The Wellesley Cinema’s ambitious programme of live screenings from the world’s greatest theatres continues this month. Wellington joins audiences around the world on Wednesday 16 October for The Royal Ballet’s production of ‘Don Quixote’.
Carlos Acosta, Royal Ballet’s Principal Guest Artist, has devised this new production of an ‘exuberant tale of friendship, love and loyalty’ and will dance the role of Basilio in the screened performance alongside Marianela Nunez as Kitri.
The ballet is an adaptation of an episode from Miguel de Cervantes’s classic novel. The deluded knight Don Quixote – accompanied by his ever-faithful squire Sancho Panza – is on a quest for adventure and in search of his ideal chivalric lady, whom he believes he has found in innkeeper’s daughter, Kitri. She, however, has her own problems as her father wishes her to be married to a rich nobleman rather than her sweetheart, the penniless barber Basilio.
To offer a taste of what audiences can expect, Luke Jennings, The Guardian’s theatre critic, referred to the production as “a ballet with a fantastical plot, full of nostril-flaring machismo. It’s a lot of fun, full of fiery classical dancing.”
Ballet fans and those entranced by dramatic Spanish flair are in for a treat!
The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Shakespeare’s ‘Richard II‘ follows on Wednesday 13 November. In the title role it stars the former Dr Who star David Tennant whose performance in the RSC’s production of ‘Hamlet‘ in 2008 won outstanding critical acclaim. He makes his return to Stratford to work with RSC Artistic Director Greg Doran who also directed ‘Hamlet’. David Tennant was last seen on TV in the crime series ‘Broadchurch’.
The RSC is opening up its work behind the scenes through a series of short films available online during the run-up to the screening as well as live footage on the night, before the show, and during the interval.
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.”
Report: Gill Paltridge