“Branagh Theatre Live: Romeo and Juliet” Reunites Richard Madden and Lily James as one of Theatre’s Most Iconic Love Stories Comes to Cinemas Nationwide for a One-Night Event
Fathom Events, Picturehouse Entertainment and Fiery Angel Bring Romeo and Juliet, Performed by London’s Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company, to Life – From the Stage to the Big Screen in High-Contrast Black and White
DENVER – June 21, 2016 – The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company continues to bring outstanding stage productions to cinema screens with a new vision of Shakespeare’s heartbreaking tale of forbidden love. Presented in high-contrast black and white, “Branagh Theatre Live: Romeo and Juliet,” comes to select U.S. movie theaters for a spectacular one-night event on Thursday, July 7 at 7:30 p.m. local time. Reuniting the stars of the celebrated film “Cinderella,” Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh co-direct Richard Madden and Lily James as Romeo and Juliet, Derek Jacobi as Mercutio, and Meera Syal as The Nurse in this contemporary take on the ageless love story.
Tickets for “Branagh Theatre Live: Romeo and Juliet” can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in nearly 270 movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
“‘Romeo and Juliet’ was the first Shakespeare I directed. It was 30 years ago and it’s been a privilege to go back to that play again and experience its dynamism and volatility. It has such a rare intensity that translates powerfully to the big screen,” said Kenneth Branagh.
Directors Branagh and Ashford present this modern, passionate version of the Bard’s classic tragedy. A longstanding feud between Verona’s Montague and Capulet families brings about devastating consequences for two young lovers caught in the conflict.
“’Romeo and Juliet’ is a timeless classic, and we are thrilled to continue our partnership with the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company to bring this story to life,” Fathom Events CEO John Rubey said. “With such bright and talented stars whose chemistry is undeniable, this production is sure to impress.”
James Merchant, Marketing Manager for Picturehouse Entertainment said, “Following the success of last year’s ‘The Winter’s Tale,’ we are thrilled to be bringing ‘Romeo and Juliet’ to American audiences with Fathom Events. This dazzling production has been met with acclaim from both press and audiences in London’s West End and features an incredible cast of new stars and legendary performers. With this year being the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is not to be missed.”
About Fathom Events
Fathom Events is recognized as the leading domestic distributor of event cinema, and ranks as one of the largest overall distributors of content to movie theaters. Owned by AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) (known collectively as AC JV, LLC), Fathom Events offers a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events that include live, high-definition performances of the Metropolitan Opera, dance and theatre productions such as the Bolshoi Ballet and National Theatre Live’s Hamlet, sporting events like FS1 Presents USA v Mexico, concerts with Roger Waters and One Direction, the TCM Presents classic film series and faith-based events such as The Drop Box and Four Blood Moons. Fathom Events takes audiences behind the scenes and offers unique extras including audience Q&As, backstage footage and interviews with cast and crew, creating the ultimate VIP experience. Fathom Events’ live digital broadcast network (“DBN”) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live and pre-recorded events to 885 locations and 1,348 screens in 181 Designated Market Areas® (including all of the top 50). For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
About Picturehouse Entertainment
Picturehouse Entertainment is the distribution arm of Picturehouse Cinemas, the owner and operator of 23 Picturehouse Cinemas and programming agent for a further 42 venues across the UK.
Since its launch in 2010, Picturehouse Entertainment has worked with renowned British directors such as Shane Meadows and Ben Wheatley, and has distributed an eclectic range of theatrical releases including BAFTA winner The Imposter; award-winning docudrama 20,000 Days On Earth, featuring Nick Cave; 2015 BIFA winner Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story Of Dream Alliance; and The Lobster, starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. 2016 has already seen the release of Green Room, starring Patrick Stewart; French dramedy Marguerite, based on the true story of singer Florence Foster Jenkins; and the second adaptation in the Department Q series, The Absent One. Recent film acquisitions have included Wiener-Dog, the latest comedy by Todd Solondz, and Jim Hosking’s debut comedy The Greasy Strangler.
Picturehouse Entertainment also distributes high-profile alternative content to cinemas throughout the UK and internationally, such as hit productions from the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Bolshoi Ballet and the National Theatre; Monty Python Live (mostly), beamed from the O2 to more than 570 cinemas in the UK and 2,000 worldwide; The Rocky Horror Show Live, broadcast to cinemas globally from London’s West End; and Roger Waters The Wall, a groundbreaking 4k Dolby Atmos capture of the highest-grossing tour by a solo artist of all time. 2015 saw the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s debut with The Winter’s Tale, starring Judi Dench and Kenneth Branagh, broadcast to cinemas worldwide. The season continues in 2016 with Romeo And Juliet and The Entertainer. Picturehouse Entertainment is now the international distributor for the Royal Opera House, moving into the 2016–17 season with 12 new broadcasts around the world. Picturehouse Entertainment is working with Nick Cave once again on the international event One More Time With Feeling, a new film directed by Andrew Dominik, which will include the first-ever chance to hear Cave’s new album, Skeleton Tree. Glyndebourne returns in 2016 with two new live broadcasts, including Béatrice Et Bénédict, inspired by Much Ado About Nothing; and the new Discover Arts strand continues with Leonardo Da Vinci: The Genius In Milan.