SPARKy at the Palm: Simulcast of Coriolanus

SPARKy at the Palm: Simulcast of Coriolanus

“Coriolanus” at the Palm Theatre on Tuesday,March 4,  7 p.m. SPARKy Members are free. $15 for adults. $10 for students.

coriolanus 4x2SPARKy Productions brings live theatre to town through the Telluride Playwrights Festival in July – and also through a live simulcast of the best of the National Theatre of Great Britain where great plays are recorded live then sent all over the world to major cities to be broadcast. Most performances of these simulcast productions are sold-out from Chicago to Melbourne. Telluride is probably the smallest venue to be able to broadcast these world-class theatrical productions.

On March 4, SPARKy Productions and The Michael D. Palm Theatre presents a National Theatre of Great Britain live simulcast of William Shakespeare’s extraordinary play “Coriolanus.”

“Coriolanus” is one of Shakespeare’s lesser-known plays, but surprisingly one of the most interesting. The protagonist, Coriolanus, is a bold and principled military leader crippled by pride and an unwillingness to compromise – which makes him a character we can can relate to in modern times. In other words he is neither an outright villain like Macbeth, nor a hero like Hamlet.

It’s a complicated role actors love to get their teeth into. And one of the hot contemporary actors recently tempted by the part was Tom Hiddleston, best known to American audiences for his performances as the slightly-mad-but-charismatic bad guy Loki in the “Thor” and “Avengers” movie franchises.

Hiddleston has been getting enthusiastic notices for his nuanced interpretation of the embattled Roman in the production of “Coriolanus “by Britain’s Donmar Warehouse, directed by Josie Rourke.

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As a bonus this month on Tuesday, March 25, brings the London production of “War Horse” to the Palm as an additional NT LIVE simulcast (the play filmed live). The play captures the story in an emotional way that only theatre can.   The most extraordinary aspect of this production are the puppets. Guaranteed you will never have seen anything like it. To see larger-than-life majestic horses on stage and realize the actor and puppet are one is a theatrical treat not to be missed.

The Telluride Playwrights Festival takes place July 22 – July 27, at the historic Sheridan Opera House, where playwrights, actors, and directors will get together to work on new and exciting material. Last year, the voice of Homer Simpson, talented actor and playwright Dan Castellaneta and his wife Deb Lacusta, were in town. Their play, “The Banana Tree,” continued its journey after Telluride with sold-out performances at the Bloomington Playwrights Project. If you were lucky enough to catch “Sequence” by Arun Lakra last year, that play has to date received four major awards, including the Grand Prize at Alberta Playwrights Competition and the winner for the Woodward/Newman Drama Award.

The Playwright Festival continues to grow in size and reputation, so  tell your friends about the event and for more info, follow the Playwright Festival on Facebook and check out our website

SPARKy Productions offers the Town of Telluride unique, culturally stimulating, world class theatre, film and music. Your support enables the nonprofit to continue to expand its goals of SPARKing the imagination and fueling discussions around its events.


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