Watch a Free Screening of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

Afterward, there will be a conversation with actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner and director David Esbjornson of the Huntington Theatre Company’s forthcoming stage production of the 1967 film.

Prior to their stage production of the 1967 film Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, the Huntington Theatre Company and the City of Boston are teaming up to host a free screening of the Oscar-winning movie on August 27.

The film Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner—which won two Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Katharine Hepburn) and Best Writing, Story, and Screenplay (William Rose)—tells the story of Matt and Christine Drayton, a white couple whose views are challenged when their daughter introduces them to her black fiancé.

The culturally relevant storyline came about at a time when interracial marriage was still in heated debate in the U.S.; the film was released just six months after the Supreme Court struck down anti-miscegenation laws in Loving v. Virginia.

The highly regarded actor Sidney Poitier plays John Prentice, the fiancé, in the film. When the stage adaption of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner opens in Boston in September, Prentice will be played by Malcolm-Jamal Warner, known by many for his role in The Cosby Show as Theo Huxtable.

After the free film screening of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Warner and play director David Esbjornson will take part in a post-show discussion about the film and the upcoming Huntington Theatre production.

 

Film screening: Free, Wednesday, August 27, 7 p.m., Strand Theatre, 543 Columbia Road, Dorchester. RSVPs recommended: huntingtontheatre.org/strandrsvp.

The Huntington Theatre’s production of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner runs September 5 through October 5 at the Avenue of the Arts BU Theatre. For more info, go to huntingtontheatre.org/guesswho.