Leisure at South Holland Centre in Spalding

Romeo and Juliet.
Romeo and Juliet.

A regular column keeping readers informed about exciting productions coming up.

It is well known how popular the centre’s programme of satellite broadcast live shows is.

Erwin Schrott as Figaro.

Erwin Schrott as Figaro.

For the past three years audiences have loved getting to see high profile productions like Helen Mirren in The Audience, and Benedict Cumberbatch in Frankenstein from the likes of the National Theatre in London and the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon- Avon.

From September we are pleased to announce that there will be another addition to this list: sumptuous ballet and opera productions from Covent Garden. The centre will be showing four performances from the Royal Ballet and three operas from the Royal Opera House over the coming year.

Launching the 2015/2016 season on Sunday, September 27, will be Romeo and Juliet, Kenneth McMillan’s classic ballet of star-crossed lovers, with Prokofiev’s wonderful score.

Then on October 5, Mozart’s delicious comic opera The Marriage of Figaro will be beamed direct from Covent Garden. Acclaimed Uruguayan bass Erwin Schrott sings Figaro for this production.

In 2016 these are followed by treats such as Musorgsky’s Boris Gudonov starring Bryn Terfal, and the greatest of the romantic ballets, Giselle.

In the meantime, there are plenty of satellite highlights to catch this summer. From the National Theatre a new version of the medieval Everyman play, stars 12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor. Fans of hospital drama Holby City, have the chance to see Dr Ric Griffin (Hugh Quarshie) return to his stage acting roots as Othello from the RSC in August, and on July 22 the company’s latest production of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice has a date on the Spalding screen.

And although it would be very enjoyable to go and see all of these productions live, a huge bonus is that tickets for all these screenings cost less than £15 and you only have to travel to your friendly local arts centre to be in the audience.

Tickets for all the shows mentioned are on sale from the South Holland Centre Box Office 01775 764777 or online at www.southhollandcentre.co.uk