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Coriolanus and War Horse to be screened at local theatres

by Mark Burger

The Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts has joined forces once again with the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival (NC Shakes) to present special screenings of the National Theatre Live in HD production of William Shakespeare’s political saga Coriolanus beginning Monday at the Hanesbrands Theatre.

Originally staged in December, the Donmar Warehouse’s production stars Tom Hiddleston (Loki of Marvel’s Thor, The Avengers and Thor: The Dark World) in the title role and Mark Gatiss (co-creator and co-star of BBC-TV’s acclaimed mystery series “Sherlock”) as Menenius, under the direction of Josie Rourke, artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse.

Based on the life of the legendary Roman warrior Caius Marcius Coriolanus, this epic tale of power, corruption and retribution follows Coriolanus as he returns to Rome in triumph after vanquishing an opposing army. Yet Coriolanus is uncomfortable as a politician, which in time allows his enemies to surreptitiously strip him of his powers. Betrayed by the very people he’s defended and fought for, Coriolanus now turns against them.

Among the many actors who have played the role before are Laurence Olivier, Robert Ryan, Paul Scofield, Christopher Walken, Ian McKellen, Morgan Freeman, and most recently Ralph Fiennes – who starred and made his directorial debut with the 2011 screen version. The Daily Telegraph hailed Hiddleston’s “powerful performance,” and The Guardian called the show “a fast, witty, intelligent production.”

WANNAgo?

Showtimes are 7:30 pm Monday, 2 pm March 8. The Feb. 22 screening is already sold out. Tickets are $18 (general admission) and $15 (students with valid ID). The Hanesbrands Theatre is located at 209 N. Spruce St., Winston-Salem. Tickets are $18 and $15 for students w/valid ID. For advance tickets or more information, call 336.747.1414 or visit www.hanesbrandstheatre.org.

Fathom Events, BY Experience and National Theatre Live will present a special screening of the London production of War Horse on Feb. 27 at two area theaters: Brassfield Cinema 10 in Greensboro and The Grand 18 Winston-Salem IMAX.

Based on the acclaimed, awardwinning novel by Michael Morpurgo and adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford, War Horse utilizes state-of-the-art puppets (created by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company) in telling its epic story of the relationship between a young boy named Albert and his beloved horse, Joey, who has been requisitioned by the British Army during World War I. Joey’s harrowing adventures in the trenches parallels the efforts of Albert to find Joey and bring him home.

“Fathom Events is proud to team up with BY Experience to bring another spectacular National Theatre Live production to movie theaters,” said Shelly Maxwell, Fathom Events executive vicepresident, in an official statement. “Live theater-lovers will have a front row seat to the extraordinary story, music and puppetry of War Horse on the big screen.”

War Horse was first presented onstage at the National Theatre in 2007 and became an immediate sensation, seen by over four million people worldwide. The show, which is currently in its sixth smash year in London, was presented on Broadway in 2011 and earned five Tony Awards including Best Play and Best Direction of a Play. There is also a production on tour in the UK/Ireland and a German-language production in Berlin. In 2011, Steven Spielberg’s screen version of War Horse earned six Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Cinematography (Janusz Kaminski) and Best Original Score (John Williams). !

WANNA go?

Showtime is 7 pm. Brassfield Cinema 10 is located at 2101 New Garden Road, Greensboro. The Grand 18 Winston-Salem IMAX is located at 5601 University Parkway, Winston-Salem. Tickets for Brassfield are $14 (general admission), $13 (senior citizens) and $12 (children under 12). Tickets for The Grand 18 are $18 (general admission). For tickets or more information, visit www.FathomEvents.com.

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