Sunday is a big day for live/as-live performance online, with the release of Opera North’s Ring Cycle plus a stream at 3pm from the Barbican of the Complicite and Schaubühne Berlin show at the Barbican, Beware of Pity (above). Links to those below, plus other elements in my second (roughly) fortnightly round-up of news and releases relating to theatre, dance and opera performance being broadcast to cinema, television and online. The first post, from 25 January 2017, is here.
(Incidentally, we are still plagued by glitches and gremlins across the site – which is in part why I have not been posting as regularly as I would like to. But individual posts and direct links seem fine – and we hope to be back to full functionality very soon.)
Beware of Pity, Complicite /Schaubühne Berlin / Barbican
What a pleasure to have in prospect a live stream online of the adaptation of Stefan Zweig’s 1939 novel, directed by Simon McBurney. The sold-out show has attracting 5 star reviews this week. The stream, which is free and available across the world, will remain online until Sunday 26 February, and I will be returning to it with some comments in a post over the next couple of days. In the meantime, you can watch it here.
Wagner’s Ring Cycle, Opera North
On Sunday at 7pm BBC Four begins broadcasting Das Rheingold from Opera North and the company releases the full Der Ring der Niebelungen. This is a much-anticipated major project and I intend to engage with it fully over the coming days and weeks. In the meantime, start reading up about it here.
St Joan, Donmar/NT Live
The next UK cinema presentation of theatre is this coming Thursday, 16 February, when NT Live broadcasts the Donmar Warehouse production of Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan with Gemma Arterton. Details and links to cinemas and tickets here. Here’s the trailer: