The BBC is extending its Sunday Night Performances strand into the Autumn and Winter, with talent including Ralph Fiennes, Michelle Terry and Tom Hiddleston.
The BBC started its Sunday night focus on live performance in March 2022 with programming including Toby Stephens as Oscar Wilde in a new play directed by Trevor Nunn, four Shakespeare’s Globe productions, the RSC’s Much Ado About Nothing, Lucy Kirkwood’s Maryland, and a new version of La Voix Humaine starring Danielle de Niese
Projects coming up will include TS Elliot’s Four Quartets starring Ralph Fiennes, which played at the Harold Pinter Theatre in late 2021, and will get a special adaptation for TV directed by Ralph’s sister, director and producer Sophie Fiennes.
The Sunday nights will also include TV recordings of the Royal Shakespeare Company and Birmingham Rep’s production of Tartuffe, Shakespeare’s Globe’s production of Twelfth Night starring Michelle Terry, and an already announced filmed performance of the UK tour of The Play What I Wrote starring Tom Hiddleston.
Other shows include BBC Young Musician, BBC Young Jazz Musician, two productions from dance company Ballet Black, and a partnership with The Space to create a new production of Don Quixote from Carlos Acosta’s Birmingham Royal Ballet.
There will also be a new series commissioned called The Read that sees emerging talent direct creative performance readings of acclaimed British novels.
Head of Arts and Classical Music TV at the BBC, Suzy Klein, said: “We are immensely proud of the Sunday Night Performance programme since its inception in March of this year, and audiences have enjoyed some of very best that Britain’s cultural powerhouses have to offer. I am delighted to continue to champion and support the performing arts across the UK, and showcase great performances across theatre, classical music, jazz, dance and spoken word, every Sunday night throughout the year. As people across the country face tough choices around their finances, we want to bring them the best of British performance from around the UK – giving audiences the best seat in the house, for free.”
The Sunday night performances will be on BBC and BBC iPlayer.