With two exciting stage performances – unfortunately clashing with one another on the same night – Wellington’s vibrant cultural scene receives yet another huge boost this week. Theatre Ad Infinitum’s award-winning production, ‘Ballad of the Burning Star’, begins a national tour with a single performance at Wellington School (Thursday 30 Jan at 7.00pm) before heading for much bigger venues including Bristol Old Vic and Battersea Arts Centre. On the same night the National Theatre comes to the Wellesley Theatre in a live relay of its acclaimed production of ‘Coriolanus’.
Theatre-lovers have a hard choice to make. ‘Ballad of the Burning Star’ was called ‘a theatrical hand grenade’ in The Guardian in 2013 after attracting critically plaudits at the Edinburgh Festival last year. ‘Coriolanus’ stars Tom Hiddleston in a performance reviewed as ‘magnificent’ in The Independent and screened live from the Donmar Warehouse in Covent Garden.
And there’s more to come at the Wellesley. Live productions of world-class ballet, opera and theatre continue through the year. Those disappointed to have missed out on tickets for ‘War Horse’ from The National Theatre can now book tickets for one of two ‘Encore’ performances of the play on 13 March and 13 April.