Theater buffs have the chance to see the stars of the stage on the big screen in a season of West End broadcasts from a cinema chain.
Vue is airing a series of productions as part of a spring cultural season that offers an opportunity to see a full-scale show for less than a blockbuster price.
Some of the plays on the bill include Heathers: The Musical, Life of Pi, Hamlet, The Royal Opera House’s Cinderella, The National Theatre’s Good and Best of Enemies and The Royal Opera House’s Turandot and The Marriage of Figaro.
Vue is building the shows around March 27, which is World Theater Day. There are numerous Vue locations around London.
Rachel Bland, senior screen content manager at Vue Entertainment, said: “World Theater Day celebrates the magic of theater in all its forms.
“Here at Vue, we screen shows from top production companies across the UK and are proud to offer fans the chance to experience some of Britain’s best performances from the comfort of their local Vue venue.”
Here are the details of what will be shown and when at the cinema.
Royal Opera House: Turandot
Puccini’s latest opera is a glorious display of rich color, dance and drama in Andrei Serban’s classic staging.
Showing March 22nd.
Heather: The Musical
Based on the 1988 black comedy thriller starring Winona Ryder, a clique of four teenagers – three of whom are named Heather – are on a high school pursuit of popularity, but find their lives turned upside down when a killer strikes. It has been shown in its musical form in the West End since 2018.
Showing March 29.
Life of Pi
Yann Martel’s classic book is adapted for the stage. A 16-year-old is stranded in a lifeboat with four other survivors: a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan and a royal Bengal tiger. Time is against them, nature is harsh, but who will survive?
Showing March 30.
Shakespeare’s masterpiece will be broadcast from Bristol Old Vic, with Billy Howle in the title role. The play tells the classic story of the Prince of Denmark, whose world is violently spinning out of control after his father’s death. Hamlet has to make some decisions: forget or remember; live or die.
Showing on April 6th.
Cinderella of the Royal Opera House
Celebrating its 75th anniversary, the ballet still portrays the rags-to-riches story, but with a new vibe to Cinderella’s ethereal world of fairy godmothers and pumpkin carriages, handsome princes and the search for true love.
Screening April 12.
National Theater: good
David Tennant stars in “a ferocious retelling of one of Britain’s most powerful political plays”, which is being screened at the National Theatre.
Screening April 20.
Royal Opera House: The Marriage of Figaro
Director David McVicar highlights the revolutionary elements of Mozart’s grand comic opera of intrigue, misunderstanding and forgiveness.
Showing on April 27th.
National Theater: Best of Enemies
David Harewood (Homeland) and Zachary Quinto (Star Trek) play feuding political rivals in James Graham’s (Sherwood) award-winning new drama.
Screening May 18.
Royal Opera House: The Troubadour
A devastating curse rises from the ashes in Verdi’s monumental tale of superstition and rivalry.
Screening June 18th.
Visit Vue for more information on theater and opera screenings.