From the Stratford Festival in Ontario, all the way to the National Theatre in London, UK, Cineplex brings you the best of stage to cinemas across Canada!
Cast: Ben Whishaw, Michelle Fairley, David Calder, David Morrissey
Synopsis: Ben Whishaw (The Danish Girl, Skyfall, Hamlet) and Michelle Fairley (Fortitude, Game of Thrones) play Brutus and Cassius, David Calder (The Lost City of Z, The Hatton Garden Job) plays Caesar and David Morrissey (The Missing, Hangmen, The Walking Dead) is Mark Antony. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London. Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital. Nicholas Hytner’s production will thrust the audience into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake.
Cast: Joseph Ziegler, Tim Campbell, Ben Carlson, Michael Spencer-Davis
Synopsis: Timon, a tremendously generous nobleman, lavishes gifts upon his friends and entertains in high style. He’s the most popular man in Athens – until his money runs out. Unable to find a friend in his hour of need, Timon takes to the wilderness, embittered by ingratitude. Joseph Ziegler, “a superb, nuanced actor … amazes” in the title role (The Buffalo News), with “Ben Carlson, Michael Spencer-Davis and Tim Campbell bringing weight and clarity to their secondary roles” (Toronto Star). Director Stephen Ouimette sets Shakespeare’s timeless story in the 21st century and “the themes fit well in a self-absorbed world of virtual reality goggles, cellphone selfies and vacuous club music” (Postmedia). This stirring production from the Stratford Festival is both “captivating and heartbreaking” (Broadway World).
Cast: Samantha Spiro, Kevin Bishop, Jennifer Saunders
Synopsis: A new production of Oscar Wilde’s social comedy, Lady Windermere’s Fan, directed by award-winning writer, actor and director Kathy Burke, will be broadcast live to cinemas from the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End. Kathy Burke brings together a talented comedic cast including the Olivier Award winning actress Samantha Spiro as Mrs Erlynne, Kevin Bishop as Lord Darlington, and guest starring Jennifer Saunders as the Duchess of Berwick, marking her return to the West End stage for the first time in over twenty years. This is the second play from the Oscar Wilde Season, a year-long celebration of the brilliant Victorian playwright being staged by Classic Spring, a new theatre company led by Dominic Dromgoole, former Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe. The day of Lady Windermere’s birthday party, and all is perfectly in order. Until her friend Lord Darlington plants a seed of suspicion. Is her husband having an affair? And will the other woman really attend the party? First performed in 1892, Lady Windermere’s Fan explores the ambiguity of upper class morality and the fragile position of women in society in the late Victorian era in one of Wilde’s most popular and witty plays.
Cast: The Troupe, the actors of the Académie de la Comédie-Française
Synopsis: The story is that of a young Parisian whose parents have found a good match for him, a count’s daughter. But when he goes to visit her, the handsome boy – whose Parisian manners are far removed from the rules of decorum that reign in the provinces – cannot open his heart to his lovely intended. Stung, the latter decides to teach him a lesson for his arrogance… “The concept of the Petit-Maître, the fop, may seem very foreign to us, but do we too not know elegant and stylish young people with affected or pretentious manners, for whom fashion is the only guide? If one were to caricature somewhat, such a person is what would be called a fashion addict today.” Through this Marivaux play, in which the language is “as refined, precise and humorous” as ever, Clément Hervieu-Léger draws out the parallels between the eighteenth century and our era.
May 16, 2018
Cast: Rory Kinnear, Anne-Marie Duff
Synopsis: The ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war. Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are propelled towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness. Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedy, directed by Rufus Norris (The Threepenny Opera, London Road), will see Rory Kinnear (Young Marx, Othello) and Anne-Marie Duff (Oil, Suffragette) return to the National Theatre to play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.
* Presentations may not be available at all participating theatres for all advertised dates.