LIVE events in June at The Wellesley in Wellington open with Oscar Wilde’s ‘An Ideal Husband’, the latest in the season of his plays at London’s Vaudeville Theatre.
Here’s what the critics had to say: An ‘enchantingly comic’ (Independent) and ‘stylish revival’ (Guardian) from director Jonathan Church, Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband ‘dynamically re-mints a classic text’, exploring political corruption and morality in this ‘thought-provoking, richly enjoyable production’ (WhatsOnStage).
‘A delicious double act’ (Independent), the enchanting repartee between real-life father & son Edward and Freddie Fox is a joy to behold; and they’re joined on stage by the ‘marvellous’ Nathaniel Parker (Times), ‘brilliant’ Susan Hampshire (Guardian), ‘superb’ Sally Bretton, and ‘thrilling’ Frances Barber (WhatsOnStage).
‘Beautifully played and cast’ (London Theatre), Faith Omole’s ‘delightful’ Mabel Chiltern tops off an array of ‘masterful performances’ (Evening Standard) from a talented company.
The ‘Rolls-Royce of English comedies’, this is an ‘incredibly funny’ (Telegraph) and ‘triumphant’ (Time Out) production from Classic Spring’s Oscar Wilde season.
On Tuesday 12 June The Royal Ballet’s ‘Swan Lake’ is shown LIVE to cinema audiences around the world.
This new production choreographed by Liam Scarlett stars Marianela Nunez and Vadim Muntagirov who audiences last saw in the Royal ballet’s stunning ‘Manon’ in May.
The reworking of ‘the greatest of all fairytale ballets’ has drawn praise from both critics and audiences. It has been called ‘spellbinding’ for its attention to dramatic detail and the emotionally driven dancing of the whole company. One observer noted the tears shed in the audience as the curtain fell.
Audiences are advised to book in advance for this LIVE event.
The hugely popular and successful musical, ‘An American in Paris’ is shown on Tuesday 19th June at 2pm.
Based on the 1951 Gene Kelly film, the stage musical reframes the romance as a dream of postwar optimism, while dancing through the wonders of the Gershwin back catalogue.
Directed and choreographed by former Royal Ballet star Christopher Wheeldon, the musical tells the story of Jerry Mulligan, an American GI striving to make it as a painter in a city suddenly bursting with hope and possibility as the war comes to an end.
Following a chance encounter with a beautiful young dancer named Lise, the streets of Paris become the backdrop to a sensuous, modern romance of art, friendship and love in the aftermath of war.
Wheeldon made his Broadway directing debut with this production and he puts dance at the heart of the production – not just in the big numbers, but weaving through the action.
The National Theatre’s production of ‘Macbeth’ is screened LIVE on Tuesday 26th June.
Roy Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff star in the two lead roles in this most intense of Shakespeare’s tragedies. But, despite their performances, the modern-dress production has been described as ‘a mish-mash, austerity-era Macbeth’ which left The Telegraph’s critic ‘mightily unmoved and unharrowed’.
The Guardian’s Michael Billington called it a ‘vigorous production that showed scant regard for the rhythms of the language’.
However, there is agreement that, despite directorial confusion, the lead performances make this a play well worth seeing.
Tuesday 5th June at 7.15pm: An Ideal Husband
Tuesday 12th June at 7.15pm: Swan Lake
Tuesday 19th June at 2pm: An American in Paris
Tuesday 26th June at 7pm: Macbeth
Advance booking information can be found on The Wellesley Cinema’s website.