Live Theatre To Be Broadcast In Cinema

February 5, 2011

NTLive_FELA_FLYERHigher Visions is proud to announce the launch of the National Theatre Live Series during Valentine’s Weekend at the Neptune Cinema in Dockyard. Between February through June Bermudians will have the opportunity to view four professionally produced performances on screen live from the UK.

National Theatre Live is an initiative to broadcast live performances of plays to cinemas worldwide; launched in June 2009, over 150,000 people saw the pilot season on 320 cinema screens in 22 countries.

The first of these performances to be aired in Bermuda will be the musical production “FELA!” . FELA! recently completed a highly successful season on Broadway and is produced by Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, Will Smith, and Jada Pinkett Smith.

FELA! is the true story of the legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, whose soulful Afrobeat rhythms ignited a generation. Inspired by his mother, a civil rights champion, he defied a corrupt and oppressive military government and devoted his life and music to the struggle for freedom and human dignity. Fela is a triumphant tale of courage, passion and love, featuring Fela’s captivating music and the visionary direction and choreography of Tony-Award winner Bill T. Jones. FELA! is described by Time Out New York as “More than a musical. An ecstatic phenomenon!”

Higher Visions said they are “excited to have FELA! launch the National Theatre Live Series as we believe that this production captures the essence of the power of the Arts to transform communities. It is symbolic that it is being held during Black History Month as it reminds us of the challenges that persons of African descent have faced, yet challenges all of us to embrace the power that is ours to continue to make a difference in the world.”

Other performances in the National Theatre Live Series include the Donmar Warehouse’s production of Shakespeare’s “King Lear”, directed by Michael Grandage, Danny Boyle’s production of a new adaptation of “Frankenstein”, and Howard Davies’ production of Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard”.

Tickets for these exhibitions are available online at for $35 per person or via subscription for $125 for all four productions. For further information call 291-6243 or email

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