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Man Of Steel
A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind. -- (C) Warner Bros
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Summer In February
A crash landing leaves teenager Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his legendary father Cypher (Will Smith) stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanitys escape. With Cypher critically injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help, facing uncharted terrain, evolved animal species that now rule the planet, and an unstoppable alien creature that escaped during the crash. Father and son must learn to work together and trust one another if they want any chance of returning home. (c) Sony
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Despicable Me 2
Universal Pictures presents this sequel to the wildly successful 2010 animated picture following Gru (voiced by Steve Carell), the ex-scheming evildoer-turned-parental figure, from animation company Illumination Entertainment.
The Audience: Encore - National Theatre
Helen Mirren reprises her Academy Award winning role as Queen Elizabeth II in the highly-anticipated West End production of The Audience, broadcast live from London’s Gielgud Theatre as part of National Theatre Live.
For sixty years Elizabeth II has met each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace – a meeting like no other in British public life – it is private. Both parties have an unspoken agreement never to repeat what is said. Not even to their spouses. The Audience breaks this contract of silence – and imagines a series of pivotal meetings between the Downing Street incumbents and their Queen. From Churchill to Cameron, each Prime Minister has used these private conversations as a sounding board and a confessional – sometimes intimate, sometimes explosive.
From young mother to grandmother, these private audiences chart the arc of the second Elizabethan Age. Politicians come and go through the revolving door of electoral politics, while she remains constant, waiting to welcome her next Prime Minister.
The Audience reunites writer Peter Morgan and Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren following their collaboration on the critically-acclaimed movie sensation The Queen.
The Audience is directed by Academy Award-nominated director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and presented in the West End by Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Robert Fox and Andy Harries.
A Masked Ball - Opera Australia 2013
Music: Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Andrea Molino
Director: Alex OllLong
Prepare to be amazed by a breathtaking new production by La Fura dels Baus, the ingenious company that has staged a powerful version of Berliozs The Damnation of Faust and Gyrgy Ligetis spectacular fantasy Le Grand Macabre.
The innovative director Alex Oll and designers Alfons Flores and Lluc Castells have created a visually stunning, ground-breaking tale of deception, disguise and fate in a world where the wealthy have all the power and control the populace. While the benevolent ruler plans a grand masquerade for the pleasure of his subjects, his conspirators are plotting his end. The traitors, however, will only succeed if they can enlist an ally close to the king.
With its unforgettable melodies and fine balance of romance and tragedy and one of operas greatest love duets the international collaboration is a first for Opera Australia ahead of seasons in Brussels, Oslo and Buenos Aires. The acclaimed soprano Tamar Iveri and rising Mexican tenor Diego Torre make their role debuts as Amelia and Gustav III respectively while the outstanding Jos Carb portrays Count Ankarstrm in his first Verdi opera.
Olls visceral production sets a new benchmark in theatrical innovation and promises to be as mindboggling and daring as it is musically lush. It is conducted by the Italian composer and conductor Andrea Molino, the artistic director of the World Venice Forum who conducted Of Mice and Men and Macbeth for Opera Australia.
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Twelfth Night - The Globe Theatre London (globe On Screen Season 2013)
Filled with a cast of unforgettable characters, Twelfth Night is a moving comedy of loss and misplaced love and includes some of the most exquisite songs Shakespeare ever wrote.
The all-male Original Practices production, exploring clothing, music, dance and settings possible in the Globe around 1601, stars award-winning Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry. Twelfth Nights sell-out performances led to a hit run in Londons West End.
Samuel Barnett, Liam Brennan, Paul Chahidi, John Paul Connolly, Ian Drysdale, Johnny Flynn, Stephen Fry, James Garnon, Peter Hamilton Dyer, Colin Hurley, Roger Lloyd Pack, Mark Rylance, Jethro Skinner and Ben Thompson.
The Royal Ballet Dances Frederick Ashton - Royal Opera House - Summer 2013 Season
La Valse fills the stage with 21 couples, spinning endlessly to Ravel’s pulsating score. It is the perfect curtain-raiser for a generous all-Ashton programme, showing the breadth of the choreographer’s inspiration, his musicality and his infallible sense of drama.
