From live broadcasts to films, and musicals to tribute shows, there’s plenty of exciting variety awaiting you at the Torch Theatre, Milford Haven, starting with a live broadcast from the Met Opera on Saturday, 25 February with Rusalka by Dvorak.
Kristine Opolais stars in the role that helped launch her international career, the mythical Rusalka, who sings the haunting “Song to the Moon” and Mary Zimmerman brings her wondrous theatrical imagination to Dvorák’s fairytale of love and longing, rejection and redemption.
In the cinema, Spanish film, Pan’s Labyrinth will be shown for one night only on Thursday, 23 March. In 1944 falangist Spain, a girl, fascinated with fairy-tales, is sent along with her pregnant mother to live with her new stepfather, a ruthless captain of the Spanish army. During the night, she meets a fairy who takes her to an old faun in the centre of the labyrinth. He tells her she’s a princess, but must prove her royalty by surviving three gruesome tasks. If she fails, she will never prove herself to be the true princess and will never see her real father, the king, again.
Fans of Ibsen’s work will be delighted that NT Live will present a modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece – Hedda Gabler (12A) on Thursday, 9 March. Just married. Bored already. Hedda longs to be free… Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel.
Members of the Milford Haven Amateur Operatic Society will present Oliver! The Musical from Monday, 6 March – Sunday, 11 March. With songs such as Food, Glorious Food, You’ve Got To Pick A Pocket Or Two and As Long As He Needs Me, these are just some of the songs from Lionel Bart’s brilliant musical reworking of Charles Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist. The Artful Dodger, Fagin, Nancy and Bill Sykes are brought vividly to life in this full length production which follows the adventures of the orphaned workhouse boy who dared to say “Please sir, I want some more.”
Tuesday,11 April, The Dame Shirley Bassey Story – “Thank you for the years,” a ballet classic will be broadcast live to the Torch. The French Romantic music of Fauré 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.
International Impersonator Paula Randell delivers what is undoubtedly the most incredibly accurate portrayal of Dame Shirley Bassey. With her fabulous orchestra, multiple replica costume changes and nostalgic film footage, Paula will astound you with her remarkable likeness to the Dame herself. Dubbed ‘The Belter’ and endorsed by many of Bassey’s Song Writers and Producers including Nikki Lamborn (Get The Party Started) and Andy Neve (Thank You For The Years), Paula emulates Bassey’s unique provocative body language, vocal style and phrasing.
And if you fancy a laugh and a giggle, Richard Digance will appear at the Torch. A rare performer in that he’s respected by comedians for his original material and by musicians for being an accomplished performer/guitarist. His loyal following confirms his wide appeal, from the younger generation attracted by both his guitar playing and the fact he has inspired many modern-day performers, to the super-loyal who have followed Richard since the time he had his own ITV series and even further when he started out in folk clubs.
His evergreen career has been acknowledged through numerous awards within the music and entertainment industries. He can be seen at the Torch on Friday, 26 May.