Best event cinema to see this autumn / winter season: theatre, ballet and opera at the cinema
- Rowena McIntosh
- 13 October 2017
Royal Opera House: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland / credit: Johan Persson/ROH 2011
Including festive favourite The Nutcracker and National Theatre's new comedy Young Marx
With summer a mere memory it's time to take refuge from the elements in warm cinema screens: Oscar season is upon us, the new Star Wars film is taking bookings and London's West End has a great programme of theatre, ballet and opera screening at a cinema near you. Here we take a look at the best event cinema to catch this autumn and winter.
Royal Opera House: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
This co-production between The Royal Ballet and the National Ballet of Canada brings Christopher Wheeldon's exuberant ballet, inspired by Lewis Carroll's much-loved book, back to the stage. The wonderfully trippy tale includes a playing card corps de ballet, a tap-dancing Mad Hatter and a score by Joby Talbot that mixes contemporary sounds with sweeping melodies.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Mon 23 Oct
National Theatre Live: Young Marx
A new comedy about Karl Marx hiding out in Soho, written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman. The play is directed by Nicholas Hytner and stars Rory Kinnear as Marx and Oliver Chris as Engels. It also reunites the the creative team behind Broadway and West End hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors.
Young Marx, Thu 7 Dec
Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker
It wouldn't be Christmas without the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. A young girl's enchanted present, a nutcracker, leads her on a wonderful Christmas adventure in this classical ballet, danced to Tchaikovsky's magnificent score by The Royal Ballet.
The Nutcracker, Tue 5 Dec
Royal Opera: Rigoletto
David McVicar's acclaimed production of Verdi's tragic opera. Based on on Victor Hugo's play Le Roi s'amuse the opera focuses on the court of the immoral Duke of Mantua. Court jester Rigoletto is cursed by the father of one of the Duke's victims and when the Duke seduces his daughter he arranges to have his employer assassinated. Conducted by Alexander Joel and starring Dimitri Platanias, Lucy Crowe and Michael Fabiano.
Rigoletto, Tue 16 Jan
National Theatre Live: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Director Benedict Andrews follows up his production of A Streetcar Named Desire with a second play by Tennessee Williams. Running for a limited time in London's West End Cat on a Hot Tin Roof stars Sienna Miller, Jack O'Connell and Colm Meaney. Set on a cotton tycoon's plantation home in the Mississippi Delta, the play explores family dynamics, particularly the fractious marriage of Brick and Maggie.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Thu 22 Feb