Theater at the Movies

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Earlier this month I was surprised to find acclaimed productions of Twelfth Night and Streetcar Named Desire being shown at local cinemas, coincidentally on the same night. Unfortunately, I couldn't catch these one-night-only screenings, but I am now determined to stake out one of the many performances from New York City and London that coming here to Indianapolis.

To my surprise, October features an incredible lineup of drama, ballet, opera, musical theater and Shakespeare being screened at AMC Castleton Square, AMC Showplace Indianapolis 17 and Keystone Art Cinema, among others. As an added perk for your conscience, these performances often take place on weeknights, so you won't have to feel guilty for skipping out on a local weekend production.

Henry V performed by The Globe Theatre, Sept. 30, Keystone Art Cinema

I can say from personal experience that seeing Shakespeare at the Globe Theatre in London is unbeatable. However, we can't all hop across the pond too often, so this seems a pretty great way to take in a wide swath of The Bard, impeccably performed. In addition to Henry V, this season will soon bring Macbeth, The Tempest and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

From Here to Eternity - Oct. 2 & 9, at various locations

This new musical by Tim Rice will be live-streamed from London, giving you a chance to see it here in Indy before it makes its Broadway debut in 2015. Tim Rice is best known for his work as lyricist of Aladdin and The Lion King, but his career has also included partnership with Andrew Lloyd Weber on his hit musicals Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita.

Medea performed by National Theatre, Oct. 5, Keystone Art Cinema

The highly regarded National Theatre performs a new version of the tragic Greek drama. The title role is performed by Helen McCrory, an accomplished British actress known to American audiences for her role as Narcissa Malfoy in Harry Potter. Other upcoming performances include Benedict Cumberbatch in Frankenstein, Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy in Skylight, and James Franco and Chris O'Dowd in the new Broadway production Of Mice and Men.

Manon performed by The Royal Ballet, Oct. 16, at various locations

Royal Ballet broadcasts five performances from its 2015-2105 season from London's famous Royal Opera House. The season starts with the lesser-known Manon, but also includes Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Swan Lake.

Verdi's Macbeth by The Metropolitan Opera, Oct. 11, at various locations

Seeing opera in the movie theatre might be the best solution for those intimidated by the art form. Take in this operatic version of Shakespeare's' tragedy Macbeth with a comforting bucket of popcorn. During intermission, interviews with cast, crew and production teams give insight into the staging of an opera. Next up at the Met is a new production of The Marriage of Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro) reimagined to take place in the 1930s.

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