Event Cinema: Theatre, Opera, Ballet & More

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The Phoenix Cinema’s satellite link allows us to screen the best theatre, ballet, opera and more, live from whichever venue they are taking place in, directly to Orkney! Distance is no longer a barrier, giving everyone the opportunity to enjoy these cultural events.

Unless otherwise stated, tickets for event cinema screenings cost £12.50, £10 concessions. Advance booking is recommended. The following events are now on sale:

NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: TWELFTH NIGHT   210 mins (tbc)   Cert. 12A (as live)

Thurs 6 April: 7pm
Tamsin Greig is Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity.
A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love.
The nearby households of Olivia and Orsino are overrun with passion. Even Olivia’s upright housekeeper Malvolia is swept up in the madness. Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible.
Simon Godwin (NT Live: Man and Superman, NT Live: The Beaux’ Stratagem) directs this joyous new production with Tamsin Greig (Friday Night Dinner, Black Books, Episodes) as a transformed Malvolia. an ensemble cast that includes Daniel Rigby (Flowers, Jericho), Tamara Lawrence (Undercover), Doon Mackichan (Smack the Pony) and Daniel Ezra (The Missing, Undercover).

ROYAL OPERA HOUSE LIVE: JEWELS (BALLET)   165 mins
Tues 11 April: 7:15pm
George Balanchine’s timeless evocation of the sparkle of emeralds, rubies and diamonds is a brilliant ballet classic.
The French Romantic music of Faure provides the impetus for the subtlety and lyricism of ‘Emeralds’, while the fire of ‘Rubies’ comes from Stravinsky and the jazz-age energy of New York. Grandeur and elegance complete the ballet with the splendour of Imperial Russia and the peerless music of Tchaikovsky in ‘Diamonds’.
Jewels is a masterclass in the many luminous facets of classical ballet and indeed of The Royal Ballet itself: the virtuoso choreography of Balanchine, the intensity of the soloists and the precision of the entire Company.
Running time includes two intervals.

AUSTRALIAN BALLET – THE FAIRY TALE SERIES: COPPÉLIA    TBC mins
Wed 19 April: 7pm
A sparkling tale of magic and mischief, Coppélia has everything a good story ballet should: a touch of enchantment, a dash of romance and masses of sumptuous costumes. Swanilda and Franz are in love until the appearance of Dr Coppelius and his mysterious daughter Coppélia upset the celebrations. However, Dr Coppelius’ haughty daughter is not what she seems, and Swanilda must rescue Franz from the magician’s sinister doll-filled lair – with the help of some fancy footwork!

NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD   200 mins (tbc)   Cert. 12A (as live)
Thurs 20 April: 7pm
Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, The Woman in Black), Joshua McGuire (The Hour) and David Haig (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Witness for the Prosecution) star in Tom Stoppard’s brilliantly funny situation comedy, broadcast live from The Old Vic theatre in London.
David Leveaux’s new production marks the 50th anniversary of the play that made a young Tom Stoppard’s name overnight.
Against the backdrop of Hamlet, two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, take centre stage. As the young double act stumble their way in and out of the action of Shakespeare’s iconic drama, they become increasingly out of their depth as their version of the story unfolds.

ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY: JULIUS CAESAR   TBC mins
Wed 26 April: 7pm
Angus Jackson directs Shakespeare’s epic political tragedy, as the race to claim the empire spirals out of control.
Caesar returns from war, all-conquering, but mutiny is rumbling through the corridors of power.
The Rome season in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre opens with the politics of spin and betrayal turning to violence. Following his sell-out productions of Tom Morton-Smith’s Oppenheimer (2014) and James Fenton’s adaptation of Don Quixote (2016), Season Director Angus Jackson steers the thrilling action.

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