Peter Capaldi is to play Titus Andronicus in a new short film by Shakespeare’s Globe.
Shakespeare’s Globe has announced initial casting and locations for The Complete Walk, a series of 37 short films to be screened along London’s South Bank, Liverpool and in international locations, throughout the weekend of 23-24 April 2016, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
The cast includes Peter Capaldi as well as other Doctor Who alumni, including Zawe Ashton who played Journey Blue in Into the Dalek, Meera Syal who played the super-lovely Dr Nasreen Chaudhry in The Hungry Earth and Cold Blood, and Lindsay Duncan, Adelaide Brooke in The Waters of Mars.
At the heart of each ten-minute film will be brand new material, shot on location in a setting with particular historical and narrative resonance. Confirmed filming locations include Hampton Court Palace for Henry VIII, The Tower of London for Richard III, Westminster Abbey for Henry IV, The Houses of Parliament for Richard II, Areopagus Hill in Athens for Timon of Athens, the Forest of Ardennes in Belgium for As You Like It, Tomba di Giulietta in Verona for Romeo and Juliet and Kronborg Castle in Denmark for Hamlet.
As well as being screened along a 2 ½ mile stretch of the Thames between Westminster and Tower Bridge, The Complete Walk will also be exported to other cities around the country and the world. Confirmed hosts for the series of films thus far include Liverpool and Santa Barbara.
A full list of venues, opening times and the locations of each play will be released in March.
Small, fleet-of-foot film crews have been flying around the world to capture performances against the original settings from Shakespeare’s global imagination. More casting and filming locations will be announced in the coming weeks.
Cast details to date are:
Simon Russell Beale as Timon, filmed in Athens
Peter Capaldi as Titus Andronicus, filmed in Rome
Hayley Atwell as Innogen in Cymbeline, filmed in Milford Haven
James Norton as Richard II, filmed in Westminster Hall
Zawe Ashton, Joseph Marcell and Kenneth Cranham in scenes from King Lear on the Cliffs of Dover
Jessie Buckley and Luke Thompson as Romeo and Juliet in the Tomba di Giulietta in Verona
Dominic West as Coriolanus in Rome
Lindsay Duncan in All’s Well That Ends Well, filmed in Roussillon
Olivia Williams and Susannah Fielding as Olivia and Viola in Twelfth Night
Jonathan Pryce and Phoebe Pryce as Shylock and Jessica, filmed in Venice’s historic Jewish Ghetto
Aidan Gillen and Joshua McGuire in Measure for Measure, filmed in Liechtenstein Castle in Vienna
Mel Giedroyc and Paul Chahidi in The Merry Wives of Windsor
Jamie Parker as Henry V at Azincourt in France
Meera Syal as Lucetta in The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Danny Sapani as Henry VIII with Pauline McLynn and David Calder, filmed at Hampton Court
David and Tom Burke as father and son in Henry VI Part 3, filmed at Towton Battlefield