National Theatre at Home: This House
This House is a timely, moving and funny insight into the workings of British politics. It’s 1974, and Britain has a hung Parliament. The corridors of Westminster ring with the sound of infighting and backstabbing as the political parties battle to change the future of the nation. During this era of chaos, when a staggering number of politicians die and age-old traditions are thrown aside, MPs find they must roll up their sleeves, and bend the rules, to navigate a way through the Mother of all Parliaments. 5 star rating
Funny and cliff-hangingly suspenseful.” A quirky approach to an extraordinary period of political history.”
Director: Jeremy Herrin (People, Places and Things)
From 28 May (7pm)
Glyndebourne Open House: Don Giovanni
Sometimes The Devil Is A Gentleman
Don Giovanni lives a life of debauchery and pleasure, seducing and abandoning women wherever he goes, helped by his faithful servant Leporello. But when a seduction goes horribly wrong, he finally finds himself in a situation he can’t charm his way out of. Don Giovanni, Mozart and Da Ponte’s take on the familiar Don Juan legend, is a work ahead of its time. Colliding comedy and tragedy in a fluid, free-form music-drama, the opera has a breathless energy and impetus that’s impossible to resist – a wild musical ride that takes its audience quite literally to hell and back again. A score of contrasts and extremes includes the beguiling simplicity of Don Giovanni’s serenade and the high-wire virtuosity of Donna Anna’s arias.
Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
Director: Jonathan Kent
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Cast: Leporello – Luca Pisaroni, Donna Anna – Anna Samuil, Don Giovanni – Gerald Finley
31 May (5pm) – 7 June
National Theatre: A Streetcar Named Desire
I don’t want realism. I want magic!
As Blanche’s fragile world crumbles, she turns to her sister Stella for solace – but her downward spiral brings her face to face with the brutal, unforgiving Stanley Kowalski.
This critically acclaimed production was filmed live on stage at the Young Vic in 2014 by National Theatre Live.
Cast: Gillian Anderson (All About Eve, The X-Files, The Fall, Sex Education), Ben Foster (Lone Survivor, Kill Your Darlings), Vanessa Kirby (Julie, The Crown, Mission Impossible)
21 (Live streaming at 7pm) – 28 May, 3 hours 25 mins
Glyndebourne: The Marriage Of Figaro
When a womanising aristocrat tries to seduce his valet’s pretty young wife, his wife and servants conspire to teach him a lesson in fidelity he’ll never forget. Plots are hatched, promises made (and broken) and disguises donned, as Mozart’s ‘mad day’ unfolds. A revolutionary comedy in every sense, Mozart and Da Ponte’s adaptation of Beaumarchais’s banned 1778 play about warring masters and servants takes a topical satire and broadens it into a deeply human drama. The battle between both classes and sexes remains sharply bladed, but the characters themselves are rounded by some of Mozart’s most sparkling music into feeling, fallible and all too familiar personalities.
Director Michael Grandage updates the action to the swinging sixties in his 2012 production, starring Lydia Teuscher as Susanna and Vito Priante as her beloved Figaro. Robin Ticciati conducts.
24-30 May, 1 hour 45 mins
Royal Opera House: Cendrillon
Massenet’s Cendrillon is a touching, romantic interpretation of the much-loved story of Cinderella. The opera is full of wonderful music, from the impassioned love duet for Cendrillon and her Prince, to the coloratura effervescence of the Fairy Godmother and the brilliantly-scored ‘March of the Princesses’. Pelly pays tribute to the opera’s fairytale origins, setting his production literally within a storybook.
Director: Laurent Pelly
Joyce DiDonato as Cendrillon, Alice Coote as her ardent Prince Charming, Ewa Podlés in gloriously comic form as Cendrillon’s snobbish Stepmother Madame de la Haltière and Eglise Gutierrez as a sassy Fairy Godmother (La Fée).
Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House
Opens on Friday 22 May at 7pm, until 4 June