Silver Screen Tribute: Shakespeare 400th Anniversary Celebration

Past Event

Friday, 15 April 2016 - 5:30pm to 7:45pm

Celebrate Shakespeare with drinks and nibbles followed by a viewing of two silent films with live music!

The Life and Death of Richard 111 (1912)
59 Minutes United States

“Produced as a vehicle for Frederick Warde, a legendary stage actor of the 19th century, this 1912 version was the most ambitious Shakespearean adaptation to date. The film, the earliest surviving American feature film, not only attempts to honour the intricacies of the original play, it flavours the drama with spectacular crowd scenes and rich colour tints.” NYT

Bromo and Juliet (1926)
24 Minutes United States

This short the wonderful comic, Charley Chase, stages a play as a fund raiser but has to keep an eye on his drunken father and deal with a rascal cab driver, Oliver Hardy. What play? The Bard’s greatest tragic romance. Why do this play? Well, he is way out of his depth as a young businessman who plays Romeo as a promise to his sweetheart who wishes to play Juliet. Plenty of chases, drinks, mad cap all round and back to the play at the film’s end!

Agenda for the evening

  • 5.30 pm – 6.15 pm: Drinks and nibbles in Dixson Room
  • 5.30 pm – 6.15 pm: The Shakespeare Room will be open for viewing
  • 6.15 pm - 7.45pm: Silent films with live music

Accompanist: Kaine Hayward

Kaine is in demand as a piano accompanist and has worked as for companies including The Australian Ballet, The Paris Opera Ballet, Sydney Dance Company and The Sydney Conservatorium of Music. As a singer, he has performed at both The Sydney Opera House and Hamer Hall, performed lead roles for Opera Australia, toured internationally and maintains a busy concert schedule.


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