Romeo and Juliet – Royal Opera House

ROMEO AND JULIET ;

We will be showing William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet live from the Royal Opera House on Tuesday 22nd September at 7.15pm. 

Kenneth MacMillan’s famous version of Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy set to Prokofiev’s magnificent score returns to open the 2015/16 Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season.

This Romeo and Juliet is rich in the swaggering colour of Verona street life and in sword fights and celebrations, but MacMillan’s focus is always on the complex emotions of the young lovers – especially on Juliet as she journeys through the delirious happiness of first love to a shocked, adult perception of her fate. Juliet is one of the most coveted of all ballerina roles, and as MacMillan’s ballet enters its 50th year it resonates as deeply with audiences today as when it was first seen half a century ago.

Please arrive in time to register and order interval drinks should you wish.

The George Inn serves meals – please contact them directly on 01298 871382 if you would like to book a pre-show meal.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Royal Ballet

AliceWe will be showing Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland broadcast from the Royal Opera House, London on Tuesday 16th December 2014. 

At a garden party on a sunny afternoon, Alice is surprised to see her parents’ friend Lewis Carroll transform into a white rabbit. When she follows him down a rabbit hole things get curiouser and curiouser.

Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland arrived on the stage in 2011 with a burst of colour, theatrical magic and inventive choreography. It was The Royal Ballet’s first new full-length work since 1995 and was greeted with delight by audiences. Joby Talbot’s score combines contemporary soundworlds with sweeping melodies that gesture to ballet scores of the 19th century. Bob Crowley’s wildly imaginative sets and costumes draw on puppetry, projections and masks to make Wonderland wonderfully real.

Alice encounters a cast of extraordinary characters, from the highly-strung Queen of Hearts, who performs a hilarious send-up of The Sleeping Beauty‘s famous Rose Adage, to dancing playing cards, a sinuous caterpillar and a tap-dancing Mad Hatter. Alice and the Knave of Hearts dance a tender, loving pas de deux of delicate beauty. But the ballet does not avoid the darker undercurrents of Lewis Carroll’s story – a nightmarish kitchen, an eerily disembodied Cheshire Cat and the unhinged tea party are all created in vivid detail.

With choreography by Christopher Wheeldon and music by Joby Talbot
Please arrive by 6.45pm to register and to order interval drinks if you wish.The George Hotel serves meals – please contact them directly on 01298 871382 if you would like to book a pre-show meal.

Manon – Royal Ballet

ManonWe will be showing Manon live from the Royal Opera House, London on Thursday 16th October 2014. 

Manon’s brother Lescaut is offering her to the highest bidder when she meets Des Grieux and falls in love. They elope to Paris, but when Monsieur G.M. offers Manon a life of luxury as his mistress she cannot resist.

Kenneth MacMillan began work on Manon shortly after the birth of his only daughter. His source was the 18th-century French novel by Abbé Prévost, already adapted twice for opera by Massenet and Puccini. Renowned dance musician Leighton Lucas and his assistant Hilda Gaunt provided a score made from a patchwork of works by Massenet, including his famous yearning Elégie as the theme for the lovers. The premiere was given on 7 March 1974, the lead roles of Manon and Des Grieux danced by Antoinette Sibley and Anthony Dowell. The ballet quickly became a staple of The Royal Ballet’s repertory.

MacMillan found new sympathy with the capricious Manon, bringing his customary psychological insight and the memories of his own impoverished upbringing. He described his heroine as ‘not so much afraid of being poor as ashamed of being poor’. Designs by MacMillan’s friend Nicholas Georgiadis reflect this, depicting a world of lavish splendour polluted by miserable poverty. MacMillan’s spectacular ensemble scenes for the whole Company create vivid, complex portraits of the distinct societies of Paris and New Orleans. But it is Manon and Des Grieux’s impassioned pas de deux – recalling the intensity of MacMillan’s earlier work, Romeo and Juliet – that drive this tragic story, and make Manon one of MacMillan’s most heartbreaking dramas.

