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National Theatre of London Live brings People to Hanesbrand Theatre

by Mark Burger

The National Theatre of London Live in HD’s latest offering is Alan Bennett’s much anticipated satire People, which will be screened April 1 and April 9 in the Hanesbrand Theatre in the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts in Winston-Salem.

The production stars Frances de la Tour, three-time winner of the Laurence Olivier Award and winner of both the Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for Best Actress in 2006 for her performance in The History Boys. She also reprised the role in the film adaptation, and has also appeared in such films as Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1 (2010) as Madame Olympe Maxime, The Book of Eli (2010) with Denzel Washington and her Harry Potter co-star Michael Gambon, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (also ’10) with Johnny Depp, and as Madame Emile in Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning Hugo  (2001), co-starring Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen and Christopher Lee. She has also appeared in numerous stage productions and television projects.

In People, de la Tour plays Dorothy, the owner of a home filled to capacity with all sorts of knicknacks and bric-abrac. Although she’s not keen on having prospective buyers rummaging through her belongings, it seems that a full-blown attic sale is the solution to her problem… although it just might be the beginning of her problems!

People marks the sixth of Bennett’s plays to premiere at the National Theatre and reunites Bennett with award-winning director Nicholas Hytner. The two previously collaborated on The Madness of George III, The Lady in the Van, The History Boys and The Habit of Art.

At Bennett’s behest, Hytner made his big-screen directorial debut with the award-winning adaptation of The Madness of George III (1994), retitled The Madness of King George in the United States and the recipient of four Oscar nominations including one for Bennett’s adapted screenplay.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 1 and Tuesday, April 9. Tickets are $18 (general admission) and $15 (students with ID). For tickets or more information, call 336.747.1414 or visit the official website: rhodesartscenter.org.

The next National Theatre Live presentation at Hanesbrand Theatre is James Graham’s political epic The House, which is currently scheduled for May 20 and May 28. The official National Theatre Live website is ntlive.com.

Any time you go to the movies and hear Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy,” it can only mean one thing — it’s time for another Die Hard movie!

That’s right, Bruce Willis is up to his old tricks in A Good Day to Die Hard, the fifth in Twentieth Century Fox’s bullet-riddled big-screen franchise, currently in release.

Sony Music has released the film’s soundtrack, with music written by acclaimed composer and two-time Oscar nominee Marco Beltrami, whose credits include all four Scream films, Joy Ride (2001), Resident Evil (2002), the 2006 remake of The Omen, The Thing (2011) and the upcoming World War Z. He earned his Oscar nominations for the scores of 3:10 to Yuma (2007) and Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker (2008). He previously scored

Live Free or Die Hard (2007), succeeding the late Michael Kamen, who scored the first three Die Hard films.

The official Sony Music website is sonymusic.com.

Acclaimed violinist Angele Dubeau’s previous album was a tribute to film scores that she’s loved over the years. Her latest album, Game Music, is something similar yet also very different: a collection of musical themes associated with such popular video games as Final Fantasy, Halo 3, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell, Assassin’s Creed, Angry Birds and more.

This marks Dubeau’s 36th album, and has been released by Analekta, the largest independent classical record company in Dubeau’s native Canada. She is also the founder of la Fieta, an all-female string orchestra that has become an international sensation in the 15 years since its inception. She is the only classical Canadian musician to have been awarded gold records, and has sold more than 500,000 albums (and counting!) during her career.

The official Analekta website is analekta.com/en and Dubeau’s official website is angeledubeau.com.

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