THE first of this summer’s BP Big Screen performances can be seen at Wharf Green next Thursday, when Puccini’s La Bohème is shown live from London’s Royal Opera House.

It has been 25 years since the first Big Screen broadcast in 1987, when hundreds of people turned out to see Placido Domingo in La Bohème on a screen in the Covent Garden Piazza.

From those humble beginnings, it is fitting that 25 years later this most famous of operas is being screened again.

La Bohème is the story of a struggling poet whose life changes forever after meeting a beautiful but fragile young woman.

This production stars Carmen Giannattasio and Joseph Calleja, under the baton of Semyon Bychkov, and you can see it at the Wharf Green screen in Swindon at 7.30pm on Thursday, May 17.

As part of the Big Screen series, The Royal Ballet’s Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 can been seen on Monday, July 16, at 7.30pm in Wharf Green.