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The Boss Baby 2D (U)

The Boss Baby 2D
All ticketst £4!

As any exhausted parent will tell you, a baby is the real boss of every family. This hilarious animation from DreamWorks, creators of Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and How To Train Your Dragon, takes that idea and toddles off fabulously somewhere kind of crazy with it. For seven idyllic years, Tim Templeton (Bakshi) has enjoyed the perfect life with his adoring parents (Kimmel and Kudrow). Then his new baby brother arrives. And he’s a very unusual baby brother indeed: he wears a suit, carries a briefcase and, unbeknownst to Tim’s parents, talks with the voice of Alec Baldwin. Tim is the only one not amused, but the two warring siblings reluctantly team up to foil a dastardly plot involving puppies. Expect poop jokes.

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Tuesday 30 May 201713:30
Wednesday 31 May 201714:30
Thursday 1 Jun 201714:30

Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge (12A)

Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge
Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge.” The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil's Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea—notably Jack. Jack's only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.

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Tuesday 30 May 201711:0014:0017:0020:00
Wednesday 31 May 201714:0017:0020:00
Thursday 1 Jun 201714:0017:0020:00

The Secret Scripture (12A)

The Secret Scripture
Director: Jim Sheridan. Starring: Rooney Mara, Vanessa Redgrave, Theo James. Ireland 2016. 108 mins.

Director Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot, In The Name Of The Father) delivers a beautifully realised drama based on Sebastian Barry’s novel. It’s the story of Rose (Redgrave), the sole remaining inhabitant of a decrepit psychiatric hospital, who relives the tragic circumstances that sent her there. In the process we meet her younger self (Mara, never better) and a priest (James) complicit in her incarceration. Wonderful performances perfectly interpret Sheridan’s powerful script.

Contains Infrequent strong language, moderate sex, violence

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Tuesday 30 May 201717:00
Wednesday 31 May 201720:30
Thursday 1 Jun 201717:00

Toddler Time: Hopster Showtime Space Adventures (U)

Toddler Time: Hopster Showtime Space Adventures
Admission: Children £3.00 / Adults - FREE. Please note however, you must book your adult tickets when making your booking to ensure adult seats are reserved - they will show at £0.00 cost.

Hop on board a spaceship and fly over to to this special Hopster Showtime screening that’s all about aliens and space. Budding astronauts will love this half an hour filled with space travels and interstellar explorations.

Did you know that we live in the Milky Way Galaxy and send out robot rovers to search for signs of life outside of our Planet?

Come along and learn these and more exciting space facts, travel to Alien’s planet, meet his family and then see how Doug from Hilltop Hospital averts a Mars mission disaster.

Featuring a regular programme of child-friendly screenings, Toddler Time offers preschool children and their parents, guardians and carers a cheap opportunity to visit the cinema and introduce young children to this environment. Only adults with children will be admitted. Adults go free, while children's tickets are £3 each.

Please note the show starts at the advertised time - there are no adverts or trailers.

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Tuesday 30 May 201710:30

The Handmaiden (Director's Cut) (18)

The Handmaiden (Director's Cut)
Director: Chan-wook Park. Starring: Min-hee Kim, Tae-ri Kim, Jung-woo Ha. South Korea 2016. 167 mins. Korean with English subtitles.

This is the extended director's cut. The standard version is showing on Thursday 1 June at 19:30 After shooting his first English-language feature in 2013, the Nicole Kidman-starring Stoker, acclaimed South Korean director Chan-wook Park reverts to his native language for the erotically charged psychological thriller The Handmaiden. Those familiar with the popular director’s films will be glad to know that Park’s penchant for studied framing, black humour and dark subject matter is present and correct. Inspired by, rather than adapted from, Sarah Waters’s 2002 novel Fingersmith, The Handmaiden switches the Victorian England setting for that of Korea under Japanese colonial rule in the 1930s. Featuring stunning period production design by Seong-hie Ryu, The Handmaiden is a deliciously twisty tale of revenge, centring on an heiress, her con man uncle and the lady-in-waiting for whom she begins to fall. A real feast for the senses, and as stylishly executed as one would expect from Park, this thriller will leave audiences swooning at the power of both the imagery and the storytelling.

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Tuesday 30 May 201719:30

Letters From Baghdad (PG)

Letters From Baghdad
Directors: Zeva Oelbaum, Sabine Krayenbühl. With: Tilda Swinton as the voice of Gertrude Bell. USA/UK/France 2016. 93 mins. English, Arabic with English subtitles.

