Doctor Who in 3D among long list of special events at Mareel

by Alastair Hamilton -

The special 50th Anniversary episode of Doctor Who is just one of the treats in store for patrons at Mareel, Shetland's cinema and music venue.

The episode will be transmitted on BBC1 on 23 November and will be seen simultaneously at Mareel, but in 3D. The audience there will be joining others in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Russia, the USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. In addition to Matt Smith, the one-off special, entitled The Day of the Doctor stars former Time Lord, David Tennant, Jenna Coleman, Billie Piper, and John Hurt.

However, Mareel's two cinemas will be hosting several other special screenings in addition to the regular film programme. On Sunday 17 November, as part of the celebrations to mark the centenary of Benjamin Britten's birth, Mareel will show Grimes on the Beach, an outdoor performance of the opera, Peter Grimes, that formed part of the 2013 Aldeburgh Festival.

On Sunday 1 December, cinemagoers will get the chance to see David Tennant star in the Royal Shakespeare Company's Richard II; critics described his performance as "mesmerising" and "a wondrous spectacle". Also in December, there will be two Bolshoi Ballet screenings: Le Corsaire (based on Byron's poem, The Corsair) on Sunday 8 December, and, as a perfect Christmas present, The Sleeping Beauty on 22 December.

These presentations follow successful screenings of the National Theatre's productions of The Audience (starring Helen Mirren) and Frankenstein, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller.