loved, to overcome fear in order to love; love for ideology, love for God and religion, love for oneself, for one’s partner, friends and family.

Check out the trailer and then go to to see how you can help the film with funding, or visit We wish you the best of luck Marika!

Ralph Fiennes’ Coriolanus coming December 2

The Weinstein Company has released the trailer for Ralph Fiennes’ Coriolanus, currently scheduled for release on December 2, 2011. Fiennes directs and stars as the Roman general who betrays his native city and allies with his sworn enemy Tullus Aufidius for revenge. The cast also features Gerard Butler as Afidius, Vanessa Redgrave as Volumnia, Jessica Chastain as Virgilia, and Brian Cox as Menenius.

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