A novel solution to the problem of putting on plays at the moment, as the Globe theatre turns into a cinema with a series of Shakespeare film screenings.

From the Hamlet interpretation, the Lion King to West Side Story and Shakespeare in Love – eight films are being shown over three days in the middle of November.

Socially-distanced seating will be provided, grouped via household/support bubble. There are no restricted view seats – all tickets give a clear view of the screen.

Prices for adults range from £15 for deckchairs in the yard to £25 for seats in the galleries (£10-£20 for under 16s).

Remember, it’s an open-air theatre – dress for the weather! Bring your own blankets and cushions.

For bookings, go here.

Fri 13th Nov

2:30pm – Twelfth night (U)

The Globe’s award-winning, all-male Original Practices production of Shakespeare’s fast-paced comedy about mistaken identities, unrequited romance and practical jokes. The company includes Johnny Flynn, Stephen Fry and Mark Rylance.

Running time: 3 hours

7pm – Shakespeare in Love (15)

Tom Stoppard’s romantic period drama depicts a fictional love affair between William Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) and aspiring actor Viola de Lesseps (Gwyneth Paltrow) who, disguised as a man, auditions for his new play, which would later become Romeo and Juliet.

Running time: 2 hours 3 minutes

Sat 14th Nov

12pm – Gnomeo & Juliet (U)

In the Stratford-Upon-Avon gardens of two elderly neighbours, two sets of gnomes – the Red hats and the Blue hats – share in their owners’ feud. This animated take on Romeo and Juliet has songs by Sir Elton John and voices include James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Michael Caine and Maggie Smith.

Running time: 1 hour 24 minutes

3pm – West Side Story (PG)

This 1961 film adaptation of the Broadway musical inspired by Romeo and Juliet is the most Oscar-awarded musical film of all time. The Montagues and Capulets become the Jets and Sharks, two warring New York City gangs, and our star-crossed lovers are Tony and Maria.

Running time: 2 hours 32 minutes

7pm – William Shakepeare’s Romeo + Juliet (12)

Baz Luhrmann’s bold take on Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy is set in modern-day Verona Beach. Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes play the titular lovers caught between two feuding mafia empires.

Running time: 2 hours

Sun 15th Nov

12pm – The Lion King (U)

Disney’s answer to Hamlet. The 1994 animated classic features songs by Sir Elton John and the voices of Rowan Atkinson, James Earl Jones, Whoopi Goldberg and Jeremy Irons. Follow young lion Simba on his adventures from cub to King of Pride Rock.

Running time: 1 hour 28 minutes

3pm – Kiss Me Kate (U)

1953 film adaptation of the stage musical. It tells the story of two actors, who were once married, taking on the roles of Katherine and her suitor Petruchio in a Broadway-bound musical version of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Featuring well-loved songs by Cole Porter including ‘Too Darn Hot’.

Running time: 1 hour 50 minutes

6:30pm – Much ado about nothing (PG)

Kenneth Branagh’s film adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies about deception, misunderstandings and secret loves. The cast includes Kenneth Branagh as Benedick and Emma Thompson as Beatrice as well as Kate Beckinsale, Keanu Reeves and Denzel Washington.

Running time: 1 hour 50 minutes

For bookings, go here.

(c) Shakespeare’s Globe


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