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From playhouse to cinema

Shenzhen Broadway Cinema and Palace Cinema will screen 12 original plays with Chinese subtitles. Discounted early-bird package tickets can be bought on the cinemas’ apps or box offices.


Plot: “Hamlet” is a tragedy by William Shakespeare. As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralyzed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.

Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch

Time: 7 p.m., July 30 (Broadway), Aug. 6 (Palace)

‘Richard III’

Plot: “Richard III,” a historical play by William Shakespeare, depicts the Machiavellian rise to power and subsequent short reign of King Richard III of England.

Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Vanessa Redgrave

Time: 7 p.m., July 28 (Palace), Aug. 5 (Broadway)


Plot: “Amadeus,” a play by Peter Shaffer, gives a highly fictionalized account of the lives of the composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri. In the play, significant use is made of the music of Mozart, Salieri and other composers of the period.

Cast: Lucian Msamati, Adam Gillen

Time: 7 p.m., Aug. 2 (Palace), Aug. 7 (Broadway)

‘No Man’s Land’

Plot: “No Man’s Land” is a play by Harold Pinter. One summer’s evening, two aging writers, Hirst and Spooner, meet in a Hampstead pub and continue their drinking into the night at Hirst’s stately house nearby. As the pair become increasingly inebriated, and their stories increasingly unbelievable, the lively conversation soon turns into a revealing power game, further complicated by the return home of two sinister younger men.

Cast: Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart

Time: 1 p.m., July 29 (Palace); 7 p.m., Aug. 4 (Broadway)

‘Love’s Labor’s Lost’

Plot: “Love’s Labor’s Lost” is one of William Shakespeare’s early comedies. It follows the King of Navarre and his three companions as they attempt to forswear the company of women for three years of study and fasting, and their subsequent infatuation with the Princess of France and her ladies.

Cast: Leah Whitaker

Time: 7 p.m., July 31 (Palace), Aug. 3 (Broadway)


Plot: “Coriolanus,” a tragedy by Shakespeare, is based on the life of the legendary Roman leader Caius Marcius Coriolanus. The Guardian commented it was “a fast, witty, intelligent production that, in Tom Hiddleston, boasts a fine Coriolanus.”

Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Mark Gatiss

Time: 7 p.m., July 29 (Broadway); 1 p.m., Aug. 5 (Palace)

‘Much Ado About Nothing’

Plot: “Much Ado About Nothing,” a comedy by Shakespeare, centers on Benedick and Beatrice being tricked into confessing their love for each other. Claudio is tricked into rejecting Hero at the altar on the erroneous belief that she has been unfaithful. At the end, Benedick and Beatrice join forces to set things right, and the others join in a dance celebrating the marriages of the two couples.

Cast: Edward Bennett, Lisa Dillon

Time: 7 p.m., Aug. 1 (Palace); 1 p.m., Aug. 5 (Broadway)

‘The Winter’s Tale’

Plot: “The Winter’s Tale,” a play by Shakespeare, depicts that Leontes, King of Sicilia, is possessed by a mad jealousy, believing that his pregnant wife Hermione is having an affair with his childhood friend Polixenes, King of Bohemia.

Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench

Time: 7 p.m., July 31 (Broadway), Aug. 3 (Palace)

‘The Tempest’

Plot: “The Tempest,” a play by Shakespeare, is set on a remote island, where the sorcerer Prospero, rightful Duke of Milan, plots to restore his daughter Miranda to her rightful place using illusion and skillful manipulation. He conjures up a storm, the eponymous tempest, to cause his usurping brother Antonio and the complicit King Alonso of Naples to believe they are shipwrecked and marooned on the island. There, his machinations bring about the revelation of Antonio’s lowly nature, the redemption of the King, and the marriage of Miranda to Alonso’s son, Ferdinand.

Cast: Simon Russell Beale

Time: 7 p.m., July 29 (Palace), Aug. 6 (Broadway)

‘She Loves Me’

Plot: “She Loves Me” is a musical with a book by Joe Masteroff, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and music by Jerry Bock. The plot revolves around Budapest shop employees Georg Nowack and Amalia Balash who, despite being consistently at odds with each other at work, are unaware that each is the other’s secret pen pal met through lonely-hearts ads.

Cast: Laura Benanti, Jane Krakowski, Zachary Levi

Time: 7 p.m., Aug. 1 (Broadway), Aug. 4 (Palace)

‘Romeo and Juliet’

Plot: “Romeo and Juliet” is a tragedy written by Shakespeare early in his career about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families.

Cast: Richard Madden, Lily James, Derek Jacobi

Time: 1 p.m., July 29 (Broadway); 7 p.m., Aug. 5 (Palace)

‘The Cherry Orchard’

Plot: “The Cherry Orchard,” a play by Anton Chekhov, concerns an aristocratic Russian landowner who returns to her family estate (which includes a large cherry orchard) just before it is auctioned to pay a mortgage. Unresponsive to offers to save the estate, she allows its sale to the son of a former serf; the family leaves to the sound of the cherry orchard being cut down.

Cast: Renata Litvinova

Time: 7 p.m., July 30 (Palace), Aug. 2 (Broadway)

Venue 1: Palace Cinema, 4/F, Raffles City, 2163 Nanhai Boulevard, Nanshan District (南山区南海大道2163号来福士广场四楼深圳百丽宫影城)

Metro: Line 2, Dengliang Station (登良站), Exit D

Venue 2: Braodway Cinema, 2/F, Coco Park, Fuhua Road 3, Futian District (福田区福华三路Coco Park二楼百老汇影城)

Metro: Line 1 or 3, Shopping Park Station (购物公园站), Exit C(SD News)