La Fille mal gardée – Royal Ballet

Fille Mal Gardee

We will be showing La Fille mal gardée live from the Royal Opera House, London on Tuesday 5th May 2015. 

Frederick Ashton’s final full-length ballet La Fille mal gardée (The Wayward Daughter) is one of his most joyous creations, inspired by his love for the Suffolk countryside. It is based on an 1828 French ballet and the music was adapted by John Lanchbery from Ferdinand Hérold’s original score. La Fille mal gardée was a resounding success on its premiere in 1960 and has remained a firm favourite in The Royal Ballet’s repertory.

La Fille displays some of Ashton’s most virtuoso choreography – the youthful passion of Lise and her lover, Colas, is expressed in a series of energetic pas de deux. The ballet is laced with good humour and a whirl of dancing chickens, grouchy guardians and a halfwit suitor take to the stage. Ashton affectionately incorporated elements of national folk dance into his choreography, from a Lancashire clog dance to a maypole dance, making La Fille mal gardée (despite its title) The Royal Ballet’s most emphatically English work. Osbert Lancaster’s colourful designs reinforce the bucolic wit of the production.

Lise is the only daughter of Simone, a widow and owner of a prosperous farm. She loves Colas, a young farmer – but her mother has far more ambitious plans, and has determined Lise should marry Alain, the son of a wealthy landowner but Alain seems as uninterested in marrying Lise as Lise is Alain…
Please arrive by 6.45pm to register and to order interval drinks if you wish.
The George Inn serves meals – please contact them directly on 01298 871382 if you would like to book a pre-show meal.

Man and Superman – National Theatre

man-and-supermanWe will be showing Man and Superman live from the National Theatre, London on Thursday 14th May 2015

Academy Award® nominee Ralph Fiennes (The English PatientSchindler’s List, Oedipus at the National Theatre) plays Jack Tanner in this exhilarating reinvention of George Bernard Shaw’s witty, provocative classic.

Jack Tanner, celebrated radical thinker and rich bachelor, seems an unlikely choice as guardian to the alluring heiress, Ann. But she takes it in her assured stride and, despite the love of a poet, she decides to marry and tame this dazzling revolutionary.

Tanner, appalled by the whiff of domesticity, is tipped off by his chauffeur and flees to Spain, where he is captured by bandits and meets the Devil. An extraordinary dream-debate, heaven versus hell, ensues. Following in hot pursuit, Ann is there when Tanner awakes, as fierce in her certainty as he is in his own.

A romantic comedy, an epic fairytale, a fiery philosophical debate, Man and Superman asks fundamental questions about how we live.

Please arrive by 6.30pm to register and to order interval drinks if you wish.

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

The Hard Problem – National Theatre

Hard ProblemWe will be showing The Hard Problem live from the National Theatre, London on Thursday 16th April 2015.

Acclaimed playwright Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love, Arcadia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead) returns to the National Theatre with his highly-anticipated new play The Hard Problem, directed by Nicholas Hytner (Othello, Hamlet, One Man, Two Guvnors).

Hilary, a young psychology researcher at a brainscience institute, is nursing a private sorrow and a troubling question at work, where psychology and biology meet. If there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness?

This is ‘the hard problem’ which puts Hilary at odds with her colleagues who include her first mentor Spike, her boss Leo and the billionaire founder of the institute, Jerry. Is the day coming when the computer and the fMRI scanner will answer all the questions psychology can ask?

Meanwhile Hilary needs a miracle, and she is prepared to pray for one…

Please arrive by 6.30pm to register and to order interval drinks if you wish.

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

Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny – Royal Opera House

MahagonnyWe will be showing Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny live from the Royal Opera House, London on Wednesday 1st April 2015. 

John Fulljames presents a new production of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s furiously impassioned operatic satire on consumerism.

Three criminals on the run find they can go no further and found a city – Mahagonny, city of gold. The destitute and the disenchanted flock to Mahagonny, among them the prostitute Jenny and the lumberjack Jim Mahoney with his three friends.

The city swells with debauchery. Jim and Jenny try to escape, but find themselves still in Mahagonny. Jim is arrested and convicted of myriad crimes – chief among them a lack of money…

 

  • Conductor – Mark Wigglesworth
  • Orchestra – Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
  • Leokadja Begbick – Anne Sofie von Otter
  • Fatty – Peter Hoare
  • Trinity Moses – Willard W. White
  • Jenny Smith – Christine Rice
  • Jimmy MacIntyre – Kurt Streit
  • Jack O’Brien – Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts
  • Bank Account Billy – Darren Jeffery
  • Alaska Wolf Joe – Neal Davies
  • Toby Higgins – Hubert Francis
  • Chorus – Royal Opera Chorus
  • Concert Master – Sergey Levitin
  • Music – Kurt Weill
  • Libretto – Bertolt Brecht
  • Director – John Fulljames

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

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