Three Dramas, One Live and Two Screened, at Guild Hall

A Shakespearean tragedy of ancient Rome, a beloved opera set in 19th-century Spain, and a contemporary drama inspired by real events in a segregated American city will be presented at Guild Hall during the coming week, starting Friday at 7 p.m. with an encore screening of the National Theatre of London’s production of “Antony and Cleopatra.” 

Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo star in the title roles of Shakespeare’s tragedy of politics, passion, and power. After Julius Caesar’s death, Marc Antony ruled the war-torn Roman Empire with Octavian and Lepidus. Though married to Octavian’s sister, Antony’s ongoing love affair with Cleopatra, the queen of Egypt, eventually led to war between Rome and Egypt and ultimately the lovers’ tragic end.

Henry Hitchings of Go London said of the production, which is directed by Simon Godwin, “Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo achieve a simmering chemistry in the title roles.” Tickets are $18, $16 for members.

The Met: Live in HD program on Saturday at 1 p.m. features Sir Richard Eyre’s production of George Bizet’s “Carmen,” starring the mezzo-soprano Clementine Margaine in the title role and Roberto Alagna as Don José. 

Premiered in Paris in 1875, shortly before the death of its composer, “Carmen” is one of the most frequently performed operas in the classical canon. It is set in and around Seville, Spain, and follows the downfall of Don José, a soldier who is seduced by the wiles of the fiery gypsy Carmen. Although José abandons his childhood sweetheart and his military duties, he loses Carmen to the matador Escamillo, after which José kills Carmen in a jealous rage.

Tickets are $22, $20 for members, and $15 for students.

“Vivian’s Music, 1969,” a play by Monica Bauer that was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last August, will be presented next Thursday evening at 7. Directed by Glory Kadigan and starring Kailah King and Russell Jordan, the play is a fictionalized version of the 1969 killing of a 14-year-old African-American girl by a policeman in Omaha. Race riots followed the shooting.

While little was known about the actual victim, “Vivian’s Music, 1969” gives Vivian a life, a family, a love of music, and a reason to live: the jazz legend who has returned to her neighborhood and might be her real father.

Reviewing the Edinburgh production for The List, Gareth K. Vile wrote, “Monica Bauer’s script is astonishing: Whether relating the tragic death that motivates the almost optimistic finale . . . or describing the magic of a band jamming together, it doesn’t need anything more than the fluid performances of Russell Jordan and Kailah S. King to impress.”

“Vivians Music, 1969”is presented at Guild Hall in partnership with the Neo-Political Cowgirls. Tickets are $15, $13 for members, and every buyer of a general admission ticket is entitled to one free student ticket. A performance for school groups will take place next Thursday at 9:30 a.m. Tickets are $10.