River St Theatre To Screen Royal Opera's MACBETH
London's Royal Opera House production of Giuseppe Verdi's opera based on William Shakespeare's MACBETH will be shown in HD at the River Street Theatre (RST) in Jaffrey on Sunday, May 20 and Wednesday, May 23, both at 2pm This presentation is part of the RST's Stage2Screen Series. The River Street Theatre is a project of the soon-to-be-built Park Theatre.
Verdi's life-long love affair with Shakespeare's works began with Macbeth, a play he considered to be 'one of the greatest creations of man'. With his librettist, Francesco Maria Piave, Verdi set out to create 'something out of the ordinary'. Their success is borne out in every bar of a score that sees Verdi at his most theatrical: it bristles with demonic energy.
Phyllida Lloyd's 2002 production for The Royal Opera is richly hued, shot through with black, red and gold. The witches - imagined by designer Anthony Ward as strange, scarlet-turbaned creatures - are ever-present agents of fate. Lloyd depicts the Macbeths' childlessness as the dark sadness lurking behind their terrible deeds. The Royal Opera's production uses Verdi's 1865 Paris revision of the opera, which includes Lady Macbeth's riveting aria 'La luce langue'.
MACBETH was filmed in high definition video and audio at the Royal Opera House theatre in London's Covent Garden on March 4, 2018.
The UK Sunday Express calls it "Glorious singing, sensational music and great acting. A terrific production."
Tickets for River Street Theatre Stage2Screen presentations are $20.00 (students/teachers with valid ID $15). Advance ticket purchases are encouraged due to the intimate nature of the RST theatre. The box office telephone number is (603) 532-8888 or go to riverst.org/calendar. Tickets can also be purchased at 7 days a week at OvationTix by calling 1-866-811-4111.
The River Street Theatre is conveniently located in downtown Jaffrey, New Hampshire at 6 River Street. The River Street Theatre is sponsored by Grove Street Fiduciary, Coca-Cola, the Board of Trustees of the Park Theatre, Janet S. Grant, Betty Locke, Owen Houghton and the James F. & Fernande Kelly Charitable Trust.
Photo: Anna Netrebko as Lady Macbeth and Zeljko Luccic as Macbeth (C) ROH. PHOTO BY Bill Cooper