Principal Guest Artist Carlos Acosta will make his debut as Manon’s scheming brother Lescaut in addition to his performances as Des Grieux partnering Natalia Osipova as Manon. First Soloists Alexander CampbellBennet Gartside and Valentino Zucchetti will also make their debuts as Lescaut during the run of performances.

First Soloist Yuhui Choe will make her debut as Lescaut’s Mistress and Soloist Thomas Whitehead will make his debut as Monsieur G.M..

The debuts of Natalia Osipova, Melissa Hamilton and Francesca Hayward in the title role have already been announced. As have those of Vadim Muntagirov and Matthew Golding as Des Grieux.

Please arrive by 6.45pm to register and to order interval drinks if you wish.

The George Hotel serves meals – please contact them directly on 01298 871382 if you would like to book a pre-show meal.

The Sleeping Beauty – Royal Opera House

Sleeping BeautyWe will be showing The Sleeping Beauty live from the Royal Opera House, London at 7.30pm, Wednesday 19th March 2014. 

Journey with The Royal Ballet to an enchanted world of princesses, fairy godmothers and magic spells in a dazzling production of Petipa’s classic ballet, with glorious music by Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky in this classic ballet based on a much-loved fairytale.

Please arrive by 7.00pm to register and to order interval drinks if you wish.

The George Hotel serves meals – please contact them directly on 01298 871382 if you would like to book a pre-show meal.

Giselle – Royal Opera House

GiselleWe will be showing Giselle live from the Royal Opera House, London at 7.15pm, Monday 27th January 2014. 

Giselle, a peasant girl, has fallen in love with Count Albrecht, who has led her to believe that he is a villager named Loys. Her discovery of his true identity has devastating consequences.

Giselle is the quintessential Romantic ballet. It transformed the dance world when it was first performed in Paris in 1841 and remains at the centre of the classical repertory. Although the choreography and designs have undergone many changes over the years, the essence of Giselle remains the same. The Royal Ballet’s production uses Marius Petipa’s classic version (after the original choreography by Jules Perrot and Jean Coralli), first staged in St Petersburg in 1884.

The role of Giselle provides a dancer with many technical and dramatic challenges, from the character’s early love to her poignant descent into madness and final gesture of forgiveness from beyond the grave. The first act of the ballet is filled with historical detail and rustic colour. By contrast, the second act (known as the White Act) plunges the audience into an eerie moonlit forest haunted by the ethereal Wilis – vengeful spirits of young brides who died before their wedding day. With its combination of memorable story and exquisite choreography, Giselle is the perfect way to discover classical ballet.

Please arrive by 6.45pm to register and to order interval drinks if you wish. The programme runs for approximately 2hrs 10 minutes including one interval.

The George Hotel serves meals – please contact them directly on 01298 871382 if you would like to book a pre-show meal.

Les Vêpres Siciliennes – Royal Opera House

Vepres-SiciliennesWe will be showing Les Vêpres Siciliennes live from the Royal Opera House, London at 5.45pm, Monday 4th November 2013. 

One of Verdi’s lesser-known mature operas, Les Vêpres Siciliennes was vital to his development as a composer and was created for the Paris Opéra in 1855, giving him the opportunity to embrace the elaborate style and traditions of French grand opera.

The French have occupied Sicily, and Hélène is held hostage by Montfort, the French governor, who has had her brother executed. She turns to the partisan Jean Procida and the rebellious patriot Henri in her bid for vengeance.

Director Stefan Herheim brings Verdi’s tale of revenge, family relations and patriotism to Covent Garden for the first time, his imaginative production drawing parallels between the opera and the opera house for which it was written, including a spectacular re-creation of the Paris Opéra itself.

Musically, the work contains impressive choruses, passionate duets and some wonderful showpiece arias for the principal singers. Particular highlights include Procida’s aria on returning to Sicily ‘Et toi, Palerme’, the Act IV duet ‘De courroux et d’effroi’ in which Hélène expresses her sympathy for Henri’s dilemma and Hélène’s brilliant Act V boléro, ‘Merci, jeunes amis’.

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Please arrive by 5.15pm to register and to order interval drinks if you wish.

The George Hotel serves meals – please contact them directly on 01298 871382 if you would like to book a pre-show meal.