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Emotional and psychological intensity

By Wells Journal  |  Posted: November 01, 2012

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Wells Film Centre is playing host to Romeo And Juliet (12A), a screening of the ballet as performed at the Royal Opera House.

Choreographer Kenneth MacMillan brings a contemporary interpretation to Sergei Prokofiev's classic score.

His version of the ballet draws out the emotional and psychological intensity at the heart of the tale.

Romeo and Juliet contains three passionate pas de deux: from the lovers' first meeting and the famous balcony scene to the devastating final tragedy.

The lovers' story is set against a wonderful evocation of 16th-century Verona: a bustling market place erupts into a violent sword fight and a lavish ball is held at an elegant mansion.

MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet first arrived at Covent Garden in 1965. Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn took the title roles.

The performance received a rapturous reception, with 43 curtain calls and almost 40 minutes of applause.

It has been at the heart of the company's repertory ever since, amassing more than 400 performances.

The National Theatre cinema season continues at Strode Theatre tonight with another live transmission.

On show will be Nicholas Hytner's acclaimed production of Shakespeare's strange fable of consumption, debt and ruin, Timon Of Athens, starring Simon Russell Beale.

Wealthy friend to the rich and powerful, patron of the arts, ostentatious host, Timon of Athens is surrounded by free-loaders and sycophants.

He vastly outspends his resources but, finding his coffers empty, reassures his loyal steward that all will be well.

When he calls upon his associates, instead of offering help, they hang him out to dry. After a final, vengeful banquet, Timon withdraws to a literal and emotional wasteland, living off roots and pouring curses on a morally bankrupt Athens.

The running time of the screening will be approximately three hours including introduction and a 20-minute intermission.

Timon Of Athens will be transmitted live from the National Theatre to the Strode Theatre screen on Thursday, November 1, at 7pm.

Showing at Strode on Wednesday is opera epic Les Troyens, which is also from the Royal Opera House.

Starring Bryan Hymel, Eva-Maria Westbroek and Anna Caterina Antonacci, Les Troyens is opera at its most epic.

The sheer scale of its story, music, passion, staging and performance makes this one of the great Royal Opera events of the decade.

The story is taken from Virgil's great poem The Aeneid and dramatises the fall of Troy and Enée's doomed affair with Didon, Queen of Carthage.

The illustrious cast, under the baton of Antonio Pappano, promise a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Due to the length of the performance, the theatre is offering the option of pre-booking a cold supper for the first interval.

Suppers are provided by Abbey Tea Rooms of Glastonbury.

Patrons with pre-booked suppers will on this occasion be given priority at the bar tables.

Please note there will be no suppers for sale on the night.

Anyone wishing to leave the building during the first interval to eat elsewhere, check at the box office as to when the screening is due to recommence. This screening starts at 5pm.

Tickets for both Strode shows are £15, concessions £13, available from www.strodetheatre.co.uk or 01458 442846.

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