Letters from Baghdad tells the extraordinary and dramatic story of Gertrude Bell, the most powerful woman in the British Empire in her day. She shaped the destiny of Iraq after World War I in ways that still reverberate today. More influential than her friend and colleague Lawrence of Arabia, why has she been written out of the history she helped make?

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Wednesday 31 May 201718:00

The Handmaiden (18)

The Handmaiden
Director: Chan-wook Park. Starring: Min-hee Kim, Tae-ri Kim, Jung-woo Ha. South Korea 2016. 146 mins. Korean with English subtitles.

This is the standard version. The director’s cut is showing on Tuesday 30 May at 19:30

After shooting his first English-language feature in 2013, the Nicole Kidman-starring Stoker, acclaimed South Korean director Chan-wook Park reverts to his native language for the erotically charged psychological thriller The Handmaiden. Those familiar with the popular director’s films will be glad to know that Park’s penchant for studied framing, black humour and dark subject matter is present and correct. Inspired by, rather than adapted from, Sarah Waters’s 2002 novel Fingersmith, The Handmaiden switches the Victorian England setting for that of Korea under Japanese colonial rule in the 1930s. Featuring stunning period production design by Seong-hie Ryu, The Handmaiden is a deliciously twisty tale of revenge, centring on an heiress, her con man uncle and the lady-in-waiting for whom she begins to fall. A real feast for the senses, and as stylishly executed as one would expect from Park, this thriller will leave audiences swooning at the power of both the imagery and the storytelling.

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Thursday 1 Jun 201719:30

Sing 2D (U)

Sing 2D
An enterprising koala puts on the world’s greatest singing show in this hilarious animated comedy. Buster Moon is a koala whose pride and joy is his theatre. But the once grand building has fallen on hard times and looks set to close its doors forever unless Buster can find a way to revive its fortunes. The one idea he has is to put on the world’s greatest singing competition – but will he find the next Leona Lewis or the next Honey G?

Great children's matinees every Saturday at 10.30am. Tickets are £2.00 each. Adults only admitted if accompanying children.

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Saturday 3 Jun 201710:30

British Museum Presents: Hokusai (12A)

British Museum Presents: Hokusai
British Museum Presents: Hokusai is a groundbreaking documentary and exclusive private view of the forthcoming British Museum exhibition Hokusai: Beyond The Great Wave. Filmed in Japan and the UK, the film focuses on Hokusai’s work, life and times in the great, bustling metropolis of Edo, modern Tokyo. Using extraordinary close-ups and pioneering 8K video technology, Hokusai’s paintings and prints are examined by world experts who are at the forefront of digital art history. Hokusai spent his life studying and celebrating our common humanity as well as deeply exploring the natural and spiritual worlds, using the famous volcano Mount Fuji as a protective presence and potential source of immortality. Hokusai is an artist who influenced Monet, Van Gogh and other Impressionists, is the father of manga and the only painter with his own emoji.

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Sunday 4 Jun 201715:00

NT Encore: : Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead (12A)

NT Encore: : Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead
Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, The Woman in Black), Joshua McGuire (The Hour) and David Haig (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Witness for the Prosecution) star in Tom Stoppard’s brilliantly funny situation comedy, broadcast live from The Old Vic theatre in London.

David Leveaux’s new production marks the 50th anniversary of the play that made a young Tom Stoppard’s name overnight.

Against the backdrop of Hamlet, two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, take centre stage. As the young double act stumble their way in and out of the action of Shakespeare’s iconic drama, they become increasingly out of their depth as their version of the story unfolds.

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Monday 5 Jun 201719:00

Toddler Time: Messy Goes To Okido The Moon (U)

Toddler Time: Messy Goes To Okido The Moon
Admission: Children £3.00 / Adults - FREE. Please note however, you must book your adult tickets when making your booking to ensure adult seats are reserved - they will show at £0.00 cost.

Messy goes to Okido is a comedy adventure, science-educational show following a curious, lovable monster called Messy (voiced by Adam Buxton).

Messy magically transports us from the real world to the land of Okido, where he finds the answers to his questions.

Featuring a regular programme of child-friendly screenings, Toddler Time offers preschool children and their parents, guardians and carers a cheap opportunity to visit the cinema and introduce young children to this environment. Only adults with children will be admitted. Adults go free, while children's tickets are £3 each.

