Shakespeare Reimagined

Bringing His Stories to the Screen

In partnership with the Coolidge Corner Theatre

Hosted by the Coolidge Corner Theatre

The 2022 Shakespeare Reimagined series has concluded.

The “Shakespeare Reimagined” series consists of three events, each including a film screening and a Q&A session with experts in both theater and film. The 2021 series took place entirely online, but this year’s is taking place at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA.  The first two films in the 2022 season were The Tragedy of Macbeth in January and To Be or Not To Be in March.

Much Ado About Nothing (1993)

Kenneth Branagh brings the William Shakespeare play to life in this ‘spirited’ (Variety), star-studded adaptation of the classic comedy. Following the screening, guests will discuss this adaptation in anticipation of the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s Summer 2022 production of the play.

Hero (Kate Beckinsale) and her groom-to-be, Claudio (Robert Sean Leonard), team up with Claudio’s commanding officer, Don Pedro (Denzel Washington), the week before their wedding to hatch a matchmaking scheme. Their targets are sharp-witted duo Benedick (Kenneth Branagh) and Beatrice (Emma Thompson) — a tough task indeed, considering their corresponding distaste for love and each other. Meanwhile, meddling Don John (Keanu Reeves) plots to ruin the wedding.

After the screening, there will be a panel discussion featuring:

  • Yu Jin Ko , Professor of English at Wellesley College and Shakespeare expert (moderator)
  • Debra Wise, Actor in CSC’s summer production on Boston Common
  • Megan Sandberg-Zakian, Director of CSC’s summer production on Boston Common

Date/time:  Thursday, May 19 at 7:00 p.m.

Admission is $15.50 general admission, $12.50 for Coolidge Corner Theater members or for CSC patrons using the ordering code CSC2022. The price includes the film screening and the panel discussion (which will run approximately 30-40 minutes). 

Tickets will be available at the door, or at

Previous Events in this Series:

To Be or Not To Be (1942)

To Be or Not to Be (1942)
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch
Shown from left: Carole Lombard, Jack Benny, Charles Halton: Photo Credit: Photofest

Ernst Lubitsch’s nervy send-up of both the artifice of theater and the theater of politics stars Jack Benny as a would-be Hamlet and Carole Lombard (in her final screen appearance) as his actress wife. When these married Shakespearean players become caught up in a dangerous spy plot in Nazi-occupied Warsaw, they are faced with the true realities of war. 

Ushered into production during the height of Germany’s power in World War II, the film is a bold, comic high-wire act that manages to balance political satire, romance, slapstick, and suspense. Considered by many to be Lubitsch’s greatest film, To Be or Not to Be is an enduring classic that ingeniously pulls the curtain back and forth on art and life.

Following the film screening, there will be a discussion and Q&A with a panel of experts: 

The Tragedy of Macbeth


The first event in the series is The Tragedy of Macbeth, directed by Joel Coen and starring Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand. It’s the tragic tale of greed, amoral ambition, and power-grabbing that resonates as much today as it did when the play was written 400 years ago. The film has won awards from the National Board of Review and the New York Film Critics Circle.



Following the film screening, there will be a discussion and Q&A, moderated by CSC Founding Artistic Director Steven Maler, featuring three experts in theater and film:

Sean Burns, Film Critic for WBUR

Anita Diamant, Journalist and best-selling author

Harvey Young, Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Boston University



The Coolidge’s film and video exhibition areas are accessible by elevators. All are also equipped with a variety of options for patrons that are hard of hearing, deaf, blind, and/or visually impaired. To Be or Not To Be will be presented with open captioning. For questions about accessibility or to make any disability-related accommodation requests, please email

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