Arts Council Presents Cinematic HD Screening of Shakespeare’s Hamlet at the Hanesbrands Theatre, 2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 10
Winston-Salem, NC (November 6, 2019) – The Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County’s next offering in its Cinematic HD Screening series is William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, Hamlet. The screening is at 2:00 p.m. on Sun., Nov. 10, in Hanesbrands Theatre at The Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts in downtown Winston-Salem.
This production of Hamlet, one of Shakespeare’s most popular and oft produced plays, was captured live on the National Theatre stage in London. All screenings in this NT Live series are in Hanesbrands Theatre at 209 N Spruce Street in Winston-Salem using The Arts Council’s state-of-the-art Digital Cinema Projector.
Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, Doctor Strange), a star of London stage, plays the title role in Shakespeare’s great tragedy. Now seen by over 900,000 people worldwide, the original broadcast returns to international cinemas to mark National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday.
As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralyzed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state. One of the most famous lines in Shakespearean literature is spoken in Hamlet by Marcellus, and not by Hamlet as is commonly believed: “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.” However, Hamlet, as a character, attained immortality for his famous soliloquy as the tortured prince wrestles with himself by saying, “To be, or not to be? That is the question—Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And, by opposing, end them?”
National Theatre Live is an initiative operated by the Royal National Theatre in London, which broadcasts performances around the world via satellite of their productions and other theatres to cinemas and arts centers such at The Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts. After the Hamlet showing Nov. 10, the Arts Council’s 2019-2020 Cinematic HD Screening series includes All about Eve (Sun., January 12 at 2 p.m.), All My Sons (Sun., Feb. 2 at 2 p.m.), Present Laughter (Sun., April 5 at 2 p.m.), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Sun., May 10 at 2 p.m.), and Fleabag (Sun., May 31 at 2 p.m.). Tickets are on sale at 336-747-1414 or Hanesbrandstheatre.com.
Winston-Salem, known as a City of Arts and Innovation, and Forsyth County have a robust arts community that enriches the lives of area residents every day and accounts in large part for the recognition they continue to receive as a great place to live, learn, work and play. Forsyth County’s nonprofit arts industry supports 5,559 full time equivalent jobs; accounts for more than $129 million in resident household income, and generates more than $14.8 million in local and state tax revenues.