OPERAS and NATIONAL THEATRE
MARNIE - 10TH FEB
When a compulsive thief is caught red-handed and blackmailed into marriage, the strange new arrangement might hold the key to unlock her mysterious past. Nico Muhly’s Marnie, based the novel which inspired Alfred Hitchcock’s acclaimed psychological thriller, has its U.S. premiere at the Met this season. Isabel Leonard stars in the title role opposite Christopher Maltman as her blackmailing husband Mark Rutland, Iestyn Davies as his brother Terry, Janis Kelly as Mrs. Rutland, and acclaimed mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves as Marnie’s mother. Costume design is by Madonna's collaborator of twenty years, Arianne Phillips, who created every item seen on stage in this stylish, vivid production. Robert Spano makes his company debut conducting. Marnie is a co-commission and co-production with English National Opera, where the production premiered in 2017.
Approx. Runtime: 3:17 (1 Intermission)
ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA - 3RD FEB
Filmed live from the National Theatre, Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power. Caesar and his assassins are dead. General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome. But at the fringes of a war-torn empire the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love. In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war. Director Simon Godwin returns to National Theatre Live screens with this hotly anticipated production, following broadcasts of Twelfth Night, Man and Superman and The Beaux’ Stratagem.
Runtime: approx. 220 mins inc. intermission