The Wellesley’s LIVE events in December open with a Christmas classic. The Royal Ballet’s delightful production of ‘The Nutcracker’ on Tuesday 5 December at 7.15pm will, once again, delight audiences of all ages. Clara’s magical adventure begins with Drosselmeyer’s gift of an enchanted nutcracker doll and takes her to the Kingdom of Sweets and a gorgeous romantic journey.
This Royal Opera House production was first seen in 2016 as a celebration of the 90th birthday of the producer, Peter Wright, and updated the visual splendour of his 1984 version. Critics were unanimous in their praise and this LIVE transmission gives local audiences an opportunity to join those in London enjoying one of the world’s great ballets set to Tchaikovsky’s score.
On Thursday 7 December the National Theatre’s production of ‘Young Marx’ is relayed from London’s The Bridge, the first wholly new, large-scale commercial theatre to be built in the city since 1937. The theatre is a new venture led by Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr who were, respectively, Artistic and Executive Director of the National Theatre from 2003 to 2015.
At the opening in October The Independent’s theatre critic wrote, “This new venture gets off to a whizzing, witty start with ‘Young Marx’, a show that reunites the team behind one of the biggest smashes of that era: ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’. Richard Bean – co-writing with Clive Coleman – has come up with a wily, fast-paced comedy that presents us with the author of Das Kapital not as the venerable economist of later repute but as the 32-year-old refugee, chaotic. penniless and newly arrived in Soho where he is crammed in a two-room flat in Dean Street with wife, children and maid. On the run (up chimneys and over roof-tops) from creditors and spies, Europe’s most feared terrorist has mislaid his mojo – his writing is blocked, his marriage is on the blink, and his pal Engels (presented here as the other half of political economy’s most noteworthy music-hall double act) is wretched that our endlessly procrastinating genius has applied, in desperation, for a job as a railway clerk.”
Roy Kinnear “on glorious form” stars in this remarkably inventive comedy.
‘The Nutcracker’ – Tuesday 5 December at 7.15pm
‘Young Marx’ – Thursday 7 December at 7pm
Further information from The Wellesley Cinema’s website.