By Laman Ismayilova
HD Summer Theatre brings great new UK theatre performances to Baku.
Some of the best new UK theatre productions will be shown between June and September 2017. The project has been developed in collaboration with CoolConnections and Nizami Cinema Centre.
The screenings bring performances which have been most successful in London and the UK.
The Festival aims to bring the newest theatre productions to Azerbaijan, to reflect the newest theatre trends of the UK.
For the first time in more than a century, the British theatre scene is now dominated by new work including original plays, musicals, operas and pantomimes, which make up almost two-thirds of all productions.
The high-quality filming gives you the impression of being in the theatre; each broadcast is filmed in front of a live audience in the theatre, and cameras are carefully positioned throughout the auditorium to ensure that cinema audiences get the 'best seat in the house' view of each production.
This summer, Baku audience can watch screenings of four prominent productions – Obsession, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Peter Pan and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Jude Law (Closer, The Talented Mr Ripley) stars in the stage production of Obsession, broadcast from the Barbican Theatre in London, directed by Ivo van Hove as a new stage adaptation of the 1943 Visconti film based on the novel The Postman Always Rings Twice (18+)
Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, The Woman in Black) stars in Tom Stoppard's brilliantly funny comedy, featuring two of the minor players in Hamlet - Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, from The Old Vic Theatre in London. The production 'fizzes with life' thanks the split-second timing of Daniel Radcliffe and his co-stars.
Exploring the possibilities and pain of growing up, Peter Pan is a riot of magic, mischief, music and make-believe from National Theatre, directed by Sally Cookson.
A new production of multi Tony- and Pulitzer- prize-winning playwright Edward Albee's landmark play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, directed by James Macdonald, stars Olivier- and Bafta-award-winning actress Imelda Staunton and Olivier award-winner Conleth Hill.
The summer season began on June 12. Tickets cost 12 AZN ($ 7) and are available at the ticket offices of Nizami Cinema Centre.
The British Council is the UK's leading international organization operating in over 100 countries worldwide for cultural relations and educational opportunities. It builds relationship and understanding between people in Britain and other countries to increase trust between nations and appreciation of the UK's ideas and achievements overseas.
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