Cir­cus

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - DS

(PG) Direc­tor Amma Asante, who pre­vi­ously made Belle, tells the ex­tra­or­di­nary true story of Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo), heir to the throne of Bechua­na­land (later Botswana) who, while stay­ing in Lon­don in 1947, met and fell in love with of­fice worker Ruth Wil­liams (Rosamund Pike). Their coura­geous de­ci­sion to marry trig­gered a storm of con­tro­versy, both per­sonal and po­lit­i­cal, all of it beau­ti­fully de­lin­eated in this to­tally ab­sorb­ing slice of re­cent his­tory. A United King­dom avoids sen­ti­men­tal­ity in telling this riv­et­ing story.

The Menkoff Method Orches­tra. Iconic songs in­clud­ing Yes­ter­day, Sgt Pep­per’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Yel­low Sub­ma­rine and Some­thing are among those that get an air­ing. Syd­ney Opera House, Ben­ne­long Point, Syd­ney. Opens Jan­uary 1, 8pm. Tick­ets: $89-$169. Book­ings: (02) 9250 7777 or on­line. Un­til Jan­uary 3. Cir­cus 1903 Fly­ing trapeze artists, high-wire acts and con­tor­tion­ists fea­ture in Cir­cus 1903 this sum­mer. Pup­peteers from the award­win­ning global theatre group War Horse bring ele­phants to life. Cir­cus 1903 is pro­duced by the Il­lu­sion­ists and is suit­able for all ages.

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