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Watch some of world’s biggest stars perform Shakespeare in your movie theater

By David Cote
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If you thought the celebrations of William Shakespeare’s 452nd birthday and the 400th anniversary of his death were all last month (April  23, to be exact), here’s another one—and it’s a doozy. In select cinemas you can catch a star-studded extravaganza taped in the Bard’s birth town, Stratford-upon-Avon, where the Royal Shakespeare Company put on The Shakespeare Show. Hosted by beloved ex-Doctor Who David Tennant (who recently gave a smashing Richard II at BAM), the event includes tributes, dances and performances by Helen Mirren, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellen, Joseph Fiennes, John Lithgow, David Suchet, Simon Russell Beale, Roger Allam, Antony Sher, Harriet Walter and many others. The program was recorded before a live audience last month, and now its ready for the whole globe, so to speak.

Showtime is 7pm Monday May 23. For those in Manhattan, the HD broadcast goes out to Union Square Stadium 14 and Empire 25 on W 42nd Street. Tickets and details about participating movie theaters (around the country) can be found here. While at $15 it’s not as cheap as free Shakespeare in the Park, the event is in no danger of being rained out, and you’re guaranteed the best seat in the house.

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