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Festival Theatre Announces Live Screenings from the National Theatre and Taormina’s Ancient Greek Theatre


By Irene Brown - Posted on 22 February 2015

The Festival Theatre has announced that it will host live and encore screenings from the National Theatre including new work starring acclaimed British actors Ralph Fiennes and Chiwetel Ejiofor as part of its Spring / Summer 2015 season, and a special live streaming of Bizet’s Carmen from Taormina’s Ancient Greek Theatre on 15 July.

The National Theatre Live Screenings lined up are:

Behind the Beautiful Forevers (Encore Performance)
Fri 10 April 2015, 7pm, £13.50
Katherine Boo spent three years in Annawadi recording the lives of its residents. From her uncompromising book, winner of the National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2012, David Hare has fashioned a tumultuous play on an epic scale.

The Hard Problem (Encore Performance)
Tue 12 May 2015, 7pm, £13.50
Tom Stoppard's first play for the stage since Rock 'n' Roll in 2006, and his first for the National since his trilogy, The Coast of Utopia, 2002.

Man + Superman
Thu 14 May 2015, 7pm, £15
A romantic comedy, an epic fairytale, a fiery philosophical debate. Ralph Fiennes takes the role of Jack Tanner in this exhilarating reinvention of George Bernard Shaw's witty, provocative classic.

Everyman
Thu 16 July 2015, 7pm, £15
BAFTA winner and Academy Award® nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) takes the title role in this dynamic new production of one of English drama’s oldest plays, directed by the National Theatre’s new Director Rufus Norris (Broken, London Road). A cornerstone of English drama since the 15th century, it now explodes onto the stage in a startling production with words by Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate, and movement by Javier De Frutos.

Opera Screening: Carmen
Wed 15 July 2015, 8.30pm. Tickets £18.50
This production of Carmen comes live from the Ancient Theatre of Taormina in Sicily as part of the Festival Euro Mediterraneo. Each summer, the Teatro Antico in Taormina is home to the Taormina Arts festival. Since its construction in 7th century BC, audiences have feasted their eyes on the views of the Ionian Sea and Mount Etna that provide a dramatic backdrop for this stunning arena stage. Bizet achieved few successes before his final work, Carmen, which has become one of the most popular and frequently performed works in the entire opera repertoire.

This event presents the opportunity to enjoy the classic opera on Scotland’s biggest cinema.

Tickets will go on sale to Friends on Monday 23 February and general sale on Monday 2 March.