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Players theater expands HD offerings

The Peterborough Players will be offering expanded HD programming for the first half of 2014.

In addition to MET Opera: Live in HD, the Players will host six other HD programs of musicals, dance and theatre, including a star-studded performance of “Company” with Neil Patrick Harris, Patti LuPone and Stephen Colbert, and a brand new production of “Swan Lake” from the Mariinsky Ballet and the widely-requested National Theatre production of “War Horse.”

The 2014 HD season runs from January to May and begins on Jan. 12, at 1 p.m. with Stephen Sondheim’s “Company,” scored by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. The show is a concept musical composed of short vignettes, all linked by the celebration of Bobby’s (Neil Patrick Harris) 35th birthday, that explores the true meaning of being in a relationship.

Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” will be broadcast on Jan. 26 at 1 p.m. from the historic Mariinsky Theatre in featuring one of the best dance companies in the world and choreographed by ’s ravishing music combines with peerless choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov. Ekaterina Kondaurova stars in the classic role of Odette/Odile.

On Feb. 16 at 1 p.m., a revival of Sondheim’s “Merrily We Roll Along” will be presented from London’s West End. Triple Olivier Award-winner Maria Friedman makes her directorial debut with this vibrant, full scale production. Set over three decades in the entertainment business, this musical show charts the relationship between three close friends, Franklin, Mary and Charley.

National Theatre Live presents National Theatre’s “War Horse” on March 9 at 1 p.m. Based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel and adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford, “War Horse” takes audiences on a journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France. At the heart of this musical drama are life-sized puppets by South Africa’s “Handspring Puppet Company” that bring breathing, galloping horses to life on stage.

On April 13 at 4 p.m., National Theatre Live will broadcast the Donmar Warehouse’s production of Shakespeare’s “Coriolanus.” This tragedy of political manipulation and revenge stars Tom Hiddleston in the title role and Mark Gatiss as Menenius, and is directed by Donmar’s Artistic Director Josie Rourke.

George Balanchine’s “Jewels,” filmed by Brian Large at the Mariinsky Theatre, will be broadcast May 4 at 4 p.m. Before emigrating to the West, Balanchine studied in St. Petersburg and was a member of The State Academic Theatre, now known as the Mariinsky. “Jewels” dates from late in his career as a choreographer, and was premiered at the New York City Ballet in 1967. This performance features many of the Mariinsky’s most well-known dancers alongside conductor Tugan Sokhiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra.

Tickets for these performances are $18 for adults and $15 fo students. Discounted subscription packages are available. A package including all six events is $90.

For more information or reservations, call the box office at 924-7585 or visit www.peterboroughplayers.org.

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