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By Maria Gregoriou

Limassol continues its screened performances from the MET theatre with the Rialto theatre screening the opera The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Wozart next Sunday.

Nicosia will also be screening live performances as of January, when THOC will show performances from the National Theatre, with its first screening of Jane Eyre on January 12.

In Limassol enter a mythical land between the sun and the moon. The opera, in two acts, includes both singing and spoken dialogue and premiered on September 30, 1791 at Schikaneder’s theatre in Vienna.

It starts when three ladies in the service of the Queen of the Night save Prince Tamino from a serpent. When they leave to tell the queen of what happened, the birdcatcher Papageno appears and boasts how he was the one who killed the creature.

When the ladies return they give Tamino a portrait of the queen’s daughter, Pamina, who has been enslaved by the evil Sarastro. Tamino immediately falls in love with the beautiful girl in the picture. Just then the queen appears in a burst of thunder and tells Tamino that her daughter has gone missing. She then commands him to rescue the princess.

The ladies give Tamino a magic flute and silver bells to Papageno (who will accompany Tamino on his expedition) to ensure their safety on the journey and appoint three spirits to guide them.

Nicosia meanwhile will screen a bold and dynamic production of Jane Eyre, which is based on the novel by Charolotte Bronte, and directed by Sally Cookson.

It tells of one woman’s fight for freedom and fulfillment to as she wishes as a “free human being with an independent will.”

The performance, like the book, follows Jane Eyre from her beginnings as a destitute orphan to her final last words of the story “reader, I married him.”

The Magic Flute by W.A. Wozart
Screening of the performance from the MET: Live in HD series. January 3. Rialto theatre, Limassol. 6pm. €18/13.
Tel: 77-777745

Jane Eyre
Screening of the performance from the National Theatre. January 12. THOC New Building, Nicosia. 8.30pm. €10/6. English with Greek and Turkish subtitles. Tel: 77-772717

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