World cinema, Parky and opera from the Met

THE new season at Strode Theatre, Street, offers a powerful cocktail of international cinema, exciting speakers and performers and opera and dance from some of the world’s greatest stages.

Strode has brilliant film programming, with the latest from around the world, new releases and classics and documentaries. Among the major film titles in the early part of the season will be Nothing Like a Dame with Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins and Joan Plowright; The Old Man and the Gun starring Robert Redford and Sissy Spacek; Steve McQueen’s acclaimed new adaptation of Lynda La Plante’s Widows; Tulip Fever, set in Holland at the height of the tulip frenzy in the 17th century; Mary Poppins Returns with Emily Blunt in the title role; The Favourite, starring a brilliant Olivia Colman as Queen Anne with Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone as her competing companions; Stan and Ollie with Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly as Laurel and Hardy in the twilight years of their careers; Keira Knightley as the famed French writer Colette; Saoirse Ronan in the title role of Mary Queen of Scots; and The Front Runner, starring Hugh Jackman as the doomed 1980s US presidential hopeful Gary Hart.

Highlights on the Strode stage include an evening with Sir Michael Parkinson on 11th February, poet Hollie McNish on 13th March, the James Taylor Quartet on 28th April and Countdown’s Susie Dent on 15th May. Early booking is open for a rare chance to see the great Benjamin Zephaniah, who is coming to Strode in September.

The Mid-Somerset Orchestra’s January concert includes Haydn’s Cello Concerto, and the May concert will feature Brahms’ Second Piano Concert. Other local companies and groups include Crispin School with Bugsy Malone, Strode College in Chicago (High School Edition), Glastonbury & Street Musical Comedy Society with The Addams Family, and Street Theatre in J.B.Priestley’s Dangerous Corner.

In early April, there are two dance events with the Rosie Kay Dance Company in 5 Soldiers, and Forged Line in Treasure.

Live by satellite screenings will include Simon Russell Beale in a brilliant contemporary staging of Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Richard II, the National Theatre production of David Hare’s I’m Not Running. Arthur Miller’s All My Sons from the Old Vic and broadcasts from the Met in New York, Bolshoi, Royal Ballet  and Royal Opera.

For more information call the Strode box office for a copy of the new brochure (01458 442846) or visit www.strodetheatre.org.uk.

Pictured: The Rosie Kay Dance Company in 5 Soldiers, and Sir Michael Parkinson.