BritWeek Hosts Star-Studded Evening at The Wallis

Britweek 2016
BritWeek is the largest and most visible celebration of the creativity and innovation between the UK and the US. This year they will present an evening of Murder, Lust & Madness, directed and co-produced by noted Shakespeare expert and scholar, Louis Fantasia, to kick off BritWeek Los Angeles on April 23 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

“Shakespeare is every actor’s first love, “says BritWeek founder and chairman Bob Peirce, “and this wickedly delicious entertainment will show why as we honor the Bard’s understanding of human nature.”

Fantasia adds, “The 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death will be marked with celebrations, performances, lectures and discussions all around the Globe! Literally, all the world is still Shakespeare’s stage, and I am thrilled that we are kicking off this tenth anniversary year of BritWeek, with an evening of some of Shakespeare’s most passionate plays – Othello, Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream – in short, an evening of Murder, Lust & Madness in verse, prose, song and dance from William Shakespeare.”  More

Celebrating Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday!

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How are YOU celebrating Shakespeare’s 450th birthday? If you haven’t made plans, check out how some of our local theatre companies are honoring Sir William and join in!
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“…there was a star danced, and under that was I born.”  –Much Ado About Nothing
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On the big day, April 23, be on the lookout for the Salty Shakespeare folks who will be doing a flash mob run-through all over the campus of Whittier College. Be especially observant in the lunchroom where, rumor has it, Polonius will be killed. The dress-run is in preparation for a full flash of what the company affectionately calls “Hamlet’s Greatest Hits” that will take place the next day. www.saltyshakespeare.com

Also on the 23rd, Long Beach Shakespeare Company will celebrate by presenting a night of Shakespeare sonnets, with everyone in attendance receiving a book of the complete sonnets as a free gift. www.lbshakespeare.org

The comedy series Complete Works will premiere all five of its episodes on Hulu on Shakespeare’s birthday, April 23. www.completeworks.tv  More

National Theatre’s OTHELLO Receives Screening at UCLA

Britweek Othello screeningL.A. Theatre Works and BritWeek LA will screen the National Theatre’s production of Othello, broadcast in HD, at UCLA’s James Bridges Theater on May 4 at 2:00 pm. The event is part of BritWeek LA’s 2014 schedule of events.

Olivier Award-winning actors Adrian Lester (Henry V at the National Theatre) and Rory Kinnear (The Last of the Haussmans, James Bond: Skyfall), star as Othello and Iago, respectively, directed by Nicholas Hytner (Timon of Athens, One Man, Two Guvnors).

In Shakespeare’s play, Othello, newly married to Desdemona, is appointed leader of a major military operation. Iago, passed over for promotion by Othello in favor of the young Cassio, persuades Othello that Cassio and Desdemona are having an affair. The screening will take place at the James Bridges Theater, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, 235 Charles E. Young Drive in Los Angeles, 90095. Tickets are $20 for regular seating; $25 for premium seating; and $10 for students with valid student ID. (310) 827-0889 or www.latw.org.

Britweek Los Angeles is Coming and Shakespeare is the Main Event

Britweek logoThis year’s Britweek Festival is exactly what you Shakespeare lovers have been waiting for so mark your calendars for April 21 – May 4. Here’s a look at some of the great events that will be taking place all around the city.

A highlight of the Britweek Shakespeare tribute will be an intimate Evening with Shakespeare at the new Moss Theatre in Santa Monica on Friday April 25 co-hosted by Dana Delany and Ioan Gruffudd. The evening will consist of Shakespearean readings, sonnets and songs, selected and performed by leading Shakespearean actors, including Michael York, Malcolm Mcdowell, Jane Seymour, Julian Sands, and Sophie Winkleman. Also included is a VIP reception in which audience members can meet and talk to the performers.

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