National Theatre Live to broadcast the Donmar Warehouse production of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus
We’re delighted to announce that on 30 January 2014 we will broadcast the Donmar Warehouse production of Coriolanus, directed by Josie Rourke, with Tom Hiddleston in the title role and Mark Gatiss as Menenius, live to cinemas around the world.
Natalie Portman and Michael Fassbender are attached to star in a big-screen adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth,with Fassbender in the title role and Portman as Lady MacBeth. The script is billed as an updated version of Shakespeare’s tale of revenge and ambition, complete with the blood and thunder of the original tragedy.
Still trying to work out if this is an April Fool’s joke. Orlando is a bit old for the role, isn’t he? Also inter-racial casting in R+J (or any other adaption of Shakespeare work) is neither radical nor ground-breaking (and I resent the writer making it seem controversial in the article). Inter-racial Romeos and Juliet have been played on stage and screen before, yet they’re not mentioned at all in the article (see the Globe’s Romeo and Juliet, and the recent touring production of the Broadway revival of West Side Story). This honestly sounds like it will be boring…and an attempt by the producers to cash in on Orlando Bloom’s fame.
“Billie Joe Armstrong will write new songs for Yale Repertory Theater’s production of “These Paper Bullets,” a rock ‘n’ roll updating of “Much Ado About Nothing” that will have its world premiere next March…”
Mark your calendars! We have officially announced the NT live broadcast date of Shakespeare’s iconic Othello with Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear as 26 September! Tickets will be on sale shortly. For more information, visit NTLive.com
I’m assuming other screening dates for countries like Australia will be announced soon. We never get anything like this “live”.
The film, to be titled Macbett, is written and directed by Aleta Chappelle, who is the first African American woman to direct a film version of a Shakespeare play. The film is set to start pre-production in Sept. 2013 on location in Jamaica and Puerto Rico.
Any guesses as to which play they’re adapting? Also, not exactly a new idea. Branagh’s Love’s Labour’s Lost was a musical, and it tanked both commercially and critically. Let’s hope it’s more like West Side Story (which I love despite being constantly told by others it has dated badly).