Kenneth Branagh’s live screening of The Winter’s Tale topped the UK cinema box office last night taking in excess of £1.1m. Broadcast live from the Garrick Theatre in London’s West End to 520 UK cinemas and 1300 international cinema’s the critically acclaimed production sold out screenings in Portugal, Spain, Canada, Austria, Malta and Germany.

The cinema broadcast of The Winter’s Tale was directed by Benjamin Caron, who has also recently collaborated with Kenneth Branagh on the forthcoming series of Wallander, due to be broadcast on the BBC in 2016.

The Winter’s Tale will also be screened in US cinemas on 30 November. Encore broadcasts will be held across the UK throughout the Christmas period.

Kenneth Branagh said: “To be able to celebrate our production of The Winter’s Tale with cinema audiences is a true privilege. I would like to thank our partners at Picturehouse and the talented Benjamin Caron for enabling us to bring The Winter’s Tale to screens around the world.”

Starring Kenneth Branagh and Judi Dench, The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare’s timeless tragicomedy of obsession and redemption plays in rep until 16 January 2016 at the Garrick Theatre

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