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Shakespeare Lives in Film - big plans for March!

Kenneth Branagh's Much Ado About Nothing heads to Doha and Hanoi in March.

March 2016

Our 'Shakespeare Lives in Film' tour, which will reach more than 100 countries this year, has a busy month of screenings and events across the globe in March.

British Council Film is working with the British Film Institute, Film London and other partners to deliver a touring package of outstanding British film adaptations of Shakespeare’s work.

We are showing truly cinematic films that demonstrate how film has transformed and reimagined Shakespeare's work in so many genres and styles by such a range of talents - from Laurence Olivier to Maxine Peake.

Shakespeare Lives in Film is the British Council’s largest-ever touring film programme, with screenings and events in 100+ countries. For more information about the programme, click here.

Highlights around the globe in March 2016

Much Ado About Nothing (1993) on the big screen at the Katara Cultural Village in Doha

Shakespeare as the main theme at Ecrans Britanniques (British Screen) festival in Nimes

Screening of Richard III at the Ambassador’s residence

Screenings of The Angelic Conversation, Next, Olivier’s Hamlet and Polanski’s Macbeth

Maxine Peake’s Hamlet screening at the Multikino cinemas as part of a major British Theatre on the Big Screen programme

Kenneth Branagh’s Henry V screening at British Consulate in Jeddah and British Embassy in Riyadh

Much Ado About Nothing screening in Hanoi

This follows a great February which saw:

* Azerbaijan showing Much Ado About Nothing,
* Spain kicking off a year-long series of Shakespeare screenings with Maxine Peake’s Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing and Ian McKellen’s Richard III
* Malta working with local partner Spazju Kreattiv to present a Shakespeare on Film festival,
* Slovenia working with Cankarjev dom in Ljubljana to screen Henry V, Polanski’s Macbeth, Jarman’s The Tempest and Theatre of Blood;
* Maxine Peake’s ground-breaking Hamlet screening in Armenia;
* UAE showing Maxine Peake’s Hamlet, the fabulous jazzy Othello - All Night Long and Laurence Olivier’s 1948 Hamlet;
* and a cycle of Shakespeare films screening in Zimbabwean schools, including Othello, King Lear and Olivier’s Henry V.

The film tour is part of the larger Shakespeare Lives project, which sees the British Council celebrating Shakespeare as a living icon on the 400th anniversary of his death. Our partners include the BFI, GREAT campaign, Park Circus, and Film London.