Live in High Definition

About Live in High Definition

Thanks to the tremendous generosity of Dr. James M. and Marcia Merrins, the Opera House is able to present live and captured live broadcasts of productions from theatres around world. This series includes theatre productions from Broadway, from London's National Theatre, and from world tours, as well as unique one-time only features such as live broadcasts of radio shows such as NPR's "Wait, Wait! ... Don't Tell Me" and "This American Life."

Assistive listening headsets are available for use with all Live in HD Series events.  Simply ask any usher or Opera House staff member.  Headset funding provided by Robert & Marilyn Maytum, the Dunkirk-Fredonia Lions Club, and by a grant from Theatre Development Fund's TAP Plus program in partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts.

What are HD productions like??

Here is a short clip from London's National Theatre illustrating what National Theatre Live is.  All our Live in HD productions are similar in nature, whether they are ballet from Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet, opera from NYC's Metropolitan Opera or theatre from London's National Theatre or Kenneth Branagh Theatre Co.


The King and I

Dec 6 2018 - 7:00pm
Captured live via satellite from London's Palladium

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Live in HD Flex Subscription

The multi-award winning and critically acclaimed Lincoln Center Theater's production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I comes to cinemas in this unmissable event recorded live from London's iconic Palladium.

Making their West End debuts, Broadway's "undisputed Queen" (The Sunday Times) Kelli O'Hara reprises her Tony Award-winning performance as Anna Leonowens alongside Tony- and Oscar-nominated Ken Watanabe as the King of Siam. Also returning to her Tony Award-winning role as Lady Thiang is Ruthie Ann Miles.

Set in 1860s Bangkok, this beloved musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to teach his many wives and children.

Boasting one of the finest scores ever written including Whistle a Happy Tune, Getting to Know You and Shall we Dance, and featuring a company of more than 50 world-class performers, The King and I is a testament to the lavish heritage of gloriously romantic musical theatre - it is the greatest musical from the golden age of musicals.

"Five stars for a sumptuous King and I. Book Now. It’s a hit” -- The Times

"We left the London Palladium on a bright cloud of music - joyous!” -- Daily Mail

“Looks and sounds ravishing. Complete rapture” -- The Telegraph

This production runs approximately three hours, with one intermission.

 


The Madness of George III

Jan 10 2019 - 7:00pm
Captured live via satellite from London's Nottingham Playhouse

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Live in HD Flex Subscription

In National Theatre Live's first-ever broadcast from Nottingham Playhouse comes the multi-award-winning drama The Madness of George III.

Written by one of Britain's best-loved playwrights, Alan Bennett (The History Boys, The Lady in the Van), this epic play was adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film following its premiere on stage in 1991.

The cast of this new production includes Olivier Award-winners Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Wolf Hall) in the title role and Adrian Scarborough (Upstairs Downstairs).

It's 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world.  But his behavior is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy.  With the King's mind unraveling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown, and expose the fine line between a King and a man. 

With a rating equivalent to PG-13, the production runs approximately two hours, 40 minutes. 

  


La Bayadere

Jan 31 2019 - 7:00pm
Captured live via satellite from Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Live in HD Flex Subscription

The temple dancer Nikiya and the warrior Solor fall deeply in love, igniting heated passions and murderous intrigues when the Rajah and his daughter Gamzatti discover their forbidden love.

La Bayadere is one of the greatest works in classical ballet history - a story of love, death and vengeful judgement, set in India.  Dazzling costumes and one of the most iconic scenes in ballet, the "Kingdom of the Shades," illuminate this tragic tale of the temple dancer Nikiya's doomed love for her warrior Solor, and their ultimate redemption. 

From its first performance, the ballet was universally hailed by critics as one of the French choreographer Marius Petipa's supreme masterpieces, particularly "The Kingdom of the Shades," which has become one of the most celebrated pieces in all of classical ballet.

As staged by the Bolshoi, one of the greatest ballet companies in the world, this is a must-see theatrical event.

The ballet runs three hours, 20 minutes with two intermissions. 

  

 


Allelujah!

Feb 21 2019 - 7:00pm
Captured live via satellite from London's Bridge Theatre

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Live in HD Flex Subscription

"Leaves you bobbing on a wave of happiness" - The Independent

Alan Bennett's sharp and hilarious new play is "just what the doctor ordered" (Daily Telegraph).  Don't miss this acclaimed production full of "sing-alongs and stinging wit" (Guardian), filmed live at London's Bridge Theatre during its limited run for release to cinemas worldwide.

The Beth, an old fashioned cradle-to-grave hospital serving a small town in Yorkshire, is threatened with closure as part of a money-saving efficiency drive.  A documentary crew, eager to capture its fight for survival, follows the daily struggle to find beds on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward, and the triumphs of its old people's choir.

One of Britain's best-loved writers, Alan Bennett's celebrated plays include The History Boys, The Lady in the Van and The Madness of George III, all of which were made into films.  Allelujah! is his 10th collaboration with award-winning director Nicholas Hytner.

The play contains strong language and is recommended for ages 15 and older. 

 


Carmen Suite/Petrushka

May 24 2019 - 7:00pm
Captured live via satellite from Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Live in HD Flex Subscription

Carmen is as sensual and free-spirited as ever as she finds herself caught in a love triangle.

The passionate one-act ballet Carmen Suite by Cuban choreographer Alberto Alonso, originally conceived for legendary Bolshoi prima ballerina Maya Plisetskaya, will captivate audiences alongside Petrushka, a new creation for the Bolshoi by contemporary choreographer Edward Clug.

This double-bill production encapsulates and showcases the soul of Russian ballet. 

The ballet runs two hours, 20 minutes with one intermission. 

  


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