The Tempest and Caesar & Cleopatra, Starring Award-Winning Actor Christopher Plummer and Nikki M. James, Will Screen in Cinemas

By Carey Purcell
27 Feb 2014

Recordings of the Stratford Festival productions of The Tempest and Caesar & Cleopatra, starring award-winning actor Christopher Plummer, will be screened in cinemas beginning March 13.



Presented by SpectiCast, in association with Melbar Entertainmet, The Tempest will return to cinemas beginning March 13 and Caesar & Cleopatra will make its theatrical premiere outside of Canada May 22. Both events were captured live at the Stratford Festival. 

In William Shakespeare's The Tempest, Plummer plays Propspero, a Duke banished from his homeland, who lives on an island with his daughter Miranda (Trish Lindstrom). With the assistance of the spirit Ariel (Julyana Soelistyo), he raises a storm at sea, bringing within his grasp the enemies who robbed him of his dukedom.

George Bernard Shaw’s comedy Caesar & Cleopatra features Plummer as emperor Caesar, opposite Tony Award winner Nikki M. James (The Book of Mormon) as Cleopatra. The play follows Caesar as he teaches Cleopatra to become a confident ruler.

"Captured and immortalized in high definition film, these spectacular productions bring the power and intimacy of extraordinary design, words and performance in a larger than live experience that is simply incomparable," executive producer Barry Avrich said in a statement.

Plummer is the winner of an Academy Award, two Emmy Awards, two Tony Awards, a Golden Globe Award, a SAG Award and a BAFTA Award. His stage credits include Cyrano, Barrymore, Inherit the Wind, King Lear, No Man's Land and The Good Doctor. His film work includes "The Sound of Music," "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" and "A Beautiful Mind."

His one-man show A Word or Two  recently played the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, CA; he also portrayed James Tyrone from Long Day's Journey Into Night for a PBS American Masters documentary of Eugene O'Neill.

The Stratford Festival has brought classical and contemporary theatre alive for over sixty years, annually presenting a dozen plays in four theatres between April and November, in the Canadian city of Stratford, Ontario.

Visit specticast.com for more information.