Live events at the Wellesley in June offer classic shows for audiences of all ages and tastes.
The month opens on Wednesday 7 June with three contrasting productions on the same bill from the Royal Ballet screened live from The Royal Opera House in London. The programme opens on 2 June and brings an end to the celebrations to mark 70 years of Frederick Ashton’s choreography.
‘The Dream’ (1964) is an adaptation of Shakepeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ set to music by Mendelssohn; ‘Symphonic Variations’ (1946) was Ashton’s first masterpiece and is an abstract work celebrating pure movement; ‘Marguerite and Armand’ (1963) is a tragic love story originally inspired by the dance partnership of Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev.
The programme features the Royal Ballet’s most celebrated dancers including Steven McRae and Marianela Nūnez.
Take That’s ‘Wonderland’ Tour is screened live from London’s O2 Arena on Friday 9 June at 8.00pm.
The tour which has just opened in Newcastle features a circular stage swirled with projections of woodland, underwater scenes, a floating man on an Aladdin’s carpet and Dali-esque images.
A review in The Sunderland Echo describes the concert: “You have to hand it to Take That: they know how to put on a real, theatrical show. Remember the carnival of the Circus tour and the 60ft mechanical robot of the Progress tour at the Stadium of Light? Well they’re still pushing those boundaries of live production. When a band is already firing the confetti canons and flames on the second song (Greatest Day) you know you’re in for a good night.
“Lead single from Wonderland, Giants, is a soaring track which was performed with towering projections of Gary, Howard and Mark circling the stage. The staging constantly takes new twists and turns and is a curiosity shop of inspirations, from steam punk and Jack Sparrow to Cirque du Soleil.
“Though we couldn’t all get on our knees to pray, we could join in for Never Forget as Howard took lead vocals in front of a sea of out-stretched arms.
“I want you to do us all a favour and put your phones in the air,” they said as they closed with ‘Rule the World’. When I went to my first Take That gig it was all lighters in the air. This time I may have been swaying with my iPhone, but it felt like those teenage years were just yesterday.”
Advance booking for this show is recommended.
The National Theatre’s acclaimed production of J.M Barrie’s ‘Peter Pan’ is screened live on Saturday 10 June at 2.30pm.
This much-loved narrative exploring the magic of childhood and the pain of growing up will be familiar to many children. When Peter Pan, leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow during a visit to London, headstrong Wendy helps him re-attach it. In return she is invited to Neverland – where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook await.
Following the acclaimed production of ‘Jane Eyre’, director Sally Cookson brings her “wondrously inventive” ‘Peter Pan’ to the NT after a sell-out run at Bristol Old Vic.
The production is suitable for 7yrs+
Further details and advance booking from Merlin Cinemas website.