Strand screens Shakespeare’s Globe season
Rockland — Shakespeare’s Globe will bring three of its theater productions to cinemas in the United States including the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., this fall. Plays scheduled are “All’s Well That Ends Well” Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 1 and 7 p.m.; “Much Ado About Nothing” Monday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. and Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 1 p.m.; and “Doctor Faustus” Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 1 and 7 p.m.
Originally staged and filmed at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2011, the three plays will be shown in their entirety. Offering a truly distinctive cinema experience and the very best seat in the house, this season is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the charm of London’s world famous Globe Theatre and its critically acclaimed performances.
Olivier Award-winning actress Janie Dee is a delight as the Countess of Roussillon in “All’s Well That Ends Well,” directed by John Dove. The orphaned heroine Helena (Ellie Pierce) will stop at nothing to win the proud young aristocrat Bertram (Sam Crane), who is forced to marry her but instantly abandons her. Sumptuous costumes, outstanding original music and a fine ensemble of actors captured the spirit of Shakespeare’s complex Chekhovian comedy.
Shakespeare’s wittiest of comedies, “Much Ado About Nothing,” pairs Olivier Award-winning actress Eve Best (“The King’s Speech,” “Nurse Jackie”) and Charles Edwards (“Downton Abbey”) as the sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick and also features Joseph Marcell (Geoffrey in “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”) as Leonato. Directed by Jeremy Herrin, this fearless display of Shakespeare’s wit and wisdom, in which words become weapons, comes to sparkling life.
Closing the cinema season is “Doctor Faustus,” a spectacular production of Christopher Marlowe’s tragedy directed by Matthew Dunster. The legendary story of a man who sells his soul to the devil for power and pleasure is given a bright and brilliant interpretation with puppets, pyrotechnics and magic tricks. Arthur Darvill, best known as Doctor Who’s sidekick Rory in the cult British TV classic, plays Mephistopheles. Paul Hilton, whose big screen credits include “Wuthering Heights” and “Klimt with John Malkovich,” takes the title role.
Globe on Screen tickets are $15, $10 for students; contact the Strand for group ticket pricing. For more information on all upcoming live concerts, films, HD broadcasts and events at the Strand, visit rocklandstrand.com; call 594-0070, ext. 5; or send email to email@example.com.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or firstname.lastname@example.org.