Empire’s monster line-up

De Lacey (Karl Johnson) and The Creature (Benedict Cumberbatch) in the National Theatre's Frankenstein live. Photo: Catherine Ashmore
De Lacey (Karl Johnson) and The Creature (Benedict Cumberbatch) in the National Theatre's Frankenstein live. Photo: Catherine Ashmore

Hemel Hempstead’s Empire cinema has announced its monster October line-up for live streamings of theatre productions.

On the bill this month is Manon – an emotionally intense ballet set in 18th century Paris – as part of the autumn season at the RoyalOpera House. Shown in cinemas on October 16, the ballet brings Manon’s story vividly to life, evoking the brutality and decadence described in Abbé Prévost’s famous novel.

A three-act opera makes it to the big screen days later on October 27 with the Royal Opera House’s I Due Foscari, starring Plácido Domingo of the Three Tenors . The taut, sombre drama is based on a play by Byron set in 15th-century Venice.

Finally, as part of the National Theatre’s 50th anniversary celebrations,the 2011 broadcast of Frankenstein directed by Oscar-winner Danny Boyle will be screened on October 30s.

This recent classic stars 2012 Olivier Award Best Actor winner and Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, b est known for his role in Boyle’s Trainspotting.

The highbrow screenings are available nationwide through its Empire Extra programme.

From musical theatre to opera, comedy and ballet, Empire Extra invites enthusiasts to enjoy screenings of their favourite productions, from the comfort of their local cinema at a fraction of the theatre ticket price.

Some showings will even be screened live simultaneously with the action taking place on stage, meaning cinema-goers won’t miss a moment.

Empire’s marketing director Jon Nutton said: “Empire Extra brings the excitement of live events and stage productions from London’s West End right to our customers’ doorsteps all around the country. We’re delighted to be able to showcase award-winning productions like these.”

Visit www.empirecinemas.co.uk or call 08714 714 714 for tickets and more details.