London's Globe Theatre to broadcast Shakespeare plays to movie theaters
The Globe Theatre in London is joining the growing number of theater companies to broadcast their stage offerings to cinemas around the world. The British venue, which opened in 1997, is a replica of the circular space where William Shakespeare premiered many of his plays.
This year's broadcasts from the Globe will include "The Merry Wives of Windsor" (June 27), "Henry IV, Part 1" (Aug. 1), "Henry IV, Part 2" (Aug. 18) and "Henry VIII" (Sept. 15). Organizers said that each broadcast will begin at 7 p.m. local time and will include a 20-minute historical segment on the Globe.
L.A. residents will be able to catch the broadcasts at cinemas including the AMC Century City 15, AMC Burbank 16 and the Cinemark North Hollywood 8. In Orange County, participating theaters will include the Regal Irvine Spectrum 20, Cinemark Huntington Beach 20 and Orange Stadium Promenade 25.
Tickets for the broadcasts can be purchased at Fathom Events. The productions were filmed in 2010 at the Globe. The staging of "Merry Wives" was the same that toured the U.S. last year, including a stop at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica.
The Globe was the brainchild of American actor-director Sam Wanamaker, who died in 1993 before seeing the project completed.
-- David Ng
Upper photo: The Globe Theatre in London. Credit: Associated Press
Lower photo: Christopher Benjamin, Serena Evans (right) and Sarah Woodward in "The Merry Wives of Windsor" at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times