Belfast Telegraph

Bard brings Branagh to Belfast for special date

By Claire Williamson

When it comes to Shakespeare, few know The Bard better than Sir Kenneth Branagh.

From his 1989 film adaptation and portrayal of Henry V through to last year's production of The Winter's Tale at London's Garrick Theatre, Sir Ken has brought Shakespeare's plays to millions.

Now the Belfast-born star of stage and screen is set to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death with a special event in his home city - a Q&A session in Queen's Film Theatre.

The event will be beamed live to more than 70 cinemas across the UK following a special screening of Henry V.

It will take place in May and tickets are set to go on sale next week.

Actor and director Branagh, a patron of Film London's own Shakespeare on Screen initiative, said: "It's a real privilege to be returning with Henry V - the first Shakespeare feature I directed, to the Queen's Film Theatre in my home city, as part of this wonderful celebration of Shakespeare's life, work and legacy on screen.

"The fact that Film London has organised the event to be beamed live to cinemas across the UK is particularly exciting."

The BFI: Shakespeare on Film project, led by Film Hub London, will see multiplexes, independent cinemas, film clubs, pop-ups and community venues the length and breadth of the UK enticing audiences with a broad range of filmic interpretations of Shakespeare's work and special events featuring leading cinematic stars including Sir Ken.

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