Please note the show starts at the advertised time - there are no adverts or trailers.

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Tuesday 6 Jun 201710:30

Raw (18)

Raw
Director: Julia Ducournau. Starring: Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Naït Oufella. France/Belgium 2016. 99 mins. French with English subtitles.

Following in the footsteps of her entire family, shy 16-year-old Justine, an animal-loving vegetarian, enrols in veterinary college. Entering a seductive world of boys, drugs and all-night parties, she is confronted with a moral dilemma when she must eat a raw rabbit liver as part of an initiation ritual. She devours the meat, and is soon overtaken by unusual cravings. Julia Ducournau’s impressive debut feature is a highly accomplished, bold and bloody exploration of womanhood. Based around Marillier’s terrific, no-holds-barred performance, Raw has echoes of both Catherine Breillat’s explorations of female sexuality and the body horror of early David Cronenberg. The tense coming-of-age story has a mordant streak of dark humour and moments of brutality and gore. These may prove disturbing even for seasoned horror fans, thanks to the work of FX maestro Olivier Afonso. Be warned, the blood and guts apparently caused some cinemagoers to faint during a recent screening at the Toronto Film Festival.

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Tuesday 6 Jun 201720:30

ROH Live: The Dream.... (12A)

ROH Live: The Dream....
The Dream/Symphonic Variations/Marguerite And Armand.

The Royal Ballet brings its celebrations of 70 years at the Royal Opera House to a close with a mixed programme of works by its Founder Choreographer Frederick Ashton.

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Wednesday 7 Jun 201719:15

Glyndebourne: La Traviata (12A)

Glyndebourne: La Traviata
Violetta gives up every hope of happiness in this heart-wrenching love story. With its world-famous arias, La traviata is the perfect introduction to Glyndebourne.

Alfredo, a young man from the provinces, falls in love with Violetta, the stylish toast of Paris. But she’s not the marrying kind – at least not until now. However, their dreams are threatened by both a merciless society that condemns Violetta’s racy past and an equally merciless disease.

There’s rarely a dry eye in the house when this poignant tale unfolds through Verdi’s robust, tuneful, full-hearted and full-throated score, laced through with melodies as familiar as the story.

Russian soprano Venera Gimadieva portrays the iconic role of Violetta, alongside American tenor Michael Fabiano as Alfredo. The visual beauty of Tom Cairns’s opulent production aptly echoes the irresistible allure of this beloved opera.

‘With a team this thrilling and a production so intelligent, Glyndebourne has a sure-fire hit on its hands.’ ***** The Observer

Captured live in 2014. Sung in Italian with English subtitles.

Also on screen this summer: Brett Dean’s brand new Shakespeare-inspired opera, Hamlet (live) and a new production of Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito (live).

Creative team:

Conductor Mark Elder

Director Tom Cairns

Designer Hildegard Bechtler

Cast includes:

Violetta Venera Gimadieva

Alfredo Michael Fabiano

Giorgio Tassis Christoyannis

London Philharmonic Orchestra

The Glyndebourne Chorus

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Thursday 8 Jun 201718:00

My Cousin Rachel (12A)

My Cousin Rachel
Director: Roger Michell; Cast: Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin, Holliday Grainger

When Philip (Sam Claflin) hears of his guardian's death, he suspects the involvement of Rachel, the man's widow. When he finally meets her, though determined to exact his revenge, he is torn between hatred and overwhelming desire. Roger Michell's stately adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's novel profits from an outstanding performance by Rachel Weisz.

Contains infrequent strong language, moderate sex

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Friday 9 Jun 201711:0014:0017:1520:00
Saturday 10 Jun 201717:0019:45
Sunday 11 Jun 201713:30
Monday 12 Jun 201714:0017:1520:00
Tuesday 13 Jun 201711:0014:00
Wednesday 14 Jun 201714:30
Thursday 15 Jun 201714:0017:1520:00

Zip & Zap and The Marble Gang (PG)

Zip & Zap and The Marble Gang
IN SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

Spanish adventure comedy in which naughty twins Zip & Zap are punished and sent to summer school at Hope, a strict re-education center run by Falconetti, who rules with a heavy hand and an eyepatch and forbids all forms of recreation and entertainment. They form the Marble Gang, the children's Resistance, in order to defy the evil headmaster. Guided by intelligence, bravery and unbreakable faith in friendship, they uncover a mysterious secret hidden deep within the school and end up having the most exciting adventure of their lives.

