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That’s a quote from Miranda in Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” but it’s also fitting for Cinemapolis’ announcement today that the Ithaca movie theater will show two recorded productions of Shakespeare plays from the famed Globe in London.

“Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen provides audiences the opportunity to experience the world’s most famous stage as if they were there in person, and NTL is the National Theatre’s groundbreaking project to broadcast the best of British theatre live from the London stage to cinemas across the UK and around the world,” said Brett Bossard, executive director of Cinemapolis, in a statement.

“Combined, the two programs give cinema-goers from Ithaca and beyond a chance to see world-class theatre without the pesky intercontinental airfare.”

The original Globe in London was built by Shakespeare’s theater company in the early 17th Century. It was rebuilt in the 1970s and continues to put on the Bard’s work, including 2 performances that will soon be shown in Ithaca.

The two Shakespeare shows coming to Ithaca?

First up is “Twelfth Night,” the Shakespeare comedy about two twins separated in a shipwreck.

Here’s Bossard:

“The season of Globe on Screen opens in March with Twelfth Night, an all-male Globe ‘Original Practices’ production that aims to replicate as closely as possible the music, costumes, dance and scenery of Shakespeare’s time.  

Mark Rylance, winner of multiple Olivier and Tony Awards, and Stephen Fry star in the production, directed by Tim Carroll. Captured live in 2012, Twelfth Night screens at Cinemapolis at 2:00 pm on Sunday, March 8th and again at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, March 11th.”

The second is “Titus Andronicus,” a tragedy sometimes guessed to be the Bard’s first play:

Featuring visceral staged violence, this version was part of the Globe’s Summer 2014 “Arms and the Man” season. Titus screens at Cinemapolis at 2:00 pm on Sunday, April 5th and again at 7 pm on Wednesday, April 8th.

More titles are expected to be added, according to Bossard. Until then, it’ll be time to brush up on your Shakespeare.

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.