There’s no need to travel far to find a rich tapestry of live broadcasts that will be shown at the Torch Theatre during the month of May. From Obsession with Jude Law to Anthony & Cleopatra, this month hails to be a special treat for operatic fans.
NT LIVE presents the stage production of Obsession (15) on Thursday 11 May at 7pm starring Jude Law (The Young Pope, Closer, The Talented Mr Ripley) broadcast live from the Barbican Theatre in London. Ivo van Hove (NT Live: A View from the Bridge, Hedda Gabler) directs this new stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti’s 1943 film where the magnetically handsome Gino encounters husband and wife, Giuseppe and Giovanna. Irresistibly attracted to each other, Gino and Giovanna begin a fiery affair and plot to murder her husband. But, in this chilling tale of passion and destruction, the crime only serves to tear them apart.
Tickets for Obsession are Full £15.00 | Consession £13.00 | Child £8.50.
Mid May, The MET OPERA presents Der Rosenkavalier by Strauss with a dream cast of Renée Fleming as the Marschallin and Elna Garana as Octavian in Strauss’s grandest opera. In his new production, Robert Carsen, the director behind the Met’s recent Falstaff, places the action at the end of the Habsburg Empire, underscoring the opera’s subtext of class and conflict against a rich backdrop of gilt and red damask, in a staging that also stars Günther Groissböck as Baron Ochs. Sebastian Weigle conducts the sparklingly perfect score.
This live broadcast, sung in German, can be seen on Saturday 13 May at 5.30pm with prices
£19.00 – Full | £17.00 – Over 60 Concession | £17.00 – Under 16 Concession | £17.00 – Student Concession.
NT LIVE returns to the Torch on Thursday 18 May with Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? Sonia Friedman Productions present Imelda Staunton (Gypsy, Vera Drake, the Harry Potter films), Conleth Hill (Game Of Thrones, The Producers), Luke Treadaway (A Street Cat Named Bob, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Hollow Crown) and Imogen Poots (A Long Way Down, Jane Eyre) in James Macdonald’s critically acclaimed, 5 star production of Edward Albee’s landmark play, broadcast live to cinemas from the Harold Pinter Theatre, London.
In the early hours of the morning on the campus of an American college, Martha, much to her husband George’s displeasure, has invited the new professor and his wife to their home for some after-party drinks. As the alcohol flows and dawn approaches, the young couple are drawn into George and Martha’s toxic games until the evening reaches its climax in a moment of devastating truth-telling.
Ticket prices are £15.00 | Concession £13.00 | Child £8.50 at 7pm.
Wednesday, 24 May at 7pm sees RSC Live: Anthony & Cleopatra. Following Caesar’s assassination, Mark Antony has reached the heights of power. Now he has neglected his empire for a life of decadent seduction with his mistress, Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. Torn between love and duty, Antony’s military brilliance deserts him, and his passion leads the lovers to their tragic end.
Ticket price: Full £15 | Concession £13 | Child £8.50 at 7pm