All posts by Paul Brothwood

Tuesday 15th January – NT Live: The Tragedy of King Richard the Second

7pm £12/£10

Simon Russell Beale plays William Shakespeare’s Richard II, broadcast live from the stage of the Almeida Theatre in London to cinemas.

This visceral new production about the limits of power will be directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins, whose previous plays include Little Revolution at the Almeida and Absolute Hell at the National Theatre.

Richard II, King of England, is irresponsible, foolish and vain. His weak leadership sends his kingdom into disarray and his court into uproar. Seeing no other option but to seize power, the ambitious Bolingbroke challenges the throne and the king’s divine right to rule.

Simon Russell Beale returns to National Theatre Live screens following broadcasts of Timon of Athens and King Lear, and his recent role in the National Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of The Lehman Trilogy.

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Friday 18th January 2019- Comedy at The Edge: Gary Delaney

7.30pm £17 16+

One of Britain’s leading one-liner comics returns to the road with another

onslaught of lean, expertly crafted gaggery. A Mock The Week regular and

recent star of the new Live At The Apollo series, Gary’s shows are

renowned in the business for a near unrivalled volume of high-class gags.

You should expect no different from this, his brand new tour for 2018/9. Please note Coolio will not be appearing.

★★★★ ‘A cavalcade of brilliantly inventive puns’ Guardian

 

★★★★ ‘More quality jokes in one hour than most comics have in their

entire careers…Quite brilliant’ Scotsman

 

★★★★ ‘A master craftsman’ Times

 

★★★★ ‘One of Britain’s grandmasters of the one-liner’’ Chortle

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Tuesday 22nd January – ROH Live: The Queen of Spades

6.45pm £12/£10

In Tchaikovsky’s intense opera of obsession and the supernatural, Gherman is caught between the woman he loves and a destructive fixation. The Queen of Spades is based on a short story by Pushkin, and comes to the Royal Opera House in a new production that has already garnered fivestar reviews in Amsterdam. The production is set in 1890, the year of the opera’s premiere. In his study, Tchaikovsky imagines the opera into life as his own story, its characters giving voice to his unfulfilled desires. Aleksandrs Antonenko and Eva-Maria Westbroek head the cast and Royal Opera Chorus, conducted by Antonio Pappano, Music Director of The Royal Opera. This is an engrossing portrayal of a tortured creative artist and a gripping piece of gothic storytelling.

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Wednesday 23rd January – Oscar Wilde Season: A Woman of No Importance (Encore)

7pm £12/£10

Olivier award-winner Eve Best (A Moon for the Misbegotten and Hedda Gabler) and BAFTA- nominated actress Anne Reid (Last Tango in Halifax) star in this new classically staged production of Oscar Wilde’s comedy directed by Dominic Dromgoole, former Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe. The first play from the Classic Spring Theatre Company’s Oscar Wilde Season, A Woman of No Importance filmed live at the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End especially for the cinema screen.

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Tuesday 29th January – Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (Encore)

7pm £12/£10

Inspired by a true story, Winner of 3 What’s On Stage Awards including Best New Musical, 3 UK Theatre Awards including Best New Musical and nominated for 5 Olivier Awards, this funny, fabulous, feel-good, musical sensation has been thrilling audiences and critics alike since it opened at the Sheffield Crucible in 2017, before transferring to Shaftesbury Avenue’s Apollo Theatre. Fresh and contemporary with an extraordinary mother and son relationship at its centre, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie celebrates acceptance and belonging, and how good life is when everybody is the best they can be.  Jamie New is sixteen and lives on a council estate in Sheffield.  Jamie doesn’t quite fit in.  Jamie is terrified about the future.  He is going to be a sensation. Supported by his brilliant loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight.

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Wednesday 30th January – ROH Live: La Traviata

6.45pm £12/£10

From the thrill of unexpected romance to a heartbreaking reconciliation that comes too late – Verdi’s La traviata is one of the most popular of all operas. Alfredo falls in love in with the courtesan Violetta in glamorous Paris society, but underneath the surface run darker undercurrents, leading to a tragic ending. The opera’s wealth of melodies includes the famous Brindisi and the exuberant ‘Sempre libera’ – both showing the lyricism of Italian opera at its most immediately appealing. Richard Eyre’s production for The Royal Opera brings out all the emotional colour, from the giddy discovery of love, through painful confrontation to the inevitable conclusion. Lavish period sets and costumes enhance the reality of a moving story based on true life.

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Thursday 31st January – NT Live: I’m Not Running

7pm £12/£10

I’m Not Running is an explosive new play by David Hare, premiering at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas.

Pauline Gibson has spent her life as a doctor, the inspiring leader of a local health campaign. When she crosses paths with her old boyfriend, a stalwart loyalist in Labour Party politics, she’s faced with an agonising decision.

What’s involved in sacrificing your private life and your piece of mind for something more than a single issue? Does she dare?

Hare was recently described by The Washington Post as ‘the premiere political dramatist writing in English’. His other work includes Pravda and Skylight, broadcast by National Theatre Live in 2014.

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Friday 1st February – Alan Johnson: In My Life

7.30pm £18

Alan Johnson is one of the most popular politicians of recent times and now a best-selling author, his memoirs selling half a million copies to date. Inspired by his latest book, In My Life, in this highly entertaining show Alan tells his personal story with the help of some of the music that has soundtracked his life, from growing up as an orphan in a West London slum in the 50s to becoming a postman before rising through the Labour Party ranks to hold several cabinet posts, including Home Secretary.

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