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"Inverted Portal" by Ensamble Studio

"Inverted Portal" by Ensamble Studio is pictured at Tippet Rise.

FISHTAIL — Tippet Rise Art Center’s Spring Film Series will feature films from two renowned destinations for the dramatic arts — London’s National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon. Screenings of eight films will take place at The Olivier Music Barn, at 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, May 4 to June 9.

According to Lexy Adams, publications administrator for Tippet Rise, presenting films of this quality is a feat of technology and a wonderful cultural opportunity for Montana.

“If you ponder the notion, it’s extraordinary, really, that you can sit in a concert hall in rural Montana and watch a theater production beamed all the way from England — the same production that audiences in London or Stratford-upon-Avon watched, live, just hours or days before,” she said.

With the filmmakers’ ability to zoom in on the actors’ faces, the films are a cinematic take on the theater experience. But because the actors are clearly on a stage, filmgoers also get the feeling of being part of the audience at a live performance. And because of the use of the traveling boom, the camera is only a few feet from the actors, so viewers have the sensation of being not only in the audience, but also on stage.

The cast and crew involved in both theaters are among the world’s best. Actors include Jude Law, Christopher Eccleston, Imelda Staunton and many other stars of screen and stage.

Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of “Macbeth” will kick off the series on May 4. National Theatre productions include “Obsession” on May 11, “Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” on May 12, “Peter Pan” on May 18, “Salome” on May 19, “Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches” on June 1, “Angels in America Part Two: Perestroika” on June 8, and “Yerma” on June 9.

After the summer music season at Tippet Rise closes, the series will continue in the fall with additional screenings from both theaters.

Admission is $10 and free for ages 21 and younger. Tickets may be purchased on the Tippet Rise website at tippetrise.org/events.

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