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Big stage productions meet the big screen this July

AFTER a hugely successful 2013, Empire Cinemas is proud to continue offering cinema goers the opportunity to see the best of big stage performances with their Empire Extra specials for 2014.

From musical theatre to opera, comedy and ballet, Empire Extra allows enthusiasts to enjoy screenings of their favourite productions, from the comfort of their local cinema at a fraction of the theatre ticket price. Some showings are even screened live to viewers as the action takes place.

The first of two Shakespeare classics to hit the big screen, Globe on Screen: Macbeth, will screen in Empire Cinemas on July 14. From its mesmerising first moments to the last fulfilment of the three witches’ prophecy, Shakespeare’s gripping account of the profoundest engagement with the forces of evil enthrals the imagination.

Directed by Academy Award-nominated director Stephen Daldry, National Theatre Live: Skylight is to be screened on July 17. Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan feature in David Hare’s acclaimed production, which won a prestigious Olivier Award for Best Play.

Andre Rieu’s 10th Anniversary 2014 Maastricht Concert screens live on July 19 celebrating a decade of his traditional summer evening concerts. One of the most popular live acts in the world, the King of Waltz will be working his magic to present an unforgettable evening full of humour, music and emotion for every age.

Rieu said: “My 10th Anniversary hometown concert is very dear to my heart and I wish everyone could be here to help us celebrate. However, if you can’t join us in Maastricht, I hope I can touch your heart by bringing this special evening to you, on the big screen in your local cinema.”

Monty Python Live (Mostly) screens on July 20. For the first time in more than three decades, comedy legends Monty Python are performing live on stage. John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin perform some of their greatest hits, with modern, topical, Pythonesque twists.

Monty Python are rightfully regarded as among the worlds finest-ever comedians and their eagerly awaited reunion is one of the biggest live events of 2014.

The second Shakespeare production, Globe on Screen – A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be screened on July 28, starring Olivier Award winning Michelle Terry. In this twisted plot, Hermia loves Lysander and Helena loves Demetrius, however Demetrius is supposed to be marrying Hermia.

Shakespeare showcases some of his most dazzling and dramatic poetry in this teasing, glittering, hilarious and amazingly inventive play.

Jon Nutton, Marketing Director of Empire Cinemas, said:

“We’re thrilled to offer comedy fans an opportunity to experience Monty Python Live, for which all ten live shows sold out rapidly. In addition to the other high-calibre performances from celebrated institutions such as the National Theatre and The Globe throughout July, we’re confident the success and popularity of the arts screenings will continue. We’re very proud that Empire Cinemas are playing a key role in offering a diverse range of content to our customers”.

For further information and to book tickets to one of the upcoming Empire Extra screenings at your nearest Empire Cinemas, visit www.empirecinemas.co.uk/ or call 08 714 714 714.