Shakespeare 400 Tribute to William Shakespeare

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We are delighted to include a four-week tribute to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the death of our greatest playwright, William Shakespeare.

Starting with our guest speaker, Ellen Cheshire, who will look closely at how a key scene in ‘Macbeth’ is portrayed in different ways in film. Ellen then hands over to Rosemary Coxon, the Cinema’s Education Officer who takes us through two more iconic plays, ‘The Merchant of Venice’ and ‘Henry V’. The course culminates with Rosemary leading on an extended session on Shakespeare’s most famous and controversial play ‘Hamlet’, with clips from no less than 5 film versions. (Studio - Sessions 1-3 are 120m; Session 4 is 180m)

We hope you enjoy our tribute to “The Bard of Avon”.

£6 per Session (£18 for all four sessions)


Fri 11 Mar 13:30 Macbeth
Taking one scene (where Lady Macbeth suggests Macbeth murder Duncan) here we’ll explore how various directors have approached the scene including Orson Welles, Akira Kurosawa, Roman Polanski, Trevor Nunn, Vishal Bhardwaj, Mark Brozal and Justin Kurzel.

Fri 18 Mar 13:30 The Merchant of Venice
Laurence Olivier (1973) & Al Pacino (2004)

Fri 1 Apr 13:30 Henry V
Olivier (1944) & Branagh (1989)

Fri 8 Apr 13:30 Hamlet
Olivier (1948), Kosinstev (1964), Zeffirelli (1990), Branagh (1996) & Michael Almereyda (2000)





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