Following La Valse are two delightful short works, the first an ardent love duet set to the intermezzo from Massenet’s opera Thais, the second a Viennese whirl of a piece, set to a waltz by Johann Strauss II. Ashton’s Monotones are an otherworldly distillation of Erik Satie’s piano pieces Trois Gymnopedies.
Monotones I and II are among Ashton’s most modernist, and greatest works. Indelibly associated with Fonteyn and Nureyev, Marguerite and Armand offers audiences another opportunity to see one of Ashton’s most passionate creations, swept along by Liszt’s torrential Sonata in B minor.
‘MEDITATION’ FROM THAÏS:
Mara Galeazzi, Rupert Pennefather
VOICES OF SPRING:
Emma Maguire, Valentino Zucchetti
MONOTONES I & II:
Emma Maguire, Akane Takada, Dawid Trzensimiech, Marianela Nuñez, Federico Bonelli, Edward Watson
MARGUERITE & ARMAND:
Tamara Rojo, Christopher Saunders, Sergei Polunin, Gary Avis
Recorded at the Royal Opera House February 2013
NEW cinema release
Running time 133 minutes INCLUDING two intervals
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The Worlds End
20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hellbent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by mate Gary King, a 40-year old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their hometown and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub - The Worlds End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankinds. Reaching The Worlds End is the least of their worries.
Hugh Jackman returns as Wolverine in this sequel to the member of the X-Mens first solo outing. Mark Bomback and The Usual Suspects Christopher McQuarrie penned the script, which takes its inspiration from the Chris Claremont/Frank Miller Marvel miniseries from the 1980s dealing with the characters adventures in Japan as he fights ninjas in the ceremonial garb of the samurai. Knight and Days James Mangold directs.
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Rigoletto - Royal Opera House - Summer 2013 Season
In Rigoletto, Verdi charts the fate of his larger-than-life characters – the tormented jester trying to avenge himself on his heartless playboy employer the Duke of Mantua, who has carelessly seduced Rigoletto’s innocent daughter Gilda – in music of immense theatrical punch and instant memorability.
The score’s most celebrated highlights – the Duke’s Questa o quella and La donna è mobile and Gilda’s Caro nome – are among the best known set-pieces in all opera. First seen in 2001, David McVicar’s production teems with life and colour and with Tanya McCallin’s period costumes and Michael Vale’s starkly effective sets, it provides an ideal frame for Verdi’s exploration of love, emotional betrayal and the darkest revenge.
Dimitri Platanias, Ekaterina Siurina and Vittorio Grigolo
John Eliot Gardiner
Recorded at The Royal Opera House in 2012
Opera in three acts
Running time 153 minutes including one interval
Sung in Italian
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Carmen On Sydney Harbour - Opera Australia 2013
Music: Georges Bizet
Conductor: Brian Castles-Onion
Director: Gale EdwardsLong
Set on a stage suspended above the water on Sydney Harbour, this sizzling outdoor staging of Bizets famous love story - Carmen tells the story of the naive soldier Don Jos who abandons his childhood sweetheart and deserts the army when he falls under the alluring gypsys spell. When he loses her love to the dashing toreador Escamillo, the scene is set for jealousy and vengeance.
Bizets seductive melodies and fiery Spanish rhythms conjure a world of desire, defiance and doom, in some of the worlds best loved music, including the arias Habanera, Seguidilla, Flower Song and Toreador Song.Israeli born mezzo-soprano Rinat Shaham, one of the worlds most acclaimed Carmens, performs the title role.
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The Taming Of The Shrew - The Globe Theatre London (globe On Screen Season 2013)
Shakespeares most outrageous comedy, The Taming of the Shrew introduces one of theatres great screwball double-acts, a couple hell-bent on confusing and outwitting each other right up to the plays equivocal and controversial conclusion.
Tom Anderson, David Beames, Jamie Beamish, Michael Bertenshaw, Simon Paisley Day, Pip Donaghy, Patrick Driver, Tom Godwin, Christopher Keegan, Sarah MacRae, Pearce Quigley, Samantha Spiro, Joseph Timms, Rick Warden and Helen Weir.
