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LONDON – Movie theaters across the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and the U.K. are to get a dose of Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe via a deal between British based digital cinema services company Arts Alliance Media and Shakespeare’s Globe Theater here.
The partners are launching The Globe on Screen season, featuring a trio of Globe productions of the bard’s work that tread the boards last year and were filmed for release in cinemas.
The season will launch globally this fall and will kick off with All’s Well That Ends Well at the end of this month, Much Ado About Nothing in October and Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus later in the same month.
Originally staged at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2011, the three productions will be shown in their entirety on screens in “hundreds of local cinemas.”
Movie theaters across the US include the Market Street Cinema in Little Rock, the Paradiso in Memphis and the Thousand Oaks in Thousand Oaks.
The aim is to offer movie theater goers the very best seat in the Globe.
The first projected production of All’s Well That Ends Well sees Olivier Award-winning actress Janie Dee (Me & Orson Welles) stars the countess of Roussillon, in a production directed by John Dove.
Much Ado About Nothing pairs Olivier Award-winning actress Eve Best (The King’s Speech) and Charles Edwards (Downton Abbey), as the sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick, and also features Joseph Marcell (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) as Leonato.
Rounding out the Globe in movie theaters will be Marlowe’s tragedy about a man who sells his soul to the devil for power and pleasure, Doctor Faustus.
The production starred Arthur Darvill, whose screen credits include the movie Pelican Blood but is best known as a Doctor Who sidekick in the cult British TV classic.
Shakespeare’s Globe artistic director Dominic Dromgoole said: “With the advent of new technology it is now possible to see and hear theatrical productions in the cinema with a wonderful sharpness and clarity. We are delighted that these productions will be finding new audiences, who can experience Globe shows as if they were in the building.”
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