Stars of stage and screen
Shakespeare’s tragedy Coriolanus, his comedy Twelfth Night and the classic show War Horse will all be screened live at the Dukes Cinema in Lancaster.
The spectacular stage adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s novel, War Horse, is just one of the highlights of the 2014 satellite season, which includes Coriolanus from the Donmar Warehouse and, for the first time, several productions from The Globe.
War Horse will be screened live from London’s National Theatre on February 27.
With 2014 being the centenary of the start of World War One, this story of a horse’s extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches in France is particularly emotive. At its heart are astonishing life-size puppets.
January 25 will see a screening of The Taming of the Shrew from The Globe in London.
Another classic Shakespeare play – Coriolanus – goes from stage to screen on January 30. The Donmar Warehouse’s production of this searing tragedy stars Tom Hiddleston in the title role and Mark Gatiss as Menenius.
Other treats from The Globe are Henry V on February 19 and Twelfth Night on February 22.
Henry V was the play which opened the new Globe in 1997.
Stephen Fry and Mark Rylance star in Twelfth Night which had a hit run in London’s West End after its sell out performances at The Globe recently.
This all-male production explores the clothing, music, dance and settings used at the original Globe in 1601.
Tickets are £13/£12 concessions. Call 01524 598500 or visit www.dukes-lancaster.org.
At the Lowry Theatre, Manchester, Jane Asher stars in a new adaptation of Penelope Lively’s Booker Prize-winning novel Moontiger.
Asher stars as Claudia Hampton, a popular historian,
A strong, beautiful and difficult woman, now in her seventies, she is plotting her greatest work – a history of the world.
As she looks back over her life growing up between the wars, and remembers the people who have shared its triumphs and tragedies, Claudia’s own remarkable story provokes sadness, shock and amusement.
The play runs from Monday, February 17 to Saturday, February 22.
The following week, the Library Theatre Company brings its adaptation of Chekhov’s The Seagull to the Lowry stage.
A famous actress’ visit to her brother’s remote estate exposes the frustrated yearnings and ambitions of her family and friends.
As her son puts much more than his self-respect at stake by trying to impress her with a play he’s written himself, others dream of love, the bright lights, and being able to escape their past.
This critically acclaimed adaptation of Chekhov’s masterpiece, by Anya Reiss, maintains all its power to enthrall; The Seagull is a captivating study of the corrosion of youthful idealism, wasted ambitions and unrequited love.
The show runs from Friday, February 21 to Saturday, March 8.
For more information, visit www.thelowry.com, or call the box office on 0843 208 6000.