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Saturday 10 Jun 201710:30

NT Live: Peter Pan (PG)

NT Live: Peter Pan
All children, except one, grow up…

Captured live at the National Theatre, a recorded performance of JM Barrie’s much-loved tale screens in cinemas this summer.

When Peter Pan, leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow, headstrong Wendy helps him to reattach it. In return, she is invited to Neverland, where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook await. A riot of magic, music and make-believe ensues.

A delight for children and adults alike, Sally Cookson (NT Live: Jane Eyre) directs this wondrously inventive production, a co-production with Bristol Old Vic theatre.

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Saturday 10 Jun 201713:30

Whitney 'Can I Be Me' UK Premiere (15)

Whitney 'Can I Be Me' UK Premiere
Dogwoof proudly presents the UK premiere of Whitney: Can I Be Me followed by a live satellite Q&A with acclaimed director Nick Broomfield. Broadcast live from Sheffield Doc/Fest, this exclusive event creates the ultimate Whitney moment with largely never-before-seen footage and exclusive live recordings. Whitney Houston was the epitome of superstar, an “American Princess” and the most awarded female artist ever. Even though she made millions of dollars, had more consecutive number ones than The Beatles, and became recognised for having one of the greatest voices of all time, she still wasn’t free to be herself and died at just 48 years old. Whitney: Can I Be Me tells Whitney Houston’s incredible and poignant life story with insights from those closest to her.

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Sunday 11 Jun 201718:00

Toddler Time: Hey Duggee June 2017 (U)

Toddler Time: Hey Duggee June 2017
Admission: Children £3.00 / Adults - FREE. Please note however, you must book your adult tickets when making your booking to ensure adult seats are reserved - they will show at £0.00 cost.

HEY DUGGEE- a place for children (and their parents) to have fun, be energetic, and most of all to DO THINGS!

This is an extra special summer bumper edition of Hey Duggee featuring six wonderful epsiodes: Bouncing, Leaf, Surprise, Teddy, Story and Omelette.

The show is based around a children’s playgroup called The Squirrel Club. Its run by a big dog called DUGGEE. The Squirrel Club is a place where kids have adventures and earn badges for their accomplishments.

There are five children who go to the Squirrel club. HAPPY, NORRIE,TAG, BETTY & ROLY. Their parents drop them off every day and they spend a couple of hours having fun and adventures with DUGGEE, in his clubhouse, and outside in his fantastical world before being picked up again at the end of the show.

It’s all about doing things, and DUGGEE likes to do a lot, and go to lots of places.

Featuring a regular programme of child-friendly screenings, Toddler Time offers preschool children and their parents, guardians and carers a cheap opportunity to visit the cinema and introduce young children to this environment. Only adults with children will be admitted. Adults go free, while children's tickets are £3 each.

Please note the show starts at the advertised time - there are no adverts or trailers.

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Tuesday 13 Jun 201710:30

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (12A)

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki
Director: Juho Kuosmanen. Starring: Jarkko Lahti, Oona Airola, Eero Milonoff. Finland/Sweden/Germany 2016. 93 mins. English and Finnish with English subtitles.

The true story of Olli Mäki, the famous Finnish boxer who had a shot at the 1962 World Featherweight title. Immensely talented and equally modest, Olli's small town life is transformed when he is swept into national stardom and suddenly regarded as a symbol of his country. There's only one problem: Olli has just fallen in love.

This charming feature debut from Juho Kuosmanen was awarded the Un Certain Regard Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, and was selected as the Finnish entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards this year.

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Tuesday 13 Jun 201720:30

ROH Encore: The Dream... (12A)

ROH Encore:  The Dream...
The Dream/Symphonic Variations/Marguerite And Armand.

The Royal Ballet brings its celebrations of 70 years at the Royal Opera House to a close with a mixed programme of works by its Founder Choreographer Frederick Ashton.

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Wednesday 14 Jun 201712:00

Churchill (PG)

Churchill
Director: Jonathan Teplitzky. Starring: Brian Cox, Miranda Richardson, John Slattery. UK 2017. 98 mins.

June 1944. Allied forces stand on the brink of invasion, but one man stands in their way: Winston Churchill. Exhausted by years of war, Churchill (Cox) fears that history will remember him as an architect of slaughter if the landings fail. Churchill is the untold story of the haunted frailty of Britain’s most celebrated leader, revealing his vital relationship with his wife Clementine (Richardson), the confidant who inspired him to greatness.

