Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Romcoms from the RSC in Stratford

Enjoy a Shakespeare double bill on Wednesday when The Royal Shakespeare Company broadcasts from Stratford-upon-Avon - including a live performance.

Enjoy a Shakespeare double bill on Wednesday when The Royal Shakespeare Company broadcasts from Stratford-upon-Avon - including a live performance.

A selection of cinemas including the Picturehouse in Henley will be screening encore broadcasts of Loveâ??s Labourâ??s Lost, before the live broadcast of Loveâ??s Labourâ??s Won (Much Ado About Nothing). Why not indulge in a day of Shakespeare?

Loveâ??s Labourâ??s Lost, first broadcast on February 11, is set in summer 1914.

In order to dedicate themselves to a life of study, the King and his friends take an oath to avoid the company of women for three years. However, no sooner have they made their idealistic pledge than the Princess of France and her ladies-in-waiting arrive, presenting the men with a severe test of their high-minded resolve.



Shakespeareâ??s sparkling comedy champions and then unravels an unrealistic vow, mischievously suggesting that the study of the opposite sex is in fact the highest of all academic endeavours.

Only at the end of the play is the merriment curtailed as the lovers agree to submit to a period apart, unaware that the world around them is about to be utterly transformed by the war to end all wars.

Loveâ??s Labourâ??s Won will be screened live in the evening.

It is autumn 1918 and a group of soldiers return from the trenches. The world-weary Benedick and his friend Claudio find themselves reacquainted with Beatrice and Hero. As memories of conflict give way to a life of parties and masked balls, Claudio and Hero fall deeply in love, while Benedick and Beatrice reignite their own altogether more combative courtship.

Shakespeareâ??s comic romance plays out amidst the brittle high spirits of a post-war house party, as youthful passions run riot, lovers are deceived and happiness is threatened â?? before peace ultimately wins out.

Performances are at 3pm and 7pm. Visit www.picturehouse.co.uk or call 0871 9025738.



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