Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Login/Register With: By William Shakespeare, directed for the stage by Antoni Cimolino, directed for film by Shelagh O’Brien. Information about encore and upcoming screenings: stratfordfestival.ca or 1-800-567-1600Witches, swordplay and popcorn for lunch? The Shakespeare-in-HD phenomenon serves up some unusual menus. Adding to the experience of the premiere screening of Macbeth at Cineplex Yonge and Eglinton was the knowledge that its two lead performers, Ian Lake and Krystin Pellerin, were in the audience too, in advance of a post-show discussion with the CBC’s Paul Kennedy. Stage actors, of course, usually don’t get to see the shows they perform in, and both Lake and Pellerin said afterwards it was challenging to watch themselves, but gratifying to take in the entire spectacle.Reviews of Antoni Cimolino’s production of the Scottish play last summer highlighted its viscerality, from the palpable sexual chemistry between these younger-than-usual stars, to the genuinely scary witchcraft scenes that frame the action, and ferocious battle scenes where the safety of the performers sometimes seemed at risk. Facebook Macbeth Advertisement Advertisement On the last Saturday of March break, amid families heading in to see Beauty and the Beast and Kong: Skull Island, I joined a throng of mostly senior culture buffs to take in the first of two Stratford Festival productions recorded in high-definition video being released this year (the second, Love’s Labour’s Lost, plays April 29).