The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis announced today it will show three more NT Live broadcasts from the National Theatre in London. The decision follows the success of the the NT performance of Phedre with Helen Mirren in midsummer.
The three shows are Shakespeare's "All's Well That Ends Well" (right) on Oct 24th and 25th at 1pm, "Nation" by Terry Pratchett (Feb 5th and 6th at 7,30,) and a new Allen Bennett play "The Habit of Art" on May 1st and 2nd.
Some theaters will take the NT feed live, but due to timing considerations, and other shows already booked in the theater, the Guthrie shows will be tape delayed.
The Guthrie's Lee Henderson says while there were a few technical glitches on "Phedre" the production was very well received. He says the Metropolitan Opera has already prepared audiences for the idea through its productions sent to theaters around the world. He says patrons know the quality of the National Theatre and then curiosity brings them in.
He also points out that it's expensive to fly to London to see a show, and this arrangement offers a unique opportunity.
"To see four shows at the National Theater in London is just not possible for the average theater-goer in Minneapolis," he says.
The Guthrie is betting the broadcast option will work well as an affordable substitute. If local audiences like it, the Guthrie may make future NT Live broadcasts a regular feature.
For someone who has been at the center of the fashion world for three decades, who has nine honorary doctorates, and holds the rank of Commander of the British Empire, Zandra Rhodes is very approachable.
She also has very pink hair.
Rhodes is one of those people who can pick up a conversation with anyone and soon find a common interest. We chatted away for a while about how she was initially put off when she heard Garrison Keillor reading on the BBC, but now she loves his work.
For the last few days Rhodes has been seeing the sights around downtown St Paul between rehearsals for the Minnesota Opera's production of Bizet's "The Pearl Fishers."
She designed the sets and the costumes for the show which is set in Sri Lanka. As you might expect from someone who is known for her use of dazzling color, and printed fabrics, it's a vibrant rainbow of a production with every surface adorned with an image or pattern.
Rhodes, who had just flown in from London where she had been showing her latest clothes at Fashion Week, first tried her hand at opera design in 2001 when the San Diego Opera invited her to do the costumes for "The Magic Flute." She was asked to return three years later by the San Diego company to do "The Pearl Fishers." It's that production which is about to open in St Paul, although Rhodes says she thinks the show and the set and costumes have matured, and look better than ever.
Rhodes was, in a way, born into the design business. Her mother was a fitter for a Paris fashion house, and taught at Medway College of Art in England, where Zandra was later to graduate with a major in printed textile design.
Her wild use of color and pattern was too much for the British fashion establishment, so she went out and set up her own business, and soon became a leading designer during the punk era. She was a favorite of Princess Diana's, and her creations have been worn by everyone from Jackie Onassis to Paris Hilton.
The designer will be the star attraction of "An Evening with Zandra Rhodes" tomorrow evening at the Ordway.
She will also be one of the featured guests at "Punk and Pearls" a Salon Series presentation which presents elements of "The Pearl Fishers" at the Ritz Theater in Minneapolis on Friday evening at 7 and 9pm. Tickets for this event are free, but reservations are required.(1 Comments)