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"The Daughter of the Regiment" Met Opera New York
Saturday 2nd March 5.55 pm
Marie, the adopted daughter of the 21st Regiment of the French army, has fallen in love with a young man who has saved her life, but is from an enemy nation. Fortunately, the regiment backs down when they hear of how the young man saved their lovely Marie but their plans to wed are shattered when news about Marie’s birth family arises and she must leave the regiment. The soldiers of the regiment are distraught and none seem able to deal with the change, but Tonio resolves to rescue Marie with the aid of the other soldiers, but will he be successful? With its lovely melodies, vocal fireworks, and quick wit Donizetti's work is the perfect piece to brighten your day.
"The Tragedy of King Richard the Second" NT
Sunday 3rd March 7 pm
As the first in Shakespeare's five history plays, Richard II chronicles the wasteful habits and gradual demise of the last Plantagenet king who is irresponsible, foolish and vain. His weak leadership sends his kingdom into disarray as the more he taxes the land, the more the nobles and citizens resent their ruler. Then the exiled Henry Bolingbroke returns to seize power. Instead of a dramatic defeat in battle, Richard is left to ruminate his own ruin in prison, bemoaning 'I wasted time and now time doth waste me'. From the Almeida theatre Simon Russell Beale stars in this new production of Shakespeare’s play about the limits of power.
La bohème (8 and 9 March): Olivier Award-winning OperaUpClose presents innovatively staged, unintimidating, affordable and high quality English chamber re-imaginings of well-known and new operas. The comic elements of their hugely popular La bohème heighten its tragic ending, with audiences saying this 21st-century version affected them like no other.
"Blowin' in the Wind' [LIVE]
Friday March 8th 7.30 pm
Andante Live presents “Blowin’ in the Wind”. Combining the vocal harmonies of VeeSweeney and Mark Rowson, 16 instruments between them and outstanding musicianship, they perform an uplifting and inspiring show to give you a fabulous evening of unforgettable music. This show takes you back to the era of PEACE , PROTEST & LOVE with uniquely arranged classic songs such as “Mr Tambourine Man’, ‘Imagine’, ‘The Night They Drove Ol’ Dixie Down’, ‘Big yellow Taxi’,‘The Sound of Silence’, ‘All you need is Love’ and many more. When Dylan, Baez and friends sang their songs of peace, protest & love, “times certainly were a- changin’..”
Rox, Paper and The Scissors (13 March): a fun, fast-paced show about democracy from Gone to the Dogs Productions, Miranda Duffy’s new play sees head girl Paper squashed between the might of school bully Rox and class clown The Scissors as she fights to restore her reputation after a false accusation of vandalism.
"Die Walküre" Met Opera New York
Saturday 30th March 5 pm
The second opera in Wagner's Ring Cycle holds special appeal for audiences with its dramatic power and remarkable music, including the famous ‘Ride of the Valkyries’. In the highly emotional world of humanity love animates the actions of all the leading characters: Wotan wants to protect his children but is forced to forsake them. His twin offspring Siegmund and Sieglinde fall passionately in love, and his warrior daughter Brünnhilde defies Wotan by trying to protect the twins. He punishes her by stripping her of her immortality and putting her to sleep surrounded by a wall of flames that only the greatest hero can brave.
Rouse, Ye Women! Mary Macarthur and the Women Chainmakers (5 April): With rousing traditional songs and ballads, Townsend Theatre Productions’ latest tells the story of the women chainmakers of Cradley Heath and how Mary Reid Macarthur led them on strike.
"La Forza Del Destino" RoH Opera
Saturday 6th April 6.15 pm
La Forza Del Destino is one of Verdi's most ambitious scores, with some of his most brilliant choral writing, plus one of his most memorable overtures. The Marquis of Calatrava forbids his daughter Leonora to marry the South American nobleman Don Alvaro. The lovers attempt to elope, but the Marquis catches them and in the ensuing altercation, Alvaro accidentally kills the Marquis, who curses his daughter as he dies Leonora and Alvaro become separated during their escape but Leonora's brother Don Carlo di Vargas decides to find them and avenge his father. Don Carlo joins the Spanish army under a false name, little knowing that Don Alvaro has done the same thing and complications ensue.
