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Big stage productions at Empire Cinemas in March

EMPIRE Cinemas has announced a compelling March 2015 line-up of arts and live performance screenings available nationwide through its Empire Extra programme.

From musical theatre to opera, comedy and ballet, Empire Cinemas invites enthusiasts to enjoy screenings of their favourite productions in the comfort of their local cinema at a fraction of the theatre ticket price. Some showings will even be screened live simultaneously, with the action taking place on stage, meaning cinema-goers needn’t miss a moment.

Straight to the big screen on March 4 is the Royal Shakespeare Company LIVE 2015 – Love’s Labour’s Won. Set in autumn 1918, Christopher Luscombe directs the second of Shakespeare’s matching pair of comedies that rejoice in our capacity to find love in the most unlikely places.

Better known as Much Ado About Nothing, the play is performed under the title Love’s Labour’s Won, a name believed to have been given to it during Shakespeare’s lifetime.

The tragic and resonant tale English National Opera: La Traviata (Live) will be screened on March 11. La Traviata tells the moving story of how the beautiful but fragile courtesan Violetta is coerced into sacrificing her one hope of personal happiness for the sake of her lover’s reputation.

Making her UK debut as Violetta is soprano Elizabeth Zharoff, who stars alongside ENO Artist Ben Johnson as Alfredo and acclaimed baritone Anthony Michaels-Moore as Alfredo’s father, Giorgio Germont.

National Theatre Live: Behind the Beautiful Forevers, starring Meera Syal (The Kumars, Goodness Gracious Me) and directed by Rufus Norris (Broken, London Road), comes to Empire Cinemas on March 12. Fashioned on Pulizter Prize-winner Katherine Boo’s uncompromising book, David Hare’s epic play looks beyond the luxury hotels surrounding Mumbai airport, where lies a makeshift slum, full of people with plans of their own…

Screening at Empire Cinemas on March 17 is Royal Opera House: Swan Lake (Live). Surely the greatest of all romantic ballets, Swan Lake is the captivating story of a beautiful woman transformed into a swan, and a heart-rending tribute to the power of love. Though Tchaikovsky did not live to see it become a success, his first ballet score is now synonymous with ballet itself, inspiring generations of dancers and crossing over into popular culture.

Hitting the big screen on March 23 is Maxine Peake as Hamlet (Royal Exchange Manchester 2014). Hamlet is Shakespeare’s most iconic work. The play explodes with big ideas and is the ultimate story of loyalty, love, betrayal, murder and madness.

This groundbreaking stage production, directed by Sarah Frankcom, was the Royal Exchange’s fastest-selling show in a decade. Alongside Maxine Peake as the eponymous prince, a number of other roles, including Polonious and Rosencrantz, are also played by women.

Starring the talented Mark Strong (The Imitation Game; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy), National Theatre Live: A View from the Bridge, the Evening Standard, Guardian and Independent’s top theatre pick of 2014, screens on March 26. The great Arthur Miller confronts the American dream in this dark and passionate tale.

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Jon Nutton, Marketing Director of Empire Cinemas, said: “Empire Extra brings the excitement of live events and stage productions from around the country to our customers’ local cinema. This March’s Empire Extra line-up is one of our strongest to date and we’re proud to offer a diverse range of content to our customers.”

For further ticketing information visit www.empirecinemas.co.uk/ or call 08714 714 714.