Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen returns to the big screen at Mary D. Fisher Theatre
Sedona AZ (July 6, 2015) – The famous Globe Theatre of London returns to Sedona on Sunday, July 12 in high definition when the Sedona International Film Festival hosts the big screen premiere of Shakespeare’s “The Duchess of Malfi”. There will be one show at 4 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre. This special production kicks off the full season of Globe on Screen that will be carried here in Sedona, presented by the film festival.
The Globe’s production of “The Duchess of Malfi” is the first ever theatrical production to be filmed entirely by candlelight. Directed by Dominic Dromgoole, with designs by Jonathan Fensom and music by Claire van Kampen, this truly unique production was created especially for the intimate atmosphere of the Globe’s new indoor space, with 250 candles used for each performance. Despite technical challenges presented by the lighting, the film beautifully captures the flickering candlelight and is a testament to both the exceptional quality Dromgoole’s production and to the wonderful performances.
The widowed Duchess of Malfi longs to marry her lover, the steward Antonio. But her rancorous brothers, Ferdinand and the Cardinal, are implacably opposed to the match. When their spy, Bosola, discovers that the Duchess has secretly married and carries Antonio’s child, they exact a terrible and horrific revenge.
“The Duchess of Malfi” — featuring Hollywood star Gemma Arterton in the title role — is a thrilling combination of brilliant coups de théâtre, extraordinary set-pieces and vivid characters, all lit by John Webster’s obsessional imagination.
Gemma Arterton returned to The Globe to play the Duchess in this sell-out production. Gemma made her professional stage debut at the Globe in 2007, when she won huge critical acclaim as Rosaline in “Love’s Labour’s Lost”.
This most intimate Jacobean tragedy proved a truly sensational curtain-raiser for The Globe’s very first season in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Four-star reviews abound from all the media over the Globe’s “The Duchess of Malfi”. “Gemma Arterton brings to it beauty, determination and a sense of moral goodness,” raves The Guardian.
The Globe on Screen celebrates the power and imagination, the excitement of classic literature. Be transported to the surroundings in which William Shakespeare intended his work to be experienced. The Globe on Screen will present classic works in an imaginative, skillful and accessible style that honors Shakespeare and his fellow playwrights’ language and intentions, in a reconstruction of the house that Shakespeare built, while projecting their work through a 21st-century lens.
This is the definitive Shakespeare experience. Get closer to the action than ever before, experience the magic of the world famous Globe that yearly draws thousands of theatre lovers from around the world.
“The Duchess of Malfi” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on one day only: Sunday, July 12 at 4 p.m. Tickets are $15, or $12.50 for Film Festival members. Tickets are available in advance at the Sedona International Film Festival office or by calling 928-282-1177 or online at www.SedonaFilmFestival.org. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona.