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Opera fans singing from the rooftops at Worthing Theatres' screenings

Released: Thursday, 13 April 2017

Worthing Theatres logo (pink)

Opera is top of the pops at Worthing Theatres - at least when it comes to live screenings of world-class performances.

As part of its packed film offering, the Worthing Borough Council-run Connaught Studio team-up with More2Screen to show a range of Royal Opera House performances in its venue.

PR17-039 - Madama Butterfly

The latest production, a live performance of Puccini's opera Madama Butterfly, was shown on Thursday, March 30th 2017.

Figures provided by More2Screen show that Worthing had the highest number of viewers in the UK.

Staff at the theatres were delighted with the news, adding it was a perfect example of how they are coming true on a commitment of providing world-class entertainment to all.

Cllr Dr Heather Mercer, Worthing Borough Council's executive member for customer services, said:

“These figures are yet further proof that there is a real thirst for entertainment and culture in our town.”

“As one of the few local authorities in the country to run a culture service, one of our key aims is bringing top-notch shows to the masses. These screenings allow people in Worthing and beyond to see a world-class opera for a fraction of the price.”

“This is yet another example of how we are thinking 'outside the box' to bring more people into our amazing venues while increasing revenue for the Council.”

Madama Butterfly is running at the Royal Opera House in London until April 25th 2017. Antonio Pappano and Renato Balsadonna conduct two great casts led by Ermonela Jaho and Ana María Martínez in Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier's production of Puccini's deeply poignant opera.

Tickets for the show at the Royal Opera House are extremely limited, with those available costing up to £190.

But the showing at the Connaught Studio meant people could gain admission for £16.50.

Among the comments made to Worthing Theatres staff after the screening were:

“Amazing production of Madama Butterfly. I think the live screenings are a brilliant idea as not everyone is able to afford tickets to the Royal Opera House.”

“An absolutely wonderful experience. To be able to see world class performances at a local venue is just amazing.”

“This production was by far the best I have seen at Worthing. It was beautiful, moving and very emotional. I was in tears at the end as it was sad but in saying that I really did enjoy the evening.”

“The staff are always friendly and this does enhance the experience. The quality of the broadcast is also first class, better than many films. I think it is a brilliant way to bring these kind of performances to more people, many who could not go to them live, especially with the trains as they are! This was my third one and I will definitely come to more.”

See also: Worthing Theatres' website

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