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Andrea Chenier at the Royal Opera House – 20 January to 6 February 2015

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David McVicar directs a new production of Umberto Giordano’s passionate drama of liberty and love in the French Revolution.

The premiere of Andrea Chénier at La Scala, Milan, on 28 March 1896 propelled the young Umberto Giordano to the front rank of the up-and-coming group of young Italian composers that included Puccini and Mascagni.  The libretto by Luigi Illica (Puccini’s collaborator for Manon Lescaut, La bohème, Tosca and Madama Butterfly) was inspired by the real-life Romantic poet André Chénier, who was guillotined just three days before Robespierre’s execution.

Andrea Chénier has become celebrated for the lyrical music it offers, there are thrilling moments for the whole cast, including Maddalena’s ardent aria ‘La mamma morta’, Gérard’s ‘Nemico della patria!’ and a host of dramatic duets and characterful ensembles. David McVicar (whose productions for The Royal Opera include Le nozze di Figaro, Faust and Die Zauberflöte) directs The Royal Opera’s new production, moving from the opulence of pre-Revolutionary France to the horrors of the Reign of Terror.

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Opera : Orfeo at the Roundhouse – 13th to 24th January 2015

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A new production of Monteverdi’s masterpiece at the Roundhouse in an exciting collaboration between the Roundhouse and The Royal Opera. Former artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company Michael Boyd directs in his operatic debut, with a production that features post-graduate students of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and participants of East London Dance.

The premiere of Claudio Monteverdi’s Orfeo on 24 February 1607 in the ducal palace in Mantua holds a special place in the history of Opera. It was Monteverdi’s first opera, produced as courtly entertainment for the carnival season. For this ‘favola in musica’ (story in music) he incorporated existing musical forms, such as madrigals and the newly developed recitative (singing with speech-like rhythms and minimal accompaniment). But the result was revolutionary, possessing a powerful emotional truth that had never been seen before in musical dramas. Orfeo is acclaimed as the first operatic work of art.

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On her wedding day Euridice is bitten by a snake and dies. Her husband, the great musician Orfeo, pursues her spirit down into the underworld. Orfeo’s exquisite music enchants Proserpina, the Queen of Hades, who pleads with her consort Pluto for clemency. Pluto allows Orfeo to lead Euridice into the land of the living, provided he doesn’t look back at his wife. Orfeo cannot resist, and loses her.

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NBA Basketball : New York Knicks vs Milwaukee Bucks at The O2 – 15 January 2015

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The New York Knicks will return to London to play a regular season game against the Milwaukee Bucks at The O2 on 15 January 2015 as part of NBA Global Games 2015.

The game is one of two regular-season games the NBA will stage internationally as part of the 2014-15 season, which also included a game in Mexico City between the Houston Rockets and the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of NBA Global Games Mexico City 2014.

The New York Knicks are led by seven-time NBA All-Star and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Carmelo Anthony, together with six-time NBA All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire. The team also currently features six international players, such as Andrea Bargnani of Italy and José Calderón of Spain. This will be the Knicks’ second trip to London, having played in 2013 against the Detroit Pistons.

The Milwaukee Bucks feature Brandon Knight  and Jabari Parker who was the second overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft. The team also features four international players, such as Giannis Antetokounmpo of Greece and Ersan Ilyasova of Turkey.

Previous NBA games in London have been very popular and it will be the fifth time the O2 has hosted an NBA game. The four previous NBA regular season games at The O2, all sell-outs, included New Jersey Nets vs. Toronto Raptors in back-to-back games (2011); Detroit Pistons vs. New York Knicks (2013); and Atlanta Hawks vs. Brooklyn Nets (2014)

Along with the on court action, NBA Global Games 2014-15 will feature a variety of off-the-court activities, including NBA Cares community programs and interactive fan events.

For more information, visit the O2 website here

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Dara at the National Theatre – 20 January to 4 April 2015

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Dara adapted by Tanya Ronder from Shahid Nadeem’s play

1659. Mughal India. The imperial court, a place of opulence and excess; music, drugs, eunuchs and harems. Two brothers, whose mother’s death inspired the Taj Mahal, are heirs to this Muslim empire. Now they fight ferociously for succession.

Dara, the crown prince, has the love of the people – and of his emperor father – but younger brother Aurangzeb holds a different vision for India’s future. Islam inspires poetry in Dara, puritanical rigour in Aurangzeb. Can Jahanara, their beloved sister, assuage Aurangzeb’s resolve to seize the Peacock Throne and purge the empire?

There is no limit to what families do to one another, so much crueller than they are to strangers.

Tanya Ronder’s adaptation of Shahid Nadeem’s Dara spans the princes’ lives from cradle to grave. An intense domestic drama of global consequence – for India then and for our world now

For more information or book tickets, visit the National Theatre website here

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The Hard Problem by Tom Stoppard at the National Theatre – from 21 January 2015

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The Hard Problem is Tom Stoppard’s first play for the stage since Rock ’n’ Roll in 2006, and his first for the National since his trilogy, The Coast of Utopia, 2002.

Above all don’t use the word good as though it meant something in evolutionary science.

Hilary, a young psychology researcher at a brain-science institute, is nursing a private sorrow and a troubling question at work, where psychology and biology meet. If there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness?

This is ‘the hard problem’ which puts Hilary at odds with her colleagues who include her first mentor Spike, her boss Leo and the billionaire founder of the institute, Jerry.

Is the day coming when the computer and the fMRI scanner will answer all the questions psychology can ask?

Meanwhile Hilary needs a miracle, and she is prepared to pray for one.

For more information or book tickets, visit the National Theatre website here

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The Knight of the Burning Pestle at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse -11 December 2014 to 11 January 2015

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The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse a new candlelit indoor theatre. is located on the Globe site and is accessed through the main foyer

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Enjoy a festive treat with a difference as Pauline McLynn and Phil Daniels return to fuel the mayhem in this critically-acclaimed madcap meta-romp. Set under the glorious candlelight of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, the mince pies and mulled wine are on standby for a night of heckling, pratfalls and non-stop silliness in Francis Beaumont’s mashed-up, mixed-up screwball comedy.

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Running not one but two plays within-the-play simultaneously, The Knight of the Burning Pestle combines wicked humour with charming songs and a cast of hilarious London characters in one of the earliest comedies to hit the English stage. After delighting audiences and critics alike, this riotous production returns for a strictly limited Christmas run.

For more information or book tickets, visit the Shakespeare’s Globe website here 

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The Changeling at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse – 15 January to 1 March 2015

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The beautiful Beatrice-Joanna loves Alsemero, but she’s betrothed to another. So her fiancé must die – not by her hand, of course, but by that of the repulsive servant De Flores. Unfortunately it’s not money De Flores claims as his reward, but sex – and with the sweet virgin Beatrice-Joanna herself.

Charged with Middleton’s ferocious dramatic irony, and leavened by Rowley’s wild comic sub-plot, nothing in English drama comes near to this tale of a liaison based on repulsion and fascination. In fact, with its ghosts, dumb shows, scenes of Bedlam, and atmosphere of depraved violence, The Changeling runs the gamut of the Jacobean stage.

For more information or book tickets, visit the Shakespeare’s Globe website here 

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