Arguably the most important playwright in the English language, Shakespeare lives today through his continued influence on culture, language and education.
As part of our Shakespeare Lives programme marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, in partnership with the Irish Film Institute (IFI), the classic Franco Zeffirelli adaptation of his most recognisable play, Romeo and Juliet (1968) will be screened in Dublin, Cork and Sligo as part of IFI's Spring/ Summer schools programme. Shot on location in Italy, the film is quieter than Baz Luhrmann’s version yet none the less effective, and is renowned for the lavish sets, the youthfulness of its leads and the score by Fellini’s composer, Nino Rota.
UK/Italy • 1968 • Drama/Romance • 138 mins
Artistic Director of Druid Theatre Company, Garry Hynes, who directed the epic Druid Shakespeare will introduce the screening in Dublin.
Dublin, Irish Film Institute, April 20 at 10am
Cork, The Gate Cinema April 22 (Cork Film Festival on 021 427 1711)
Sligo, The Model April 26 (The Model on 071 914 1405)
For booking or more information on this event, please contact Dee Quinlan or Richard Fallon at the IFI
Telephone: 01 679 5744
Shakespeare Lives is our global programme of events celebrating the world's most popular playwright's work and his influence on culture, education and society on the 400th anniversary of his death in 2016.
As part of Shakespeare Lives, the British Film Institute (BFI) has curated an international touring programme of British Shakespeare films that will go to 110 countries – from Cuba to Iraq, Russia to the USA – the most extensive film programme ever undertaken.
No other writer has impacted so greatly on cinema, with filmmakers continuously adapting, being inspired by and interpreting Shakespeare’s work for the big screen. Did you know that he has over 1100 credits on the Internet Movie database despite living hundreds of years before the invention of film!