Shakespeare at the Cinema – in CardiffOctober 14, 2013
Romeo and Juliet
11-17th October Cineworld Cardiff
Carlo Carlei Production (2013)
A stunning new version of Shakespeare’s timeless romantic tragedy from the creator of ‘Downton Abbey’. The Montagues and Capulets are at war, frequently brawling in the streets of Verona. So when Romeo (Douglas Booth) and Juliet (Hailee Steinfeld) fall for each other, life proves difficult for these star-crossed lovers. Friar Laurence (Paul Giamatti) helps them to marry in secret, but the enmity between their families is too strong for a reconciliation. The greatest love story of all time, Shakespeare’s 16th century classic has been reinterpreted time and again. But there hasn’t been a faithful version since Zeffirelli’s 1968 Oscar winner. Now lauded ‘Downton Abbey’ creator Julian Fellowes has scripted this new adaptation, which makes exceptional use of its gorgeous Italian locations. The to-die-for cast is led by Hailee Steinfeld, who was Oscar nominated for her performance in ‘True Grit’, and Douglas Booth, who played Pip in the BBC’s recent adaptation of ‘Great Expectations’.
22nd October Cineworld Cardiff
National Theatre Production (2010)
Rory Kinnear takes the title role in Nicholas Hytner’s chilling modern production of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. Hamlet (Rory Kinnear), the Prince of Denmark, is haunted by the ghost of his murdered father. Consumed by grief, he vows revenge upon the man he holds responsible. That’s his uncle Claudius (Patrick Malahide), who went on to claim both the throne and Hamlet’s mother, Gertrude (Clare Higgins). ‘Hamlet’ is one of the Bard’s most frequently staged plays. But National Theatre Director Nicholas Hytner’s 2010 modern-dress production offered a dynamic new interpretation, giving the play a bold psychological and political context. His Elsinore is a tyrannical police state where every move is subject to surveillance. Olivier Award-winning actor Rory Kinnear took the role of Hamlet to great acclaim. The Times described his performance as “superb in its resonance and intelligence”. This HD broadcast returns to Cineworld as part of the National Theatre’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
(with thanks to Ceri Sullivan for alerting me to these screenings)