Second Annual Shakespeare Cinema Celebration

Published: April 18, 2017 | Author: Ashley Pollock | Read Time: 2 minutes

Cinema celebration lineupThe Utah Shakespeare Festival Education Department and Southern Utah University’s Center for Shakespeare Studies are sponsoring the 2nd annual Shakespeare Cinema Celebration on April 22, 2017, in the Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre. This year we are celebrating William Shakespeare’s birthday (April 23) with adaptations of Shakespeare on film in an all-day movie marathon with lectures and discussions occurring before and after the viewing of each film. Participants are invited to attend any number of movies. Prizes will be awarded to those who attend every film in the celebration series. This event is free of charge and all are invited to attend. Please be aware that not all movies are appropriate for all age groups.

Utah Shakespeare Festival’s Education Director and SUU’s Director of Shakespeare Studies, Michael Bahr, said, "Each year the committee takes special care to select a broad range of film titles that will celebrate classics in cinema while also introducing audience members to cinema they might not have seen before. There is a wide range of film being offered from Gnomeo and Juliet and She's the Man for young audiences to the timeless West Side Story and Kiss Me Kate for classic musical adaptations.”

The Cinema Celebration includes the following films:

  • Gnomeo and Juliet (rated G) from 9:15-10:45 a.m.
  • She's The Man (rated PG-13) from 11 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
  • West Side Story (rated G) from 1-3:30 p.m.
  • Kiss Me Kate (Not rated) from 3:45-5:45 p.m.
  • Ran by Akira Kurosawa (rated R) from 6-8:45 p.m.
  • Shakespeare in Love (rated R) from 9-11 p.m.

Bahr continued, “One of the highlights for this year is the Academy award-winning film Shakespeare in Love. The Utah Shakespeare Festival has the unique opportunity of being one of the only theatres in the country this summer producing the play which is based on the film.”

Last year a diverse audience of over 120 students, professors, community members, and patrons attended. Some of the guests traveled from as far away as Flagstaff and Kingman, Arizona.

Audience members are welcome to enjoy the seating or bring a blanket and pillow to watch the 2nd annual Shakespeare Cinema Celebration in the Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre. For more information about the Utah Shakespeare Festival, please visit For more information about the Center for Shakespeare Studies at SUU, please visit

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