Sunday 18 September 2016 - 19:00 to Thursday 22 September 2016 - 22:00
Mashq Art Space, Budaiya

Join us this week to celebrate Shakespeare on Film as part of our Shakespeare Lives in 2016 campaign.

A special BFI curated programme of around twenty feature films that have had made Shakespeare’s work accessible internationally. In Bahrain, we are bringing: Macbeth (1971), Much Ado About Nothing (1993) and Maxine Peake’s Hamlet (2015).

Shakespeare Lives is a year long programme of events and activities, celebrating Shakespeare’s work on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of his death in 2016, aiming to reach over half a billion people worldwide.


Mashq Art Space, Budaiya 

Screening Schedule at Mashq Art Space

Day/Date Title Time Subtitle
Sun, 18 Sep Macbeth (1971) 19:00 – 21:10 Arabic
Mon, 19 Sep Much Ado About Nothing (1993) 19:00 – 20:50 English
Tue, 20 Sep Macbeth (1971) 19:00 – 21:10 Arabic
Wed, 21 Sep Much Ado About Nothing (1993) 19:00 – 20:50 English
Thu, 22 Sep Maxine Peake’s Hamlet (2015) 18:30 – 21:45 English

 The shows are free of charge and open to all

Enquiries and RSVP

For more information, any questions or to RSVP, please feel free to contact us on:

Phone: 17261555/Ext: 226


Shakespeare Lives is the British Council’s major cultural programme for 2016. It will be a global celebration of the life and works of William Shakespeare on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of his death. 

Throughout 2016, the Shakespeare Lives programme will bring together all areas of the organisation to create a truly worldwide celebration of his works. Managed by the British Council, working with a broad range of partners, a year of events across the globe will aim to encourage people – who either have an existing knowledge and relationship with Shakespeare, or are discovering him for the first time - to actively participate, be creative and demonstrate a personal connection with Shakespeare and his works.

The Shakespeare Lives programme formally began on 5 January, 2016 (Twelfth Night) and will run until the end of December 2016.


 Shakespeare on Film Tour

British Council Film is working with the British Film Institute (BFI) and other partners to deliver an international touring programme of British versions of Shakespeare on Film from January 2016.
A special BFI curated programme of around 20 feature films shows how British cinema has transformed and reimagined Shakespeare’s work. The programme includes the earliest surviving silent Shakespeare, faithful adaptations by British actor/directors who have had made Shakespeare’s work accessible internationally (such as Olivier and Branagh); performances by today’s greatest Shakespearean actors including Judi Dench (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Ian McKellen (Richard III); experimental and playful reworkings that reinforce Shakespeare’s enduring relevance as source material (Prospero’s Books, Theatre of Blood and Next) and expressions of themes such as diversity, identity and desire (Othello, Romeo and Juliet and The Angelic Conversation).
In addition, the programme includes a number of filmed stage productions of Shakespeare, led by Manchester Royal Exchange’s ground-breaking Hamlet starring Maxine Peake and a select number of National Theatre (NT Live) productions including Coriolanus with Tom Hiddleston, Hamlet with Benedict Cumberbatch and King Lear directed by Sam Mendes.