Macbeth - Royal Opera House - Summer 2013 Season
Verdi’s lifelong love affair with Shakespeare first took flight with Macbeth in 1847. Musically, the composer’s masterstrokes were the macabre choruses for the witches, the evocative orchestral colours and the increased role for the ‘ugly and evil’ Lady Macbeth.
Phyllida Lloyd’s production uses Verdi’s 1865 revision, especially noted for Lady Macbeth’s great aria ‘La luce langue’ and the wonderful Act IV opening chorus, and brings out the dark motivations of the Macbeths and the light of justice for those they wrong. Simon Keenlyside and Liudmyla Monastryrska play the Scottish nobleman and his villainously ambitious wife, who spurs her husband to murder for the sake of his career, and American bass-baritone Raymond Aceto takes the role of Banquo, murder victim and symbol of conscience.
Simon Keenlyside, Liudmyla Monastryrska and Raymond Aceto
Recorded at the Royal Opera House June 2011
Opera in four acts
Sung in Italian
Running time 170 minutes EXCLUDING intervals
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La Fille Mal Gardee - Royal Opera House - Summer 2013 Season
The simple story of Lise, her suitor Colas and Lise’s larger-than-life mother, the Widow Simone, who tries to marry her off to the simpleton son of a rich neighbour, is full of delicious comedy but also wonderful, characterful choreography.
One of the greatest pleasures of La Fille mal gardée is the way in which the steps, though at times devilishly difficult, never get in the way of the natural, easy storytelling. The virtuoso roles of Lise and Colas combine dazzling technique with tiny, intimate details that makes their romance touching and real, while the humour of Widow Simone with her famous ‘clog dance’ and the innocent Alain, more interested in his red umbrella than Lise’s charms, is delightful.
Funny and touching, La Fille mal gardée is the perfect ballet for first-timers of all ages, but it is also one to which ballet-lovers will return again and again with renewed pleasure at every performance.
Roberta Marquez and Steven McRae
Ballet in two acts
Recorded at the Royal Opera House May 2012
Running time 105 minutes EXCLUDING interval
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Frankenstein - National Theatres 50th Anniversary Celebrations
National Theatre Lives 2011 broadcast of Frankenstein returns to cinemas as part of the National Theatres 50th anniversary celebrations. Frankenstein enjoyed a sell-out run at the National Theatre, and went on to win awards including the 2012 Olivier Award for Best Actor for Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller.
Oscar-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire) directs a sensational production with Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek: Into Darkness, BBCs Sherlock) and Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting, CBSs Elementary) alternating roles as Victor Frankenstein and his creation.
Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankensteins bewildered creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal.
Urgent concerns of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale.
Thursday 31st - BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH IS THE MONSTER & JONNY LEE MILLER IS VICTOR
Thursday 14th - JONNY LEE MILLER IS THE MONSTER & BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH IS VICTOR
Tosca - Opera Australia 2013
Music: Giacomo Puccini
Conductor: Christian Badea & Nicholas Milton
Director: John Bell by arrangement with Bell ShakespeareLong
Puccini was a true theatre composer, using every means available to move the emotions of an audience. His aim was dramatic truth. The sweep and flow of the music propels the riveting drama of love, jealousy and sacrifice with astonishing vigour and force.
Distinguished actor/director John Bell, the artistic director of Bell Shakespeare, has joined forces with award-winning set designer Michael Scott-Mitchell and the young, emerging costume designer Teresa Negroponte to create a stark, monumental staging set in Mussolinis Italy in the 1940s.
Puccinis irresistible score features the unforgettable aria, Vissi darte, a moment of heart-breaking poignancy in a plot where Floria Tosca and Cavaradossi are embroiled in an attempt to help a friend escape from prison. The chief of police in Rome, Baron Scarpia, is himself the perpetrator of worse crimes than those he has officially to deal with. Greek sorpano Alexia Voulgaridou performs the title role and is joined by the sensational tenor Yonghoon Lee while the breathtaking baritone John Wegner plays Scarpia in the legendary love triangle. Christian Badea conducts.
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