THE new autumn season at Bromsgrove's Artrix gets off to a flying start next month with not one, but two theatrical screenings.

Renowned for its imaginative staging of Shakespearean plays, the new production of Two Gentlemen of Verona by the RSC is no exception.

The action is set in modern Italy and tells the tale of Valentine and Proteus who are best friends.

Having travelled to Milan in search of adventure, they both fall in love with Silvia.

But Proteus is already sworn to his sweetheart back in Verona and Silvia’s father thinks Valentine isn’t good enough for his daughter.

With friendship forgotten, the rivals’ affections quickly get out of hand as the young lovers find themselves on a wild chase through the woods in pursuit of truth and reconciliation.

There are superb performances all round, especially from Roger Morlidge as the doleful servant Launce, whose delightful dog Crab is the star of the show.

The show is on September 3.

If that wasn't enough, Helen Mcrory returns to the National Theatre to take the title role of Medea in Euripides’ powerful tragedy.

Medea is a wife and mother.

For the sake of her husband, Jason, she’s left her home and borne two sons in exile.

But when he abandons his family for a new life, Medea faces banishment and separation from her children.

NT Live presents Medea on screen on September 4.

For tickets and more information about either show, call the venue box office on 01527 577330 or go online at