London Globe Production of Henry IV Part 1 Will Hit Movie Theatres Aug. 1

News   London Globe Production of Henry IV Part 1 Will Hit Movie Theatres Aug. 1 "Shakespeare’s Globe London Cinema Series," an exclusive four-part in-theatre series of classic Shakespeare titles shown in more than 260 movie theatres nationwide this summer and fall, will continue Aug. 1 when Henry IV Part 1 hits the big screen.

The series, captured in 2010 from the Globe Theatre in London, is presented by NCM Fathom, Arts Alliance Media and the Globe and will also include Henry IV Part 2 Aug. 18 and Henry VIII in September. The Merry Wives of Windsor was the first installment in the series.

Each performance will begin at 6:30 PM local time and will include a special 20-minute historical perspective on the Globe, the reconstruction process, the work of the Globe today, and a behind-the-scenes look at each production with interviews from the actors and creative team involved.

Henry IV Part 1, directed by Dominic Dromgoole, stars Roger Allam, who won the Best Actor Olivier Award for his performance as Falstaff in this production. The cast also includes Oliver Cotton as King Henry IV, Sam Crane as Hotspur and Jamie Parker as Prince Hal. Henry IV Part 1, according to press notes, is "the second play in Shakespeare’s tetralogy dealing with the reigns of Richard II, Henry IV and Henry V. Part 1 depicts a span of history beginning with Hotspur’s battle at Homildon and ends with the defeat of the rebels at Shrewsbury in 1403." The creative team includes designer Jonathan Fensom, composer and musical director Claire Van Kampen, choreographer Siân Williams and fight director Philip D’orleans.

Henry IV Part 2 will follow Aug. 18. "The third piece of a tetralogy, preceded by Richard II and Henry IV Part 1, this work is followed by Henry V. This play picks up where Henry IV Part 1 ended and focuses on Prince Hal's journey toward kingship. The two plays are often perceived as a dissection of father-and-son relationships, with Falstaff as a wayward father substitute for the young Prince Hal, who is estranged from his own dying, guilt-ridden father, Henry IV. It's also a drama about an old England that, like Falstaff himself, is riddled with ills, in decline and in urgent need of rebirth."

Henry VIII will conclude the series Sept. 15. "This work is based upon the life of Henry VIII of England. During a performance of this play at London’s Globe Theatre in 1613, a canon used for special effects ignited the theatre’s thatched roof and beams, burning the original structure to the ground. This play was famous in its own day as Shakespeare’s most sumptuous and spectacular play, and this production presents a gorgeous pageant of masques and royal ceremony." Tickets for "Shakespeare’s Globe London Cinema Series" are available at participating theatre box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. For more information, click here.

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