From the Live Stage to the Screen

From the Stratford Festival in Ontario, all the way to the National Theatre in London, UK, Cineplex brings you the best of stage to cinemas across Canada!

Hamlet - National Theatre Live ENCORE

Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch

Synopsis: Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. Now seen by over 750,000 people worldwide, the original 2015 NT Live broadcast returns to cinemas. As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state. Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions.

Mar 1, 2018
Mar 24, 2018

Romeo and Juliet - Stratford Festival HD

Cast: Sara Farb, Antoine Yared, Seana McKenna, Marion Adler, Wayne Best, Evan Buliung, Randy Hughson

Synopsis: Scott Wentworth brings fresh life to the beloved tale of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers in the Stratford Festival’s “funny, moving, thrilling” production (National Post) of Romeo and Juliet, starring Antoine Yared and Sara Farb as the “youthful, impulsive, and vivacious” title characters (Toronto Star). Featuring “a perfect portrait of the Nurse from Seana McKenna” (The Globe and Mail), an “electric Mercutio” in Evan Buliung (National Post), and a “solid ensemble” (Toronto Star), this production is “captivating from start to finish” (Broadway World).

Mar 3, 2018

Scapin the Schemer (French w/e.s.t.) - Comédie-Française

Cast: The Troupe, the actors of the Académie de la Comédie-Française

Synopsis: Octave and Léandre’s amorous intentions are thwarted by two authoritarian fathers who have just returned from a trip with determined to marry their sons to two strangers. They young men turn to the wily Scapin for help, placing their fate in his hands… Beatings with a stick, an avalanche of stratagems and other tricks set the tempo of this Molière play that has truly earned its place as one of the playwright’s essential creations.

Mar 14, 2018

Julius Caesar - National Theatre Live

Cast: Ben Whishaw, Michelle Fairley, David Calder, David Morrissey

Synopsis: Ben Whishaw (The Danish Girl, Skyfall, Hamlet) and Michelle Fairley (Fortitude, Game of Thrones) play Brutus and Cassius, David Calder (The Lost City of Z, The Hatton Garden Job) plays Caesar and David Morrissey (The Missing, Hangmen, The Walking Dead) is Mark Antony. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London. Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital. Nicholas Hytner’s production will thrust the audience into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake.

Mar 22, 2018
May 12, 2018

Timon of Athens - Stratford Festival HD

Cast: Joseph Ziegler, Tim Campbell, Ben Carlson, Michael Spencer-Davis

Synopsis: Timon, a tremendously generous nobleman, lavishes gifts upon his friends and entertains in high style. He’s the most popular man in Athens – until his money runs out. Unable to find a friend in his hour of need, Timon takes to the wilderness, embittered by ingratitude. Joseph Ziegler, “a superb, nuanced actor … amazes” in the title role (The Buffalo News), with “Ben Carlson, Michael Spencer-Davis and Tim Campbell bringing weight and clarity to their secondary roles” (Toronto Star). Director Stephen Ouimette sets Shakespeare’s timeless story in the 21st century and “the themes fit well in a self-absorbed world of virtual reality goggles, cellphone selfies and vacuous club music” (Postmedia). This stirring production from the Stratford Festival is both “captivating and heartbreaking” (Broadway World).

April 22, 2018

Lady Windermere's Fan

Cast: Samantha Spiro, Kevin Bishop, Jennifer Saunders

Synopsis: A new production of Oscar Wilde’s social comedy, Lady Windermere’s Fan, directed by award-winning writer, actor and director Kathy Burke, will be broadcast live to cinemas from the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End. Kathy Burke brings together a talented comedic cast including the Olivier Award winning actress Samantha Spiro as Mrs Erlynne, Kevin Bishop as Lord Darlington, and guest starring Jennifer Saunders as the Duchess of Berwick, marking her return to the West End stage for the first time in over twenty years. This is the second play from the Oscar Wilde Season, a year-long celebration of the brilliant Victorian playwright being staged by Classic Spring, a new theatre company led by Dominic Dromgoole, former Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe. The day of Lady Windermere’s birthday party, and all is perfectly in order. Until her friend Lord Darlington plants a seed of suspicion. Is her husband having an affair? And will the other woman really attend the party? First performed in 1892, Lady Windermere’s Fan explores the ambiguity of upper class morality and the fragile position of women in society in the late Victorian era in one of Wilde’s most popular and witty plays.

April 26, 2018

The Fop Reformed (French w/e.s.t.) - Comédie-Française

Cast: The Troupe, the actors of the Académie de la Comédie-Française

Synopsis: The story is that of a young Parisian whose parents have found a good match for him, a count’s daughter. But when he goes to visit her, the handsome boy – whose Parisian manners are far removed from the rules of decorum that reign in the provinces – cannot open his heart to his lovely intended. Stung, the latter decides to teach him a lesson for his arrogance… “The concept of the Petit-Maître, the fop, may seem very foreign to us, but do we too not know elegant and stylish young people with affected or pretentious manners, for whom fashion is the only guide? If one were to caricature somewhat, such a person is what would be called a fashion addict today.” Through this Marivaux play, in which the language is “as refined, precise and humorous” as ever, Clément Hervieu-Léger draws out the parallels between the eighteenth century and our era.

May 16, 2018

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