London Theatre Production The Winter’s Tale Tops Cinema Box Office
Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s sold out production of The Winter’s Tale has attracted audiences much further afield than just the West End with its recent live cinema broadcast. With the help of Picturehouse Entertainment a special performance was broadcast to 520 cinemas across the country as well as 1,300 worldwide.
As a result, not only did the popular production earn the UK box office over £1.1m, but also beat The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 to the top spot. Internationally, cinemagoers in countries including Portugal, Spain, Malta, Germany, and Austria as well as Canada were treated to the live broadcast of the performance.
Shakespeare’s well known tragicomedy The Winter’s Tale, which opened at the Garrick Theatre in November is reimagined in Kenneth Branagh’s production and stars himself in the role of Leontes and Dame Judi Dench as Paulina alongside a talented cast.
Also set for a live broadcast in 2016 is Romeo and Juliet, which will open at the London venue in May next year. The play will star Richard Madden and Lily James in the leading roles of the tragic tale of star-crossed lovers. Derek Jacobi will play the character of Mercutio alongside the duo who also appeared together in Kenneth Branagh’s recent film adaption of the popular Disney fairy tale Cinderella.
The above mentioned productions are part of a series of plays including Harlequinade / All On Her Own (starring Zoë Wanamaker), Red Velvet (starring Adrian Lester), The Entertainer and The Painkiller, which together make up the season of Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s original plays at the Garrick.
Whether you join cinema audiences worldwide for a live broadcast or head to London for a night of spectacular theatre, it is sure to be a memorable theatrical occasion.
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