Midsummer Nights Festival is a highlight of Shakespeare Lives, the British Council's global celebration of Shakespeare’s life and work to mark the 400th anniversary of his death. Shakespeare's legacy as a writer and chronicler of the human spirit remains undimmed and each year sees new stage and screen adaptations appearing in theatres and cinemas around the world.

To launch the Midsummer Nights Festival, Ian McKellen is travelling to Russia to present his solo show Shakespeare on Stage, Screen and Elsewhere. The renowned actor will discuss his impressive range of Shakespearean performances, starting with Malvolio in Twelfth Night at the age of 12, to more than half of Shakespeare’s canon on stage. On 22 June at the Gogol Centre Theatre, Ian McKellen will also present his screen appearance as Richard III, recently re-presented by the BFI in cinemas and re-released on DVD. 

The festival's programme:

22 JUNE, WEDNESDAY    
18:00 Muzeon Cinema hall A public talk by Jerry Brotton "Tsars, Shahs and Sultans in the Shakespearean World"
20:00 Gogol-center "Richard III" film screening with Ian McKellen in conversation with Stas Tyrkin
16+
22:00 Muzeon Cinema hall

"Play On! Silent Shakespeare" film screening
16+

23 JUNE, THURSDAY    
19:00 Muzeon Cinema hall A public talk by Marina Boroditskaya and Grigoriy Kruzhkov
21:00 Muzeon Cinema hall In Conversation: Leonard Whiting and Ian Haydn Smith 
22:00 Muzeon Cinema hall "Romeo and Juliet" film screening
16+
24 JUNE, FRIDAY    
20:00 Muzeon Cinema hall A public talk by Daniel Rosenthal "Shakespeare on Film: A Global History of Screen Adaptations"
22:00 Muzeon Cinema hall

"Macbeth" film screening
16+

25 JUNE, SATURDAY    
14:00-19:00 Near Muzeon Cinema hall "Shakespeare plays in hopscotch" Game by Playtronica
     
14:00-15:00 Pouf seating area near Muzeon Cinema hall

English lesson "Shakespeare’s quotations"
7+, Pre-intermediate level

15:00-16:00 Tent behind Muzeon Cinema hall

English lesson "Who were you, Mr. Shakespeare?"
14+

16:00-17:00 Pouf seating area near Muzeon Cinema hall

English lesson “Around the Globe”
11+

16:00-18:00 Pouf seating area near Muzeon Cinema hall

"Touch Shakespearean words" Game by Playtronica

16:00 Muzeon Illustration workshop with Evgenia Barinova and Christopher Rainbow 
19:00 Muzeon Cinema hall A public lecture by Evgenia Barinova and Christopher Rainbow "Illustrating Shakespeare through centuries"
21:00 Muzeon Cinema hall A public talk by Ian Haydn Smith "Shakespeare, Genre Cinema and his Enduring Legacy"
22:00 Muzeon Cinema hall "Theatre of Blood" film screening
18+
26 JUNE, SUNDAY    
14:00 "Dom 12" (Mansurovsky lane, 12) Shakespeare brunch at "Dom 12" with Alexey Zimin
Reservations: +7 (903) 968 88 97, brunch cost 3000 RUB
16:00-17:00 Tent behind Muzeon Cinema hall 

English lesson "Shakespeare’s quotes"
12+, Upper-intermediate level

16:00-18:00 Near Muzeon Cinema hall "Shakespeare plays in hopscotch" Game by Playtronica
16:00-18:00 Pouf seating area near Muzeon Cinema hall "Touch Shakespearean words" Game by Playtronica
18:00 Muzeon Cinema hall A public lecture by Amber Butchart "'The soul of this man is his clothes'. Shakespeare Style: The Bard’s Influence on Fashion"
20:00 Muzeon Cinema hall “The Tempest” by Intrada and Musica Viva Orchestra
22:00 Muzeon Cinema hall

"Much Ado About Nothing" film screening
16+