Plummer is ‘Barrymore’ on Strand screen

Nov 06, 2012
Christopher Plummer stars as John Barrymore in “Barrymore,” a play adapted and filmed last year in Canada for HD broadcast.

Rockland — The Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., will present a special HD event, “Barrymore,” Saturday, Nov. 17 at 2:30 p.m. Christopher Plummer stars in an unforgettable portrayal of legendary actor John Barrymore, a man of colossal talent and contradictions and one of the greatest Shakespearean actors of all time.

The film is based on the play by William Luce, for which Plummer won a Tony Award, directed and adapted for the screen by Erik Canuel. The year is 1942, what will be the final year of Barrymore's life. No longer a leading box office star, the film finds the actor reckoning with the ravages of his life of excess. He has rented a grand old theater to rehearse for a backer’s audition to raise money for a revival of his 1920 Broadway triumph in “Richard III.” It leads him to look back on the highs and lows of his stunning career and remarkable life.

The screening also includes “Backstage with Barrymore,” a documentary film about the re-creation of an incredible piece of theater history. Cameras were rolling as Plummer and the production team prepared “Barrymore” for the stage of Toronto’s Elgin Theatre. The film offers complete access to the entire process, interviews with the people responsible for this epic adventure in theater and film, and includes interviews with Plummer’s favorite leading ladies — Julie Andrews, Helen Mirren and Zoe Caldwell.

Tickets are $22, $15 for students. For information about all Strand Theatre films, live music and performance events and HD broadcasts, visit; call 594-0070; or send email to

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or

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