2014, Picturehouse Entertainment, 165 min, UK, Dir: Simon Godwin

Director Simon Godwin makes his Royal Shakespeare Company debut with this modern-dress production from Stratford-Upon-Avon. Best friends Valentine (Michael Marcus) and Proteus (Mark Arends) become rivals after both fall in love with the Duke of Milan’s daughter, Silvia (Sarah MacRae), in the Bard’s timeless tale of friendship, romance, constancy and fickleness. “A superbly fleet-footed production of a play in which sunny comic exuberance is disconcertingly darkened by ominous shadows.” - The Daily Telegraph

Presentation begins with 15 minutes of an interview with RSC stage director Simon Godwin and an introduction to the play.

There will be a 20-minute intermission featuring short videos and interviews.

1968, Paramount, 138 min, UK/Italy, Dir: Franco Zeffirelli

One of the most beloved of all Shakespeare films stars young actors Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey as the Bard’s star-crossed lovers, caught between their feuding families in Renaissance Italy. Shot on location, this ravishing adaptation earned well-deserved Oscars for cinematography and costumes, and features one of composer Nino Rota’s most memorable scores. Narration by Laurence Olivier.

2012, BBC, 140 min, UK, Dir: Rupert Goold

Produced for the BBC as part of its series of Shakespeare’s history plays dubbed “The Hollow Crown,” this engrossing drama stars Ben Whishaw in a BAFTA Award-winning turn as the 14th century British monarch, whose reign ended at the hands of Henry Bolingbroke (Rory Kinnear) - who then became King Henry IV. Patrick Stewart costars as Henry’s father, John of Gaunt.

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