Monday, November 1, 2010

Plummer in The Tempest-Another Chance to See

Although it had been announced previously (in obscure places) I just found out that Bravo Canada filmed one of the performances of The Tempest this past season (which just ended last weekend) at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario, starring Christopher Plummer. They have made a "movie version" of this and it will be showing this coming weekend in selected theatres in Canada, including one in Windsor.

The film will only be shown in at one theatre and at one time (at least in Windsor). It will be at 1 PM on Saturday November 6 at the Cineplex Odeon Devonshire Mall (3100 Howard Avenue, (519) 967-0197)

Information and online tickets are available at

Actually, there will be an encore presentation at the same theatre on Wednesday, November 10 at 7 PM.

I saw the live production this past season at Stratford and I thought it was very good (although not as exciting or provocative as the way it was done by Patrick Stewart in Ann Arbor in 2006).

When some Oberon members traveled to Stratford last August we were not able to see this production of The Tempest, so now is everyone's chance.

This film will probably eventually show up somewhere else (such as on the Bravo satellite channel or at another movie theater) in the future, but it might be fun to be there at its "premiere".

On a related subject (Christopher Plummer at Stratford) there will be a showing of Bravo's film of the production of Caesar and Cleopatra, starring Plummer, at Stratford during the 2008 season (yes, I know it's George Bernard Shaw, not Shakespeare) at the Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute of Arts at 2 PM on Sunday, November 7. Info available at

This film also had its premiere in Canada (including in Windsor) in 2008 and then eventually showed up in the US, so I would guess that the new film of The Tempest will "come across the border" later.

But why wait? Grab your passport (and your $19.95 for the ticket) and get to Windsor this Saturday.

Maybe you'll see me there (and maybe you won't).

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