November promises to be a bumper month for everyone as the Wellesley Cinema’s LIVE events feature FIVE major performances spanning all branches of the performing arts – including two plays by Alan Bennett.
The programme opens on Thursday 1 November with Bennett’s new play ‘Allelujah’ from London’s Bridge Theatre in which Bennett turns his astute and witty attention to the NHS.
The focus is The Beth, an old fashioned cradle-to-grave hospital serving a town on the edge of the Pennines, which is threatened with closure as part of an NHS efficiency drive. Meanwhile, a documentary crew eager to capture its fight for survival follows the daily struggle to find beds on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward, and the triumphs of the old people’s choir.
The Royal Ballet’s production of ‘La Bayadère’ is relayed LIVE on Tuesday 13 October.
This classic 19th century Russian ballet, originally performed at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre, tells the story of Nikiya, a temple dancer, who is in love with the warrior Solor. The High Brahmin also desires Nikiya and when she rejects him, he plans to take revenge on Solor.
The relayed performance presents audiences around the world with a chance to see three of the Royal Ballet’s biggest stars, Vadim Muntagirov, Natalia Osipova and Marianela Nuñez. The production opens on Thursday 1 November.
Shakespeare’s ‘Troilus and Cressida’ comes LIVE to The Wellesley from the RSC at Stratford.
The plot focuses on the two lovers who swear they will always be true to one another. But in the seventh year of the siege of Troy their innocence is tested and exposed to the savage corrupting influence of war, with tragic consequences.
Greg Doran’s production presents an anti-heroic, satirical portrait of the Trojan wars – and virtuoso percussionist Evelyn Glennie provides a compelling soundscape to create a satirical futuristic vision of a world resounding in battle.
On Tuesday 20 November the National Theatre’s production of ‘The Madness of King George III’ by Alan Bennett is transmitted from Nottingham Playhouse. The play was adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film following its premiere on stage in 1991.
The cast of this new production includes Olivier Award-winners Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Wolf Hall, NT Live Coriolanus) in the title role, and Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey, Upstairs Downstairs, After the Dance).
Set in 1786, King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy. With the King’s mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown, and expose the fine line between a King and a man.
This production opens on Friday 2 November.
A captured performance of the hugely popular musical ‘The King and I’, which sold out during its London Palladium run earlier this year, is to be transmitted on Thursday 29 October.
Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna, a British schoolteacher who the modernist King brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.
With songs including; Whistle a Happy Tune, Getting to Know You, and Shall We Dance, and featuring a company of over 50 world-class performers, ‘The King and I’ is a testament to the lavish heritage of gloriously romantic musical theatre.
The production which ended its London run on 29 September stars Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe in roles that won universal praise from critics.
‘Allelujah’: Thursday 1 November @ 7.00pm
‘La Bayadère’: Tuesday 13 November @ 7.15pm
‘Troilus and Cressida’: Wednesday 14 November @ 7.00pm
‘The Madness of King George III’: Tuesday 20 November @ 7.00pm
‘The King and I’: Thursday 29 November @ 7.00pm