The cinematic year kicks of on a classic note with the screening of a number of theatre adaptations from one of the world’s most famous and revered playwrights, William Shakespeare.

The plays, featuring some big names, were filmed live at notable theatres and will be screened at Ster-Kinekor Nouveau film theatres nationwide from January to March this year.

Antony & Cleopatra

One of history’s greatest love stories is told in this play by William Shakespeare. Featuring Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo in the titular roles, Antony & Cleopatra was filmed live at the National Theatre in London.

“Caesar and his assassins are dead. General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome. But at the fringes of a war-torn empire, the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love. In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war.”

Check out the trailer here.

Antony & Cleopatra screens at Ster-Kinekor Nouveau nationwide and Gateway Commercial Durban on 19, 23 and 24 January at 19:30, and on 20 January at 14:30.

The Tragedy of King Richard the Second

Simon Russel Beale plays Richard II in this live performance of Shakespeare’s masterpiece, filmed at the Almeida Theater in London.

“Richard II, King of England, is irresponsible, foolish and vain. His weak leadership sends his kingdom into disarray and his court into uproar. Seeing no other option but to seize power, the ambitious Bolingbroke challenges the throne and the king’s divine right to rule.”

Check out the trailer here.

The Tragedy of King Richard the Second screens at Ster-Kinekor Nouveau nationwide and Gateway Commercial Durban on 23, 27 and 28 February at 19:30, and on 24 February at 14:30.

I’m Not Running

Breaking from Shakespeare’s Elizabethan dramas, acclaimed playwright Sir David Hare’s latest offering also comes to the National Theatre. Described by the Washington Post as “the premiere political dramatist writing in English”, Hare is also known as the person responsible for the screenplays of a number of mainstream films, including The Hours and The Reader.

“Pauline Gibson (Siân Brooke) has spent her life as a doctor, the inspiring leader of a local health campaign. When she crosses paths with her old boyfriend, a stalwart loyalist in Labour Party politics, she’s faced with an agonising decision. What’s involved in sacrificing your private life and your peace of mind for something more than a single issue? Does she dare?”

The cast of I’m Not Running introduces the play here.

I’m Not Running screens at Ster-Kinekor Nouveau nationwide and Gateway Commercial Durban on 16, 20 and 21 March at 19:30, and on 17 March at 14:30.