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Friday 16 Jun 201710:3013:0015:3018:0020:30
Saturday 17 Jun 201712:3015:1518:0020:30
Sunday 18 Jun 201712:0014:3017:0019:30
Monday 19 Jun 201711:0013:3020:30
Tuesday 20 Jun 201712:4515:3018:0020:30
Wednesday 21 Jun 201711:3014:1518:0020:30
Thursday 22 Jun 201711:3014:0020:00

The Incredibles (U)

The Incredibles
From the creative minds at Pixar comes this hilarious, action-packed animated adventure about a seemingly ordinary family with an incredible secret.

Married superheroes Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) and Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) are forced to assume mundane lives as Bob and Helen Parr after all super-powered activities have been banned by the government. While Mr. Incredible loves his wife and kids, he longs to return to a life of adventure, and he gets a chance when summoned to an island to battle an out-of-control robot. Soon, Mr. Incredible is in trouble, and it's up to his family to save him.

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Saturday 17 Jun 201710:30

Exhibition: Michelangelo: Love and Death (12A)

Exhibition: Michelangelo: Love and Death
To coincide with a glorious new exhibition at the National Gallery of London, this film offers a full and fresh biography of Michelangelo who, with Leonardo, is considered one of the greatest artists of the Renaissance – and perhaps of all time. This film explores his relationship with his contemporaries and his immense artistic practice that included painting, sculpture and architecture. Among the works explored are the universally adored David in Florence, the Sistine Chapel in Rome and the Manchester Madonna (today at the National Gallery). This major new film goes to the heart of just who was this tempestuous, passionate giant of art history.

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Monday 19 Jun 201718:30

Lost In London (12A)

Lost In London
Director: Woody Harrelson. Starring: Woody Harrelson, Owen Wilson, Willie Nelson. UK 2017

Back in January, screen icon Woody Harrelson (Natural Born Killers, White Men Can't Jump) directed and starred in an unprecedented live feature-film event: a movie made on the fly, shot in real time in Central London in a single take and broadcast live to cinemas across the world.

A comic re-staging of one crazy night in Soho in 2002, Lost In London follows Harrelson, playing himself, as he struggles to get home to his family after a scandal threatens to ruin his marriage. Run-ins with royalty, friends and the law all seem to conspire to keep him from succeeding. Funny, charming and finally quite moving, Woody's film ultimately proves much more than a dazzling technical exercise.

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Tuesday 20 Jun 201720:30

NT Live: Salomé (15)

NT Live: Salomé
The story has been told before, but never like this. An occupied desert nation. A radical from the wilderness on hunger strike. A girl whose mysterious dance will change the course of the world. This charged retelling turns the infamous biblical tale on its head, placing the girl we call Salomé at the centre of a revolution.

Internationally acclaimed theatre director Yaël Farber (Les Blancs) draws on multiple accounts to create her urgent, hypnotic production which will be broadcast live from the stage of the National Theatre. ‘Epic. A near-perfect production.’ Guardian (on Les Blancs )

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Thursday 22 Jun 201719:00

Paddington (PG)

Paddington
Paddington Bear finally reaches the silver screen courtesy of director and co-writer Paul King. Arriving in London from his native Peru with a ‘Please Look After This Bear’ label around his neck, our bewildered ursine friend is fortunately taken in by kindly Mr and Mrs Brown (Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins). Voiced by Ben Whishaw, and named after the railway station he arrived at, Paddington embarks on a series of bemused adventures as he searches for one of his Aunt Lucy’s (Imelda Staunton) friends and finds himself dodging a malicious taxidermist with an unnatural aversion to bears (Nicole Kidman). This charming amalgam of CGI, animatronics and live action will delight fans old and new of the perennially popular children’s books by Michael Bond.

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Saturday 24 Jun 201710:30

Alone in Berlin Live From The I.W.M. (12A)

Alone in Berlin Live From The I.W.M.
This unique event, featuring Emma Thompson, will be broadcast live to cinemas nationwide from London’s world-renowned Imperial War Museum.

Featuring a preview of the extraordinary film ALONE IN BERLIN, followed by a unique view of the museum’s most famous exhibits from Nazi Germany and a lively, inspiring and timely discussion exploring the realities of political protest from Germany during World War II through to present day.

