Scandalous and revolutionary, extraordinary and unsurpassed, Pierre Boulez’ and Patrice Chéreau’s Ring transformed Wagner production forever. Approaching the work with no preconceived notions, Chéreau focussed on unexpected aspects, such as stage direction. As a result, the singers’ acting is profound, precise, physical, and superb. Intensely erotic and uncomfortably modern, Chéreau’s production transposes the Norse saga to the time it was composed, a grimy industrial era complete with robber barons and suffering masses. When it premiered in 1976 at the Bayreuth Festpielhaus, pandemonium broke out. Howls of rage clashed with screams of delight, and fights started between supporters and critics. Four years later, in its final year, there was not a critic left in sight as The Ring concluded with an 85-minute ovation and no less than 110 curtain calls. Even after more than 30 years, the power of this staging is undiminished, and a chance to see it on the big screen is almost too thrilling for words.
Prices: see one for: £12, conc. £10, students £8
and all four for: £42, conc. £35, students £28
Please note that the screening on Thu 23 Jan has had to be moved from 7.00pm to 6.00pm. We apologise for the inconvenience.
The event has now finished