Screenings that go far beyond film at Sunderland cinema

James Franco and Chris O'Dowd in Of Mice and Men
James Franco and Chris O'Dowd in Of Mice and Men
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Empire Cinema in Sunniside has unveiled its November line-up of arts and live performance screenings.

Every month, the Empire Extra programme delivers top theatre, feature films, music, arts and opera straight to the screens of the Sunderland cinema, beyond the standard movie releases.

Jon Nutton, marketing director of Empire Cinemas, said: “Empire Cinemas strives to offer an exciting and diverse range of content to our customers. Through Empire Extra, cinemagoers can experience the excitement of live events and stage productions in the comfort of their local cinema. Film fanatics and arts lovers will be treated this November to four amazing screenings of ballet, opera and theatre; with stunning performances from the likes of James Franco and Dame Judi Dench.”

This month’s highlights include:

November 12 – Royal Opera House – Carmen Quadruple Bill Live

One of The Royal Opera’s best loved stagings, regularly revived since its opening night in 1974, is now being seen for the very last time.

Several of today’s greatest opera stars return to bid farewell to this sublime staging, notably Anna Netrebko as Mimì, and Joseph Calleja as her lover, Rodolfo.

Israeli conductor Dan Ettinger conducts one of Puccini’s most emotional and melodious scores, in a revival that promises to go down in Royal Opera history.

November 19 – National Theatre Live – Of Mice and Men

The hit Broadway production Of Mice and Men, filmed on stage in New York by National Theatre Live, comes to UK cinema screens.

John Steinbeck’s classic play is a powerful portrait of the American spirit and a heart-breaking testament to the bonds of friend-

It features a star-studded cast including Golden Globe winner James Franco and Tony Award nominee Chris O’Dowd.

November 21 – MET Opera – Lulu

Acclaimed artist and director William Kentridge applies his unique theatrical vision to Berg’s notorious femme fatale who shatters lives, including her own.

Musically, the masterful score is in the sure hands of Met Music Director James Levine. Soprano Marlis Petersen has excited audiences around the world with her portrayal of the tour-de-force title role, a wild journey of love, obsession, and death.

Susan Graham joins a winning cast, including Daniel Brenna and Johan Reuter.

November 26 – Branagh Theatre Live: The Winter’s Tale

The first season of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company Live promises an exceptional series of plays from London’s Garrick Theatre, broadcast to cinemas over the course of a year.

Kicking off the season is The Winter’s Tale; Shakespeare’s timeless tragicomedy of obsession and redemption; reimagined in a new production co-directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh. It features Dame Judi Dench as Paulina and Tom Bateman as Florizel.

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