ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY AND PICTUREHOUSE ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCE LIVE FROM STRATFORD-UPON-AVON
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S HENRY IV PART I, DIRECTED BY GREGORY DORAN, IS SECOND RSC PRODUCTION TO BE SCREENED AT CINEMA NOUVEAU
Releases exclusively at Cinema Nouveau and select Ster-Kinekor theatres from 21 – 26 June 2014
‘All hail! Gregory Doran gives a strong statement of intent for his own reign at Stratford.’
Cinema Nouveau announces the exclusive screening of the second production from the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), in collaboration with Picturehouse Entertainment.
The company’s acclaimed production of Henry IV Part 1 releases on Saturday, 21 June, for limited screenings at Cinema Nouveau theatres and select Ster-Kinekor cinemas countrywide.
The filmed version of the live stage production has four screenings in South Africa, from Saturday, 21 June 2014, at Cinema Nouveau Rosebank Mall in Johannesburg, Brooklyn Mall in Pretoria, Gateway in Durban and V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, as well as the following select Ster-Kinekor cinemas: Somerset Mall in Somerset West, Garden Route Mall in George and Bedford Centre in Johannesburg.
Following his production of Richard II in October 2013, RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran continues his exploration of Shakespeare’s history plays with Henry IV Parts I and II, an epic, comic and thrilling vision of a nation in turmoil.
RSC Associate Artist, South African-born Antony Sher, returns to the Company to play the infamous comic knight Falstaff. He is joined by Jasper Britton as Henry IV and Alex Hassell as Prince Hal. Jasper returns following his performances in The Taming of the Shrew/The Tamer Tamed (2003). Alex returns to the RSC following his recent credits in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cardenio and The City Madam (2011).
‘… it is Sher’s irrepressible Falstaff that will linger in the memory – a lord or misrule who’s absurd, delightful and in the end deeply sad…’ – Evening Standard
The supporting cast of Henry IV Part I includes: Elliot Barnes-Worrell (Prince John/ Francis); Martin Bassindale (Peto); Antony Byrne (Worcester); Sean Chapman (Northumberland/Earl of Douglas); Paola Dionisotti (Mistress Quickly); Jonny Glynn (Gadshill); Nia Gwynne (Lady Mortimer); Jim Hooper (Sir Richard Vernon); Youssef Kerkour (Westmoreland); Sam Marks (Poins); Keith Osborn (Scroop); Leigh Quinn (Traveller); Joshua Richards (Bardolph/Glendower); Simon Thorp (Sir Walter Blunt); Trevor White (Hotspur) and Simon Yadoo (Chamberlain).
Several of the cast and all of the creative team for this production were also part of Doran’s recent successful production of Richard II. The production is designed by Stephen Brimson Lewis with lighting by Tim Mitchell. The music is composed by Paul Englishby with sound by Martin Slavin. The Movement director is Mike Ashcroft and the Fight director is Terry King.
With his crown under threat from enemies both foreign and domestic, Henry IV prepares for war. Having deposed the previous king, he is only too aware of the tenuousness of his position, and of the price to be paid if he falters. As his father prepares to defend his crown, Prince Hal is languishing in the taverns and brothels of London, revelling in the company of his friend, the notorious Sir John Falstaff. With the onset of the war, Hal and Falstaff are thrust into the brutal reality of the battlefield, where Hal must confront his responsibilities to family and throne.
This is the second play in Shakespeare’s series of histories covering the reigns of Richard II, Henry IV and Henry V. Shakespeare muses on the consequences of actions, the role of princes and the realities of wielding power.
Richard is dead and Henry Bolingbroke is now King Henry IV. The king is not enjoying his reign. He feels guilty about the removal of Richard and it troubles his conscience. He’d like to go to the Holy Land on crusade to pay penance but there are troubles much nearer to home that need his attention. His reign is threatened by growing opposition from some of the very nobles who helped him to the throne – especially the Percy Family. Wales and Scotland are threatening rebellion as King Richard’s nominated heir, Edmund Mortimer, looms large on the horizon.
King Henry’s suspicious, rude and perhaps arrogant treatment of Henry Percy (the Earl of Northumberland’s son who is known as ‘Hotspur’ because of his courage and impetuous nature) only makes matters worse.
King Henry’s own heir – his son, Prince Henry (also known as Harry and Hal) – is living a dissolute life, frequenting the taverns of Eastcheap in the company of Sir John Falstaff and other disreputable characters. Hal likes Falstaff but also enjoys insulting and tricking him. He goes so far as to stage a robbery of Falstaff and his fellows just for the sport of listening to Falstaff recount the exaggerated story afterwards. Hal knows he’s not being particularly ‘princely’ but he intends to improve his behaviour when the right moment comes.
Opposition to the king becomes open rebellion, led by Hotspur (Henry Percy), who now supports the claim to the throne of Edmund Mortimer (his brother-in-law). The rebellion brings Hal back to his father’s side – the moment for behaving more like a prince has come. Falstaff musters a ragged troop of soldiers. Will the king’s army defeat the rebels at the battle of Shrewsbury? And will Falstaff live to die another day?
The broadcast of Richard II in January this year, was the first of four RSC Shakespeare plays to be filmed live as part of an on-going programme to make the Company’s work more available to a nationwide and global audience. Following the release of Henry IV Part I on 21 June, two further productions will be broadcast across the world, including in South Africa thanks to Cinema Nouveau: Henry IV Part II (from 19 July), and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (from 27 September).
Doran will also direct Henry IV Part II, with South African-born Antony Sher again playing the infamous knight Falstaff, alongside Jasper Britton as Henry IV, Alex Hassell as Prince Hal and Paola Dionisotti as Mistress Quickly. Further casting will be announced shortly.
These two productions will be joined later in the year by
The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Shakespeare’s early and exuberant romantic comedy about friendship and betrayal, to be directed by Simon Godwin.
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Live from Stratford-upon-Avon is generously supported by the Sidney E. Frank Foundation.
The running time of Henry IV Part 1 is 2hrs 45mins, with a 20-minute interval.
About Ster-Kinekor Cinema Nouveau
Cinema Nouveau is a division of Ster-Kinekor Theatres (South Africa’s largest cinema exhibitor) and operates 26 digital screens and just under 3000 seats. The four theatre sites, which all boast the very latest in digital technology, are spread across Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban. Cinema Nouveau holds the prestige of being one of the world’s only dedicated “art cinema” chains, screening independent, alternative and art cinema content from cultures across the globe. It promises a unique and inspiring cinema experience – a destination for film lovers with a passion for and appreciation of the beauty and artistry of film.
About the Royal Shakespeare Company
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 you see on stage. Our work begins its life at our Stratford workshops and theatres and we share it with audiences across the world through our touring, residencies and online activity. So, wherever you experience the RSC, you experience work that is made in Shakespeare’s home town in the UK. 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. We pioneer contemporary approaches to Shakespeare’s plays, as well as staging the work of those who inspired him and the work of today’s playwrights. http://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.
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