April 25, 2016 will be the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death.
To mark the occasion, Shakespeare’s works are being celebrated all over the world, including many events co-ordinated by the University of Ottawa.
The ByTowne is pitching in, with a 14-week series called Shakespeare 400 On Screen. It's goning on every Sunday and Monday, and will end on the anniversary itself, April 25th. Some are by-the-book adaptations, and some are freer, looser interpretations of the Bard's classics.
So far we've played:
Henry V (starring Laurence Olivier), Much Ado About Nothing (by Joss Whedon), Akira Kurosawa's Ran, Romeo + Juliet (with Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes), the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Hamlet and the Finnish comedy Hamlet Goes Business.
Our March And April schedule includes:
Chimes At Midnight (by Orson Welles), March 6 & 7
The Tempest (Globe Theatre production), March 13 & 14
Forbidden Planet (sci-fi based on The Tempest), March 20 & 21
Korol Lir (Russian adaptation of King Lear), March 27 & 28
The Taming Of The Shrew (starring Liz Taylor & Richard Burton), April 3 & 4
Macbeth (2015 version starring Michael Fassbender), April 10 & 11
Maqbool (adaptation of Macbeth from India), April 17 & 18
Antony & Cleopatra (Stage production from Stratford Festival), April 24 & 25
Click the title links to learn more about each film. And you may learn even more at the screenings: each film will be introduced by Kathryn Prince or Joerg Esleben, professors at U of O.
For more on other events celebrating Shakespeare 400, visit http://artsites.uottawa.ca/shakespeare-celebrations/