Much Ado About Shakespeare at the Loft in April



The Loft is celebrating William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday with a month of classic Shakespeare adaptations from some of the world’s greatest filmmakers! All through April, see the Masters of Cinema take on the Master of the English Theatre in thrilling, dramatic and humorous films that bring the magic of The Bard to the big screen!

Trivia question: what day in April was Shakespeare born?  Answer at end of this post.

5 Shakespeare films coming up in April, Wednesday nights, one night only each:

Hamlet – April 2, 7 p.m.

Lust, murder, revenge and betrayal reign in director/star Laurence Olivier’s Oscar-winning film version of Shakespeare’s tragic drama, with the acclaimed thespian delivering one of his definitive performances as the tormented Prince of Denmark.

Julius Caesar  – April 9, 7:30 p.m. (screen #3, seating limited)

Oscar-winner Joseph L. Mankiewicz directed this exquisite, all star Hollywood version of Shaspeare’s Roman tragedy chronicling the aftermath of Caesar’s assassination, featuring a young and brooding Marlon Brandon at the peak of his ’50s star power.

Much Ado About Nothing – April 16, 7 p.m.

The second of Kenneth Branagh’s Shakespeare adaptations is also his most delightfully entertaining, as the director assembles a wonderfully electic cast (including Michael Keaton, Denzel Washington, Emma Thompson and Branagh himself) for a lively and sensual take on one of Shakeapeare’s best comedies.

Romeo & Juliet,  April 23, 7 p.m.

Italian filmmaker Franco Zeffirelli’s blockbuster adaptation of Romeo & Juliet brought Shakespeare’s enduring classic of star-crossed young lovers to a whole new generation and energized audiences with its then-unusual casting of teen actors in the title roles.

Ran, April 30, 7 p.m.

One of Akira Kurosawa’s final masterpieces in a career of masterpieces, this sensually epic and colorfully dream-like samurai/Noh Theater rendition of Shakespeare’s King Lear bleeds right off the screen.

Answer to trivia contest: April 23, 1616, in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England.

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).