Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s Caesar and Cleopatra Hits the Big Screen in High-Definition Exclusively via Cineplex Entertainment Theatres

on January 13, 2009
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TORONTO, ON - Cineplex Entertainment is pleased to announce the world film premiere of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival's production of Bernard Shaw's Caesar and Cleopatra will be shown one time only on Saturday, January 31, at 1p.m., in High Definition (HD) and digital surround sound exclusively at more than 80 select Cineplex Entertainment theatres across the country.

"We are excited to work with the Stratford Festival, Barry Avrich and CTV to bring this classic performance of Caesar and Cleopatra exclusively to our guests in communities large and small across the country," said Pat Marshall, Vice President, Communications and Investor Relations, Cineplex Entertainment. "From the Metropolitan Opera to The National Ballet of Canada and now the Stratford Festival, Cineplex Entertainment continues to provide our guests with the best out-of-home entertainment available."

"The Cineplex release gives audiences across Canada an opportunity to see Christopher Plummer - a great Canadian actor and international treasure - in a role that he was born to play, along with the brilliant newcomer Nikki James as the legendary teenage queen," said Des McAnuff, Artistic Director of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and director of the Festival's production of Caesar and Cleopatra. "Caesar and Cleopatra is the story of the occupation of one nation by another - and while it is set more than 2,000 years ago, it is surprisingly contemporary in its subject and its sharp sense of humour. I hope it will serve as a banner production to let Canadians across the country witness the great things that are happening in Stratford."

Starring the internationally renowned Christopher Plummer as Caesar and Nikki M. James as Cleopatra, the play sparkles with Shaw's legendary wit. Political drama turns to comedy when veteran strategist Julius Caesar becomes mentor to the enchanting teenage queen of Roman-occupied Egypt. Their first encounter under a desert moon will lead to a shift in the course of history, as Cleopatra gradually overcomes her timidity to become a determined player in the game of power politics.

Executive Producers Christopher Plummer, Barry Avrich and Michael Levine worked in partnership with Bravo! to capture the stage performances of the Festival's production of Caesar and Cleopatra over three days in front of live audiences in HD and digital surround sound.

"The historic opportunity to preserve the legendary live performances in this theatrical production on film is unprecedented and an extraordinary gift for both film and theatre lovers," said Mr. Avrich, who is also Producer of the film.

Caesar and Cleopatra is presented by Bravo! and is produced by Melbar Entertainment Group. Isme Bennie is the Production Executive for Bravo! Bravo! is a division of CTV Limited.

Advance tickets are now available online at www.cineplex.com as well as at participating theatre box offices. Admission for children ages 3 - 12 is $16.95 + tax, seniors is $17.95 + tax and general admission is $19.95 + tax. A special group rate is also available for groups of twenty or more at $16.95 + tax per person. For more information on group rates, call 1-800-313-4461.

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