The Bard celebrated at Melton through live cinema

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Melton Regal Cinema is celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with a unique simulcast night.

The venue is hosting The British Film Institute’s (BFI) Richard III film with a satellite post screening Q&A.

Originally released in 1995, Richard III has a star-studded film cast including Ian McKellen, Dame Maggie Smith, Jim Broadbent, Robert Downey Jr, Kristin Scott Thomas, Nigel Hawthorne and Annette Bening. This special cinema event includes a live 30 minute discussion broadcast live from the BFI Southbank with Sir Ian McKellen and Director Richard Loncraine.

In this striking adaptation of Richard III, the action is transferred to an imagined war-wracked Europe of the 1930s and Shakespeare’s most notorious villain into a fascistic despot. The long and bloody civil war has divided the nation as two powerful families battle for the crown. The end of the war comes suddenly when the reigning King and his heir are killed by the Commander-in-Chief of the York faction, Richard of Gloucester. Richard’s elder brother, Edward, takes the throne, establishing a shaky peace over the nation. But Richard, shunning the dreary calm of peacetime, turns his attention to a new, private war within the House of York.

To book tickets for the film on Thursday, (April 28), call the cinema box office on (01664) 500642.