The Mahaiwe continues to be an invaluable Berkshire treasure for presenting live performances of music, theatre and dance. At the same time it has also developed an equal reputation as the foremost house for Live in High Definition telecasts of live theatre and opera. Working with both London’s National Theatre and the venerable Metropolitan Opera in New York, it uses state of the art projection equipment to present far flung events of great merit. Now those of us in the Berkshires can watch the same great shows that used to be only available to the jet set.
London’s National Theatre
This fall the Mahaiwe opens its telecasts with the first of several 2011-12 broadcasts of London’s National Theatre: Live in HD. Nicholas Hytner directs Richard Bean’s English version of Goldoni’s classic Italian comedy, One Man, Two Guvnors, about sex, food, and money on Thursday, September 15 at 7:00pm. The Sunday Times of London called it ‘Sheer, joyous pandemonium. The moments of slapstick are so perfect, they’re choreographically beautiful as well as funny.’
Following that, on Thursday, October 6 at 7:00pm the Berkshires will have a chance to see Arnold Wesker’s The Kitchen, a black comedy set in a 1950s London restaurant: In the kitchen of an enormous West End restaurant, the orders are piling up: a post-war feast of soup, fish, cutlets, omelettes, and fruit flans. Thrown together by their work, chefs, waitresses and porters from across Europe – English, Irish, German, Jewish – argue and flirt as they race to keep up. London’s National Theatre: Live in HD tickets are $18 to $25.