The Colonial Theatre, 163 High St, will present Omniverse Vision screenings of Julie Taymor’s critically acclaimed stage version of Shakespeare’s iconic comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Filmed last year at the Theatre For A New Audience in Brooklyn, N.Y., the film opened to rave reviews at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival and boasts a stellar cast.

Scheduled screenings are Sunday, July 19, at 4 p.m.; Thursday, July 23, at 6:30 p.m.; Thursday, Aug. 6, at 6:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 9, at 4 p.m. For more information, call 338-1930 or visit

The cast features David Harewood (“Homeland,” “Blood Diamond”), Kathryn Hunter (“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”), Tina Benko (“The Avengers”) and Max Casella (“Blue Jasmine”). The filmed production is directed by Taymor (“Frida,” “The Magic Flute”), the visionary director of the smash hit Broadway show “The Lion King.” With cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto (“Wolf of Wall Street,” “Argo”) and music by Academy Award-winning composer Elliot Goldenthal (“Heat,” “Frida”), this immersive, inventive cinematic experience brings Taymor’s acclaimed production to the big screen, giving audiences from around the world the opportunity to see this critically lauded, sell-out show.

Proclaimed as Shakespeare’s most popular comedy, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is a play about love and obsession, jealousy and magic. It depicts the events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of Athens, Theseus and Hippolyta, which include the comedic adventures of four young lovers and a group of amateur actors who are controlled and manipulated by the woodland fairies.

“This is one of Shakespeare's most joyful plays, celebrating every aspect of love in all of its glory. It was amazing to be able to interpret that not only in the stage production but now also transform it into a film,” said Taymor.

Instead of just having multiple cameras recording a live performance, the film was shot on stage with moving cameras and Steadicam in order to have a dynamic and immersive energy to the scenes and to show angles, close-ups and reaction shots — shots the live audience could never see.

Producers Lynn Hendee and Ben Latham-Jones joined forces with Taymor to create this exclusive filmed production, which was produced by Ealing Studios, Londinium Films, in association with Theatre for a New Audience.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or