Top-class opera and drama to be screened in Leamington

Turandot is being performed in Sydney Harbour
Turandot is being performed in Sydney Harbour

Two great dramas featuring world-class talent are being screened at the Spa Centre in Leamington in the coming weeks.

Set against the magnificent backdrop of the Sydney Opera House, Puccini’s Turandot is being screened on Thursday September 15 at 7pm. It recounts the Chinese fable of the beautiful and powerful Princess Turandot, who challenges her many suitors to answer three riddles on pain of death. No one has ever succeeded – until a young brave Prince named Calaf declares his love for the princess and answers correctly.

The event features lavish sets, flamboyant costumes and a spectacular firework display from Sydney’s harbour. Perhaps its best-known aria is Nessun Dorma, which is sure to stir the emotions. Tickets cost £18 or £15 for concessions.

A darkly comic new take on Brecht and Weill’s raucous musical The Threepenny Opera will be broadcast live from the stage of the National Theatre on Friday September 23 at 7.30pm. With Olivier Award-winner Rory Kinnear, the bold, anarchic production is adapted by Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), and directed by Rufus Norris (Everyman, London Road). Tickets cost £12.50 or £10.50 for concessions.

Call 334418 or visit www.royalspacentreandtownhall.co.uk to book.