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Shakespeare Lives in Film set for busiest month!

  • Olivia Hussey in Romeo and Juliet

Olivia Hussey in Franco Zeffirelli's 1968 Romeo and Juliet, which has been newly remastered

April 2016 | global

Our hugely ambitious 'Shakespeare Lives in Film' tour, which we hope will reach more than 100 countries this year, has more than 100 screenings booked for April.

British Council Film is working with the British Film Institute, Film London and other partners to deliver a touring package of outstanding British film adaptations of Shakespeare's work.

We are showing truly cinematic films that demonstrate how film has transformed and reimagined Shakespeare's work in so many genres and styles by such a range of talents - from Vincent Price to Kenneth Branagh.

This month marks the international launch of the digitally remastered film of Franco Zeffirelli's lushly romantic Academy Award-winning adaptation of Romeo and Juliet (1968), which we are proud to present in association with Paramount and Park Circus.

The British-Italian co-production was notable for its use of age appropriate leads (Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting) as the star-crossed lovers, and is narrated by Laurence Olivier with a score from The Godfather's Nino Rota.

Romeo and Juliet will be screening in the likes of Chile, Lebanon, Hong Kong, India and Sri Lanka throughout the month, with more territories to follow.

The month will also see a 'global moment' for Shakespeare's birthday on April 23, as well as screenings of Oliver Parker's Othello (among others) in Singapore and Maxine Peake's ground-breaking Hamlet in Spain, Myanmar, Malaysia and the Philippines.

Shakespeare Lives in Film is the British Council’s largest-ever touring film programme, with screenings and events in 100+ countries. For more information about the programme, click here.

Highlights around the globe in April 2016

A big Shakespeare film sidebar in partnership with the Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival (BAFICI) starts this month with screenings of Much Ado About Nothing (1993), Douglas Hickox's Theatre of Blood and Polanski's Macbeth (1971), among others

Three screenings of Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet at the Irish Film Institute Dublin, Gate Cinema Cork and Model Arts Centre Sligo

A programme of Shakespeare adaptations at the Cine Theatre Le Rio, kicking off April 9 with Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet (1996)

Screenings of Hamlet (1996), Richard III (1995) and Macbeth (1971), among others, in Santiago in association with cultural centre GAM

The Tel Aviv Cinematheque will host screenings including All Night Long (1961), The Tempest (1979), King Lear (1971) and Olivier's Hamlet (1948)

Maxine Peake's Hamlet in Madrid at the Centro Cultural Conde Duque

Much Ado About Nothing and All Night Long screening at the Franco Namibia Cultural Centre.

This follows a great March which saw:

* Qatar showing Much Ado About Nothing at the Katara Cultural Village in Doha;

* Lithuania hosting screenings of The Angelic Conversation, Next, Hamlet and Macbeth;

* Kenneth Branagh's Henry V screening in Saudi Arabia at the British Consulate in Jeddah and the British Embassy in Riyadh;

* Belgium hosting a screening of Richard III at the Ambassador's residence;

* Vietnam screening Much Ado About Nothing in Hanoi;

* and Shakespeare as the main theme at Ecrans Britanniques (British Screen) festival in Nimes.

The film tour is part of the larger Shakespeare Lives project, which sees the British Council celebrating Shakespeare as a living icon on the 400th anniversary of his death. Our partners include the BFI, GREAT campaign, Park Circus, and Film London.

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