Shakespeare's Globe, in partnership with Arts Alliance Media, will bring three blockbusters from its award-winning 2012 theatre season to cinemas around the world this summer. Following two incredibly successful years, the 2013 Globe on Screen season will feature Henry V, The Taming of the Shrew and Olivier-nominated Twelfth Night from June.
Audiences will have the opportunity to experience the world's most famous stage as if they were there in person – all three performances have been captured in high definition and will be broadcast in their entirety in pristine digital cinema quality, with full 5.1 surround sound.
Globe on Screen will offer those who missed out on the Globe’s sensational Twelfth Night a second chance to see the production the critics described as “sensational...pure comic delight”. Mark Rylance, winner of multiple Olivier and Tony Awards, and Stephen Fry star in the production, directed by Tim Carroll. Twelfth Night was one of London theatre’s biggest hits of summer 2012, completely selling out all of its performances at the Globe and creating queues around the block in the West End. Critics raved that Mark Rylance’s “dazzling high definition performances” lifted the production “into the sublime”. Stephen Fry’s turn as Malvolio – his first return to the stage in 17 years – won him huge acclaim from critics and audiences and a WhatsOnStage Award for Best Supporting Actor, voted for by 60,000 members of the public. The all-star cast also includes the multi-talented Johnny Flynn, a successful singer-songwriter and a talented actor who was nominated for an Olivier Award for his performance in the smash hit Jerusalem, and Roger Lloyd Pack, who played Barty Crouch in the film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Twelfth Night is an all-male Globe 'Original Practices' production that aims to replicate as closely as possible the music, costumes, dance and scenery of Shakespeare’s time.
Henry V, Shakespeare’s masterpiece of the turbulence of war and the arts of peace, is directed by the Globe’s Artistic Director Dominic Dromgoole. A perennial favourite at the Globe, the play is a profound and compelling exploration of what it means to be English with the persona of the charismatic but conflicted king at its heart. Jamie Parker returns to the Globe after his star turn as Prince Hal in Henry IV Parts 1 & 2 (featured in the Globe on Screen season in 2011) to complete Henry’s journey from youth to adulthood. Jamie also starred in the stage and film versions of Alan Bennett’s The History Boys.
The season concludes with The Taming of the Shrew. Shakespeare's notorious battle of the sexes gives us one of theatre's great screwball double-acts in the shape of Katherina and Petruchio – a couple hell-bent on confusing and outwitting each other right up to the play's controversial conclusion. Director Toby Frow gives us “a riotous mixture of verbal dexterity and slapstick” in an exhilarating production that delighted audiences at the Globe. Katherina is played by the Olivier Award-winning Samantha Spiro, who returns to the Globe as Lady Macbeth this summer.
The Globe on Screen website, with cinema listings and links to book tickets, can be found at www.globeonscreen.com.