THE opera Falstaff is to be broadcast free on Portsmouth’s big screen as part of a worldwide festival.
Verdi’s Shakespearean comedy will be broadcast live from the Covent Garden Royal Opera House to Guildhall Square.
Conductor Danielle Gatti will bring Italian sparkle to the show, which is produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company for London 2012 Festival.
The broadcast will feature exclusive backstage footage for an insight into the production process.
There will also be competitions for the audience to take part in and live interaction.
City councillor Lee Hunt, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport, said: ‘This great new production of Verdi’s Shakespearean comedy is a fantastic way to experience opera for the first time.
‘It’s the perfect opportunity to introduce friends and family to the world of opera, and spend time together enjoying the performance.’
Anyone interested in going along can pack a picnic, take a blanket and secure a spot to relax and enjoy the show.
Limited seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and a free event programme will be available on the night.
The big screen is working with the BBC, the Royal Opera house and Portsmouth City Council to bring city residents performances free of charge.
Live coverage of the event will start at 7pm on Wednesday and run until 10.30pm.