September’s programme of ‘Live’ events at The Wellesley Cinema offers something for everyone – literally. Fans of theatre, ballet, shows or classical music can all find a production for them from the stages of the country’s leading theatres and from Sydney’s iconic Opera House.
The National Theatre’s production of George Farquhar’s ‘The Beaux’ Stratagem’ is screened live on Thursday 3 Sept at 7pm.
This Restoration romp features two charming, dissolute young men (Aimwell and Archer) who, having blown their fortunes in London, flee to provincial Lichfield to put to work their ‘stratagem’ to marry for money. Lodged at the local inn, posing as master and servant, they encounter a teeming variety of human obstacles: a crooked landlord, a fearsome highwayman, a fervent French Count, a maid on the make, a drunken husband, a furious butler, a natural healer and a strange, turbulent priest. But their greatest obstacle is love and they meet their match in Dorinda and Mrs Sullen.
One critic described the production as “unstoppably entertaining; a pick-me-up of a production.”
Verdi’s opera ‘Aida’ is screened live from Australia set against the stunning backdrop of the Sydney Opera House at night on Tuesday 15 September at 7pm. This monumental production involving more than 700 people is already regarded as the biggest opera ever staged.
The narrative tells the story of the capture and enslavement of Aida, an Ethiopian princess, by the Egyptians. Radames, one of the Pharaoh’s military commanders, falls in love with her and must choose between love and loyalty.
Regarded as both a historical epic and an intimate human tragedy, ‘Aida’ is one of Verdi’s greatest and most widely acclaimed operas.
Fans of classical ballet have a treat to look forward to when ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is transmitted from The Royal Opera House on Tuesday 22 September. Kenneth MacMillan’s groundbreaking choreography and Shakepeare’s tragic story of ‘two star-crossed lovers’ is set to Prokofiev’s haunting score. Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae dance the two lead roles in this performance. The production opens on 19 September.
Thursday 3 September at 7pm: ‘The Beaux’ Stratagem’ from The National Theatre
Tuesday 15 September at 7pm: ‘Aidi’ from Sydney Opera House
Thursday 17 September at 6.45pm: ‘The Rocky Horror Show‘ from The Playhouse Theatre, London
Tuesday 22 September at 7.15pm: ‘Romeo and Juliet‘ from The Royal Opera House
Tickets from www.wellesleycinema.co.uk. There is no booking fee for advance sales.