Helen Mirren, Benedict Cumberbatch
and Dame Judi Dench
Among All-Star Cast of ‘The Shakespeare Show,’ Coming to U.S. Cinemas May 23 Only
David Tennant to Host
Fathom Events and BBC Worldwide North America
DENVER – April 12, 2016 – To commemorate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, Fathom Events and BBC Worldwide North America present a unique two-hour event featuring a star-studded cast including Helen Mirren, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellen, Joseph Fiennes, John Lithgow, David Suchet and many others, who will pay tribute to one of the most influential writers of all time. “The Shakespeare Show: Recorded Live from the Royal Shakespeare Company” comes to select U.S. cinemas nationwide for one night on Monday, May 23 at 7:00 p.m. local time.
Fresh from his New York stage debut as Richard II, and with rave reviews from the New York Times, David Tennant hosts this once-in-a-lifetime event to celebrate the Bard’s plays and their enduring influence on music, dance, opera, musical theater, and comedy. The show will be recorded from Stratford-upon-Avon on the eve of Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary.
Tickets for “The Shakespeare Show: Recorded Live from the Royal Shakespeare Company” can be purchased online beginning Friday, April 15, 2016 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 400 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).
“The Shakespeare Show: Recorded Live from the Royal Shakespeare Company” will also feature Rufus Wainwright, Tim Minchin, Al Murray, Meera Syal, Alison Moyet, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Paapa Essiedu, Pippa Nixon, Alexandra Gilbreath, the Royal Ballet and the Orchestra of the Swan, and many more in a unique tribute to the genius and influence of the world’s greatest playwright and storyteller.
“We are continuing to bring the best of British talent to the screen, this time is to commemorate Shakespeare 400, an incredible show that shouldn’t be missed,” stated Soumya Sriraman, EVP of Franchise and Digital Enterprise for BBC Worldwide North America.
“William Shakespeare’s undeniable impact on writing, storytelling, and even the English language can be seen in nearly every art-form we have today,” Fathom Events Vice President of Programming Kymberli Frueh said. “We are thrilled to bring this prestigious and one-of-a-kind event to the big screen for audiences around the country.”
For artwork/photos related to “The Shakespeare Show: Recorded Live from the Royal Shakespeare Company,” visit the Fathom Events press site.
About Fathom Events
Fathom Events is the event cinema distribution arm of AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) (known collectively as AC JV, LLC), the three largest movie theater circuits in the U.S., and is recognized as the leading distributor of alternative content. It offers a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events in movie theaters nationwide 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 also 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. In addition, Fathom Events’ live digital broadcast network (“DBN”) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live and pre-recorded events to 875 locations in 179 Designated Market Areas® (including all of the top 50). For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
About BBC Worldwide North America
BBC Worldwide North America is the main commercial arm and wholly-owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) operating in the U.S. and Canada. The company exists to maximize the value of the BBC’s assets for the benefit of the UK license payer and invests in public service programing in return for rights. The company operates four businesses in the territory – linear and digital content sales and co-productions, consumer products, BBC.com, and two production divisions – BBC Worldwide Productions, responsible for the smash hit Dancing with the Stars and the U.S. version of Top Gear; and Adjacent Productions, producers of Da Vinci’s Demons, Life Below Zero, and Ladies of London, among others. The company also owns a 50.1% share in cable channel BBC AMERICA through a joint venture with AMC Networks.