In this week’s cultural picks, we bring you powerful British romantic drama The Deep Blue Sea, one of Shakespeare’s classics from the RSC, Puccini’s moving La bohéme and the continuation of Lin Manuel Miranda’s multi award-winning musical Hamilton.
The Deep Blue Sea
National Theatre at home will be streaming The Deep Blue Sea starring Helen McCrory.
When Hester Collyer (Helen McCrory) is found by her neighbours in the aftermath of a failed suicide attempt, the story of her tempestuous affair with a former RAF pilot and the breakdown of her marriage to a High Court judge begins to emerge. With it comes a portrait of need, loneliness and long-repressed passion.
Watch online from Thursday 9 July here.
With Hugh Quarshie as Othello and Joanna Vanderham as Desdemona, Iqbal Khan’s groundbreaking 2015 production.
Othello is the greatest general of his age. But he is also an outsider whose victories have created enemies of his own. As they plot in the shadows, Othello realises too late that the greatest danger lies not in the hatred of others, but his own fragile and destructive pride.
You can watch Othello on BBC Four at 9:30pm on Sunday 12 July.
You can watch The Royal Opera House’s La bohème as part of their #OurHouseToYourHouse series.
Puccini’s opera of passion, friendship and heartbreak is one of the best-loved operas worldwide. La bohéme blends tragedy and comedy, the soulful and the spirited, into a powerful encapsulation of the intenseness of life’s experiences to its young would-be artists and their lovers, in this recording performed by a winning young cast under the baton of Antonio Pappano, Music Director of The Royal Opera.
Watch La Bohéme online until Thursday 16 July here.
The multi award-winning musical Hamilton, starring the original cast, started streaming on Disney Plus on 3 July. You can still watch this revolutionary piece of musical theatre written by Lin Manuel Miranda.
Hamilton tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, one of the founding fathers of the United States, and features a very diverse cast, recalling the America of the past with the America of today. The music of the show is powered by hip-hop and R&B, as well as more pop stylings and showtunes.
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