For families looking for a special event to enjoy together on Easter Monday there’s a live screening of the hugely successful dramatisation of Edith Nesbit’s classic novel ‘The Railway Children’ at The Wellesley Cinema at 4.30pm. Transmitted direct from the specially created theatre at King’s Cross, London, the play features a vintage steam train and carriages to provide dramatic authenticity. Reduced price family tickets are available for this performance.
The Royal Ballet’s production of ‘Giselle’ comes live to The Wellesley on Wednesday 6 April at 7.15pm. ‘Giselle’ is regarded as the greatest of all Romantic ballets and tells the story of Giselle, a peasant girl, who falls in love with a nobleman, Count Albrecht, who has told her he is a humble villager named Loys. Her discovery of his true identity has devastating consequences and Giselle kills herself.
Distraught, Albrecht wanders the forests and discovers that Giselle has become one of the Wilis, shades of young women who died before their wedding day. The vengeful Wilis dance all men that come across their path to death; but Giselle intercedes on Albrecht’s behalf. Her forgiveness saves Albrecht and releases her from the Wilis, so that she may finally rest in peace.
Principal dancers Marianela Nunez and Vadim Muntagirov dance the leading roles in this performance transmitted live from the Royal Opera House
Ballet fans have a second treat in April when the Bolshoi Ballet’s production of the classic ‘Don Quixote’ is screened live on Sunday 10 April at 4pm.
Based on Miguel de Cervantes’ famous story, Don Quixote is a Spanish nobleman who reads so many chivalric novels that he loses his mind and decides to become a knight.
On Saturday 23 April the Royal Shakespeare Company presents ‘Shakespeare Live!’ at 8.15pm featuring performances of some of the greatest dramatic scenes ever written, played by some of the stage’s greatest actors, as well as songs, comedy, dances and music celebrating Shakespeare’s legacy. The show is directed by Gregory Doran and hosted by David Tennant who starred in the live broadcast of ‘Richard II’ from Stratford in 2013 and who revived the role at The Barbican earlier this year.
Tickets can be booked online from www.wellesleycinema.co.uk. There is no booking fee charged.