Magazine article Screen International

Steven Berkoff to Reprise Theatre Roles on Film

Magazine article Screen International

Steven Berkoff to Reprise Theatre Roles on Film

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Actor and playwright Steven Berkoff, best known for villainous screen roles in Octopussy and A Clockwork Orange, is set to reprise two of his most successful theatre productions on film.

Shakespeare's Heroes & Villains and Tell Tale Heart, both written by Berkoff, will be co-produced by Red Rock Entertainment (That Good Night) and CK Films with Stephen Cookson (My Angel) directing. Both are currently in development.

Shakespeare's Heroes & Villains will be adapted from the Berkoff-penned stage production Shakespeare's Villains. The one-man play, which had its first run at London's Theatre Royal in 1998, explores and analyses some of the Bard's most villainous characters, including Macbeth, Iago, Richard III and Coriolanus.

The film production ties in with celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare, which has also seen the British Council export 18 of the Bard's UK-produced films to 110 countries, including a Kurdish refugee camp in Iraq. …

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