ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA by William Shakespeare. Filmed live from the National Theatre, Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power. Director Simon Godwin returns to National Theatre Live screens with this hotly anticipated production.
Caesar and his assassins are dead. General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome. But at the fringes of a war-torn empire the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love. In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war.Continue reading ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA FROM NT LIVE. PREVIEW GIVEAWAY→
Alan Bennett’s play THE MADNESS OF GEORGE III premiered in 1991 and also became a BAFTA Award-winning film starring Nigel Hawthorne. Here, screening as part of the NT Live series, we see a sensational production, this time filmed at the Nottingham Playhouse .
Based on letters and other documents from the Royal Library at Windsor Castle it tells the story of the Regency crisis of 1788-89. It was the age of Sheridan and the landing of the First Fleet in Australia. It was also the period when Britain was still recovering from the effects of its defeat in the American Revolution.
Directed by Adam Penford (Director for Screen: Matt Woodward) it is lavishly, opulently, epically staged with many scene changes and uses of the revolve. Some scenes are very intimate, others are hugely formal. Royal castles and events are contrasted with bedchambers. For the parliament scenes the various actors also hold masks to give the illusion of yet more Members of the House. Costumes are lavish with periwigs and ermine.(It is interesting we now often forget that in this era men wore corsets – we see the Prince of Wales being laced into one to give him the fashionable shape.) Handel was King George’s favourite composer and a lot of the soundtrack features his glorious music. Continue reading NT LIVE : THE MADNESS OF GEORGE III→
American master choreographer Jerome Robbins considered the Paris Opera Ballet as his second home after the New York City Ballet.
This production in his honour, to mark the centenary of his birth, brings together four works displaying his incredible range and versatility. All pieces are accompanied live by the splendid orchestra of the Paris Opera, meticulously and enthusiastically conducted by Valery Ovsyanikov.
Fancy Free opens the program .It inspired the musical On The Town. Nowadays it could possibly be regarded as quite dated and sexist, but the choreography is terrific.
The simple plot revolves around three boisterous sailors on 24-hour leave in New York City during the Second World War. They get drunk and try to chat up women. The French dancers , who are also splendid actors ,have a wonderful time with the jazz like moves and showy choreography which in some ways is reminiscent of Broadway /Hollywood musicals of the era. Those familiar with Robbin’s work will note the athletic and travelling steps already visible in this rather early work which is trademark ‘Robbins‘ , hinting at works such as West Side Story. Continue reading PARIS OPERA BALLET : A TRIBUTE TO JEROME ROBBINS→
THE NUTCRACKER from Royal Opera House Live screens for a limited 3 day season in December. The Royal Opera House celebrates ten years of live cinema broadcasts in 2018, leading the way in delivering world-class opera and ballet around the world. The 2017/18 Season was the Royal Opera House’s most successful cinema season to date with more than one million tickets sold globally.
A young girl’s enchanted present leads her on a wonderful Christmas adventure in this beautiful classical ballet, danced to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score.
The young Clara creeps downstairs on Christmas Eve to play with her favourite present – a Nutcracker doll. But the mysterious magician Drosselmeyer is waiting to sweep her off on a magical adventure. After defeating the Mouse King, the Nutcracker and Clara travel through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy treats them to a wonderful display of dances. Back home, Clara thinks she must have been dreaming – but doesn’t she recognize Drosselmeyer’s nephew?
THE MADNESS OF GEORGE III is written by one of Britain’s best-loved playwrights Alan Bennett (The History Boys, The Lady in the Van), this epic play was also adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film following its premiere on stage in 1991. This National Theatre Live film is of the Nottingham Playhouse production.
The thrill begins early when the Overture skips through the ears to the back of memory and you realise you are singing the words. THE KING AND I is iconic musical theatre and this filmed The Lincoln Center Theater production, THE KING AND I: FROM THE PALLADIUM brings the Rogers and Hammerstein classic to a new audience. With a contemporary respectfulness in casting, superb music and great staging and costume this is a film to revel in with a choc top. The production is being shown globally for one night only on 29 November.
