The critically acclaimed production of ‘Macbeth’, starring Patrick Stewart, has been announced as the first in the GREAT Campaign and British Council ‘Shakespeare o a Tshela’ free Shakespeare film screening series at Maitisong, part of the Shakespeare Lives project. The film will screen on the big screen in Maitisong at 5pm on Sunday, December 13th.
Rupert Goold’s production, inspired by the oppresive and brutal Stalinist era in the Soviet Union, stars Patrick Stewart as the tyrannical Macbeth and Kate Fleetwood as his murderous wife. The UK Daily Telegraph theatre critic Charles Spencer described the production as “brilliantly inventive” and “heart-stoppingly scary”, ranking it as the best Macbeth he had seen. The London Evening Standard was equally effusive in its praise, calling it “the Macbeth of a lifetime”.
Listen to the audio trailer :
Macbeth is the first of a series of four Shakespeare films that will be screened for free in Maitisong from November to March – the other three titles are the RSC’s ‘Julius Caesar’, set in Africa and featuring a black cast, and two films of productions from Shakespeare’s Globe, ‘Twelfth Night’ and ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.
For more information about Shakespeare Lives, please visit the project page here.
The ‘Shakespeare o a Tshela’ project, part of the GREAT Campaign’s global Shakespeare Lives programme of events celebrating Shakespeare’s work, has begun in Botswana with a week-long film festival at New Capitol Cinemas, River Walk, Gaborone.
1,300 government and private secondary school students were treated to free screenings of the documentary ‘Muse of Fire’, which follows two young British actors as they travel the world interviewing actors and directors about their love of Shakespeare, and Shakespeare’s Globe’s film of ‘Twelfth Night’, starring multi-award winning actor Mark Rylance.
The film festival was generously facilitated by project partner New Capitol Cinemas, and is part of a 6-month long programme of events in Botswana celebrating Shakespeare’s work through film screenings, teacher and student workshops, a digital content production project and a showcase of students’ work at the 2016 Maitisong Festival.
Listen to a Form 2 Maru-a-Pula School student talking about what Shakespeare means to him :