Shakespeare on Film, Globe London Cinema Series: Henry IV

No other writer has had more films made of their work than Shakespeare. True, William Shakespeare never experienced the medium of film himself, but the universal themes in his work transcend time. This summer NCM Fathom, Globe Theatre and Artists United present the Shakespeare’s Globe London Cinema Series, bringing people across the United States performances from the Globe Theatre in London. Monday, August 1, 2011 United Artists Galaxy Stadium 14 presents Henry IV Part 1 as part of this nationwide Summer film series. Tickets to this Indianapolis event are $15. The film begins at 6:30 pm.
The series of plays presented on screen across the nation were captured at London’s Globe Theatre in 2010. Though the Globe Theatre that originally produced Shakespeare’s works was destroyed in a fire in 1599. This exact architectural recreation built in its place holds the aura the playwright would have faced himself on opening night. This historic playhouse proudly produces authentic Shakespearean classics each season. An experience once reserved for Londoners and tourists to the city is now available for the whole world to see without ever leaving home.

The four part series presents Classical Shakespeare titles to American audiences in movie theaters across the United States. The series began in June with The Merry Wives of Windsor and continues this August and September with Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2 and Henry VIII.

Henry IV
is one of Shakespeare’s most celebrated history plays. It is the second play in the Bard’s trilogy about the successive reigns of Richard II, Henry IV and Henry V. Part 1 of Henry IV depicts the kings rule from 1402 to 1403, when his kingdom was embroiled in the battle at Homildon against Douglas. Unnerved by his misbegotten crown, Henry IV, hopes that a crusade to the Holy Land to fight Muslims will quell his conscience.

However, his the borders of his kingdom are under seige by the neighboring lands of Scotland and Wales. On top of that, he thinks his son Hal (the future King Henry V) is a deadbeat, who has gotten himself mixed up with the shady character of Falstaff. As the new King navigates the rocky waters before him, he must find a way to reconcile with his son and win the battle at hand.

The production presented on film this Monday was captured at the Globe Theatre in London in 2010. The play stars actor Roger Allam, as Falstaff, who one the Best Actor Olivier Award for his work in the role. Don’t miss your chance to travel to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre without ever leaving Indy.

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Shakespeare’s Globe London Cinema Series Presents Henry IV
Monday, August 1, 2011 at 6:30 pm


United Artists Galaxy Stadium 14
8105 East 96th Street
Indianapolis, IN