THEATRE & FILM
9 - 31 January 2016
January is a great time to hunker down and catch up on movies, and what with it being the self-improving time of year, how great to check into the RSC’s Shakespeare on Screen season at the Barbican. Actually, self-improvement be damned. This is just a great opportunity to watch some of the RSC’s most seminal work – which luckily for all of us, has been captured on film.
The programme really is superb, with many of the productions that have gone down in theatre history being screened, including Vanessa Redgrave’s luminous performance as Rosalind in Michael Elliot’s 1963 production of As You Like It, Trevor Nunn’s 1979 Macbeth with Judi Dench and Ian McKellen (who will introduce the film), Peter Hall’s great 1965 War of the Roses trilogy with Peggy Ashcroft as Queen Margaret, David Warner as Henry VI and Ian Holm as Richard III. (The final part of the trilogy is regarded as one of the great achievements of post-war British theatre). Trevor Nunn’s 1990 production of Othello with Willard White and Ian McKellen will be showing, as will Peter Brook’s 1971 production of King Lear, filmed in the snowy landscape of Denmark’s North Jutland, with Paul Schofield playing the mad old King, but on the lighter side there is also Adrian Noble’s 1994 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which everyone loved so much. The season ends with David Tennant’s 2009 Hamlet, directed by Gregory Doran. Frankly, we’d like to see every single one of these films and not because we feel we should.
Not surprisingly, tickets for all the screenings are selling quickly, so do book now for any of the films you’d like to see.