Only just heard about this today. Apologies to US followers but it appears screenings in the US have passed. For those of you in Europe and Australia, screenings are coming soon. I hope this means more Broadway shows will be broadcast in cinemas around the world:
"Prejudice. Anger. Betrayal. And the chance that true love could actually conquer all. It could only be the greatest love story of all time…Filmed live on Broadway and starring the British actor Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lord of the Rings) and two-time Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad, this dazzling new production of Romeo and Juliet is a modern take on one of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays. Staged on Broadway for the first time in 36 years, director David Leveaux brings a dynamic energy and contemporary setting to his interpretation of this eternally tragic tale of star-crossed lovers.”
An in-depth and interesting analysis of the trailer for the new Cymbeline film adaptation by Michael Almereyda, due to be released at some point this year. Nice to see there’s at least one other person out there who is excited about this film.
So far I’ve only come across bad reviews for the new Romeo and Juliet film adaptation (which worries me, but seems to confirm the early suspicions I had about the project - I remember using the term Downton Verona - all style, little substance). Has anyone who follows me seen it yet? I’m wondering if it’s worth seeing it in the cinema, or if it’s a wait ‘til it hits DVD kind of film. In other news the folks at The Globe aren’t that happy with Julian Fellowes’s comments re: his adaptation of the language in the new film.
One of the symposium participants, Hollywood actor Harry Lennix (who starred in the 1999 film adaptation, Titus), recently produced an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry IV plays. H4 is set in contemporary Los Angeles to explore political struggles in the black community.