Coming soon…

The Buxton Festival events take over our venue for most of July so we will be taking a break —back on 25th July with the absolutely superb Everything Went Fine (15).

During the Buxton Festival Fringe we’re excited to announce that we’re screening U-Carmen eKhayelitsha in the lovely Rotunda Theatre on July 15th.

The brainchild of conductor Charles Hazlewood, U-CARMEN is a feature film that was filmed on location in a modern South African township setting. It  combines music from Bizet’s 19th-century opera with traditional African music and is sung in Xhosa. The energy, compassion, and heat of township life in all its elements create a constantly visually interesting and dynamic background for the unfolding of the story, which owes part of its huge popularity to the thrilling combination of a violent gangster tale with a passionate, almost supernatural love story. As it unfolds, it explores issues of fame and wealth, the position of a strong and independently minded woman in a very masculine society and, perhaps most importantly, the incomprehensible attraction between abuser and victim. Bizet’s opera, based on Prosper Merimée’s novel, premiered in Paris on March 3, 1875. Set in a poor area of Seville, the story of the magnetic woman who seduces, loves, and ultimately destroys her lover and herself…

Buxton Festival CEO Michael Williams will be introducing this moving South African interpretation of Bizet’s opera. Tickets (£5, £3 children/students) available now or on the door.