The glory of Shakespeare screened live from London at The Quad in Derby

Jonathan Pryce and his daughter Phoebe as Shylock and Jessica in The Merchant of Venice. Picture: Manuel Harlan
Jonathan Pryce and his daughter Phoebe as Shylock and Jessica in The Merchant of Venice. Picture: Manuel Harlan

In the 400th anniversary year of Shakespeare’s death, three acclaimed performances from the world’s most famous stage will put cinema-goers right at the heart of the action with three of his plays, Measure For Measure, The Merchant of Venice and Richard II being screened at live from The Globe Theatre in London at The Quad in Derby.

Launching the sixth annual season of the hugely popular Globe On Screen is one of the Bard’s lesser-known works Measure For Measure , being shown at The Quad on May 17 and 19.

Boasting a superb cast and marking the final summer production from artistic director Dominic Dromgoole, the play is a wickedly black comedy of secret identities, sexual politics and manipulation.

The production features stellar performances from Mariah Gale as Isabella, Dominic Rowan as Duke Vincent and Kurt Egyiawan as Angelo.

Next up is The Merchant of Venice, at The quad on June 28 and 30 and starring multi Tony and Olivier Award-winning stage and screen star Jonathan Pryce (Game of Thrones, Wolf Hall) as the enigmatic Shylock alongside his own daughter Phoebe Pryce, playing Jessica, in Jonathan Munby’s moving production.

This iconic tale of the battle between greed and love, paired with Pryce’s memorable interpretation, makes this a must-see.

Finally, on July 10 and 21, it is Simon Godwin’s production of Richard II.

Simmering with both violence and comedic irony, the productions features a tour de force performance from Charles Edwards (Downton Abbey, Philomena) in the title role.

A production that delves into the meaning of kingship and the rising powers that can destroy it, the rich colours and lavish costumes of this sumptuous historical masterpiece transfer superbly to the big screen.

Alongside the new Globe On Screen season, Arts Alliance’s sister company, Park Circus will be releasing two classic Shakespeare film adaptations across the UK and Ireland - a one-day Event Cinema release for Richard III tomorrow (Thursday) featuring a post-film discussion with star Ian McKellen and director Richard Loncraine broadcast live from BFI South Bank.

And there is a new 4K restoration of Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet on May 20.

With a year of major events planned across the world to celebrate the life and work of our most famous playwright, 2016 is the perfect time to experience the magic of Shakespeare on the big screen.

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