TELLURIDE – After the success of Metropolitan Opera screenings this season, the Michael D. Palm Theatre is pleased to announce that it is expanding its “Live in HD” programming to include productions from the English National Theatre. Similar to the Met Live in HD series, NT Live is an exciting new initiative to broadcast live performances by the National Theatre onto cinema screens worldwide. The four-show pilot season will launch with Phèdre by Jean Racine, in a version by Ted Hughes, with Helen Mirren in the title role.
On June 25, the performance of Phèdre will be filmed in high definition and broadcast live via satellite to approximately 50 cinemas and arts centres, reaching a widespread audience across the UK. Over 100 venues around the world, including the Michael D. Palm Theatre in Telluride, will also screen the production. To ensure quality, the Palm will record the production, check the recording, and then screen Phèdre on Thursday, July 2 at 7 p.m.
Phèdre is a classic French tragedy first performed in 1677. The British poet laureate Ted Hughes produced the highly regarded free-verse translation of Phèdre in 2000. The title character, Phèdre, consumed by an uncontrollable passion for her young stepson and believing Theseus, her absent husband, to be dead, confesses her darkest desires and enters the world of nightmare. When Theseus returns alive and well, Phèdre, fearing exposure, accuses her stepson of rape. The result is carnage. The remaining three shows in the NT Live pilot season feature a range of the National Theatre’s diverse repertoire, including: Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well, with Clare Higgins, Nation, based on Terry Pratchett's novel, and The Habit of Art, a new play by Alan Bennett featuring Sir Michael Gambon, Alex Jennings and Frances de la Tour.
Ticket prices for Phèdre are $22 for adults, $20 for Palm members, $20 for seniors and $15 for students, available at www.telluridepalm.com or by calling 970/369-5669.