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.

2016 GLOBE ON SCREEN
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)

Shakespeare at the Bowl (Plus a discount on tickets!)

Shakespeare at the Bowl
Summer Shakespeare under the stars? In Hollywood that can only mean that it’s time for Shakespeare at the Bowl — two performances only, August 30 and September 1, at the Hollywood Bowl. On these joyous evenings, actors from Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre will perform classic scenes from the playwright’s best works, directed by Iqbal Khan, adapted by the Globe’s music director, Bill Barclay.

Bramwell Tovey conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a program that includes:

KORNGOLD: Much Ado About Nothing Suite, Op 11
SCHMITT: Antoine et Cleopatre Suite No. 1
BERLIOZ: Roméo et Juliette: Queen Mab Scherzo
TCHAIKOVSKY: Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy Overture

Our friends at the Bowl have also got a great deal for you on tickets. Get 20% off with the exclusive discount code SHAKESPEARE! Tickets are available now at Shakespeare at the Bowl.

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Returns to The Broad with Hamlet

KCRW presents William Shakespeare’s Hamlet by Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, directed by Dominic Dromgoole and Bill Buckhurst November 15 – 25 at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica. Last season’s Globe Theatre production of The Comedy of Errors was full of farcical foolery and this November, for the fourth time, the Bard returns to The Broad with a fresh, fast, and youthful staging brimming with existential angst, Oedipal impulses, and paranormal activity. Even if you’ve seen Hamlet a hundred times before, missing this one would be the greatest tragedy of all. Tickets are available now* at www.thebroadstage.com or by calling (310) 434-3200.

*Come celebrate opening night in The Broad Stage lobby after the show with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails to toast this smash hit with fellow Shakespeare-lovers. Special ticket prices for opening night include the opening night party.

HAMLET
The Broad Stage
At the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center
1310 11th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 434-3200
www.thebroadstage.com

Pictured above: Michael Benz as Hamlet. Photo Credit: Simon Annand

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre brings The Comedy of Errors to the Broad

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Photos by Angela Weiss

Mischief’s afoot at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica as Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre returns with a touring production of The Comedy of Errors that runs through November 27. The farcical foolery of this early Shakespeare work plays out with breakneck speed, full of slapstick kicks, drops, and punches to the face, accompanied by music and a multitude of clever sound effects (complete with a ‘slap stick’ for many of those hits). It’s a lean and light tryst that maximizes the comedic abilities of its players while hiding more serious themes underneath its frivolity.

A traveling troupe of eight players, playing a traveling troupe of more players, take on all the characters, which means not only are the roles of Antipholus and Dromio doubled, as is often the case, but others are as well. This opens up a whole new world of opportunity for humor as the actors run back and forth, adding a hat or other costume piece to establish that they may be talking to another character elsewhere on the stage who is actually being played by themselves. Watch for the reappearance of Egeon in the last scene and you’ll see what I mean. If it all sounds confusing never fear. In the Globe’s actors’ expert hands, you’ll always know who is who and you’ll love the ingenious way the characters flip back and forth, often quite literally.

The story concerns two sets of twins separated at birth who turn up in the same city and are mistaken for their counterparts, though they themselves don’t know that’s what is happening. Bill Buckhurst deftly plays the two Antipholuses (or should I say Antipholi?) of Syracuse and Epheseus, and Fergal McElherron is Dromio, servant to each master. McElherron steals the show with his breathless performance, giving one of Shakespeare’s best loved fools as much heart as hilarity.

The Globe’s ensemble makes the most of its assets, delivering the text with crisp, natural precision and moving joyfully about in this make believe world of ‘let’s put on a show.’ Stylistically we are somewhere between Mecca and Morocco with a tent pitched as the backdrop to the action atop a wooden platform stage and actors decked out in colorful desert attire.

Don’t look for anything stuffy or highbrow here. Though The Comedy of Errors does frame itself with a moral dilemma that finds resolution in the end, it is its swan dive into the depths of low comedy where it finds its surest footing.

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre tour of The Comedy of Errors runs through November 27 at The Broad Stage, located at 1310 11th Street Santa Monica, 90401.  For tickets and more information go to www.thebroadstage.com

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