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Queen On The Big Screen At The Stephen Joseph Theatre

Queen Hammersmith Odeon © Douglas Puddifoot

A big screen showing of a classic concert by rock group Queen and two ‘encore’ showings of hit plays have joined the exciting line-up of films and streamings in the Stephen Joseph Theatre’s McCarthy cinema this spring and summer.

The latest addition to the film programme is Queen: Live in Bohemia, on Wednesday 4 May at 7.45pm. Filmed live on Christmas Eve 1975 at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, and bringing to a climax the most eventful and exciting year so far in the band’s career, this ground-breaking concert was transmitted live on BBC Two’s Old Grey Whistle Test and captured the band firing on all cylinders as they performed breakthrough hits like Killer Queen, Liar, Keep Yourself Alive and Now I’m Here, as well as the now monumental classic Bohemian Rhapsody.

This special cinema event includes a fascinating archive documentary featuring performance footage and interviews with all four members of the band, offering an illuminating insight into the game-changing year of 1975.

Streamings – often live, occasionally ‘delayed’ by several days – see shows from some of the UK’s top theatre companies, including the National Theatre, the Royal Opera House and the RSC, sent live from the venue to cinema screens around the world. Particularly popular shows can receive an ‘encore’ – another showing months, or even years, later. Two encore streamings have also been added to the SJT’s spring/summer programme – A View from the Bridge and The Audience.

Ivo Van Hove’s extraordinary production of Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge, starring Mark Strong and Nicola Walker, return to the McCarthy cinema on Thursday 12 May. It was seen live at the venue last April. The show won 2015 Olivier Awards for Best Revival, Best Actor and Best Director.

And on Thursday 9 June, audiences can catch again Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II in Peter Morgan’s hit show The Audience, directed by Stephen Daldry. It is returning to cinemas to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday. This time round, a Q&A with Helen Mirren and Stephen Daldry, recorded during the show’s Broadway run, has been added to the streaming. The Audience won three Tony Awards and two Olivier Awards.

The SJT has also added new venues to its programme of live streamings for this summer, showing operas from Glyndebourne and plays by the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company.

Streamings of plays, ballet and opera confirmed for the SJT over the next six months are (all live unless otherwise stated):

  • Lucia Di Lammermoor (ROH) – Monday 25 April at 7.15pm
  • A View from the Bridge (NT – encore) – 12 May at 7pm
  • Frankenstein (ROH) – Wednesday 18 May at 7.15pm
  • Hamlet (RSC) – Wednesday 8 June at 7pm
  • The Audience (NT – encore) – Thursday 9 June at 7pm
  • Il barbiere di Siviglia (Glyndebourne) – Tuesday 21 June at 6.30pm
  • Werther (ROH) – Monday 27 June at 7pm
  • Romeo and Juliet (Kenneth Branagh Theatre Co - delayed) – Friday 8 July at 7.15pm
  • Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Glyndebourne - encore) – Tuesday 12 July at 5.30pm
  • Béatrice et Bénédict (Glyndebourne) – Tuesday 9 August at 6.30pm
  • Cymbeline (RSC) – Wednesday 28 September at 7pm

Further streamings at the SJT’s McCarthy cinema will be announced throughout the year – for more information, visit the website:

Queen On The Big Screen At The Stephen Joseph Theatre Reviewed by Editor on 22:34:00 Rating: 5

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