Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre May Close Permanently Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic

All the world’s a stage, but one of the world’s most famous stages may close permanently due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, which temporarily shut its doors in March out of abundance of caution for the virus, is in danger of closing down permanently if it does not receive £5 million […] The post Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre May Close Permanently Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic appeared first on /Film.

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre May Close Permanently Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic

All the world’s a stage, but one of the world’s most famous stages may close permanently due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, which temporarily shut its doors in March out of abundance of caution for the virus, is in danger of closing down permanently if it does not receive £5 million (about $6 million) in government funding.

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, a replica of William Shakespeare’s famed 1599 Elizabethan open-air theater, is at risk of closing down permanently due to financial losses incurred due to the coronavirus pandemic. The theater shut its doors temporarily on March 18 due to the coronavirus crisis, but Broadway.com reports that the British cultural institution is in danger of closing for good, according to a U.K. parliamentary committee.

A committee for Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport warns that Shakespeare’s Globe may not be able to reopen its doors before September if it doesn’t receive £5 million ($6 million) in emergency funding from the U.K. government.

“In an unprecedented time for theater, as a charity that receives no regular government subsidy, we need your help more than ever before,” reads a statement on their website. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre asks for donations to keep it afloat here.

Since the Globe opened 23 years ago in 1997, it hasn’t faced this level of financial hardship. But the pandemic has forced widespread theater closures across the world, with stage productions like Frozen, Hangmen and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? ending their runs early. But the theater community has thrived online, with livestreams of filmed productions garnering millions of views. Free filmed productions at the Globe are also enjoying that popularity, with Neil Constable, CEO of the Globe, telling Variety that the productions on Globe’s YouTube channel have been watched by 1.9 million people. There’s a “huge appetite” for culture at a time of national crisis, Constable said, but warns that online popularity  “cannot replace income in this way.”

“We are proudly a part of the U.K.’s national identity and landscape, and our survival as an organization largely depends on help from the government to get us through this lockdown period,” Constable told Variety. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has kept us running, but as we receive no regular public funding, like other independent organizations, including the Old Vic, Royal Academy, Royal Albert Hall, we are in a very precarious position financially.”

Arts organizations are entitled to U.K. government support like loans and the furlough scheme, which was extended for another four months last week.

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Duncan Jones will complete the trilogy he started with Moon and continued with Mute…in graphic novel form. Co-written with Alex De Campi, Madi follows a “special-ops veteran whose attempt to survive one last mission ends up with her on the run across the world from everyone she’s ever known.” The graphic novel will be out in November, but Jones […] The post ‘Madi’ Graphic Novel Will Conclude Duncan Jones’ ‘Moon’ Trilogy appeared first on /Film.

‘Madi’ Graphic Novel Will Conclude Duncan Jones’ ‘Moon’ Trilogy

Duncan Jones will complete the trilogy he started with Moon and continued with Mute…in graphic novel form. Co-written with Alex De CampiMadi follows a “special-ops veteran whose attempt to survive one last mission ends up with her on the run across the world from everyone she’s ever known.” The graphic novel will be out in November, but Jones has given fans a sneak peek at the book via Kickstarter.

Moon, released in 2009, was a great feature debut from Duncan Jones, and signaled him as a promising new filmmaker. He continued that promise with Source Code. And then things started to get questionable. Warcraft has its supporters, but it’s mostly derided. But Warcraft has nothing on Mute, Jones’ Netflix movie which is loosely connected to Moon. To put it bluntly, Mute is bad. Really bad.

But Jones is determined to completing his trilogy, and to do so, he’s turning from the screen to the page. Jones and Alex De Campi have written a graphic novel called Madi, which will close things out. The filmmaker launched a Kickstarter for the project today – and it was almost instantly funded. As the Kickstarter page describes it, Madi is a “260-page road trip graphic novel set in the near future, by film director Duncan Jones and writer Alex de Campi, and drawn by some of comics’ most exciting artists including Glenn Fabry, Simon Bisley, Duncan Fegredo and Pia Guerra. Each artist tackles a 8-30 page section of the story, bringing to life one location.” Here are some story details:

Madi Preston, a veteran of Britain’s elite special operations J-Squad unit, is burnt out and up to her eyeballs in debt. She and the rest of her team have retired from the military but are now trapped having to pay to service and maintain the technology put into them during their years of service.   They’re working for British conglomerate Liberty Inc as  mercenaries, selling their unique ability to be remote controlled by specialists while in the field, and the debts are only growing as they get injured completing missions. We meet Madi as she decides she’s had enough.  She will take an off-the-books job that should earn her enough to pay out her and her sister, but when the piece of tech she’s supposed to steal turns out to be a kid, and she suddenly blacks out… she finds herself on the run from everyone she’s ever known.

When asked by THR why he was finishing the story via a graphic novel and not a movie, Jones gave a succinct answer: “Control and budget.” He went on to add:

“Part of the beauty of comics, and especially graphic novels, is that you can do whatever you need to do to tell the story in your head. You don’t need to pre-sell based on foreign estimates, you don’t need to scale down to hit the designated budget, you don’t need to shave off your edges to fit your story in that round studio four-quad hole … There is an absolute purity to the storytelling in comics that comes down to the writer and the artist meeting minds and then building the final experience together.”

Jones added that he “had a weird experience” with Mute: “I couldn’t let it go. Sixteen years of trying to get it made and after it was done, I felt … well, ‘closure’ to be honest. It was the damndest thing. Now Mute was weirdly therapeutic for a number of extremely personal reasons, but Madi has been the opposite. I love these characters now and this story even more than I did before we made this book.”

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