Monday, May 21, 2018

SHAKESPEARE SUNDAY: BBC SETS AIRING DATE FOR ANTHONY HOPKINS' 'KING LEAR' WITH EMMA THOMPSON, EMILY WATSON, JIM BROADBENT, TOBIAS MENZIES! STUNNING NEW 'MACBETH' WITH MARK ROWLEY

  BBC SETS DATE FOR 'KING LEAR'
WITH ANTHONY HOPKINS, EMMA THOMPSON, EMILY WATSON!
A little bit of Shakespeare for your enlightenment today, starting with Anthony Hopkins' TV movie KING LEAR which will air on BBC Two Monday 28th May! You can check out the trailer below the post!
THE BURDEN OF BEING A KING
Set in the fictional present, the 80 year old King Lear (Anthony Hopkins) divides his kingdom among his daughters, Goneril (Emma Thompson), Regan (Emily Watson) and Cordelia (Florence Pugh) - according to their
The new adaptation was directed by Richard Eyre!
affection for him. Cordelia refuses to flatter him, so he banishes her. Having acquired power, Goneril and Regan expel their father from their homes. At the
Hopkins was mistaken for a homeless man during the shooting
same time, Lear's prime minister, Gloucester (Jim Broadbent), is betrayed by his son Edmund (John Macmillan) and his other son, Edgar (Andrew
Tobias Menzies is also the part of the stunningly stellar cast
Scott), is forced to go into hiding. Lear becomes mad, Gloucester is blinded: both the kingdom and the family descend into chaos and warfare.


  NEW 'MACBETH' MOVIE
Macbeth aired in UK cinemas in March
WITH MARK ROWLEY
Speaking of Shakespeare's works done in a new light, check out this one: MACBETH  entirely shot on green screen and reinvented by director Kit Monkman starring The Last Kingdom's Mark Rowley! Monkman’s unique adaptation successfully bridges the gap between theatre and film by exploiting the capabilities of the green screen to portray the vast world of make-believe while maintaining the traditional values, language and themes of Shakespeare’s original theatrical play.
Super hunky Mark Rowley plays the lead role

A BRAVE NEW VISION OF THE OLD STORY
Brilliant young general MACBETH pulls off a glorious victory in battle before returning to an indolent court where honours are dispensed by whim. Spurred on by prophesying drifters and an ambitious wife, MACBETH sets his sights on the throne. In Kit Monkman's adventurous new adaptation, this compelling tale of unchecked ambition, soured friendship, lost intimacy and the descent into nihilism is encountered in a strange and claustrophobic territory partly conjured by the mind. The movie is currently available to stream and download on Amazon.

13 comments:

  1. I'm looking forward to seeing Tobias Menzies in "King Lear." He's a fave actor of mine and I've never seen him do any Shakespeare.

    "Macbeth" sounds interesting, but have the three witches now been downgraded to "prophesying drifters" -- WTF? The last film version of Macbeth that I saw starred Michael Fassbender and he mumbled through the whole goddamn thing.

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    1. Ive never seen him do a good guy role :)
      I hate it when they mumble.... even if it is Fassy... his wife is, meanwhile, godawful in all her roles :(
      I adore me Macbeth witches... That makes me wonder if King Lear has the court jester... the fools and witches were always Shakespeare's bests :)

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    2. Oh yes, King Lear has a Fool who is the only one, of course, that consistently tells the old man the truth about himself.

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    3. and calls him uncle without being decapitated :)

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  2. They never get tired of going back to Shakespeare the writer, Anthony Hopkins, the actor, and..safe plots.

    There are lots of recent materials good for dramas and tragedies: for example, the poisoning of russian spies on british soil, the future of british royalty after the Queen's gone, and more.

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    1. I hope they updated the text and won't be using the original lines as they're often too difficult to understand.

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  3. Both sound good. I do like Tobias Menzies and Anthony Hopkins, so I think I'll thoroughly enjoy Kind Lear.

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  4. I always enjoy Shakespeare's works on screen. The New Macbeth looks cool and those top stars for King Lear are so tempting! it must be one great movie. Are you team Cordelia, Regan or Goneril?

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