War Horse, Lear, and Henry IV — from stage to screen

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The Dipson Theatres chain regularly show opera and theatrical events on the big screens at the Amherst Theatre or the Eastern Hills Mall, and a few that are certainly of note are screening in the months to come:

War Horse (March 16, Amherst Theatre)

I must admit, I was not inordinately impressed with Steven Spielberg’s War Horse, a film that seemed far too syrupy to make any kind of lasting impact. But I have long heard that the stage production is a stunner, especially its use of life-sized puppets. It played Shea’s Performing Arts Center not too long ago, but for those who missed it (like me), here is an opportunity to see it live … so to speak.

King Lear (May 25, Amherst Theatre)

Lear is one of my Shakespeare favorites, but I have never seen it live. What makes this National Theatre production especially interesting is its director: Sam Mendes. I am dying to see what the director of Skyfall has brought to the table.

Henry IV: Part 1 (June 5, Amherst Theatre); Henry IV: Part 2 (July 10, Amherst Theatre)

I don’t think I could ever tire of Falstaff portrayals, and this one, by actor Antony Sher, is said to be marvelous.