Thursday, June 16, 2011

Snooty highbrow cultural stuff coming to NorthTown (Shakespeare and classical music)

Posted on Thu, Jun 16, 2011 at 9:54 AM

Shakespeare and classical music at the mall! (Are they doing this to drive away the teenage mall rats?! Because Tchaikovsky works at reducing loitering problems, as has been demonstrated in Seattle, Portland, New York, London and at a lot of McDonald’s franchises.)

Anyway, the Regal NorthTown Mall 12 Cinemas (at Wellesley and Division) will soon be screening all kinds of egghead films. Who says culchah doesn’t play in the summer?

First up, DON PASQUALE.The Met re-broadcasts Donizetti’s comic opera about an old man who tries to disinherit his nephew by marrying for himself. (Too bad the bride turns out to be a virago). Wed, June 22, at 6:30 pm, $20

The next night, one of the rock stars of the classical world, Venezuela’s Gustavo Dudamel (oh, yeah, he’s also music director of the L.A. Phil) appears on the large screen in LET THE CHILDREN PLAY, a film about El Sistema, which takes impoverished kids and turns them into classical musicians; Dudamel himself is a product of the program. (Thurs, June 23, at 7 pm, $20)

Next, how about traveling to London to stand (or sit) inside a replica of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre while real, live British actors with British-y accents perform Will’s plays in something like the original performance conditions of 400 years ago? You'd do it if it only cost you $15. 

Here’s the lineup of re-broadcast plays from London's Globe; the first three all feature the character of Sir John Falstaff.

Monday, June 27, at 7 pm:  The Merry Wives of Windsor

Monday, Aug. 1, at 7 pm:  Henry IV, Part One

Thursday, Aug. 18, at 7 pm:  Henry IV, Part Two

Thursday, Sept. 15, at 7 pm: Henry VIII

Visit the promoter’s website.

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