SpArC Theatre

Bishops Castle, SY9 5AY

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Upcoming Live Shows


Thursday30Apr

Theatre Newfoundland Labrador
With Cruel Times in Between by SaraH McDonald

A fantastic opportunity to enjoy an international company with six performers, harmony singing and ensemble performance simply staged. Nostalgic and tender human stories of pioneering lives, growing up in an era of tough hardships and strong communities, of childhood lives dominated by the weather and landscape, of being forced to give up a way of life in the face of ‘progress’.

Age range
age 10+

Tickets Adult: £10.00  Child: £7.00 

Time
19:30

Enquiries
01588 630321/ 638038; www.sparctheatre.co.uk

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Recommended age 10+

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Upcoming Satellite Screenings


Thursday23Apr

ENO Screen
La Traviata - Encore

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. A tragic and resonant tale of society and morality, Verdi’s masterpiece combines compelling characters with hugely powerful, moving and instantly recognisable melodies, making it one of the most emotionally engaging and popular operas of all time. Peter Konwitschny’s celebrated production of La Traviata returns to ENO, cutting to the very heart of the opera’s themes of passionate love and tragic death with a modern and uncluttered staging, and a running time of less than two hours. Making her UK debut as Violetta is soprano Elizabeth Zharoff, who stars alongside ENO Harewood Artist Ben Johnson as Alfredo and acclaimed baritone Anthony Michaels-Moore as Alfredo’s father, Giorgio Germont. Encore screening captured from a live performance at the English National Opera.

Tickets Adult: £12.00  Child: £8.00 

Time
19:00

Enquiries
01588 630321/ 638038; www.sparctheatre.co.uk

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Tuesday5May

The Royal Ballet Live
La Fille Mal Gardée

Frederick Ashton's final full-length ballet is one of his most joyous creations, inspired by his love for the Suffolk countryside. It is based on an 1828 French ballet and the music was adapted by John Lanchbery from Ferdinand Hérold's original score. La Fille mal gardée was a resounding success on its premiere in 1960 and has remained a firm favourite in The Royal Ballet's repertory. The title translates as 'The Wayward Daughter'. La Fille displays some of Ashton's most virtuosic choreography – the youthful passion of Lise and her lover, Colas, is expressed in a series of energetic pas de deux. The ballet is laced with good humour and a whirl of dancing chickens, grouchy guardians and halfwit suitors take to the stage. Ashton affectionately incorporated elements of national folk dance into his choreography, from a Lancashire clog dance to a maypole dance, making La Fille mal gardée (despite its title) The Royal Ballet's most emphatically English work. Osbert Lancaster's colourful designs reinforce the robust wit of the production.

Tickets Adult: £11.00  Child: £7.00 

Time
19:15

Enquiries
01588 630321/ 638038; www.sparctheatre.co.uk

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Thursday14May

NT Live
Man and Superman

Academy Award® nominee Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient, Schindler’s List; Oedipus at the National Theatre) plays Jack Tanner in this exhilarating reinvention of Shaw’s witty, provocative classic. A romantic comedy, an epic fairytale, a fiery philosophical debate, Man and Superman asks fundamental questions about how we live. Jack Tanner, celebrated radical thinker and rich bachelor, seems an unlikely choice as guardian to the alluring heiress, Ann. But she takes it in her assured stride and, despite the love of a poet, she decides to marry and tame this dazzling revolutionary. Tanner, appalled by the whiff of domesticity, is tipped off by his chauffeur and flees to Spain, where he is captured by bandits and meets The Devil. An extraordinary dream-debate, heaven versus hell, ensues. Following in hot pursuit, Ann is there when Tanner awakes, as fierce in her certainty as he is in his.

Age range
12a

Tickets Adult: £11.00  Child: £7.00 

Time
19:00

Enquiries
01588 630321/ 638038; www.sparctheatre.co.uk

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Tuesday19May

ENO Screen
The Pirates of Penzance

Sentimental pirates, blundering policeman, absurd adventures and improbable paradoxes – Gilbert and Sullivan’s dazzling The Pirates of Penzance comes to ENO in a highly anticipated new production from renowned film maker and director Mike Leigh. This much-loved comic opera is a showcase of brilliant humour and razor-sharp wit and features a sparkling score chock-full of memorable melodies and catchy tunes. With stylish designs from Alison Chitty, this vibrant production is conducted by David Parry. The superb cast includes the ever-versatile Andrew Shore as the very model of a modern Major-General, Jonathan Lemalu as the affectionate parody of the British bobby, Robert Murray as the innocent pirate-apprentice Frederic, and Rebecca de Pont Davies as the older woman who has designs on him.

