The Wellesley Cinema is hosting three LIVE events in May.
The Royal Ballet’s production of ‘Manon’ will be transmitted from the Royal Opera House on Thursday 3 May at 7.15pm.
This is the latest of the Royal Ballet’s tributes to choreographer Kenneth Macmillan who died 25 years ago.
Set to music by Massenet, this modern dance masterpiece tells the story of the tragic love affair of Manon and Des Grieux. Manon is beautiful and impulsive, and loves romance almost as much as she loves diamonds. She meets and falls in love with the handsome young student Des Grieux and they elope to Paris. But when the wealthy Monsieur G.M. asks Manon to be his mistress she is torn between a life with Des Grieux and one of luxury.
Sarah Lamb and Vadim Muntagirov dance the principal roles in the LIVE transmission of a production which critics have praised as ‘touching greatness’.
The Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical, ‘An American in Paris’ comes LIVE from London’s Dominion Theatre to The Wellesley on Wednesday 16th May at 7pm.
Described as a ‘breathtakingly beautiful musical about love, hope and living your dreams’ the show has drawn standing ovations from the public and a record-setting 28 five-star reviews from UK critics.
With music by George Gershwin (including the classics ‘S Wonderful and I Got Rhythm), stunning designs and show-stopping choreography by former Royal Ballet principal dancer Christopher Wheeldon, this hit musical is inspired by the Oscar® winning MGM film and tells the impassioned story of an American GI discovering art, friendship and love in the ‘City of Light’ in 1945.
One critic said, “If it’s escapism you’re after, look no further than this triumphant, transporting show.”
On Thursday 17th May, the 75th anniversary of the Royal Air Force’s most daring operation of the Second World War will be marked with a gala screening of the newly restored classic British film, ‘The Dam Busters’, starring Sir Michael Redgrave and Richard Todd on a huge 40 ft screen in 4K definition at The Royal Albert Hall.
This commemorative event will be relayed to The Wellesley and to cinema audiences around the country at 7pm.
Dan Snow will host the evening, paying tribute to Wing Commander Guy Gibson and his comrades of the legendary 617 Squadron.
Guests will include family members of the Dam Busters crew, former members of 617 Squadron, renowned historian Paul Beaver, plus a ‘bouncing bomb’ experiment and music from the world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra.
Audiences will discover how the iconic raid of 1943 and Barnes Wallis’ scientific invention helped to change the course of the Second World War.
This 75th anniversary event will support the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, the RAF’s leading welfare charity.