Berlin, 1940. The city is paralysed by fear. When Otto and Anna's son is killed at the front, their loss drives them to an extraordinary act of resistance: they start to drop anonymous postcards all over the city, attacking Hitler and his regime. If they are caught, it means certain execution. Soon their campaign comes to the attention of Gestapo inspector Escherich (Daniel Brühl), and a murderous game of cat and mouse begins.

Alone In Berlin is based on Hans Fallada's bestselling novel, described by Primo Levi as "the greatest book ever written about German resistance to the Nazis"

Starring Emma Thompson, Daniel Brühl and Brendan Gleeson.

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Monday 26 Jun 201719:30

ROH Live: Otello (12A)

ROH Live: Otello
Jonas Kaufmann makes his role debut as Otello in Verdi’s passionate retelling of Shakespeare’s great tragedy of jealousy, deception and murder, conducted by Antonio Pappano.

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Wednesday 28 Jun 201719:15

ROH Encore: Otello (12A)

ROH Encore: Otello
Jonas Kaufmann makes his role debut as Otello in Verdi’s passionate retelling of Shakespeare’s great tragedy of jealousy, deception and murder, conducted by Antonio Pappano.

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Wednesday 5 Jul 201712:00

La Bohème: Live From Taormina 2017 (12A)

La Bohème: Live From Taormina 2017
Perched high above the picturesque coast of Sicily and sitting under the shadow of Mt. Etna, Teatro Antico di Taormina has inspired artists for over 2000 years – from the ancient Greeks and Romans to Woody Allen and today’s opera stars.

Every summer, this romantic and dramatic setting welcomes opera lovers from all over the world. 2017 is no exception, with the staging of Puccini’s La bohème, the tragic love story between a young poet and a seamstress. Directed by Enrico Castiglione, this retelling of the timeless classic will enchant cinema audiences with its intense melodic lyrics, original and refined harmony, instrumental light feel and nuances which are all unmistakable and unique.

For one night only, come and experience this spectacular opera on the big screen, live from Taormina, Sicily!

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Wednesday 5 Jul 201719:30

Glyndebourne: Hamlet (12A)

Glyndebourne: Hamlet
Be part of a major new operatic work – join us for the world premiere of Brett Dean’s new opera based on Shakespeare’s best-known tragedy.

Brett Dean’s colourful, energetic, witty and richly lyrical music expertly captures the modernity of this timeless tale, while Matthew Jocelyn’s libretto is pure Shakespeare.

A cast of some of the finest singing actors of the moment will bring Hamlet to life. British tenor and Glyndebourne favourite Allan Clayton will play Hamlet. British mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly will play Gertrude and Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan will make her Glyndebourne debut as Ophelia. Legendary British bass John Tomlinson plays The Ghost of Old Hamlet.

Hamlet will be conducted by Vladimir Jurowski, Glyndebourne’s former Music Director.

Neil Armfield has directed numerous productions for Opera Australia, including their first full-length presentation of The Ring Cycle. He is the director of the acclaimed films Candy and Holding the Man.

‘The themes of life and death, love and betrayal have opera written all over them.’

—Brett Dean, Composer

Sung in English with English supertitles

Also on screen this summer: a timeless production of La traviata (captured live in 2014) and a new production of Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito (live).

Creative team

Composer Brett Dean

Librettist Matthew Jocelyn

Conductor Vladimir Jurowski

Director Neil Armfield

Set Designer Ralph Myers

Costume Designer Alice Babidge

Cast includes

Hamlet Allan Clayton

Gertrude Sarah Connolly

Ophelia Barbara Hannigan

Claudius Rod Gilfry

Polonius Kim Begley

Ghost of Old Hamlet John Tomlinson

Horatio Jacques Imbrailo

London Philharmonic Orchestra

The Glyndebourne Chorus

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Thursday 6 Jul 201718:00

The Donmar Presents Julius Caesar (12A)

The Donmar Presents Julius Caesar
Marking the culmination of their five-year, all-female Shakespeare Trilogy, the Donmar Warehouse presents Phyllida Lloyd's production of Julius Caesar on screen.

After a 13-week repertory season in 2016, led by Harriet Walter, one of the greatest living Shakespearean actors, the Shakespeare Trilogy productions have been produced for screen, with an all-female, diverse and talented cast including.

