The LIVE transmission of the 25th anniversary production of ‘Miss Saigon’ at the Wellesley on Sunday 16 October is sold out. A number of seats will be available at the door from 7pm to 7.15pm.
Two more productions follow in October: the Royal Opera’s production of ‘Cosi Fan Tutti’ is screened LIVE on Monday 17 October at 6.16pm followed by Kenneth Branagh’s production of John Osborne’s ‘The Entertainer’ on Thursday 27 October at 7.15pm.
Mozart’s comic opera, ‘Cosi Fan Tutti’, has been called ‘an examination of love.’ Ferrando loves Dorabella and Guglielmo loves Fiordiligi – but their friend Don Alfonso is sceptical. He offers the young men a bet: given the opportunity, their loves will prove unfaithful in less than a day. Confident of their girlfriends’ fidelity, Ferrando and Guglielmo accept.
The men pretend to be called away to war, only to return in disguise: each begins to woo the other’s lover. It quickly becomes clear that the feelings of all four lovers are much more complicated than any of them had thought. Don Alfonso watches on as the young men and women graduate through his school for lovers.
The ROH’s ‘sparkling comedy’ is conducted by Semyon Bychkov with four young singers – including soprano Corinne Winters – in the lead roles.
John Osborne’s modern classic ‘The Entertainer’ is the last production from The Garrick of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company. The lead role of Archie Rice, a faded music hall performer, was originally written for Lawrence Olivier who starred both in the stage production in 1957 and the memorable 1960’s film version.
The play has been called ‘an explosive examination of public masks and private torments’. It was written following the Suez crisis with England’s declining power as background; this latest production has post Brexit UK as a reference point.
The production features Greta Scacchi and Sophie McShea alongside Branagh as Archie Rice.
More information on all LIVE performances and booking details can be found on www.wellesleycinema.co.uk.