London's Barbican to Present RSC Film Season as Part of Shakespeare400 Program

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London's Barbican Centre is to present a film season featuring the RSC on screen as part of the Shakespeare400 Celebrations in 2016, marking the 400th year of Shakespeare's death.

Running Jan. 9-31, 2016, in the Barbican's Cinemas 1 & 2, the season is curated by John Wyver, RSC director of screen productions, in association with the Barbican, to run in parallel with the RSC's residency in the main house of its Great Cycle of Kings plays.

Nine film titles have been selected from the huge archive of RSC work captured onstage or re-conceived for film and television. These include Trevor Nunn's iconic 1979 production of "Macbeth" with Ian McKellen and Judi Dench; Peter Hall's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (1959) with Charles Laughton as Bottom in a rarely-seen partial recording of Hall’s staging; and Gregory Doran's production of "Hamlet" (2009) filmed on location in an abandoned seminary in North London, with David Tennant in the title role.

Questions about the RSC’s involvement with film and television and the challenges of translating stage productions to the screen will be discussed with current RSC artistic director Gregory Doran and other guests to be announced.

Two Shakespearean titles will also be screened as part of the Barbican's Silent Film and Live Music series, "Hamlet" (1920) and "The Merchant of Venice" (1923) with live music accompaniment.

For further details or to book tickets, contact the box office on 845 120 7511 or visit

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