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.
Taymor has played the Toronto circuit before with films Frida and Across the Universe, and told Vulture, regarding the prospect of another premiere at the festival, "I don’t know what I’m allowed to say, but I have a good feeling."