Dallas — TheaterJones is proud to announce that we are partnering with the Alamo Drafthouse in Dallas and Richardson, as well as Shakespeare Dallas and AT&T Performing Arts Center, for the Shakespeare 400 Film Series.
In the month of April, which marks the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death in 1616, there will be 11 Shakespeare films screened at each Alamo location, ranging from classics (the 1948 Hamlet with Laurence Olivier and Orson Welles' Chimes at Midnight), to more modern films (Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet and Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing), to adaptations (Akira Kurosawa's Ran, based on King Lear) and works inspired by the Bard's plays/life (West Side Story, My Own Private Idaho, Shakespeare in Love).
At the Alamo Dallas, there will be four films at 4 p.m. on Saturdays (except April 23) and at 7 or 9 p.m. on three Wednesdays (April 13, 20 and 27). In Richardson, there will be four films at 7 or 8 p.m. on Mondays. Here's the film line-up with times, dates and locations. You can also view the Alamo's Shakespeare 400 page here.
4 p.m. Saturday, April 2 at Alamo Dallas
Directed by Laurence Olivier; starring Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, John Laurie (see video of the To Be or Not to Be sililoquy at bottom of story)
West Side Story (1961)
7 p.m. Monday, April 4 at Alamo Richardson
Directed by Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise; starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris, Russ Tamblyn; inspired by Romeo and Juliet
Falstaff, a.k.a. Chimes at Midnight (1965)
4 p.m. Saturday, April 9 at Alamo Dallas
Directed by Orson Welles; starring Orson Welles, Jeane Moreau, Margaret Rutherford, John Gielgud
7 p.m. Monday, April 11 at Alamo Richardson
Directed by Akira Kurosawa; starring Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu; inspired by King Lear
Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet (1996)
9 p.m. Wednesday, April 13 at Alamo Dallas
Directed by Baz Luhrmann; starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, John Leguizamo
The Taming of the Shrew (1967)
4 p.m. Saturday April 16 at Alamo Dallas
Directed by Franco Zeffirelli; starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Cyril Cusack
Richard III (1995)
7 p.m. Monday, April 18 at Alamo Richardson
Directed by Richard Loncraine; starring Ian McKellen, Annette Benning, Jim Broadbent, Nigel Hawthorne, Robert Downey, Jr.
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
7 p.m. Wednesday, April 20 at Alamo Dallas
Directed by John Madden; starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush
Much Ado About Nothing (2012)
8:50 p.m. Monday, April 25 at Alamo Richardson
Directed by Joss Whedon; starring Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion
FYI: Amy Acker has local ties, as she went to SMU and performed at Undermain Theatre and Stage West; here is our interview with herwhen this film came out; and you can see our video interview with her here.
My Own Private Idaho (1991)
7 p.m. Wednesday, April 27 at Alamo Dallas
Directed by Gus van Sant; starring River Phoenix, Keanu Reeves; inspired by Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2, and Henry V
Henry V (1989)
4 p.m. Saturday, April 30 at Alamo Dallas
Directed by Kenneth Branagh; starring Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jacobi
There will be events at each screening, with TheaterJones and Shakespeare Dallas personnel on hand for discussions, ticket giveaways and performances. Look for a schedule of those events coming soon.