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Arts Calendar / May 27 / Film
Theatre HD Live in Cinema: A Streetcar Named Desire
Young Vic 2014, 192 min. Directed by Benedict Andrews. Starring: Gillian Anderson, Vanessa Kirby, Ben Foster. In English. Gillian Anderson is Blanche DuBois, Ben Foster is Stanley and Vanessa Kirby is Stella in Tennessee Williams’ timeless masterpiece. As Blanche’s fragile world crumbles, she turns to her sister Stella for solace – but her downward spiral brings her face to face with the brutal, unforgiving Stanley Kowalski. Visionary director Benedict Andrews returns to the Young Vic following his Critics’ Circle Award-winning Three Sisters. Watch online here.
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Theatre HD Live in Cinema: Ernani
The Metropolitan Opera 2012, 230 min. Directed by Pier-Luigi Samaritani. Starring: Angela Meade, Marcello Giordani, Dmitriy Khvorostovskiy. In Italian. Rising Met star Angela Meade is Elvira, the young woman caught between three men: her lover, the nobleman-turned-outlaw Ernani (Marcello Giordani); her guardian, the rich, elderly de Silva, who wants her for himself (Ferruccio Furlanetto); and Don Carlo, the King of Spain, who also desires Elvira (Dmitri Hvorostovsky). Verdi’s early drama is full of sweeping melody and rousing rhythms, delivered masterfully by the Met Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Marco Armiliato. Watch online here.
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Theatre HD Live in Cinema: La Damnation de Faust
The Metropolitan Opera 2008, 144 min. Directed by Robert Lepage. Starring: Susan Graham, Marcello Giordani, John Relyea. In Italian. Conducted by James Levine, Robert Lepage’s stunning production—with its brilliant marriage of art and technology—thrilled HD audiences around the world. In Berlioz’s rarely performed vision of the immortal Faust legend, Marcello Giordani is a fiery title hero whose impulsive bargain with Méphistophélès (a commanding John Relyea) proves fatal. Susan Graham is a lovely and tragic Marguerite, the woman who gives everything to the man she loves. Watch online here.
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Theatre HD Live in Cinema: The Comedy of Errors
Shakespeare's Globe 2014, 141 min (with one intermission). Directed by Blanche McIntyre. Starring: Matthew Needham, Simon Harrison, Jamie Wilkes. Take one pair of estranged twin brothers (both called Antipholus), and one pair of estranged twin servants (both called Dromio), keep them in ignorance of each other and throw them into a city with a reputation for sorcery, and you have all the ingredients for theatrical chaos. One Antipholus is astonished by his foreign hospitality; the other enraged by the hostility of his home town. The Dromios, caught between the two, are soundly beaten for obeying all the wrong orders. Basing his plot on a farce by Plautus, Shakespeare caps the mayhem of his Roman original to build up a hectic tale of violent cross-purposes, furious slapstick and social nightmare. The final Globe On Screen film for 2015 brings the perfect light relief to close an epic season of war and tragedy. This sell-out production employed authentic Renaissance costumes and staging and will have cinema audiences roaring with laughter as it crams in “more hilarious anarchy than you can shake a fish, cat or identity-confused servant at.” (London Theatre Guide). Watch online here.
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