Prior the advent of motion pictures are stage plays based on writings of famous playwrights and poets. This year, Ayala Malls Cinemas includes in their screening programs world-class stage plays filmed in high-definition (HD) format from London’s National Theater Live and operatic performances from New York’s Metropolitan Opera, offering a whole new way to experience a more intimate form of art onscreen.
This September, the British Embassy launched its seven month-long campaign "This is GREAT Britain" that aims to show the very best of Britain's culture. The celebration commenced with the presentation of the National Theater Live’s stage play "Coriolanus" starring Tom Hiddleston. Filmed in HD, the play was screened last September 3 at Ayala Malls' Greenbelt 3 Cinemas with a program at Greenbelt 5 Fashion Walk preceding the screening. "Coriolanus" also ran for two days (September 5 and 6) at Greenbelt 3 cinemas that was made available for the moviegoing public.
In a recent statement from British Ambassador Asif Ahmad, he mentioned that "We are very fortunate to have Ayala Malls Cinemas as our partner for the screening of National Theater Live's Coriolanus, which will give Filipinos a glimpse of the world-class theater performances from London's West End."
Hiddleston, best known globally for his role as Loki in "Thor" series, plays the titular role in "Coriolanus" that was written by William Shakespeare. The story centers on a conflicted man named Coriolanus - hero and defender of Rome. When an old adversary threatens Rome, the city called on to Coriolanus to defend their country. Famine threats the city, the citizens' hunger swells into an appetite for change and on returning from the war, Coriolanus must confront the march of real politics and the voice of an angry mob threatening to throw him out of his hometown.
Succeeding the well-received and much raved about debut of "Coriolanus" in HD from London's West End staged plays, Ayala Malls Cinemas will soon release stage plays that are also filmed in HD from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The lineup of plays filmed in HD will play every second Tuesday of the month starting this October 14 at 6:30pm featuring "Rigoletto" that will be followed by "Rusalka" on November 18 and "Otello" on December 16 for the year 2014 and will continue until the year 2015 with "La Bohème" on January 13, "Werther" on February 10 and "The Enchanted Island" on March 3.
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