News from the South Holland Centre
It’s been an especially busy fortnight here at the South Holland Centre. The Easter holidays brought in over 2,000 of you to see an event or film – with The Lego Movie being the most popular.
On top of that, the summer programme brochures have arrived, marking a time when all hands are at the box office pumps to ensure bookings are attended to as quickly and efficiently as possible. Online bookings spike in popularity at this time too, enabling specific seats to be chosen and tickets purchased in the comfort of your own home, 24 hours a day.
The Centre’s programme of satellite screenings is ever expanding and early indications suggest that broadcasts from The National Theatre and The Royal Shakespeare Company are set to be as popular as ever this season.
First up is Sam Mendes’ gripping National Theatre production of Shakespeare’s King Lear which will be beamed live from the Olivier Theatre to the South Holland Centre cinema screen on Thursday, May 1 – with encore screenings on Wednesday, June 4. Director Mendes has teamed up with his “professional soul mate” and lead actor Simon Russell Beale to deliver an epic and intimate production, attracting critical acclaim with a clutch of four star national reviews.
The National Theatre’s next offering is the stage adaptation of Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time which won no less than seven Olivier Awards in 2013. Over 100 tickets have already been snapped up for a special encore screening of the production at the Centre on Tuesday, May 27.
Completing the current line-up from the National Theatre is a revival of Alan Ayckbourn’s highly successful, funny and farcical 1987 play A Small Family Business.
This award-winning satire on the ‘greed and corruption’ decade is said to be just as relevant today, and will be broadcast at the Centre on Tuesday, June 24.
Meanwhile, we know the Royal Shakespeare Theatre is a pretty special place to see the Bard’s work, but if you can’t get there, we believe the Centre offers a very convenient and comfortable alternative. This season you can see Shakespeare’s thrilling vision of a nation in turmoil when the RSC’s ‘Henry IV part I’ starring Antony Sher is broadcast live from Stratford-upon-Avon on Wednesday, May 14.
Part II, the dramatic conclusion, will be screened on Friday, June 20.
Then there’s another first at the South Holland Centre – the chance to see the debut broadcast from the British Film Institute in London when Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy play Driving Miss Daisy, starring Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones, is screened on Sunday, May 25. The play will be followed by a question and answer session with Angela Lansbury, live from London.
There’s always a heightened buzz around these busy screenings as people arrive in good time to enjoy a coffee or glass of wine in the bar. Tickets are £13, £11.50 for concessions and £10 for school groups.
We would strongly advise booking early for the best choice of seat.