Soon we’ll be able to grab our popcorn and snowcaps and rock out to…Shakespeare? The Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s pop-rock revival of Twelfth Night, starring Tony winner Brian Dennehy, could potentially air in movie theaters worldwide later this year. According to Variety, Broadway Near You, the company behind bringing Driving Miss Daisy starring Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones to cinemas, has acquired the theatrical and home entertainment distribution rights to the production.
The show, helmed by Tony-winning director Des McAnuff, premiered in Canada in 2011 and featured a live pop-rock score composed by McAnuff and Michael Roth.
The filmed production was released in Canada in 2012, but Broadway Near You is looking to expand the production's reach by bringing it to theaters around the world. The company’s founder, Ed Greenberg, revealed that they aim to build up to distributing 15 to 20 filmed theatrical productions per year. More live theater at the movies and on our TV? Count us in.
Take a look at a clip from the production below!