Live Theatre At Its Most Exciting On The Big Screen
The second production from Branagh Theatre Live is William Shakespeare’s tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, that will be screened exclusively at Cinema Nouveau Cinemas nationwide from 6 August for limited screeningS.
In this production of Shakespeareʼs heart-breaking tale of forbidden love, Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh direct Richard Madden and Lily James (reuniting the stars of Branagh’s celebrated film of Cinderella) as the young star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet.
The play tells of a longstanding feud between Verona’s Montague and Capulet families that brings about devastating consequences for the two young lovers caught in the conflict.
“Where theatre making and film making meet is exciting. The cinema broadcasts of our plays hope to challenge the possibilities of this relationship,”‘ says Kenneth Branagh. ”We have a team of people who are experienced in both worlds. The potential results, particularly in exploring the magic of Shakespeare, should be fascinating.”
This exciting addition to the live theatre and opera productions screened at Cinema Nouveau theatres, is one of three productions from the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company during its year-long Plays at the Garrick season.
In this production of Romeo and Juliet, Branagh and his creative team present a modern and passionate version of the classic tragedy.
Staged at the famous Garrick Theatre in London’s West End, and featuring some of Britain’s renowned stage actors, this ‘cinema event’ follows the first production from Branagh Theatre Live, William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, which was screened earlier in the year at Cinema Nouveau.
Also featuring in this all-star cast production are Sir Derek Jacobi as Mercutio and Meera Syal as The Nurse, together with Marisa Berenson, Jack Colgrave Hirst, Tom Hanson, Matthew Hawksley, Taylor James, Pip Jordan, Ansu Kabia, Racheal Ofori, Nikki Patel, Chris Porter, Zoë Rainey, Michael Rouse, Samuel Valentine and Kathryn Wilder.
On her role as Juliet’s Nurse, Meera Syal said: “I’m so looking forward to joining such an exciting and prestigious company, and to be performing Shakespeare with them in this, his 400th anniversary year.”
The running time for Romeo and Juliet is 2 hours and 45 minutes, including a 15 minute interval. The production has been filmed for broadcast in high-definition black and white.
Kenneth Branagh introduces Romeo and Juliet
Marc Allenby, Director of Distribution at Picturehouse Entertainment, said: “At Picturehouse, we are huge admirers of the work of Ken and his collaborators, and it is with great pride that we look forward to bringing these exciting new productions from the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company to cinemas around the world.”
Romeo and Juliet releases on South African screens from Saturday, 06 August 2016, for four screenings only: on 06, 10 and 11 August at 19:30 and on 07 August at 14:30 – only at Cinema Nouveau theatres in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town.
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The discounts and benefits for members of SK Club, Discovery Vitality and Edgars Club loyalty programmes apply for all live theatre productions. Special prices for school and group bookings are also available on request.
During 2016, in addition to The Winter’s Tale and Romeo and Juliet, Cinema Nouveau will screen one more production from the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company, in partnership with Picturehouse Entertainment, from its year-long Plays at the Garrick season live to cinemas worldwide:
- John Osborne’s The Entertainer, starring Branagh in the lead role. Set against the backdrop of post-war Britain, Osborneʼs modern classic conjures the seedy glamour of the old music halls for an explosive examination of public masks and private torment. Rob Ashford directs Kenneth Branagh as the unforgettable Archie Rice.
Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company productions are distributed by Picturehouse Entertainment, the distribution arm of Picturehouse Cinemas.