Saltanat’s mother sends her to the city to marry a man who will pay off her father’s debts. Accompanied by her admirer Kuandyk, she discovers that city men do not keep their word. This wonderful Kazakh film recently premiered at Cannes.
Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power. At the fringes of a war-torn empire the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love. In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war.
It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic. With the King’s mind unraveling, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown.
Simon Russell Beal, one of Britain’s finest Shakespearean actors, plays the title role in this bold re-telling of William Shakespeare’s Richard II. The staging is visceral and modern, powerful and intense. This is a stripped-back version which focuses on the essence of the story – a power struggle between two failing leaders, ruling a divided country.