Academy Award winner Christopher Plummer recreates his Tony Award-winning performance as the legendary actor John Barrymore. Set in 1942, Barrymore shines a dramatic spotlight on the acclaimed—and notorious— John Barrymore, capturing the famously combative star in the final months of his life as he struggles to prepare for a backer’s audition to stage a revival of his 1920 Broadway triumph in Richard III.
The world premiere production of Bel Canto the Opera — recorded at the Lyric Opera of Chicago last January — airs on Great Performances on Friday, January 13 at 9 p.m. (Check local listings). Based on Ann Patchett ‘s bestselling 2001 novel (inspired by the Peruvian hostage crisis of 1996-97), the new opera was composed by Jimmy López with a libretto by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz and curated by legendary soprano Renée Fleming, Lyric’s creative consultant, who hosts the broadcast.
Landmarks Live in Concert kicks off with Alicia Keys on Friday, January 20 at 9 p.m. on PBS. (Check local listings.) Brad Paisley – Landmarks Live in Concert will follow on Friday, January 27 at the same time. (Check local listings.) Eight episodes in all are planned for the first season. Chad Smith, the drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, serves as host for the series and conducts one-on-one interviews with the artists exploring their favorite locations around each Landmark.
Julie Andrews Returns as Host of From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2017, Conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, and On THIRTEEN’s Great Performances Sunday, January 1 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. ET on PBS The Vienna Philharmonic and soloists of the Vienna State Ballet return for the beloved annual tradition against the joyful backdrop of the scenic city
Star-Studded Shakespeare Live! From the Royal Shakespeare Company Takes Center Stage on Great Performances Friday, December 23 at 9 p.m. as Grand Finale of PBS Arts Fall Festival.Gala celebratory event, hosted by David Tennant and Catherine Tate, features Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, Rufus Wainwright, Joseph Fiennes, and many more, saluting the Bard across multiple genres.
The Hollow Crown, The Wars of the Roses will continue the epic saga with three more lavish film adaptations: Parts I and II of Henry VI and Richard III.