Sunday, 16 December 2018

Lucretia’s operatic ordeal is on screen

SIXTY-nine years on from its Glyndebourne premiere, the East Sussex venue’s 2015 production

SIXTY-nine years on from its Glyndebourne premiere, the East Sussex venue’s 2015 production

The Rape of Lucretia
is being broadcast live in selected cinemas this Sunday (August 9) â?? including the Henley Regal Picturehouse and Norden Farm in Maidenhead.

Benjamin Britten’s 1946 opera tells of a noble Roman wife who commits suicide after she has been violated by a brutal Etruscan warrior.

With its honest examination of psychological disintegration, it’s a piece that never fails to pack a devastating punch on stage.

Director Fiona Shaw sets her five-star production in the post-Second World War period of the opera’s composition to show a society reeling in the aftermath of unthinkable upheavals.

Christine Rice, a mezzo acclaimed both for her voice and her stage presence, sings the lead role.

Britten’s extraordinarily tense and chilling treatment of this historic tale is explored in a brilliant production by Shaw â?? who is familiar to fans of the Harry Potter films for her portrayal of Aunt Petunia Dursley.

In this telling, Lucretia is a model of fidelity among Roman wives until the Etruscan prince Tarquinius, provoked by his Roman army comrades, gallops back to Rome to ruin her virtue.

With music from the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Leo Hussain, the 2015 production has already been hailed as “opera at its most powerful”.

The live broadcast starts at 6pm and runs for 155 minutes.

Standard adult tickets are priced £20 at the Regal Picturehouse with student and retired concessions £15 and children £8. Tickets for the Norden Farm screening are £15.

For advance bookings, visit or

n While

The Rape of Lucretia

is the last of three Glyndebourne 2015 live screenings at the Henley Regel Picturehouse, Shakespeare fans have two remaining RSC Live 2015 events to look forward to.

Othello, starring Hugh Quarshie, is showing on Wednesday, August 26, at 7pm. (Norden Farm is also screening this performance â?? followed by a matinee later the same week at 2pm on Friday, August 28.)

Then on Wednesday, October 21, the RSC Live 2015 season concludes with a 7pm showing of

Henry V

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