Presented by YMCA Productions
"Faust" RoH OperaSunday 5th May 6.45 pm
Disillusioned with life, the aged philosopher Faust calls upon Satan to help him. The devil Méphistophélès appears and strikes a bargain with him: he will give him youth and the love of the beautiful Marguerite, if Faust will hand over his soul. Faust agrees, and Méphistophélès arranges matters so that Marguerite becomes infatuated with Faust who,however, soon abandons her. Her brother Valentin returns from war and is furious to find his sister pregnant. Will Faust repent his destructive actions, and can his soul, and Marguerite's, be saved? Gounod's Faust (1859) was one of the world's most popular operas from the 1860s to World War II.
"Dialogues Des Carmelites" Met Opera New YorkSaturday 11th May 5 pm
Composed by Francis Poulenc this is the tragic story of the nuns of a Carmelite convent who, during the Terror following the French Revolution, live in hope and fear under the constant threat of the guillotine. The ever-fearful Blanche de la Force joins the Carmelite order but when the order is suppressed under the Revolution, the sisters swear that they are willing to die a martyr’s death for their faith. In the turmoil, Blanche flees to her home; in the meantime, however, her father has become a victim of the Terror and when she learns that the other sisters are to be victims of the Terror Blanche overcomes her fear of dying and joins them.
" Ballet Triple " RoH BalletSaturday 18th May 7 pm
The contemporary face of The Royal Ballet is shown in works from three of today's leading choreographers. Wheeldon's Within the Golden Hour is based around seven couples separating and intermingling, to music by Vivaldi and Bossi and lit with rich colours suggested by sunset. Pite's Flight Pattern, revived for the first time, uses Górecki's familiar music and a large dance ensemble for a poignant and passionate reflection on migration Between them, a new work created on The Royal Ballet by the acclaimed choreographerSidi Larbi Cherkaoui has its premiere to bring the contemporary truly up-to-date.
"Romeo and Juliet" RoH Ballet
Saturday 15th June 7 pm
Romeo and Juliet fall passionately in love, but their families are caught up in a deadly feud, and having married in secret tragic circumstances lead Romeo to fight and kill Juliet's cousin Tybalt. As punishment, he is banished from the city, and when Juliet's parents force her to marry Paris, she takes drastic action by drinking a potion to make her appear dead so she can escape to join Romeo. Her plan fails however with further tragic consequences. Kenneth MacMillan's passionate choreography for Romeo and Juliet shows The Royal Ballet at its dramatic finest while Sergey Prokofiev's iconic score provides the basis for the ballet's romantic pas de deux and vibrant crowd scenes.
TICKETS ON SALE 10AM - 18/11/18
TO RETURN FOR SUMMER 2019 GIG AT SCARBOROUGH OPEN AIR THEATRE
The UK’s most successful hitmaker, Cliff Richard, is returning to Scarborough Open Air Theatre in 2019.
It is announced today that Cliff will headline Europe’s largest open air arena on Wednesday June 26.
Tickets go on sale at 9am on Sunday November 18 at scarboroughopenairtheatre.com
The show marks a return to the Yorkshire coast for the music legend following his sell-out show at Scarborough OAT in 2017 and comes as the singer is celebrating the 60th anniversary of his first single Move It! being released.
Marking this significant milestone, Warner's Music is releasing a new album of completely original songs. The album Rise Up is Cliff's 104th official UK release, although it is the first album for 14 years, since 2004's Something's Goin' On, that features completely new material rather than Cliff's unique interpretation of classic songs.
Cliff is the second 2019 headliner to be revealed for Scarborough OAT following the announcement earlier today that Kylie Minogue will perform at the Yorkshire coast venue on Thursday August 1.
The announcements mark the start of the 2019 season and follow a record breaking 2018 which saw the venue attract more than 90,000 music fans.
Venue programmer Peter Taylor, director of promoters Cuffe and Taylor, said: “Cliff Richard is without a doubt a legend of the music industry. He has enjoyed massive success for 60 years and wows his audience time and time again.
“We have worked with Cliff on numerous shows and tours and are absolutely delighted to be working with him again, and especially to be bringing him back to Scarborough.
“The crowds loved Cliff in Scarborough in 2017 and I have no doubt they will have an absolute ball once again watching and hearing their hero perform the hits that made him a household name as well as his new material which is sure to be a massive hit.”
Cliff’s new album Rise Up will be released on November 23. The album’s title track is currently riding high in the vinyl charts and is his 145th official UK release, showing that Cliff continues to be a much-loved music legend, and someone who is very capable of entertaining with great energy and passion.
