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Published On: Fri, May 29th, 2015

Director’s Julie Taymor’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ set for June screening in theaters

Fathom Events and Omniverse Vision partner to present Julie Taymor’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in select U.S. cinemas on June 22 at 7:00 p.m. local time. This production is directed by Julie Taymor (Frida, The Magic Flute, Across The Universe, Titus), the visionary director of the smash hit Broadway show The Lion King. Originally captured live at the Theatre For A New Audience in Brooklyn, New York in 2014, it opened to rave reviews at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival and boasts a stellar cast, including David Harewood (Homeland, Blood Diamond), Kathryn Hunter (Harry Potter and the order of the Phoenix), Tina Benko (The Avengers) and Max Casella (Blue Jasmine).

Tickets for “Julie Taymor’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream” 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 select 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).

“This version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a new hybrid of film and theater where the best of both worlds has the opportunity to join forces and create a unique new form of entertainment,” Taymor commented on transforming the stage production into a film.

Midsummer Night's Dream, A Theatre for a New Audience @ Polonsky Shakespeare Center

Midsummer Night’s Dream, A
Theatre for a New Audience @ Polonsky Shakespeare Center

Of all Shakespeare’s plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the most phantasmagorical, featuring fairies, spells, and hallucinatory lovers. Julie Taymor turns out a production that’s visually breathtaking, funny, sexy and darkly poetic. Produced by Ealing Studios, Londinium Films, in association with Theatre for a New Audience Producers, Lynn Hendee (Ender’s Game, The Tempest) and Ben Latham-Jones (Nina, The D-Train) joined forces with Taymor to create this exclusive filmed production. With cinematography by the Academy Award nominee, Rodrigo Prieto (The Wolf of Wall Street, Argo), and music by Academy Award-winning composer Elliot Goldenthal (Frida, Heat), this immersive, inventive cinematic experience brings Taymor’s acclaimed production to the big screen, giving audiences from around the world the opportunity to see this critically lauded, sell-out show.

“This production is wonderful to watch on the big screen because of the many ways Taymor uses visual nuances, such as light and shadow, to create a bold and beautiful version of this famous play,” said Fathom Events vice president of programming Kymberli Frueh-Owens.

This production will be released by Omniverse Vision in the UK, Fathom Events in the U.S. and Cineplex Front Row Centre Events in Canada.

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