THE latest in live screenings linking New York and Newcastle takes place this weekend with an epic opera production broadcast live at Tyneside Cinema.
Satyagraha, Philip Glass’s 20th Century tale about Gandhi, will run for three hours and 45 minutes tomorrow, including two intermissions so audiences can take a breather.
It’s part of a popular series of live screenings at the Newcastle venue which are beamed via satellite from the Metropolitan Opera House New York, and this promises to be a visually spectacular production with large-scale puppetry and acrobatics used in the telling of Gandhi’s formative experiences as a young man in South Africa.
Set to a minimalist score, the opera is sung in Sanskrit and includes “supertitles” to recount a moving, uplifting story of social change.
With Richard Croft back in the starring role as the inspirational leader of India’s independence movement – the part he first sang to great acclaim in the Met’s 2008 premiere of the work, Satyagraha screens at 6pm tomorrow.
The Metropolitan Opera season then continues at the cinema with Handel’s Rodelinda at 5.30pm on December 3 and Gounod’s Faust at 6pm on December 10.
There will also be satellite screenings next month of ballet and theatre, with Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker from the Bolshoi Ballet Theatre in Russia; Sleeping Beauty also from The Royal Opera House in London; and Collaborators by Trainspotting and Shallow Grave screenwriter John Hodge from the National Theatre in London.
The opera tickets start from £21 and are available from the cinema box office, by calling 08452 179 909, or by visiting www.tynesidecinema.co.uk