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'Globe on Screen' initiative launches with screenings of Much Ado, All's Well & Faustus

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The Globe today announced that it’s taking further steps into the world of digital theatre, by releasing three of its productions to be screened at cinemas in the USA, Australia, New Zealand and the UK from 26 September 2012.

Launching under the “Globe on Screen” banner, the scheme launches in the autumn and with screenings of All’s Well That Ends Well, Much Ado About Nothing, and Doctor Faustus.

All’s Well That Ends Well, directed by John Dove, begins the cinematic season from 26 September starring Olivier award-winner Janie Dee as the countess Roussillon, alongside Ellie Piercey as Helena and Sam Crane as Bertram.

Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Jeremy Herrin, features Olivier Award-winners Eve Best (The King’s Speech, The Shadow Line) and Charles Edwards (An Ideal Husband, Downton Abbey) as the sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick, and also features Joseph Marcell (Geoffrey in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) as Leonato. It will be screened from October 10 2012.

Doctor Faustus, which begins screening from October 24 2012, was directed in 2011 by Matthew Dunster. Starring Paul Hilton in the title role and Arthur Darvill as arch-tempter Mephistopheles, the production was notable for its use of puppets, magic and pyrotechnics to invoke Marlowe’s supernatural world.

Unlike schemes such as the National Theatre’s NT Live, whereby a performance of a current show is streamed in real time to cinema audiences, “Globe on Screen” will show three past productions, all of which were staged at the Globe in 2011. The scheme claims to offer audiences “a truly distinctive cinema experience and the very best seat in the house.”


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