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The Adventures of Pericles
A storm at sea brings love into the life of Prince Pericles; another snatches it away. The Stratford Festival’s magical production of Shakespeare’s epic tale follows a fairy-tale hero on a miraculous journey to one of drama’s most poignant reunions. “Moving from beginning to end,” it’s a story rarely told and one you won’t soon forget.
Antony and Cleopatra (Stratford Festival)
Reason and judgement prove no match for the tsunami of mutual passion engulfing Mark Antony, one of the three joint rulers of the Roman republic, and Cleopatra, the seductive queen of Egypt. Surrendering everything to their desires, they open the floodgates to a civil conflict that will shake the very foundations of their world. An HD film based on the Stratford Festival’s 2014 production of Antony and Cleopatra.
As You Like It: Live from Shakespeare's Globe
As You Like It runs the glorious gamut of pastoral romance: disguises and love notes, poetry and brilliant conversation, gentle satire and full-on slapstick, and passion throughout it all! This staging—performed at Shakespeare’s Globe, London’s faithful reconstruction of the open-air playhouse designed in 1599—spotlights Naomi Frederick, Jack Laskey, Laura Rogers, Jamie Parker, and Dominic Rowan in the roles of Rosalind, Orlando, Celia, Oliver, and the irrepressible Touchstone.
Camelot is where King Arthur, Guinevere, and the Knights of the Round Table live virtuous lives until Guinevere develops a powerful attachment to Lancelot. Lancelot falls madly in love with Guinevere while Arthur is entrapped by an evil spell cast by Sorceress Morgan le Fay at the urging of his illegitimate son, Mordred. This is the 1982 Broadway stage revival of the Lerner and Loewe musical.
The Duchess Of Malfi
This classic play is aimed at the student, teacher, lecturer and theater lover alike, uses professional actors and directors at London's award-winning Greenwich Theatre in this production of “The Duchess of Malfi”. The play is considered to be a masterpiece from Jacobean playwright, John Webster around 1613. This macabre tragedy, set in Italy in the early fifteenth century, it starts out as a love story, with the Duchess marrying beneath her class. However, her two brothers have other ideas.
Hamlet: The Royal Shakespeare Company Production Starring David Tennant
Called “the greatest Hamlet of his generation” by Guardian reviewer Robert McCrum, Scottish actor David Tennant headlines this edgy film version of the acclaimed 2008 Royal Shakespeare Company stage production. Tennant is supported by a host of gifted players—including the impeccable Patrick Stewart as Claudius and Oliver Ford Davies in an astonishing performance as a doddering yet strangely leonine Polonius. Modern costumes, shrewd textual abridgements, and a recurring motif of high-tech video surveillance all connect the play to 21st-century anxieties, but these attributes in no way eclipse Tennant’s forceful mixture of rage, sorrow, and manic humor
King John (Stratford Festival)
War is the inevitable result when the King of France demands that John relinquish his crown in favour of his nephew, the young Prince Arthur. Excommunication, attempted atrocity, rebellion and assassination all contribute to a political and personal turmoil that finds devastating expression in an anguished mother’s grief for her son. An HD film based on the Stratford Festival’s 2014 production of King John.
King Lear (Stratford Festival)
An aging monarch resolves to divide his kingdom among his three daughters, with consequences he little expects. His reason shattered in the storm of violent emotion that ensues, with his very life hanging in the balance, Lear loses everything that has defined him as a king – and thereby discovers the essence of his own humanity. An HD film based on the Stratford Festival’s 2014 production of King Lear.
Love’s Labour’s Lost
A king and three friends swear off women to devote themselves to their studies just as a princess and three ladies arrive on a diplomatic mission. Shakespeare delivers a touching and funny coming-of-age story with a twist ending, beautifully told in this “vibrant” and “sublime” Stratford Festival production.
Inspired by the prophecies of three witches and encouraged by his ambitious wife, a murderous king claws his way to power. The Stratford Festival’s chilling production of Macbeth will haunt your dreams and leave you tingling.
