OPINION: News from Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre

INTENSE: Gemma Arterton in St Joan, which will be shown at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre as part of the National Theatre Live productions.

INTENSE: Gemma Arterton in St Joan, which will be shown at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre as part of the National Theatre Live productions.

National Theatre Live, usually called NT Live, launched in 2009 with a broadcast of the National Theatre production of Phaedra with Helen Mirren.

Though each live broadcast is filmed in front of a live audience in the theatre, cameras are carefully positioned throughout the auditorium to ensure that cinema audiences get the “best seat in the house” view of each production.

Where these cameras are placed is different for each broadcast, to make sure that cinema audiences enjoy the best possible experience every time.

Theatre productions are normally filmed in the company’s home theatre in the South Bank area of London, next to the Thames, but occasionally productions are filmed in other venues, including those in the West End.

BMEC has been screening NT Live productions since 2015. There is a loyal and growing audience base as word gets out about the wonderful quality of the filmed performances.

Screenings are generally on a Sunday at 2pm and there are four screenings scheduled between this Sunday and Sunday, June 11.

The first, this Sunday, March 19, is St Joan by George Bernard Shaw. Gemma Arterton is Joan of Arc, captured live from the Donmar Warehouse.

Bernard Shaw’s classic play follows the life and trial of a young country girl who declares a bloody mission to drive the English from France. As one of the first Protestants and nationalists, she threatens the very fabric of the feudal society and the Catholic Church across Europe.

Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen will follow on Sunday, April 2. Just married, bored already, Hedda longs to be free. Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble.

Ruth Wilson (Luther, The Affair, Jane Eyre) plays the title role in a new version by Patrick Marber (Notes on a Scandal, Closer).

On Sunday, May 21 it is time for Amadeus. Lucian Msamati (Luther, Game of Thrones, NT Live: The Comedy of Errors) plays Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s iconic play.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna, the music capital of the world – and he’s determined to make a splash.

Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy his name.

The final screening for the first half of 2017 will be Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night on Sunday, June 11. Tamsin Greig is Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic.

For more information, contact the BMEC Box Office on 6333 6161.

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