The Tempest live from the RSC Wednesday 11th January
Group tickets for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s prestigious Christmas show ‘The Tempest’ sold out almost as soon as the show was announced, so we were reduced to taking pupils to see the Live Streaming event locally instead ... or so we thought.
What we discovered last Wednesday evening is that Live Streaming is not necessarily second best. The Curzon’s seats were much comfier those at Stratford; the ice cream tubs were found to be just as good. Rather than a late trip home after the show, we pulled into the school car park at an almost civilized 10.40pm.
As well as benefitting from pre-performance and interval interviews with the play’s director, Greg Doran, and Prospero himself, Simon Russell Beale, the camera operators and the sound crew ensured that we saw and heard the performances more clearly than would be possible even in the theatre itself. Pupil and teacher reactions were positive. So, whilst we would like to ensure that pupils get the chance to experience live theatre in theatres, we certainly plan to attend these live streamings again. Another advantage is that it is also easier to open up these trips to parents who would like to come with us.
‘Amadeus’ Live from the National Theatre Thursday 2nd February
Our next trip also takes us to The Curzon in Sheffield to see the Royal National Theatre revival of Peter Schaffer’s play ‘Amadeus’. Everything is on stage, including a full orchestra: an astounding revival of this modern classic.
The critics say:
‘The National Theatre's Amadeus is note-perfect. Fresh, vital and musically inventive’: five stars in the Daily Telegraph
‘A thrillingly inventive revival’; five stars in The Independent
‘Epic. Wonderful. A stupendous revival’: five stars in Time Out
‘A Stunning piece of theatre’; four stars in The Guardian
‘Southbank Sinfonia play heart-stopping melodies. Lucian Msamati’s Salieri is an immense performance’: five stars in The Sunday Times.
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