The ship rolls onto the stage after the grand drape rises and the excitement of the boy before us tingles as Bangkok is black shadows on a red sunset behind. A dire warning from the Captain and a whistle of a happy tune and we are off on our own adventure with this wonderful capture of a classic work stunningly reinvented by Director and Tony Award-winner Bartlett Sher. It is 1860s Siam and the widowed Anna has accepted an unorthodox posting to teach the children and wives of the King. Continue reading THE KING AND I: FROM THE PALLADIUM. A SUPERLATIVE CAPTURE OF A SPLENDID PRODUCTION→
We run a lot of competitions here at The Guide and people often get back to us with what they thought of the film, show, gig etc. But never before have we had such glowing feedback about an event as EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE. It is an exciting and uplifting stage production, filmed and edited to keep the theatrical feel while giving front row access.
We meet Jamie. In the last few weeks of high school, he is suffering through Careers class where he is quite used to being called the usual names that gay kids get called. In his head, all his classmates are merely his backing band because this boy has an inner life that needs fabulous expression. Thank heavens Jamie has a home life which supports and loves him. Mum, Margaret, and her BFF Ray are his port in the storm but part of him wants the love of his estranged father who left them … partially because he is embarrassed by a nelly son. Jamie has guts and confidence and self-awareness and he knows that he needs to express himself in drag. Prom’s dress code will become the catalyst for the boy to become… Continue reading EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE – DRAG AND STORMIN INTO CINEMAS NOV 24→
The multiple Tony award-winning Lincoln Center Theater production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I – it is the greatest musical from the golden age of musicals and currently enjoying huge West End success – is to be released in cinemas around the world by Trafalgar Releasing.
Celebrating the 40th anniversary of its premiere, Royal Opera House (ROH) Live opens the current season of opera and ballet with a stunning performance by the Royal Ballet of Sir Kenneth Macmillan’s MAYERLING. Superb performances by the huge cast are led by Steven McRae and Sarah Lamb .The fiendishly difficult, almost impossibly acrobatic death defying choreography is dazzlingly danced.
It is a dark and disturbing work, based on the true story of Crown Prince Rudolf (Steven McRae) and his mistress Baroness Mary Vetsera (Sarah Lamb) set against the backdrop of the stuffy yet rigid Austrian-Hungarian royal court in 1889 and the world of fin de siecle Vienna. There is also political turmoil bubbling underneath.
There are not many major ballet works that feature drug use, skulls and guns, especially to such a degree. And opera is also included in the party scene in Act 2. The staging is labyrinthine, the set designs looming and opulently lavish, the costumes incredibly detailed. Under the baton of Koen Kessels the ROH Orchestra is in glowing, passionate form. Lizst’s music swirls, ebbs and crashes towards the tumultuous tragic end. Continue reading ROYAL OPERA HOUSE LIVE : THE ROYAL BALLET PRESENTS MAYERLING→
4 weeks rehearsal, 6 week run, then if you’re lucky, repeat. Done it all my life really and as I left ANTLive’s preview of their film of the stage play of Michael Gow’s AWAY, there was a very strong nostalgia for all the plays lost yet a bright pleasure at all the brilliant performances, the conceptualisation and creativity that goes into a production like this, now preserved. But more than this, shared.
As ANTLive Creative Director, Grand Dodwell said his intro to the screening “People get theatre … we must never lose the origins and essence.” “No green screen, no 3 lines per scene and an Australian story in a US dominated market” and young people to engage. To this end AWAY is being live-streamed into remote and regional NSW schools and with only 3 screenings in cinemas it is one to seek out. Continue reading ‘AWAY’ FROM ANTLIVE. CAPTURED AND SHARED→
During 2018/19, the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden will exclusively present ten thrilling performances of world-class opera and ballet to cinemas across Australia. This forms part of the Royal Opera House’s celebrations of ten years of cinema broadcasting in 2018 and of selling more than one million cinema tickets worldwide during the 2017/18 Season.
The 2018/19 programme opens with Kenneth MacMillan’s dark and dangerous ballet MAYERLING. Based on true events in the life of Austria’s Crown Prince Rudolf (danced by Australia’s Steven McRae), the ballet tells the story of a politically volatile empire, and an illicit love affair between Rudolf and the young Baroness Mary Vetsera (Sarah Lamb) which ends in tragedy. Continue reading DARK AND DANGEROUS BALLET: ‘MAYERLING’. FILMED AT THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE→
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