See Benedict Cumberbatch tackle one of theatre’s greatest roles live at Sunderland cinema

Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet
Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet
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There’s an eclectic mix of live screenings to look forward to as part of this month’s Empire Extra programme at Empire Cinema, Sunniside.

•On October 13, cinema-goers can enjoy I Believe in Miracles.

The Barber of Seville

The Barber of Seville

It tells how Brian Clough pulled off the greatest team story ever told as manager of Nottingham Forest. Using unseen footage of games and the great man himself from that period, they tell us about his remarkable management and how he convinced a team of players, largely written off by the fans and media, to beat the world’s best.

•Also next week, on October 15, experience National Theatre Live’s production of Hamlet with Benedict Cumberbatch. Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart.

Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.

•Continuing with the Shakespeare theme, there will be a screening of Met Opera’s Otello on October 17.

Director Bartlett Sher probes the famous Moor’s dramatic downfall with an outstanding cast: tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko plays the doomed Otello; new soprano star Sonya Yoncheva sings Desdemona, Otello’s innocent wife and victim; and baritone Željko Luèiæ plays the evil Iago, who masterminds Otello’s demise.

•On October 19, ENO present The Barber of Seville live from the London Coliseum.

Filled with fun and farce, English National Opera’s classic staging of this sunny adventure follows the escapades of the barber Figaro as he assists Count Almaviva to prise the beautiful yet feisty Rosina away from her lecherous guardian Dr Bartolo.

•RSC Live 2015 will stage Henry V on October 21. RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran continues his exploration of Shakespeare’s History Plays with Henry V performed in the 600th anniversary year of the Battle of Agincourt. Henry IV is dead and Hal is King. With England in a state of unrest, he must leave his rebellious youth behind. Following his performance in Henry IV Parts I & II, Alex Hassell returns as Henry V.

•This month’s screenings are capped off with MET Opera’s Tannhauser on October 31. James Levine conducts Wagner’s early masterpiece in its first return to the Met stage in more than a decade. Today’s leading Wagnerian tenor, Johan Botha, takes on the title role of the young 
knight.

For details visit www.EmpireCinemas.co.uk or Tel. 08714 714 714.