Following the success of ‘Swan Lake’ from live from Moscow’s Mariinsky Theatre earlier this year, Keith Nash of S & K Entertainment has put together an exciting and ambitious programme of further live events – drama, ballet and opera – at the Wellesley cinema starting with The Royal Opera’s production of Puccini’s ‘Turandot’ screened live tomorrow ( Tuesday 17 September). This performance, which critics have referred to as ‘an operatic crowd pleaser par excellence’, opened in London last week to rave reviews.
The Royal Ballet’s production of ‘Don Quixote’ follows on Wednesday 16 October and then the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of ‘Richard II’ will be screened live from Stratford on Wednesday 13 November.
Starring David Tennant (otherwise familiar as Dr Who) and directed by RSC’s Artistic Director Gregory Doran, the production has been identified by theatre critics as one of the performances to look out for this autumn following the critical acclaim of Tennant’s performance in ‘Hamlet’ in 2010.
This will be the first live feed of drama from a theatre to venues around the country. Gregory Doran said, “Filming live is an interesting new phenomenon. I’m very excited about the potential reach of the RSC’s work with this film.”
To usher in the Christmas season, the Royal Ballet’s production of ‘The Nutcracker’ will be screened on Thursday 12 December, followed by Wagner’s ‘Parsifal’ from the Royal Opera on Wednesday 18 December.
The programme continues into 2014 with live screenings of the Royal Ballet’s productions of ‘Giselle, ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ and ‘The Winter’s Tale’, and ‘Don Giovanni’ and ‘Manon Lescaut’ from the Royal Opera.