In 60 years, Cliff has recorded almost 1,300 song titles, composed 100 songs, achieved 14 number one singles (40 Top 5, 68 Top 10, and 96 Top 20), and seven number one albums (28 Top 5, 44 Top 10, and 53 Top 20). Move It!, where it all started, is the most recorded song in Cliff's back catalogue, numbering 23 different versions.
Able to change with the times and tastes and remaining hugely popular, Cliff nonetheless has stayed faithful to his rock and roll roots throughout. Because, when many people would be thinking of retiring or settling down to a quieter life, Cliff Richard continues to draw massive crowds to his concerts and regularly reaches the top ten with his albums. Not bad for someone who critics thought wouldn't last way back in 1958!
Tickets for Cliff Richard’s headline show at Scarborough Open Air Theatre go on sale at 9am on Sunday November 18 viawww.scarboroughopenairtheatre.com or from Scarborough Open Air Theatre Box Office (01723 818111) and the Discover Yorkshire Coast Tourism Bureau (01723 383636).
Miles Jupp: The Life I Lead (19 and 20 February): Miles Jupp (Rev, The Thick of It, The News Quiz) brings to life the remarkable and richly comic story of actor David Tomlinson (Mr Banks in Mary Poppins; Mr Emilius Browne in Bedknobs and Broomsticks).
"I'm Not Running" NT Lyttleton TheatreSaturday 16th February 7 pm
I’m Not Running is an explosive new play by David Hare, premiering at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas. Siân Brooke stars as Pauline Gibson who has spent her life as a doctor, and is now the inspiring leader of a local health campaign. When she crosses paths with her old boyfriend, a stalwart loyalist in Labour Party politics, she’s faced with an agonising decision. What’s involved in sacrificing your private life and your piece of mind for something more than a single issue? Does she dare?
A hilarious cabaret musical about depression, that explains, sings, and throws glitter about how it’s OK not to be OK.
Presented by Silent Uproar
Written by Jon Brittain
Directed by Alex Mitchell
Musical Director: Matthew Floyd Jones
Movement Director: Jon Beney
Stage Manager: Jon Calvert
Sound Designer: Ed Clarke
Lighting Designer: Adam Foley
Set and Costume Designer: Amy Jane Cook
Costume Supervisor: Liz Dees
Production Assistant: Natalie Young
Construction: Alex Brook
Executive Producer: Martin Atkinson
Offers: Group 10+, SJT+, Under 30s
Price: From £10
A hilarious cabaret musical about depression, that explains, sings, and throws glitter about how it’s OK not to be OK.
Sally’s a happy person. She doesn’t let little things get her down and almost never cries. But she’s got an illness. It makes her feel like she isn’t the person she wants to be, but she doesn’t want anyone to know about it.
Written by Olivier Award winner Jon Brittain (Rotterdam and Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho) with music by Matthew Floyd Jones (Frisky & Mannish).
It’s a joyful, buoyant, gleeful, slightly silly, sugar-coated, unrelenting and completely super happy show! Except for the bits about depression.
"A Super Happy Story is Superb" Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
★★★★★ British Theatre Guide
Age guidance: 14+
Tuesday's performance: Pay What You Decide
"Carmen" Met Opera New YorkSaturday 2nd February 5.55 pm
Georges Bizet’s Carmen is one of the most successful operas ever written. Its gorgeous melodies have secured the opera’s hold on the popular imagination – Escamillo’s Toreador Song, Carmen’s Habanera, Don José’s Flower Song and many passages for orchestra and chorus are among the most widely known pieces of Western classical music. Don José falls in love with Carmen and sacrifices everything to be with her. When Carmen becomes infatuated with the toreador Escamillo, she loses interest in Don José, whose love quickly turns to violent jealousy ending in tragedy
"The Queen of Spades" RoH OperaSaturday 26th January 6.45 pm
Based on a short story by Alexander Pushkin, one of his favourite writers, Tchaikovsky began work on The Queen of Spades in 1889. The penniless soldier Gherman has fallen in love with Liza, even though she is engaged to his friend Yeletsky. Gherman learns that Liza's guardian the Countess knows a winning three-card formula, so he determines to get it, to gain a fortune through gambling and marry Liza. Tragedy ensues and Gherman is haunted by a ghost.
"Antony & Cleopatra" NT Olivier Theatre
Sunday 20th January 7 pm
Broadcast live from the National Theatre, Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power. Caesar and his assassins are dead. General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome. But at the fringes of a war-torn empire the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love. In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war.