RSC's HENRY IV, PART 2 Hits U.S. Movie Theaters This Saturday
This weekend the Royal Shakespeare Company's Henry IV Part 2 will begin cinemas screenings across the US. Henry IV Part 2 was filmed for "Live from Stratford-upon-Avon," the RSC program that screens the world's greatest classical theatre company from Shakespeare's home town around the world through a continued partnership with Picturehouse Entertainment.
Henry IV Part 1 has been in cinemas across the US from June 3 - July 3, and was seen in over 315 UK cinemas in May. Watch the trailer for Henry IV Part 2 here!
Henry IV Part 1 and Henry IV Part 2 opened to raves in Stratford-upon-Avon. These two productions as well as Two Gentlemen of Verona, can be seen from June-October 2014 in North America. These broadcasts follow on the success of RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran's production of William Shakespeare's Richard II with David Tennant which was seen by 130,000 people in 14 countries. There will be Richard II revival screenings at 45 cinemas across the US in May and June.
Gregory Doran directs Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre with Antony Sher playing the infamous knight Falstaff, alongside Jasper Britton as Henry IV, Alex Hassell as Prince Hal and Paola Dionisotti as Mistress Quickly.
Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 will be joined in cinemas by The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Shakespeare's early exuberant romantic comedy about friendship and betrayal, directed by Simon Godwin who is an Associate Director at the Royal Court and at Bristol Old Vic. The Two Gentlemen of Verona - Captured live Wednesday September 3, 2014. Exclusive dates in US Cinemas September 20 - October 20, 2014.
For cinema listings and booking visit http://onscreen.rsc.org.uk/ to sign up for updates and follow the creation of the production online in the run up to the screening.
Made in Stratford-upon-Avon - Seen around the world. Everyone at the Royal Shakespeare Company, from actors to technicians, milliners to musicians, plays a part in creating the world seen on stage. The work begins its life at the Stratford workshops and theatres and is shared with audiences across the world through touring, residencies, cinema broadcasts and online activity. Wherever the RSC is experienced, audiences experience work that is made in Shakespeare's home town. Shakespeare has been performed and celebrated in Stratford for centuries and the RSC has trained generations of the very best theatre makers since the Company was founded in 1961, pioneering contemporary approaches to Shakespeare's plays, as well as staging the work of those who inspired him and the work of today's playwrights. www.rsc.org.uk
Picturehouse Entertainment is the distribution arm of Picturehouse Cinemas, the owner and operator of 21 Picturehouse Cinemas and programming agent for a further 49 venues across the UK. Since its launch in 2010, Picturehouse Entertainment has distributed a diverse range of alternative content to cinemas throughout the UK and internationally. This includes live satellite broadcasts of seasons from world-class arts organizations, such as the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Bolshoi Ballet and the National Theatre, and special one-off events such as Stephen Fry's talk, The Fry Chronicles, and David Bowie is happening now transmitted from the V&A's sell-out exhibition. Picturehouse Entertainment's feature film releases include BAFTA winner The Imposter, Shane Meadows' The Stone Roses: Made of Stone, Ben Wheatley's A Field in England and the forthcoming The Pervert's Guide to Ideology featuring Slavoj Žižek, in cinemas from 4 October 2013.