For theatre lovers who nonetheless prefer the ease, prices and relative comfort of their local cinemas, there are two new productions aimed at mature audiences that are coming soon to your local cinemas.
Special showing of the stage play starring Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones in 300 UK cinemas on May 25th only.
Angela Lansbury who is 88 and appearing nightly in a London revival of Blythe Spirit, has also been performing on stage with James Earl Jones in the Pulitzer Prize winning play Driving Miss Daisy. A performance was filmed in Melbourne in 2013 and will be shown in selected cinemas across the country on Sunday, May 25th only.
Many will remember the 1989 film starring Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman, but Lansbury, made a Dame this year, and James Earl Jones make an irresistible couple, adding a new dynamic to the story.
The play is a two-hander that covers the 25-year relationship between a stubborn Southern matriarch and her compassionate black chauffeur.
Over the years Miss Daisy’s character and her relationship with her chauffeur change, along with the times. This gradual transformation makes for an affecting character-arch and a tear jerker of an ending.
Tickets can be booked at your local cinema or www.cinestage.co.uk/daisy.
Special showing of Tim Rice’s stage musical in 250 cinemas across the UK and Ireland on one night only.
And if you like theatre but don’t make it to the theatre hubs, you can also buy tickets to the cinema showing of Tim Rice’s latest musical drama, From Here to Eternity.
The play was filmed over two nights at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London where it was directed by Nick Morris (Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert and Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary Concert). It stars Darius Campbell, Robert Lonsdale, Rebecca Thornhill and Siubhan Harrison.
From Here to Eternity was adapted from James Jones’ 1951 novel about love and army life in 1941 Hawaii on the eve of the Pearl Harbour attacks.
Tim Rice thought that a stage musical could add something to Fred Zinneman’s classic movie starring Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr, and here is your chance to see if you agree.
The play will be released in 250 cinemas across the UK and Ireland on July 3, 2014.
For more information/tickets see http://www.cinestage.co.uk/eternity
by Joyce Glasser, Mature Times film reviewer