Shakespeare Lives in Film

In celebration of the Bard’s work, Shakespeare Lives in Film is a showcase of six classic film adaptations. Featuring Laurence Olivier’s Academy Award-winning performance as Hamlet and the ground breaking casting of Laurence Fishburne as Othello, the first major cinematic production of the work to cast an African-American in the title role, these landmark performances are not to be missed by fans and neophytes.

Thu, 21 Apr / 7.30pm: King Lear (1971) Buy ticket
Fri, 22 Apr / 7.30pm: Theatre of Blood (1973) Buy ticket
Sat, 23 Apr / 3pm: Hamlet (1948) Buy ticket
Sat, 23 Apr / 7.30pm: Macbeth (1971) Buy ticket
Sun, 24 Apr / 3pm: Othello (1995) Buy ticket
Sun, 24 Apr / 7.30pm: All Night Long (1962) Buy ticket

Shakespeare Lives in Film is presented by The Arts House as part of Shakespeare Lives, a major programme of events and activities jointly organised by the British Council and the GREAT Britain campaign, in celebration of Shakespeare's work on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of his death in 2016.

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King Lear
Thu, 21 Apr, 7.30pm
Director: Peter Brook
Cast: Paul Scofield, Alan Webb
1971\ UK \ 137 min \ PG13 (Some violence)
Trailer

Peter Brook directs his own adaptation of Shakespeare's classic tragedy. King Lear (Paul Scofield), having decided to split his kingdom between his three daughters, decides to apportion the lands according to which daughter declaims her love for him best. When his daughter Cordelia refuses to flatter her father's ego with claims of devotion, Lear angrily gives the lion's share of his power to her sisters, Goneril and Regan. They soon abuse this trust, and Lear finds himself emasculated and powerless. Before long he is drifting into madness, as his former empire falls apart.

* Film introduction by Yong Li Lan, Associate Professor of the NUS Department of English Language and Literature. 
* Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of screening for the introduction.

 

Theatre of Blood
Fri, 22 Apr, 7.30pm
Director: Douglas Hickox
Cast: Vincent Price, Diana Rigg
1973 \ UK \ 104 min \ NC16 (Violence and gore)
Trailer

This brilliant yet bizarre comedy-horror has Vincent Price starring as a self-important, psychotic actor who refuses to play anything other than Shakespeare. Feeling jilted by nine critics who denied him the Best Actor of the Year award, he re-enacts Shakespearean murder scenes with his daughter (Diana Rigg) to earn his gruesome revenge. Theatre of Blood is a genuine and underrated oddity of British cinema, combining grotesque cinematic effects with parody and caricatures to create an exceptional film.

 

Hamlet 
Sat, 23 Apr, 3pm
Director: Laurence Olivier
Cast: Laurence Olivier, Basil Sydney, Jean Simmons
1948 \ UK \ 161 min \ PG
Trailer

Laurence Olivier delivers one of his greatest Shakespearean performances as the lead role in this Academy Award-winning 1948 version of Hamlet. Seldom has the tragic story of the Danish Prince, tortured by his duty to his murdered father and by the guilt and fear he feels at the prospect of revenge, been so brilliantly portrayed in this immortal story of murder, intrigue, madness and despair.

* Film introduction by Yong Li Lan, Associate Professor of the NUS Department of English Language and Literature. 
* Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of screening for the introduction.

 

Macbeth
Sat, 23 Apr, 7.30pm
Director: Roman Polanski
Cast: Jon Finch, Francesca Annis, Martin Shaw
1971 \ UK \140 min \ M18 (Nudity)
Trailer

Roman Polanski presents his nightmarish vision of Shakespeare's classic tragedy about the lust for power-and its bloody consequences. Jon Finch is Macbeth, the Scottish war hero whose insane ambition unleashes a cycle of violence. Prompted by the supernatural prophecy of three witches, Macbeth is goaded by his Lady (Francesca Annis) into slaying King Duncan and assuming his throne. Filmed in rugged North Wales, Polanski used this landscape to accentuate the visual elements of Shakespeare’s play.

* Film introduction by Yong Li Lan, Associate Professor of the NUS Department of English Language and Literature. 
* Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of screening for the introduction.

 

Othello
Sun, 24 Apr, 3pm
Director: Oliver Parker
Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Irène Jacob, Laurence Fishburne
1995 \ UK \ 123 min \ M18 (Sexual scenes)
Trailer

Actor Oliver Parker makes his directorial debut in this hybrid adaptation of the tragedy Othello, combining the original text with the themes of sex and violence. Laurence Fishburne stars as the Moorish general Othello, who returns a hero after crushing an invasion attempt by the Turkish army near Cyprus. Pledged to marry the lovely Desdemona (Irene Jacob), Othello ignores the advice of his intended's father, who tells him that she may have a deceptive nature. Parker's production is the first major cinematic production of Othello to cast an African-American in the title role.

 

All Night Long
Sun, 24 Apr, 7.30pm
Director: Basil Dearden
Cast: Patrick McGoohan, Richard Attenborough, Betsy Blair
1962 \ UK \ 91 min \ NC16 (Some drug use)
Trailer

Othello is translated to the world of sixties London jazz clubs in the smoky and sensational All Night Long. Over the course of one eventful evening of the anniversary celebration of the musical and romantic partners Aurelius Rex and Delia Lane, a jealous, ambitious drummer, Johnny Cousin (Patrick McGoohan), attempts to tear the interracial couple apart. This daring psychodrama also features on-screen appearances by jazz legends Charles Mingus, Dave Brubeck, Tubby Hayes and Johnny Dankworth.

 

Singapore Film Society members enjoy Concession rates. Bring along your membership card as proof when collecting your tickets at the box office at Level 1 of The Arts House.

 




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