The Wellesley’s screening of live productions of world class musical and theatre events continues next week with the transmission of Harold Pinter’s classic play ‘No Man’s Land’ on Thursday 15 December at 7pm.
The National Theatre production stars Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart and has returned to the West End following a hit run on Broadway. The play focuses on two ageing writers, Hirst and Spooner, who meet in a Hampstead pub one summer evening and continue their drinking into the night at Hirst’s stately house nearby.
As the pair become increasingly inebriated, and their stories increasingly unbelievable, the lively conversation soon turns into a revealing power game, further complicated by the return home of two sinister younger men – Briggs and Foster, Hirst’s intimidating manservants. It was first produced in 1975 and appeared on major stages many times since then, almost always with the country’s finest actors in the leading roles.
The Guardian’s theatre critic called the play ‘an enigmatic masterwork’ about which every spectator must make up their own mind. Reviewing Sean Mathias‘ production he said, “What is unassailable is that four excellent actors, under Mathias’s direction, exquisitely capture the fluctuations of mood of this remarkable play. Pinter’s No Man’s Land is both desolate and funny and conveys, without peddling any message, the never-ending contrast between the exuberance of memory and the imminence of extinction.”
The Bolshoi’s production of ‘The Nutcracker’ rounds off Event Cinema’s programme for 2016 on Sunday 18 December at 3pm. The afternoon showing of this wonderful Christmas ballet set to Tchaikovsky’s score should be attractive for families with children and promises a visual and musical treat
The story of Clara and her wooden nutcracker doll which transforms into a beautiful prince is timeless and magical. First the Prince must confront the Mouse King whose army is threatening Clara, then they must be transported to The Kingdom of Sweets ruled over by the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Danced by the Bolshoi’s principals, E.T.A. Hoffmann’s fairytale staged by Russian ballet master Yuri Grigorovich will transport children and adults alike to a world of magic and wonder for the holiday season.
Advance booking and more information about ‘No Man’s Land’ and ‘The Nutcracker’ and Merlin Cinema’s extensive programme of screenings of live productions 2017 can be found on www.merlincinemas.co.uk. Visitors to www.wellesleycinema.co.uk will be automatically routed to Merlin Cinema’s website.