Opera House Cinema Series to screen Oscar-nominated ‘The Favourite’

‘True big screen treat’

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present “The Favourite.” It will be screened this Saturday and Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m.

The next feature film in the Opera House Cinema Series is “The Favourite,” nominated for 10 Oscars including for Best Picture and Best Actress awards for Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz. It will be screened this Saturday and Feb. 12, at 7:30 p.m.

Early 18th century England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Colman) occupies the throne. Her close friend Lady Sarah (Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and temper. When new servant Abigail (Stone) arrives, Sarah takes her under her wing. As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps in as the Queen’s companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives Abigail a chance to return to her aristocratic roots and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way.

Richard Roeper, in the Chicago Sun Times, calls the film “a period piece with a wink. It’s also funny as hell and a true big-screen treat.” Peter Travers, in Rolling Stone, calls it “a bawdy, brilliant triumph.” Adam Graham, in the Detroit News, calls it “an uproarious send-up of the aloofness of royals, (which) comes alive thanks to its sterling ensemble cast.” A.O. Scott, in The New York Times, says “Weisz and Stone are both brilliantly witty and nimble, but Colman’s performance is nothing short of sublime.” Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity and language, “The Favourite” runs one hour, 59 minutes.

The Opera House Cinema Series is sponsored by Lake Shore Savings Bank. Tickets are available at the door for $7 (adults), $6.50 (seniors & Opera House members) and $5 (students) the night of each screening. A book of 10 movie passes is available for $60 at the door or online at www.fredopera.org. Thanks to the generous support of an anonymous donor, the first 20 SUNY Fredonia students at each screening are admitted free. For more information, call the Opera House Box Office at 679-1891.

The Opera House is equipped with individualized closed captioning headsets for the deaf as well as with assistive listening headsets for the hearing-impaired. Simply request one from any usher or Opera House staff member.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit performing arts center located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.