Live screenings of highbrow cultural performances from London’s West End return to Hemel Hempstead this week.
The Empire multiplex at the Jarman Park LeisureWorld complex is setting screen time aside for a series of blue chip events in the coming weeks, starting with Noel Coward’s evergreen Private Lives.
The Empire Arts specials series will include musical theatre, opera and ballet in its programme, so that culture fans can catch critically-acclaimed shows, filmed live, in the comfort of their local cinema at a fraction of the theatre ticket price.
Coming up are performances of War Horse, King Lear, Sleeping Beauty, Don Giovanni, The Winter’s Tale, Manon Lescaut, Private Lives, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and an encore of the hugely popular The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time.
First up on Thursday is Coward’s romantic comedy Private Lives, featuring Toby Stephens and Anna Chancellor in the leading roles.
Next Wednesday, February 12, will see the live screening of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, produced by Kasper Holten from the Royal Opera House.
The National Theatre’s original stage production of War Horse will be broadcast live from London’s West End on Thursday, February 27.
Empire marketing director Jon Nutton said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to continue our Empire Arts series in our cinemas.
“Given the success and popularity to date, it is evident that there is an increasing appetite for alternative content with our customers.
“The future of cinema is becoming more diversified and we’re pleased to offer Empire Arts to our customers as part of this movement.”
To book tickets visit www.EmpireCinemas.co.uk or call 08714 714 714.