Although the June 24 encore screening of Benedict Cumberbatch’s blockbusting Hamlet (below) is come and gone, Hop programming this summer offers audiences three more chances to appreciate the plays of William Shakespeare!
Friday, July 8, 5:30 pm, Warner Bentley Theater – VoxFest presents Macbeth in Rhythm
Imagine a full Macbeth with an unbroken back-beat! As part of VoxFest, a weeklong theater workshop involving Dartmouth alumni and current students, two Dartmouth alumni with active stage, film and TV careers lead a workshop presentation of a devised theater piece that explores Shakespeare’s text through rhythm and song. Directed by Hannah Chodos ’06 and featuring Ben Weaver ‘03, Macbeth in Rhythm begins with the premise that the sounds (and silences) of Shakespeare’s language are its meaning, and serve as the framework for the improvisation that has built this work. Fun fact: While at Dartmouth, Chodos delighted Upper Valley audiences as Rosalind in a Parish Players’ production of Shakesspeare’s As You Like It.
Just added: Friday, August 5, 7 pm, Spaulding Auditorium – Shakespeare Live! in HD
From the stage of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, hosts David Tennant and Catherine Tate are joined by a staggering lineup of British talent to mark the life and work of William Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death. A veritable constellation of stars–including the aforementioned Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Joseph Fiennes, Ian McKellen, Helen Mirren, John Lithgow, Rufus Wainwright–as well as the Royal Ballet and the English National Opera celebrate the Bard’s extraordinary legacy and demonstrate his enduring influence on all performance art forms: opera, jazz, dance, musicals, comedy, film and theater.
Saturday, August 20, 7 pm, Loew Auditorium – Branagh Theatre Live in HD: Romeo and Juliet
Reuniting the stars of his celebrated film Cinderella, Kenneth Branagh directs Lily James (Downton Abbey) and Richard Madden as theater’s most famous star-crossed lovers. This was the first Shakespeare play Branagh directed and his new production promises a passionate, modern take on this tragedy of forbidden love.