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‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ Getting Immersive Theatre Show

The story of Jordan Belfort is a crazy one. A former stockbroker who accumulated enormous wealth through various fraudulent schemes, Belfort avoided capture by the FBI for years before finally being convicted of fraud and stock-market manipulation. He detailed his rise and fall in his memoir The Wolf of Wall Street, giving readers an inside look at the outrageously lavish lifestyle Belmont lived while defrauding people. The unbelievable story was adapted into an Oscar nominated film starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Belfort, and now Belfort’s story will find another new audience.

 

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An immersive theatre show is being produced in London, based on Belfort’s memoir. The show will allow viewers to live out various scenarios from both the book and the movie. This will include trading stocks with Belfort or working with the FBI to bring him down.

The show is being put together by the same team who produced an immersive show based on The Great Gatsby, which allowed the audience to dance to jazzy tunes and interact with cast members.

Both the book and film adaptation received criticism for its portrayal of Belfort’s actions, with many believing it glorified his illegal antics and didn’t adequately portray the victims of his crimes. The producers have said that they are “committed to creating a respectful and happy environment for its audience and staff”.

 

Previews begin September 5th.

 

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William Shakespeare’s Home Has Been Found

Want to know where William Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet? Up until now you’ve been left in the dark, but thanks to theater historian Geoffrey Marsh the answer is finally clear.

 

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CNN broke the news how Mr. Marsh, the director of the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Department of Theatre and Performance, has spent a decade “meticulously researching the home of the English dramatist and poet by cross-referencing official records to pinpoint…” the home of this wondrous playwright.

So where did the quest to find this creator of words like ‘addiction’, ‘assassination’, ‘bedazzled’ and many others began?

In 2008 ‘The Theatre’, an Elizabethan playhouse in East London’s Shoreditch, was discovered. Infamously, this centerpiece of human visual art predated ‘The Globe’ as our good old Billy Shakes’ workplace. This got Mr. Marsh curious and, never a man to heed the old saying ‘curiosity killed the cat’ he went on a search through tales upon tales to find this mouse.

 

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The first key piece of evidence was the knowledge that the writer of classic literature lived in Central London near Liverpool Street Station. Where, exactly? Well, taxpayer recorders in 1597 and 1598 weren’t exactly clear on that.

Mr. Marsh wasn’t satisfied. A detective on the case, he got out his magnifying glass and looked at every word from that faded 1550s document. What did he fine in that near-indecipherable erratic spelling?

 

Historian Geoffrey Marsh analyzed archives that dated back to the 1550s.
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Well, “[a]ccording to Marsh, evidence suggests Shakespeare had lived in a property overlooking the churchyard of St. Helens as a tenant of the Company of Leathersellers, a guild that organized the Elizabethan leather trade.”

 

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So that’s where Shakespeare wrote his classic love story about star-crossed young lovers. Why is it important? Well…

“The place where Shakespeare lived in London gives us a more profound understanding of the inspirations for his work and life.”

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ALL 8 Harry Potter Films to Air in Theaters This Month

In celebration of Harry Potter’s 20th anniversary, Cinemark is spreading magic in the air by hosting Wizarding World Week – a week-long event taking place from August 31 through September 6 in which all 8 Harry Potter films will air in 141 Cinemark theaters!

 

 

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Audiences can watch the magic happen like never before, as the films will be shown in XD which features “35 trillion colors and custom engineered surround sound.” To top it off, the ticketed price for a Festival Pass which allows audiences to view all eight films, including Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, is only $25 dollars. If you can’t make it to see every film, you can also see individual showings for $5. 

 

The Festival Pass includes a free collectible keychain, a refillable cup, and a commemorative festival badge. To find out the nearest participating location and more information, follow the link here.

 

The festival will be the perfect time to re-visit your favorite Hogwarts trio and have a magical evening with family, friends, and dates!

 

 

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Find out Who Shakespeare Was (Probably) Inspired by!

Shakespeare scholars and fans alike have pondered over the Bard’s writing for years and years. Because of the excessive amount of time that has passed since William Shakespeare’s death in 1616, it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly who and what the man’s influences were. Whenever new information comes to light concerning his history, it creates a massive stir within the literary community, and it seems this has happened again.

 

In New Hampshire, a self-taught Shakespeare scholar named Dennis McCarthy believes that he has cracked another code using special plagiarism software called WCopyfind. It seems as though a lot of the language that Shakespeare uses in plays such as Macbeth, Richard III, and King Lear mirror the language used in a 16th century book called A Brief Discourse of Rebellion and Rebels written by a Swedish man named George North. A specific example that McCarthy cites is the fact that, in the preface to his book, North urges people to go against the deficiencies nature might have bestowed upon them using a string of words to tie his point together. This string of words is almost exactly the same as the words that Richard III utters in his opening monologue to reach an opposite conclusion: that these natural deficiencies will color his world evil.

 

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McCarthy and another Shakespeare scholar named June Schlueter are releasing a book to be published by the British Library and D.S. Brewer, an academic-based company. The two don’t suggest that William Shakespeare specifically plagiarized North’s work, but rather he was inspired by the Swede. An interesting suggestion of this inspiration is a piece of dialogue spoken by the character of the Fool in King Lear. The Fool discusses a prophecy spoken by Merlin, but for years this has puzzled academics who have found no evidence of said prophecy until now. Apparently, this prophecy was actually written by North to showcase a dystopian world that they believe might have even shaped Shakespeare’s creation of this iconic character. 

 

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Surely, these new findings will affect the literary world in many different ways. I can just picture one of my favorite college professors, also a Shakespeare scholar, exploding with excitement to his students upon hearing this news. 

 

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The Bizarre History of ‘Macbeth’ Performances Would Even Scare Shakespeare

The Royal Shakespeare Company has released an itinerary for their 2018 theater lineup, and in March we can expect to see Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Macbeth, starring Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who) and Niamh Cusack.

 

Macbeth tells the story of a man driven by his and his wife’s thirst for power. They take every step necessary to ensure success, even going so far as to solicit the help of three evil witches. In the shadow of this already dark tragedy are actual tales of superstition and bad luck, which have followed the play around since its premiere in 1606. 

 

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No doubt the witchcraft present in Macbeth is an homage to Scottish King James VI’s obsession with dark magic. He was crowned in 1603 after a near-death experience at sea, which Shakespeare himself cites in a passage stating, “Though his bark cannot be lost, Yet is shall be tempest-tost. And while it may be a coincidence, the premiere of Macbeth itself was met with a slew of disasters. The actor scheduled to play Lady Macbeth dropped dead suddenly, forcing Shakespeare himself to take on the role.

 

Even in 1849 New York, during the Astor Place Riot, at least twenty people died when a fight broke out between two rival actors playing the title role of Macbeth in opposite productions: an American actor named Edwin Forrest and a British actor named William Charles Macready. More recently than that, in 1937, Laurence Olivier was nearly crushed to death by a falling stage weight while playing Macbeth, a la Looney Toons. 

 

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Another performance accidentally used real daggers where prop daggers should have been. This resulted in the untimely death of one of the leads. Even today, speaking the name ‘Macbeth’ within the theatre is said to release evil into the air. But fear not!

 

There is a surefire way to combat these dark spirits. One must simply exit the venue, spin around three times, hock a nice amount of spit onto the ground, say a curse, and knock on the door to be allowed back inside. So if you find yourself at the Royal Shakespeare Company this spring, be sure not to speak the cursed name. But if you choose to take that risk, bring along a healthy dose of dramamine should you become nauseated from all of that spinning!

 

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