The Wellesley Cinema opens its 2017 programme of live transmissions with the Royal Shakespeare Company’s “groundbreaking” production of ‘The Tempest’ on Wednesday 11 January at 7pm. It’s the first of the year’s productions from the finest theatres in the UK and around the world
The RSC’s Artistic Director Gregory Doran has worked with both Intel and Imaginarium Studios for over a year in developing motion capture technology to make the ethereal character of Ariel both bodily present and, at the same time, appear in computer generated form on stage. The Telegraph referred to the effect as “Lord of the Rings-style magic.”
Simon Russell Beale makes a return to Stratford after an absence of 20 years to play the role of Prospero, the wronged magician who controls the elements to lure his enemies to his island. His performance has been described as “exceptional” and “eloquent, emotionally piercing.”
Whilst the innovative technical wizardry used on the RSC’s stage has caught the impressed attention of critics, performances by Russell Beale and Mark Quartley as Ariel have also been universally praised. For live audiences around the country this remarkable production of one of Shakespeare’s most eloquent and poetic plays should not be missed.
The Royal Opera’s production of Verdi’s sublime ‘Il Trovatore’ is transmitted live on Tuesday 31 January at 7.15pm. German director David Bösch, celebrated for his theatrical productions for Munich and Frankfurt among others, makes his UK debut with this new production for The Royal Opera. The opera’s themes of jealousy, revenge and love are played out against a hauntingly beautiful, wintry landscape that has been riven by war.
The production updates the grisly 16th century Spanish narrative to place it in an atmospheric contemporary setting using an on-stage tank, modern dress and an evocative gypsy camp.
Lianna Haroutounian sings the role of Leonora with Georgian mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili as the fierce, obsessive Azuceni.
Wednesday 11 January: Royal Shakespeare Company’s ‘The Tempest’ at 7pm
Tuesday 31 January: Royal Opera’s ‘Il Trovatore’ at 7.15pm
More information about live events and cinema schedules at The Wellesley and advance booking can be found on www.wellesleycinema.co.uk.