Encore screenings

Theatre to screen ‘Samson et Dalila,’ ‘King Lear’ on Saturday, Sunday respectively

  • “King Lear” will be screened at the Peterborough Players Theatre on Sunday at 1 p.m.

  • “Samson et Dalila” will be screened at the Peterborough Players Theatre on Saturday at 1 p.m. COURTESY photos

Thursday, November 01, 2018 12:15AM

The Peterborough Players Theatre on Hadley Road is brimming with activity this weekend, presenting encore screenings from the MET Opera and London’s National Theatre as part of their Arts On Screen season.

First, on Saturday at 1 p.m., the Players present a screening of the Met Opera’s “Samson et Dalila.” Mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca and tenor Roberto Alagna reunite in the title roles of Saint-Saens’s biblical epic. Darko Tresnjak, who won a Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical in 2014 for “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder,” makes his Met debut directing a vivid, seductive staging, featuring a monumental setting for the last-act Temple of Dagon, where the hero crushes his Philistine enemies. Sir Mark Elder conducts the first new Met production of the work in 20 years. Runtime is approximately 3 hours and 28 minutes including two intermissions.

Then, on Sunday at 1 p.m. the Players present “King Lear,” starring Ian McKellen. Jonathan Munby directs this contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play. Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, “King Lear” sees two aging fathers – one a king, one his courtier – reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends. Runtime is approximately three hours and 58 minutes including one intermission.

Tickets to Metropolitan Opera screenings are $25. Tickets to National Theatre Live screenings are $20. For tickets and information, call 924-7585 and visit www.peterboroughplayers.org. The Peterborough Players is located at 55 Hadley Road.