Stage to screen: eight great shows coming to the screen in Diss

PUBLISHED: 11:35 08 January 2019

Allelujah!, Everyone’s Talking About Jamie, Antony and Cleopatra and The Queen of Spades. Pictures: National Theatre Live/More2Screen/Royal Opera House

Allelujah!, Everyone’s Talking About Jamie, Antony and Cleopatra and The Queen of Spades. Pictures: National Theatre Live/More2Screen/Royal Opera House


From Alan Bennett’s hilarious latest play to Shakespeare and star-studded performers featuring everyone from Ralph Fiennes to Sally Field, plus world class opera and ballet, you don’t need to travel to London to see great shows. They are coming to the screen right here in Diss.


January 10

Alan Bennett’s tenth collaboration with award-winning director Nicholas Hytner — they have previously worked together on The History Boys, The Lady in the Van and The Madness of George III — is the latest National Theatre screening. When The Beth, an old fashioned hospital in the Pennines, is threatened with closure, a documentary crew follows the daily struggle on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward and the triumphs of the old people’s choir.

The Tragedy of Richard The Second

January 15

Simon Russell Beale returns to National Theatre Live following his recent role in the critically acclaimed production of The Lehman Trilogy. This visceral new production of Shakespeare’s play, being broadcast live from the Almeida Theatre in London, sees him star as Richard II. When his weak leadership sends his kingdom into disarray and his court into uproar, the ambitious Bolingbroke challenges the throne.

The Queen of Spades

January 22

This new Royal Opera House production of Tchaikovsky’s intense opera of obsession and the supernatural has already garnered five star reviews in Amsterdam. The Queen of Spades explores romantic passion and the dangerous thrill of gambling. Stefan Herheim’s production places Tchaikovsky himself at the heart of the action. It contains some of the composer’s greatest music.

La Traviata

January 30

Richard Eyre’s production of one of the most popular of all operas – enhanced by lavish period sets and costumes – brings out the emotional colour if this moving story based on true life. Verdi’s La traviata depicts the tragic love affair between Alfredo and courtesan Violetta in glamorous Paris society, but underneath the surface run darker undercurrents, leading to a tragic ending.

Antony and Cleopatra

January 31

Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power, performances for which they won Best Actor and Best Actress at the Evening Standard Awards in 2018. This National Theatre production of the Bard’s great tragedy is big and spectacular and this screening is a chance to see the much acclaimed take.

Everyone’s Talking About Jamie

February 12

We can’t seem to get enough of this much acclaimed show in Diss. It is here rescreening for a third time due to popular demand. After its initial screening in July a repeat simply wasn’t enough and the Corn Hall has had more requests to show it for a third time. Inspired by a true story, Jamie, 16, who lives on a council estate in Sheffield, overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps into the spotlight.

Don Quixote

February 19

Love and friendship triumph in Carlos Acosta’s vibrant production of this dazzling ballet which he chose for his first production for the Royal Ballet. Cervantes’s story follows Don Quixote, the bumbling knight and his faithful squire Sancho Panza, as they journey to do deeds in honour for his imaginary noble lady Dulcinea. The vibrant staging brings to life exuberant villagers, passionate gypsies, and some charming, funny and touching ballet.

All My Sons

May 14

Set to be broadcast live from The Old Vic in London, Oscar-winner Sally Field and Bill Pullman star in Arthur Miller’s blistering 1947-set drama. Joe and Kate Keller have built a home, raised two sons and established a thriving business but the return of a figure from the past unearths long buried truths. Jeremy Herrin directs a cast that also includes Brits Jenna Coleman and Colin Morgan.

• Full details of live screenings and bookings at Diss Corn Hall

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