NT live and Met Live.
Watching theatre in a cinema was new to me this year. London’s National Theatre have started to present select productions for screenings at select cinemas worldwide. The Metropolitan Opera have been doing it for a while now.
I have seen a few National Theatre productions over the years, mostly very impressive, usually impeccably cast. So to get the chance to see some acclaimed productions in the comfort of a nearby cinema and at a very cheap $25, Babs was very happy.
First was the new Alan Bennett play – The Habit Of Art. Pure Bennett, superbly cast, great set design – off to a good start.
London Assurance – reported in a previous post. Especially loved Simon Russell Beale.
Phedra – also reported earlier. Helen Mirren commanding the stage was a treat.
Then the Met production of Das Rheingold – the first in the Ring Cycle. Directed by acclaimed Robert Lepage it was a visual treat although at times a little clunky. The descension to the underworld was superbly realized and a highlight
I am looking forward to seeing the Broadway musical Fela! next year, as well as a production of Frankenstein directed by film maker Danny Boyle.