BritWeek will celebrate the outstanding work done in Shakespeare education by Los Angeles’ Hobart Elementary Shakespeareans and L.A.’s Inner City Shakespeare Company. Together, these two organizations, through their dedicated teachers, volunteers and students, have brought Shakespeare’s language, characters and stories to life for thousands of L.A. families. New York Film Academy Los Angeles‘ Chair of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Louis Fantasia, who was the first American to direct on the reconstructed Globe stage in London, will be producing and directing the gala.
The event will take place April 25, 2014 with an extraordinary group of 19 leading actors who will perform sonnets, readings and songs to celebrate the Bard’s 450th birthday at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica. “The cast are some of the best actors for tragedy, comedy, history, pastoral, pastoral–comical, tragical–comical–historical–pastoral and scene invisible’ as Shakespeare himself would say,” said Louis Fantasia.
The evening will be co–hosted by actors and performers Dana Delany and Ioan Gruffudd. The cast of actors performing in the 90 minute production are; Ashley Bell, Eric Braeden, Claudia Christian, Neil Dickson, Joely Fisher, Mira Furlan, Judy Geeson, Michele Greene, Harry Hamlin, Malcolm MacDowell, David Melville, Emily Mortimer, Jane Seymour, Joan Van Ark, Sophie Winkleman, Robert Ray Wisdom and Michael York.
“Shakespeare is the voice of human experience,” according to actor Malcolm MacDowell, who will recite lines from The Tempest. “There is no emotion that any of us has felt — anger, love, joy, pain, loss — that Shakespeare hasn’t written about. That’s what makes him so human.”
Since its foundation in 2007, BritWeek has grown into a program with over 40 events each spring in Los Angeles, when a creative connection between the UK and LA attracts thousands of people for two weeks. Now a fixture on the LA calendar, the variety of events say as much about this great city as it does about the Brits who come here to live, work and play.
Tickets for “An Evening of Shakespeare, Music and Love” are on sale at www.britweek.org.