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Shakespeare on Film

A season of film, TV and special events in cinemas worldwide and on BFI Player.

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We are presenting the biggest ever programme of Shakespeare on film in the UK and across the world with the British Council.

Highlights include:

  • Ian McKellen live on stage to present the remastered Richard III for a UK-wide simulcast and the opening of Shanghai Film Festival with Shakespeare on Film.
  • International tour of 18 British films to 110 countries with British Council.
  • Play On! Shakespeare in Silent Cinema premiere at BFI Southbank with new live score by the Musicians of Shakespeare’s Globe.
  • New 4K restorations of Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet and Akira Kurosawa’s Ran.
  • Landmark films by Laurence Olivier, Orson Welles, Roman Polanski and Kenneth Branagh.

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