Dir: Akira Kurosawa
Out: 1 April
Kurosawa’s late masterpiece reimagines King Lear as a historical epic set in 16th-century Japan. This dazzling 4K restoration gets an extended run at BFI Southbank as well as a UK-wide release and comes out on DVD/Blu-ray on 2 May. BFI is also showing three films from director Vishal Bhardwaj: Maqbool (2003), Omkara (2006) and Haider (2014), based on Macbeth, Othello and Hamlet respectively (29-30 April).
BBC Shakespeare festival
From 23 April
Marking the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death, with TV highlights including Shakespeare Live! From the RSC, featuring Akala among others, and new adaptations of Henry VI, Richard III and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, starring Maxine Peake. On radio there are new productions of Julius Caesar, with Tim Pigott-Smith, The Winter’s Tale and Ian McDiarmid in King Lear and Verdi’s Otello live from New York Metropolitan Opera House.
8-25 April, various venues
Art festival comprising 75 exhibitions and 50 events by 220 artists from 33 countries. Many of the works reflect on Glasgow’s history of manufacturing, shipbuilding and trading as well as its tradition of radicalism. Exhibitions and performance and participation works will utilise diverse locations across the city including Kelvin Hall, Roller Stop Roller Rink, Carlton Burial Ground and Savoy Shopping Centre.
The Sugar-Coated Bullets of the Bourgeoisie
Arcola Theatre, London, 7-30 April
Following success last year with refugee drama Lampedusa, writer Anders Lustgarten’s new play is an epic dramatic survey of 70 complex years of Chinese history. We follow characters in Rotten Peach Village from the rise of Maoism to the factories of Shenzhen today. After its run at the Arcola, the play will open Aldeburgh’s HighTide Festival in September.
Battersea Arts Centre, London, 5-21 April, then touring until 7 May
The Battle of the Beanfield in 1985 was a brutal police crackdown on the annual Stonehenge Free Festival. Young performance makers Breach Theatre have created a response to the event in collaboration with video artist Dorothy Allen-Pickard, reflecting on freedom, cultural heritage, and state violence. Their show was a hit at the Edinburgh Fringe and comes to the BAC as part of its A Nation’s Theatre season.