Tickets Adult: £12.00  Child: £8.00 

Time
19:30

Enquiries
01588 630321/ 638038; www.sparctheatre.co.uk

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Thursday16Jul

NT Live
Everyman

BAFTA winner and Academy Award® nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) takes the title role in this dynamic new production of one of English drama’s oldest plays, directed by the National Theatre’s new Director Rufus Norris (Broken, London Road). Everyman is successful, popular and riding high when Death comes calling. He is forced to abandon the life he has built and embark on a last, frantic search to recruit a friend, anyone, to speak in his defence. But Death is close behind, and time is running out. One of the great primal, spiritual myths, Everyman asks whether it is only in death that we can understand our lives. A cornerstone of English drama since the 15th century, it now explodes onto the stage in a startling production with words by Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate, and movement by Javier De Frutos.

Tickets Adult: £11.00  Child: £7.00 

Time
19:00

Enquiries
01588 630321/ 638038; www.sparctheatre.co.uk

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Wednesday22Jul

Royal Shakespeare Company
The Merchant of Venice

In the melting pot of Venice, trade is God. With its ships plying the globe, the city opens its arms to all, as long as they come prepared to do business and there is profit to be made. With the gold flowing all is well, but when a contract between Bassanio and Shylock is broken, simmering racial tensions boil ove. A wronged fathe, and despised outside, Shylock looks to exact the ultimate price for a deal sealed in blood. Polly Findlay (Arden of Faversham 2014) directs Shakespeare's uncompromising tragedy.

Tickets Adult: £11.00  Child: £7.00 

Time
19:00

Enquiries
01588 630321/ 638038; www.sparctheatre.co.uk

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Wednesday26Aug

Royal Shakespeare Company
Othello

After more than a decade of working in film and television on projects from Star Wars to Holby City, Hugh Quarshie returns to the RSC to play Othello, Hugh will play opposite Lucian Msmati (Game of Thrones) in the role of Iago. Othello is the greatest general of his age. A fearsome warrior, loving husband and revered defender of Venice against its enemies. But he is also an outsider whose victories have created enemies of his own, men driven by prejudice and jealousy to destroy him.

Tickets Adult: £11.00  Child: £7.00 

Time
19:00

Enquiries
01588 630321/ 638038; www.sparctheatre.co.uk

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Upcoming Films


Tuesday12May

The Theory of Everything (2014) (12a)

Based on Jane Hawking’s memoir, this is the sweet, love-filled story of her life with the extraordinary Stephen Hawking. Together they defy impossible odds and achieve more than they could ever have dreamed. A healthy, active young man, at 21, Hawking received an earth-shattering diagnosis. With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of - time. Two brilliant lead performances from Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones make for a tremendously moving and inspirational experience. Certainly Redmayne’s astonishing turn merits comparison with Daniel Day-Lewis in My Left Foot.

Tickets
Adult: £4.50  Child: £3.00 

Time
7.00pm

Running Time
123

Enquiries
01588 630321/ 638038; www.sparctheatre.co.uk

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Thursday28May

Birdman (15)

A hugely inventive black comedy about a fading Hollywood star Riggan Thomson (Keaton), who is struggling to mount a Broadway play while suffering a midlife meltdown. As opening night looms, the lead actress (Watts) brings in her lover, Mike (Norton), an egotistical ‘method’ actor who further disrupts an already unstable production. The camera twists and turns around the maze-like corridors of a Broadway theatre at whirlwind pace, driving the story forward as Riggan battles to resurrect his family, his career, and himself. Endlessly creative, often hilarious and featuring a career-best performance from Keaton, Birdman is a dazzling display of virtuoso cinema.

Tickets
Adult: £4.50  Child: £3.00 

Time
7.00pm

Running Time
119

Enquiries
01588 630321/ 638038; www.sparctheatre.co.uk

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Thursday11Jun

Wild (15)

Raw from her recent divorce Cheryl (Witherspoon) rashly sets off on a solo marathon hike along the fabulously beautiful Pacific Crest Trail. She’s forced to spend time alone remembering her inspiring mother, Bobbi (Dern), and her own years of reckless, destructive behavior. Witherspoon carries the whole movie (and a huge backpack) with unflagging intensity and remarkable verve. This powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman driven by sheer determination on a journey that maddens, strengthens, and ultimately heals her.

Tickets
Adult: £4.50  Child: £3.00 

Time
7.00pm

Running Time
115

Enquiries
01588 630321/ 638038; www.sparctheatre.co.uk

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Thursday25Jun

Selma (12a)

1965, Selma, a small town in Alabama, becomes the focal point of a march for the right to vote led by Dr. Martin Luther King that meets bloody resistance at the hands of the authorities. This is pitch-perfect in its details, thrusting you directly into a world of rolled-up shirtsleeves, stifling heat, and police rampages. Oyelowo is utterly convincing throughout, uniting crowds with his gripping oratory, and even better in quieter moments where we see the flawed man’s fragility. This works brilliantly as expert historical re-creation and also as powerful reflection on both how far we’ve come and how much we have still to do to tackle racism today.

Tickets
Adult: £4.50  Child: £3.00 

Time
7.00pm

Running Time
128

Enquiries
01588 630321/ 638038; www.sparctheatre.co.uk

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