August brings cinematic variety to the Chelmsford Picture House’s state of the art screen with art house mixing with an old skool classic.
‘Hidden Figures’ is the fascinating true-life story of a group of African-American female mathematicians who worked at NASA in the 1960s and played a vital role in the US space missions, which pitted America against Russia in the race for space. This small group of women were responsible for the calculations that would send John Glenn into space, but these ‘human computers’ also had to battle against deeply engrained racism and sexism to secure their place in history. This inspirational film stars Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae, Kevin Costner and Kirsten Dunst. The film is shown on Friday 4 August at 8pm.
Celebrating its 30th anniversary ‘Dirty Dancing’ will be showing once more on the big screen on Thursday 10 August at 8pm. This classic, Oscar winning, phenomenally popular movie stars Patrick Swayze as Johnny, a dance teacher at a holiday resort and Jennifer Grey as Baby, his pupil. The sparks fly as Johnny teaches Baby how to dance the mambo, and how to love despite all of the obstacles that get in their way.
Opera ‘La clemanza di Tito’ will be shown live from Glyndebourne on Thursday 3 at 6pm. One of Mozart’s final works and is loosely based on the life of the Roman Emperor Titus. La clemanza di Tito distills the suspense of Don Giovanni, the warmth of The Marriage of Figaro, and the nobility of The Magic Flute into a powerful parable of love and friendship, vengeance and mercy. The production stars Alice Coote as Vitellia and Anna Stephany as Sesto and is directed by Claus Guth and conducted by Robin Ticciati.
‘Titus Andronicus’ will be shown from the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon on Wednesday 9 August at 7pm. David Troughton and Tom McCall star in Shakespeare’s most bloody play as the decay of Rome reaches violent depths. The gory, brutal revenge tragedy presents us with murder as entertainment, and as the body count rises, poses questions about the nature of sexuality, family, class and society.
These are just a few of the highlights of the Summer season, for full details and to book tickets visit www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatresor call the Box Office - Tel No: 01245 606505.