Globe On Screen: Twelfth Night

Outrageous high comedy ensues as the pangs of unrequited love affect the unforgettable characters of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.

 

While the lovelorn Duke Orsino plots to win the heart of the mourning Olivia, an alliance of servants and hangers-on-scheme against the high-handedness of Olivia’s steward, the pompous Malvolio.

 

When Orsino engages the cross-dressed Viola, who has disguised herself as a young man under the name Cesario, to plead with Olivia on his behalf, a bittersweet and hilarious chain of events follows.

Van Gogh & Japan

One cannot understand Van Gogh without understanding how Japanese art arrived in Paris in the middle of the 19th century and the profound impact it had on artists like Monet, Degas and, above all, Van Gogh. The film travels not only to France and the Netherlands but also to Japan to further explore the remarkable heritage that so affected Van Gogh and made him the artist we know of today.

 

Rembrandt

Given privileged access to both galleries the film documents this landmark exhibition, whilst interweaving Rembrandt’s life story, with behind-the-scenes preparations at these world famous institutions. Exploring many of the exhibition’s key works, through contributions from specially invited guests including curators and leading art historians, this favourite makes a welcome return to the big screen.

 

Young Picasso

Pablo Picasso is one of the greatest artists of all time – and right up until his death in 1973 he was the most prolific of artists. Many films have dealt with these later years, but where did this all begin? What made Picasso in the first place? Too long ignored, it is time to look at the yearly years of Picasso; the upbringing and the learning that led to his extraordinary achievements.

 

Degas: A Passion for Perfection

Journey from the streets of Paris to the heart of a superb exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, whose extensive collection of Degas’ works is the most representative in Britain. With exclusive access to view rare and diverse works, this film tells a fascinating story of Degas’ pursuit for perfection through both experimentation with new techniques and lessons.

 

English National Opera: The Mikado

Nanki-Poo loves Yum-Yum. Just one snag. She’s betrothed to Ko-Ko, the new Lord High Executioner. And Ko-Ko needs to find someone to execute – chop chop! Otherwise, it’s his own neck on the block.

Maybe Ko-Ko and Nanki-Poo can come to some arrangement… without anyone losing their head?

English National Opera: The Barber of Seville

Bribery, deception and disguise. Figaro needs all his wiles to help the Count out-wit Dr Bartolo and ensure true love wins the day.

Jonathan Miller’s classic production of The Barber of Seville is a feast of frivolous fun. Enjoy Figaro’s mischievous escapades as he assists Count Almaviva in prising the beautiful Rosina away from her lecherous guardian, Dr Bartolo.

 

English National Opera: Pirates of Penzance

A swashbuckling farce of brilliant humour and razor-sharp wit, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance makes for the perfect night out.

Chock-full of memorable melodies, it includes the famous tongue-twisting patter song ‘When a felon’s not engaged in his employment’.

Peter Grimes on Aldeburgh Beach

This unique production of Benjamin Britten’s opera, based on the 1810 poem ‘The Borough’ by George Crabbe, was staged on the very place and beach that inspired it, as part of Britten’s centenary celebrations in 2013, with three extraordinary performances taking place on Aldeburgh beach during the Aldeburgh Festival that year.

 

Teatro Alla Scala: Die Zauberflote

Animated monochrome imagery, such as an acrobatic rhinoceros and a spectacular starscape, creates the illusion – for both cast and audience – of being caught inside the black box of an antique camera, while the play of brightness and darkness explores the possibilities and limitations of the Enlightenment.