The best productions from round the world

Love's Labour's Lost by the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Love's Labour's Lost by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

The new season at Alnwick Playhouse continues to make good use of live streaming as it brings in shows from around the world.

Over the next month, there’s the chance to see opera from New York as well as theatre from London and Stratford-upon-Avon.

Love's Labour's Lost

Love's Labour's Lost

First up, on Tuesday, January 27, at 7pm, is an enocore screening The Merry Widow by Franz Lehar, part of the Met Opera 2014-15 season, broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.

Renée Fleming stars as the beguiling femme fatale who captivates all Paris in Lehar’s enchanting operetta, seen in a new staging by Broadway virtuoso director and choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers, Oklahoma!, Contact).

On Saturday, January 31, at 5.55pm, Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffman is streamed live from the iconic opera house.

Tenor Vittorio Grigolo takes on the tortured poet and unwitting adventurer of the title, while soprano Hibla Gerzmava faces the operatic hurdle of singing all three heroines – each an idealized embodiment of some aspect of Hoffmann’s desire.

The following weekend sees another encore screening at 7pm – this time from the National Theatre Live programme.

Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life in a thrilling new stage adaptation by Bryony Lavery, Treasure Island.

Then, on Wednesday, February 11, at 7pm, it’s the turn of the Royal Shakespeare Company as Love’s Labour’s Lost is live-streamed from Stratford-upon-Avon.

Shakespeare’s comedy delights in championing and then unravelling an unrealistic vow, mischievously suggesting that the study of the opposite sex is in fact the highest of all academic endeavours.

Only at the end of the play is the merriment curtailed as the lovers agree to submit to a period apart, unaware that the world around them is about to be utterly transformed by the war to end all wars.