Tomorrow at the Wellesley Cinema. there’s treasure in store in the form of an ‘encore’ performance of the National Theatre’s acclaimed production of ‘Treasure Island’. The Observer’s review said, “Polly Findlay’s production of ‘Treasure Island’ is astonishing. It contains some really remarkable things. Bryony Lavery’s sharply written adaptation makes Jim Hawkins a Jemima – “girls need adventures too, Mrs Hawkins” – and lights up the ambiguous centre of Robert Louis Stevenson’s story. Arthur Darvill as Long John Silver glides and insinuates, but he’s also a magnetic raiser-up.”
“Lizzie Clachan’s design is a drama of its own. Massive curved ribs enclose the action: we’re looking at a ship but also at the inside of someone’s body; into their heart, you feel. As the mighty deck is winched up, a beehive of cabins appear beneath; later the same space becomes a huge dripping cathedral of underground caves.”
The live screening of this production is at 3.00pm, an opportunity for the whole family to see it together.
‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’ from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford can be seen on Wednesday 11 February at 7.00pm. Its ‘companion piece’ – ‘Love’s labour’s Won’ (which is actually ‘Much Ado About Nothing’) – will be screened in March. The two productions have received outstanding reviews. The Telegraph’s theatre critic said, “This is the most blissfully entertaining and emotionally involving RSC offering I’ve seen in ages. Parallels between the two works – the sparring wit, the sex-war skirmishes, the shift from showy linguistic evasion to heart-felt earnestness – become persuasively apparent. Everything is in clear focus.”
On Tuesday 24 February there’s a chance for opera fans to see Wagner’s masterpiece ‘The Flying Dutchman’ from the Royal Opera House with Bryn Terfel in the title role. The production has been described as ‘unmissable’.
Audiences at the Wellesley Cinema for these live screenings will be joining a fast-growing network of fans of the arts – in the UK and around Europe – who are taking the opportunity to see the very best in theatre, opera and dance without leaving their local area.
Booking details can be found on www.wellesleycinema.co.uk.