Folger Theatre and the Capitol Riverfront BID celebrate Shakespeare's 451st Birthday with three of Hollywood's best takes on his plays for a free weekend of outdoor films.
Watch these stars beneath the stars in Yards Park at sundown, between 7:30 and 8:00 pm each night. Actors from Folger Theatre’s production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead introduce the screenings!
Friday, April 24th: Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
An all-star cast (Emma Thompson, Denzel Washington, Keanu Reeves, Robert Sean Leonard, and Kenneth Branagh) brings a fresh, hilarious take to this romp of mistaken identity and intrigue. As two young lovers prepare to marry, a group of friends set a "lover's trap" for arrogant bachelor Benedick and the feisty Beatrice. All the while, the evil Don John sets a plot of his own to stop the wedding and break up this merry band of friends. Will he succeed, or will love conquer all?
Saturday, April 25th: Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet (1996)
The mind behind Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby presents Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes in the timeless roles of these "star-cross'd lovers" with a modern twist. Set in Verona Beach, this new classic from 1996 features beautiful visuals, breathtaking performances, and a kinetic energy that brought Shakespeare’s play to a new generation.
Sunday, April 26th: The Taming of the Shrew (1965)
Famous for their stellar acting and tumultuous off-screen romance, Hollywood legends Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor light up the screen in a comedy of sibling rivalry, fortune-hunting, and lessons learned. Appealing Bianca is the object of many affections in Padua, but her father will not allow her to marry before her sharp-tongued, man-hating older sister, Katherine. All seems hopeless until greedy, charismatic Petruchio arrives in town seeking a wealthy wife, and Bianca's suitors point him toward a horrified Katherine. Have these two scoundrels met their match? Can they ever truly be tamed?
Bard in the Yards will take place in The Yards Park, 355 Water St SE, conveniently located by the Navy Yard Metro.