Screening: “The Winter’s Tale” Branagh Theatre Live – encore

[Info from the ODEON Cinemas website.]

Due to phenomenal demand, The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare’s timeless tragicomedy of obsession and redemption, returns to cinemas this festive season. This beautifully reimagined production,co-directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh, features a remarkable cast including Dame Judi Dench as Paulina, alongside Tom Bateman, Jessie Buckley, Hadley Fraser, Miranda Raison and Sir Kenneth Branagh as Leontes.

King Leontes appears to have everything: power, wealth, a loving family and friends. But sexual jealousy sets in motion a chain of events with tragic consequences…This critically acclaimed production was the first in the hugely successful Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company Live season that was broadcast to cinemas from London’s Garrick Theatre over the course of a year in 2015.

Information on cinemas and dates/times is available on the Branagh Theatre Live website here.

View the trailer for the encore of The Winter’s Tale here.


Screening: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by the National Theatre

The NT Live screening of Dream will take place in selected Irish cinemas on 17 October, 22 October, 3 November, and 6 November. For details, see the NT Live website.

[Copied from the NT Live website.]

‘The course of true love never did run smooth.’

A feuding fairy King and Queen of the forest cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play. As their dispute grows, the magical royal couple meddle with mortal lives leading to love triangles, mistaken identities and transformations… with hilarious, but dark consequences.

Shakespeare’s most famous romantic comedy will be captured live from the Bridge Theatre in London. Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Oliver Chris (Green Wing, NT Live: Young Marx), David Moorst (NT Live: Allelujah!) and Hammed Animashaun (The Barber Shop Chronicles) lead the cast as Titania, Oberon, Puck and Bottom.

Directed by Nicholas Hytner, this production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will build on the success of his immersive staging of Julius Caesar (NT Live 2018). The Bridge Theatre will become a forest – a dream world of flying fairies, contagious fogs and moonlight revels, surrounded by a roving audience following the action on foot.

For the trailer, see here.

The NT Live screening of Dream will take place in selected Irish cinemas on 17 October, 22 October, 3 November, and 6 November. For details, see the NT Live website.

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Gwendoline Christie as Titania [image credit: NT Live Dream] 


Stream the Shakespeare’s Globe production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Did you miss the live stream of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Emma Rice, last Sunday? You can now watch it on the BBC website from anywhere in the world. It will be available for six months. Let us know what you think!


National Theatre Live: As You Like It, 25 February

The National Theatre Live production of As You Like It will be screened in a host of Irish cinemas on Thursday, 25 February at 7pm. Check the NT website for full details of screenings.


Shakespeare’s glorious comedy of love and change comes to the National Theatre for the first time in over 30 years, with Rosalie Craig (London Road, Macbeth at MIF) as Rosalind. With her father the Duke banished and in exile, Rosalind and her cousin Celia leave their lives in the court behind them and journey into the Forest of Arden. There, released from convention, Rosalind experiences the liberating rush of transformation. Disguising herself as a boy, she embraces a different way of living and falls spectacularly in love.



Screening: RSC Merchant of Venice

The RSC Merchant of Venice
 Don’t miss the live cinema broadcast of The Merchant of Venice on Wednesday 22 July

This sell-out production of The Merchant of Venice will be broadcast live from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre on Wednesday 22 July to cinemas audiences across the UK and Europe and you can whet your appetite with the newly released trailer that includes footage from the show.

‘Absolutely adored #RSCMerchant @thersc. Dark, funny and scarily relevant. Steal/beg/whatever – just get a ticket.Audience Member via Twitter

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Screenings: Globe on Screen

A number of Irish cinemas are screening some of the Globe’s recent hit productions, including Antony & Cleopatra starring Eve Best, The Duchess of Malfi with Gemma Arterton, and Lucy Bailey’s acclaimed Titus Andronicus. 

The Gate cinema, Cork

The Duchess of Malfi, 6.15pm March 3rd

Titus Andronicus, 6.15pm, March 26th

Julius Caesar, 6.15pm, April 30th

Antony & Cleopatra, 6.15pm, June 4th

The Comedy of Errors, 6.15pm, June 25th

Odeon, Waterford

Titus Andronicus, April 9th

Julius Caesar, April 30th

Antony & Cleopatra, June 18th

The Comedy of Errors, July 9th

Odeon, Stillorgan

Titus Andronicus, April 9th

Julius Caesar, April 30th

Antony & Cleopatra, June 18th

The Comedy of Errors, July 9th

For full details explore the website:

Screening: Prince of the Himalayas (Hamlet)

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Prince of the Himalayas

Directed by Sherwood Hu (2006)

Monday 17 November 2014
Queen’s Film Theatre, 2.00 pm
A Chinese adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet set in Tibet
UK premiere Q+A with director Dr Sherwood Hu (Shanghai Film Academy)

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20 University Square, Belfast BT7 1PA
Free Admission

Reception 5.00pm

More info here

With thanks to Mark Thornton Burnett

Globe on Screen: Macbeth, Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, 11 October

The Shakespeare’s Globe production of Macbeth will be screened at the Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire on Saturday 11 October at 8pm. Tickets are €7.50/6.50 and can be booked at the theatre website.

From the website:


By William Shakespeare – Globe On Screen

Dir: Eve Best | 2014 | UK | 155 mins | Cert: PG | Language: English
Starring: Moyo Akandé, Geoff Aymer, Bette Bourne, Stuart Bowman, Billy Boyd, Jonathan Chambers, Philip Cumbus, Gawn Grainger, Harry Hepple, Joseph Millson, Jess Murphy, Colin Ryan, Cat Simmons, Samantha Spiro, Finty Williams
“superb fresh-minted performances” ★★★★ The Telegraph
“a chilling, compellingly twisted sense of the absurd” ★★★★ Sunday Telegraph
“marvellous” The Observer
When three witches tell Macbeth that he is destined to occupy the throne of Scotland, he and his wife choose to become the instruments of their fate and to kill the first man standing in their path, the virtuous King Duncan. But to maintain his position, Macbeth must keep on killing – first Banquo, his old comrade-in-arms; then, as the atmosphere of guilt and paranoia thickens, anyone who seems to threaten his tyrant’s crown.
From its mesmerising first moments to the last fulfilment of the witches’ prophecy, Shakespeare’s gripping account of the profoundest engagement with the forces of evil enthrals the imagination.
Please Note:
Duration: 155 mins incl. 15 min interval