Circle Cinema is offering a free series of Shakespeare films from BBC library for screening this April to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. The five films offered in this series range from a highly acclaimed 1963 production of AS YOU LIKE IT starring a very young Vanessa Redgrave to an absolutely brilliant update of THE TAMING OF THE SHREW where Kate is bad tempered Tory politician.
Wed, April 6 at 7:00 – AS YOU LIKE IT US Premiere!. 1963. 135 min. Starring Vanessa Redgrave (and featuring Ian Richardson). A charming black and white adaptation of the Royal Shakespeare Company production which made Redgrave a star.
Wed, April 13 at 7:00 – MIDSUMMERS NIGHT’S DREAM US premiere! 1971 120 min – A truly all-star production for theater buffs featuring Lynn Redgrave, Michael Gambon, Eileen Atkins, Edward Fox, Eleanor Bron, Robert Stephens and Ronnie Barker. Set in Edwardian England and shot on location in and around Scotney Castle in Kent.
Wed, April 20 at 7:00 – KING LEAR 1998 150 Min- Starring the magnificent Ian Holm, this production from for the National Theater is done in a sparse modernistic style that was hailed by The New York Times theater critic as the greatest of the 50 Lears he had seen over the decades.
Mon, April 25 at 7:00 – TAMING OF THE SHREW 2005 90 min- A modern update starring the criminally underappreciated Shirley Henderson and Rufus Sewell as the most sexually charged Katherine and Petruchio you will ever see.
Wed, April 27 at 7:00 – SHAKESPEARE AND US US premiere! 2012 100 min – A fascinating and fun exploration of Shakespeare and his role in shaping British culture and character by the noted historian Simon Schama.