Globe on Screen returns to the big screen at Mary D. Fisher Theatre
Sedona AZ (August 31, 2016) – The famous Globe Theatre of London returns to Sedona on Sunday, Sept. 11 in high definition when the Sedona International Film Festival hosts the big screen premiere of “The Merchant of Venice” starring Jonathan Pryce. There will be one show at 3 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre. This special production is part of the full season of Globe on Screen that will be carried here in Sedona, presented by the film festival.
Shakespeare’s Globe On Screen offers audiences a ticket to the best seat in the house from the comfort of their local cinema, and the chance to experience the unique magic of the world-famous Globe Theatre, all captured in high definition and full surround sound.
Double Olivier and Tony Award-winner Jonathan Pryce — whose accolades include Game of Thrones, Wolf Hall and Pirates of the Caribbean — provides an enigmatic performance in this iconic battle between greed and love in “The Merchant of Venice”. He plays Shylock in his first appearance at Shakespeare’s Globe.
Pryce’s Shylock is not only convincing in its duality but helps provide additional gravitas to Jonathan Munby’s moving production. This tale of prejudice and destructive self-interest paired with Pryce’s memorable interpretation makes this a must-see.
Portia, a wealthy heiress of Belmont, is forced to set her suitors a challenge. The winner will win her hand in marriage; the losers will lose her hand and much more. In Venice — the epicenter of consumption, speculation and debt — Bassanio borrows money from his friend Antonio to finance his attempt. Antonio, in turn, takes out a loan from the moneylender Shylock. The loan will be repaid when Antonio’s ships return to the city. But if the ships fail to return, and the money cannot be repaid, Antonio will give to Shylock a pound of his own flesh. And they do fail. And Shylock will have his ‘bond’.
In some of his most highly-charged scenes, Shakespeare dramatizes the competing claims of tolerance and intolerance, religious law and civil society, justice and mercy; while in the character of Shylock he created one of the most memorable outsiders in all theatre.
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 Merchant of Venice” from the Globe Theatre will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on one day only: Sunday, Sept. 11 at 3 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.