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Shakespeare Wallah (1966)

Shakespeare Wallah
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $3,577Details
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The real-life adventures of Ms. Kendal’s family as a traveling theater group in India during the final days of English colonial rule. The Buckingham Players try to uphold British tradition by staging Shakespeare plays for the general public, boarding schools, and local royalty, but are unable to compete with the wildly popular Bollywood film industry. The film also traces the developing relationship between the acting troupe’s young ingénue, Lizzie, and Sanju, a wealthy Indian playboy. But their romance is beset by hindrances, not the least being the machinations of Manjula, a fiery Indian film star who is also in love with Sanju.


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 15,201-15,300) 15,207 $3,577
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 20,701-20,800) 20,732 $3,577

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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: March 22nd, 1966 (Limited) by Continental Distributing
November 10th, 2017 (Limited) by Cohen Media Group
Video Release: April 3rd, 2018 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 122 minutes
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Keywords: Theater Actor, Theater, India, On Tour, Romance, Relationships Gone Wrong, Dysfunctional Family
Source:Based on Factual Book/Article
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Dramatization
Production Companies: Cohen Media Group, Merchant Ivory Productions
Production Countries: United States

Leading Cast

   Lizzie Buckingham

Supporting Cast

Geoffrey Kendal    Mr. Tony Buckingham
Laura Liddell    Mrs. Carla Buckingham
Utpal Dutt    Maharaja
Praveen Paul    Didi
Jim D. Tytler    Bobby
Prayag Raaj    Sharmaji
Jennifer Kapoor    Mrs. Bowen

For a description of the different acting role types we use to categorize acting perfomances, see our Glossary.

Production and Technical Credits

Ismail Merchant    Producer
Ruth Prawar Jhabvala    Screenwriter
Ismail Merchant    Screenwriter
Ruth Prawar Jhabvala    Story by
Ismail Merchant    Story by
Subrata Mitra    Director of Photography
Amit Bose    Editor
Satyajit Ray    Composer
Jennifer Kapoor    Costume Designer

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2017/11/10 72 $3,577   20 $179   $3,577 2,695

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