Having sold out it's entire run at the Garrick Theatre, the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company‘s production of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale topped the UK Box Office Charts this week when it grossed £1.1 million at screenings around the country.
The Winter's Tale was screened to 520 cinemas across the UK and 1300 cinemas worldwide. Encore broadcasts will be held across the UK during the Christmas period.
The screening of the production beat The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 to claim the top spot.
The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare’s timeless tragicomedy of obsession and redemption, which opened to critical acclaim at London’s Garrick Theatre on 7 November, is reimagined in a new production co-directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh. Judi Dench plays Paulina opposite Kenneth Branagh as Leontes.
Kenneth Branagh said: “To be able to celebrate our production of The Winter’s Tale with cinema audiences is a true privilege. I would like to thank our partners at Picturehouse and the talented Benjamin Caron for enabling us to bring The Winter’s Tale to screens around the world.”
The broadcast date for Romeo and Juliet, which plays at the Garrick from 12 May to 13 August, is 7 July 2016 and tickets are now on sale. The Entertainer will also be screened later in 2016.