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Shakespeare roundup

1. Much Ado About Nothing (1967)

As part of a section devoted to Rediscovered TV Drama, referring to the well-publicised cash of TV programmes repatriated recently from the the Library of Congress in the US, Screenonline has published a brief analysis by Michael Brooke of the 1967 TV version of the Zeffirelli production of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING starring Robert Stephens and Maggie Smith. There is a clip on YouTube here

The Screenonline entry also includes 12 minutes of clips which will be available only to those in the UK at schools, HEIs and public libraries, though 8 production stills can be seen by all. It is available here:

John Wyver has also written an article on the LOC materials in the new issue of Sight & Sound magazine and discusses MUCH ADO in greater depth on his blog over at Illuminations.

2. Shakespeare in Cinema
Shakespeare’s Globe has partnered with Arts Alliance Media to release four of its 2010 theatre productions in cinemas across the world this summer. The season will launch globally from June 2011 with over 250 cinemas in the USA already lined up to take part through NCM Fathom. The Shakespeare in Cinema series will initially feature four performances recorded during the 2010 „Kings and Rogues‟ season – The Merry Wives of Windsor, shortly followed by Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2 and Henry VIII.

As part of its commitment to capture its work on film, Shakespeare’s Globe will record three productions during the 2011 season – Much Ado About Nothing, All’s Well That Ends Well and Doctor Faustus. These recordings provide the archive with accurate and lasting records of the Globe’s productions, as well as extending its work into cinemas, on DVD and online.

More details of the 2011 screenings, including currently confirmed UK venue details and release dates can be found at: To download the full press release as a PDF, click here.

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