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Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Stratford Shakespeare Festival might shoot 'Twelfth Night,' says filmmaker

[The Canadian Press Online]
Victoria Ahern, The Canadian Press
Nov. 17, 2010

Brian Dennehy
TORONTO - The Stratford Shakespeare Festival is looking at "Twelfth Night," starring Brian Dennehy, as its next big-screen project.

Filmmaker Barry Avrich, who shot "Caesar and Cleopatra" and "The Tempest" at the festival, tells The Canadian Press he's now "exploring the potential of filming 'Twelfth Night' next year."

Film versions of the festival's productions of "Caesar and Cleopatra" from 2008 and "The Tempest" from this year have screened at Cineplex theatres across the country.

"Caesar and Cleopatra" also aired on TV around the world and "The Tempest" is set for broadcast on Bravo in Canada in the spring.

Both productions starred Christopher Plummer and had festival artistic director Des McAnuff at the helm.

McAnuff will also direct Shakespeare's comedy "Twelfth Night," in which Dennehy will play Sir Toby Belch.

"We'd like to keep doing more with Stratford," Avrich said Wednesday in a phone interview. "Because it's about not only the extension of Stratford's brand nationally and internationally, but it's the preservation of live work."

Dennehy, a veteran film, TV and stage star, last performed at the Stratford festival in southwestern Ontario in 2008 in productions of "Krapp's Last Tape" and "Hughie."

The Woodstock, Conn., resident will also play Max in a production of Harold Pinter's "The Homecoming" at next year's festival.

Other productions on the docket for the 2011 festival include "The Merry Wives of Windsor," "Richard III" and "Titus Andronicus."

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