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Published On: Tue, Apr 26th, 2016

Judi Dench, Benedict Cumberbatch, Helen Mirren headline event to honor 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death

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 Companycomes to select U.S. cinemas nationwide for one night on Monday, May 23 at 7:00 p.m. local time.

photo courtesy Fathom Events

photo courtesy Fathom Events

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.

Joseph Fiennes photo courtesy Fathom Events

Joseph Fiennes photo courtesy Fathom Events

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.

David Tennant as Richard II photo Kwame Lestrade courtesy of Fathom Events

David Tennant as Richard II photo Kwame Lestrade courtesy of Fathom Events

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.”

Helen Mirren photo courtesy Fathom Events

Helen Mirren photo courtesy Fathom Events

Judi Dench in The Merry Wives of Windsor photo Stewart Hemley courtesy of Fathom Events

Judi Dench in The Merry Wives of Windsor photo Stewart Hemley courtesy of Fathom Events

Ian McKellen photo courtesy of Fathom Events

Ian McKellen photo courtesy of Fathom Events

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