David Tennant's Hamlet Included In Barbican 'RSC Shakespeare On Film' Season
The Barbican Centre has announced a season of films to accompany the Royal Shakespeare Company event King And Country: Shakespeare's Great Cycle Of Kings, coming to the Barbican Theatre stage later this year.
The RSC Shakespeare On Film season runs from 9th - 24th January 2016 and will include highlights from 100 years of Shakespeare in performance either captured onstage or recreated for film or TV. Titles to be screened include Gregory Doran's 2009 film of his production of Hamlet starring David Tennant, as well as Michael Elliot's As You Like It with Vanessa Redgrave and Trevor Nunn's Macbeth starring Judi Dench and Ian McKellern.
The screen version of the RSC production of Hamlet (2008-9) was filmed on location with the original stage cast and captures the atmosphere and excitement of the orginal stage production. David Tennant reprises his thrilling, mercurial and often very funny central performance alongside the Patrick Stewart as Claudius, King of Denmark. Penny Downie plays Hamlet’s mother Gertrude and Mariah Gale is the tragic Ophelia. Edward Bennett is Ophelia’s avenging brother Laertes, and Oliver Ford Davies takes the role of their father Polonius.
Tickets for the RSC Shakespeare On Film season are not yet on sale but will shortly be available here.
The cinema season and the King And Country Cycle are presented as part of Shakespeare400, a celebration of Shakepeare's legacy on the 400th anniversary of his death led by a consortium of cultural, creative and educational organisations. The King And Country Cycle will see David Tennant reprise his award-winning performance as the King in Richard II for just 9 performances: 4 as part of the cycle and 5 individual stagings. Tickets for the standalone performances are now sold out (a limited number of £10 tickets will be available only from the Barbican Box Office on the day of each performance), however the production can still be seen as part of the cycle.
For tickets for King And Country: Shakespeare's Great Cycle Of Kings click here.