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Thursday, 17 April 2014

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War Horse helps to bring West End delights to West Cumbria

The West End is on its way to Workington.

THE West End is on its way to Workington.

Starting next month, three live theatre productions showing in London’s West End will be beamed directly to the Plaza Cinemas at Dunmail Park.

Graves Cumberland, which owns the Plaza Cinemas and is based at Falcon Place in Workington, has struck a deal with National Theatre Live to broadcast three theatre shows.

Cinema-goers will experience what the theatre audience is seeing and hearing live in London.

The performances will be beamed direct by satellite as they happen, giving the West Cumbrian audience a taste of the West End – intervals and all.

The three productions are Coriolanus, King Lear and National Theatre Live: National Theatre’s War Horse.

Charlotte Kennedy, marketing manager at Graves, said: “Not everyone can afford to go down to London. West Cumbrians have an opportunity to watch the shows locally, which will hopefully be a popular concept.

“They get the same quality seats, if not better, at a fraction of the cost.”

Shakespeare’s Coriolanus will be shown at 7pm on Thursday, January 30. It stars Tom Hiddleston from The Avengers film.

The Alhambra Cinema in Keswick will also show Coriolanus at the same time.

The National Theatre’s original stage production of War Horse will be shown at 7pm on Thursday, February 27.

The production is based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo.

Shakespeare’s King Lear, starring Simon Russell Beale and directed by Oscar-winner Sam Mendes, will be broadcast at 7pm on May 1.

The Plaza Cinemas will also show CinemaLive’s recording of Noel Coward’s Private Lives, starring Toby Stephens and Anna Chancellor, at 8pm on Thursday, February 6.

Ms Kennedy said that if the productions proved popular more shows could be broadcast in future.

She said they were also exploring the possibility of broadcasting live concerts, ballet and opera shows.

Tickets for the live theatre shows cost £12.50 for adults and £10 for children and senior citizens.

They can booked online at www.workington-plaza. co.uk

For more details on the Alhambra screening, visit www.keswick-alhambra.co. uk

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