A Midsummer Night's Dream
From the mind of award-winning director Julie Taymor comes a Shakespeare adaptation like none other, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Rich with Taymor's trademark creativity, this immersive and darkly poetic cinematic experience brings the play's iconic fairies, spells and hallucinatory lovers to life. Filmed at her sold-out stage production with cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto (Argo, Frida) and music by Academy Award-winning composer Elliot Goldenthal, the feats of visual imagination are ingenious and plentiful, but beating at the center of the film is an emotionally moving take on the deeper human aspects of Shakespeare's beloved tale.
The Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s stunning production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic comic opera was a blockbuster hit that went on to garner acclaim in Toronto, London, and New York. Cloaked in the guise of a Japanese musical drama, The Mikado is a spoof of Victorian English society. The plot involves the transformation of the dishonest Ko-Ko from lowly tailor and prisoner in a country jail to the rank of Lord High Executioner. While avoiding the particulars of his job, he must maneuver for the hand of his beloved Yum-Yum, who loves Nanki-Poo—a wandering minstrel and, secretly, the Imperial Prince
Performed for the first time at the Globe Theatre, Othello is one of Shakespeare’s most exciting, atmospheric, and heartbreaking plays. This is a tale of uncontrollable jealousy, deception, and murder driven by one of theatre’s greatest villains
Romeo and Juliet: Live from Shakespeare's Globe
“But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.” Performed at Shakespeare’s Globe, London’s faithful reconstruction of the open-air playhouse designed in 1599, Romeo and Juliet is arguably the best-loved of all love stories in Western literature. The play’s masterful combination of lyricism, suspense, and dramatic changes of mood is dramatized by an energetic cast that stars Adetomiwa Edun—called “a Romeo to die for” by The Independent (London)—and, in her stage debut as Juliet, Ellie Kendrick. Directed by Dominic Dromgoole
The School for Scandal
This classic play is aimed at the student, teacher, lecturer and theater lover alike, uses professional actors and directors at London's award-winning Greenwich Theater. With its themes of deceit, pride, love, gossip and capriciousness, The School for Scandal is one of the most enduring of all theater classics by Richard Brinsley Sheridan. Showcasing Sheridan's mastery of farce, witty dialogue and delight in satirizing upper-class pretension and affectation; above all, it shows how appearances can be deceptive, and provides much else in terms of revelation and enjoyment along the way. Often hailed as the best comedy of manners in English, The School for Scandal has been a crowd-pleaser for centuries.
The Second Shepherds' Play
The Second Shepherds’ Play was written in the middle ages by a playwright known to scholars today as the Wakefield Master. The comic-drama focuses on Col, the nominal leader of three shepherds and their encounter with Mak, the local thief. In the middle of the night, Mak casts a spell over the three and makes off with a lamb. Arriving home, his wife Gill disguises the lamb as a baby and when the Shepherds come knocking, as they must, are at first fooled, then discover the deception. Exacting their revenge, they retrieve their sheep to return to the flock. That night they are visited by an angel who allows these Medieval shepherds to travel back in time to witness the birth of Christ and give him presents making the journey from the profane comedy of the beginning to the sublime divine of a miracle play.
Sir Thomas More
Resurgens Theatre Company presents this stirring early modern account of one leader’s defiant stand against mob violence and groupthink in an era of autocratic misrule. Partially penned by Shakespeare, Sir Thomas More offers both a timely and timeless drama of individual courage in the face of mass conformity. The original production was banned from the Elizabethan stage by the Master of the Revels, Edmund Tilney, because of its controversial references to insurrection. Now, after 400 years, Dr. Brent Griffin revives this neglected classic for the first professional performance of the play in America.
The Taming of the Shrew (Stratford Festival)
Courtship or conquest? The breakdown of a defiant spirit or a breakthrough that liberates a heart deprived of love? The Stratford Festival production of Shakespeare’s boisterous comedy will stir your emotions with the love story of Katherina and Petruchio, the feisty couple at the centre of this fierce and funny battle of wills.
This classic play is aimed at the student, teacher, lecturer and theater lover alike and uses professional actors and directors at London's award-winning Greenwich Theatre, which specializes in productions for young people. “Volpone” is billed as a comedy by Ben Jonson, but it also includes elements of tragedy and even animal fable. In essence, it's a dark satire on greed and lust, and remains Jonson's most performed work. The action takes place in 17th-century Venice, over the course of one day. The tale twists and turns, as all the characters attempt to deceive each other, until the whole scheme finally collapses, with disastrous consequences for Volpone.