A public talk by Daniel Rosenthal "Shakespeare on Film: A Global History of Screen Adaptations"
Venue: Muzeon Cinemahall

Daniel Rosenthal, author of Shakespeare on Screen (2000) and 100 Shakespeare Films (2007), explores Shakespearean film-making in the sound era, focusing on six of the playwright’s most important cinematic champions: Laurence Olivier, Orson Welles, Grigori Kozintsev, Akira Kurosawa, Franco Zeffirelli and Kenneth Branagh. Using clips from adaptations of Hamlet, Henry V, King Lear and Macbeth, he will trace “The Seven Ages of Screen Shakespeare”, examine soliloquy on film, and ask why film-makers so often choose to show what Shakespeare only describes.

As part of the Midsummer Nights Festival 22-26 June.

About the lecturer

Dr. Daniel Rosenthal was born in London in 1971.  He is the author of Shakespeare on Screen (2000) and 100 Shakespeare Films (2007).  His 50th anniversary history of the National Theatre of Great Britain, The National Theatre Story (2013), won the STR Theatre Book Prize.  He has edited Methuen Student Editions of Oleanna by David Mamet and Closer by Patrick Marber, and has written for many British publications, including The Times, Guardian and Daily Telegraph.  He lectures on Screen Adaptation for the International Programmes Department of Pembroke College, Cambridge.