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 1, Henry IV Part 2 in August and closes with Henry VIII in September.
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.
The Merry Wives of Windsor, directed by Christopher Luscombe, stars Christopher Benjamin as Sir John Falstaff, Serena Evans as Meg Page and Sarah Woodward as Alice Ford. According to press notes, the play is "one of the great comedies by William Shakespeare. This hilarious tale of love and marriage, jealousy and revenge, class and wealth is Shakespeare’s only play to deal with the contemporary Elizabethan era English middle class life." Members of the production's creative team include choreographer Jenny Arnold, composer Nigel Hess and designer Janet Bird.
Henry IV Part 1 will play Aug. 1. "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."
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 theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. For more information, click here.