Audiences in Wellington can share the LIVE transmission of the National Theatre’s acclaimed production of ‘St Joan’ on Thursday 16 February at 7pm.
Gemma Arterton stars in the title role of George Bernard Shaw’s finest play in this Donmar Warehouse production directed by Josie Rourke.
Joan of Arc claimed to have been told directly by God to flush the English out of northern France. She was granted control of the French army in 1429 and went on to break the siege of Orléans, only to be captured by the English, tried for heresy and burnt at the stake.
She has been called “the most remarkable teenage girl in history – the divinely-inspired saviour of France”; she has also been described as “a dangerously clever charlatan” and “a pathetically deluded country girl”.
Shaw’s celebrated play presents her as a charismatic revolutionary who challenges a male-dominated world with zeal, courage and instinct – he described her as “the archetype managing woman”. Josie Rourke’s production opens in a boardroom where Joan’s ‘miracle’ of getting hens to lays eggs becomes a food production crisis spooking the financial markets. Her message is that little has changed.
Telegraph theatre critic Dominic Cavendish said : “Arterton’s stock continues to rise as a serious stage actress… the inspiring, steadfast embodiment of blazing inner resolve.”
The Royal Ballet’s production of ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ is screened LIVE from the Royal Opera House on Tuesday 28 February at 7pm.
This classic ballet by Marius Petipa invites audiences to enter an enchanted world of princesses, fairy godmothers and magical spells set to Tchaikovsky’s glorious music. It marked the reopening of the Royal Opera House after the second World War – an event which this revival marks 70 years later.
Argentine ballerina Marianela Núñez stars as the ill-fated Princess Aurora with Vadim Muntagirov as Prince Florimund but a ballet which is ‘packed with soloist roles’ presents audiences with an opportunity to enjoy performances by both celebrated dancers and the Royal Ballet’s acclaimed corps de ballet.
‘St Joan’ Thursday 16 February at 7pm
‘The Sleeping Beauty’ Tuesday 28 February at 7pm