Taymor told Vulture, "There were 17 children and 15 principals. It will probably never see the light of day again as a live production, so I feel very good about the film."
The stage production opened the new Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Brooklyn, and Taymor said of directing both the stage version and the film that, "We shot all performances straight through, putting cameras in different positions at each show, and then in the daytime we went onstage with handheld cameras...It’s very cinematic. There are no visual effects — they’re all live.”
The stage production garnered much praise, especially for Taymor and her striking use of visual effects and innovative stagecraft.
Read Ben Brantley's New York Times review here.