Shakepeare's drama could not be more timely. It depicts the catastrophic consequences of a political leader's extension of his powers beyond the remit of the constitution. As Brutus (Harriet Walter) wrestles with his moral conscience over the assassination of Julius Caesar (Jackie Clune), Mark Antony (Jade Anouka) manipulates the crowd through his subtle and incendiary rhetoric to frenzied mob violence. There follows the descent of the country into factions and the outbreak of civil war.

In 2012, Phyllida Lloyd’s all-female theatre production of Julius Caesar placed the play in a women’s prison. It stunned audiences on both sides of the Atlantic and challenged the idea of ‘who owns Shakespeare?’ 2016 saw the project's conclusion with The Tempest joining 2014's Henry IV to form the final part of THE SHAKESPEARE TRILOGY, performed in a new 420-seat in-the-round temporary theatre at King’s Cross, described by critics as “One of the most important theatrical event of the past twenty years" (Susannah Clapp, Observer)

In Julius Caesar, Phyllida Lloyd has taken an explosive, arresting production of Shakespeare’s famous discourse on power, loyalty, and tragic idealism, and used her considerable directorial vision to shape it into a gripping version for screen.

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Wednesday 12 Jul 201720:30

NT Live: Angels in America Part 1 Millennium Approaches (15)

NT Live: Angels in America Part 1 Millennium Approaches
Part One, Millennium Approaches

America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell.

Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) plays Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough (People, Places and Things), Nathan Lane (The Producers), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Russell Tovey (The Pass).

This new staging of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play is directed by Olivier and Tony award winning director Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse).

Part Two: Perestroika, will also be broadcast live on 27 July 2017.

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Thursday 20 Jul 201719:00

Andre Rieu’s 2017 Maastricht concert

Andre Rieu’s 2017 Maastricht concert
Known to millions as ‘The King of Waltz’, André Rieu is one of the world’s most popular music artists. His legendary annual Maastricht concert is the most eagerly anticipated cinema event of the year, last year setting new box office records in several countries.

Set against the stunning medieval backdrop of the town square in André’s Dutch hometown, the spectacular Maastricht concert features the maestro in his element, along with his 60-piece Johann Strauss Orchestra, sopranos, tenors and very special guests. André delivers an unforgettable musical experience full of humor, fun and emotion for all ages. This presentation of André Rieu’s 2017 Maastricht Concert in Cinemas features host Charlotte Hawkins, who conducts an interview with André Rieu the moment he steps off stage, exclusively for cinema audiences.

This year is a very special year because it is exactly 30 years ago that André Rieu started his Johann Strauss Orchestra in his home town of Maastricht. From a small group of musicians rehearsing in the classroom of André’s son’s primary school to stadiums and concert halls around the world - what a journey it has been!

Take a front row seat and experience this spectacular musical event on the big screen. Enjoy backstage access, interviews with André and his special guests, musical favourites and much, much more, exclusive to cinema.

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Saturday 22 Jul 201719:00
Sunday 30 Jul 201714:00

NT Live: Angels in America Part 2 Perestroika (15)

NT Live: Angels in America Part 2 Perestroika
Part Two, Perestroika

America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell.

Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) plays Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough (People, Places and Things), Nathan Lane (The Producers), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Russell Tovey (The Pass).

This new staging of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play is directed by Olivier and Tony award winning director Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse). Part One: Millennium Approaches was first performed at the National Theatre in 1992 and was followed by Part Two: Perestroika the following year.

Part One: Millennium Approaches will be broadcast live on 20 July 2017.

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Thursday 27 Jul 201719:00

Glyndebourne: La clemenza di Tito (12A)

Glyndebourne: La clemenza di Tito
Spurned by Tito, Vitellia seeks revenge. Besotted Sesto agrees to avenge her as a token of his love, but all does not go to plan. A brand new take on one of Mozart’s final works.

Vitellia’s path to the throne is thwarted by the man who deposed her father, so she presses her admirer Sesto to murder him.

Driven by love, Sesto does his worst. But in return, receives a lesson in forgiveness.

Conducted by Robin Ticciati and directed by Claus Guth, Mozart’s opera delivers all of the sublime musical beauty and heart-tugging humanity we expect of him.

Loosely based on the life of the Roman Emperor Titus, La clemenza di Tito distills the suspense of Don Giovanni, the warmth of The Marriage of Figaro, and the nobility of The Magic Flute into one powerful parable of love and friendship, vengeance and mercy.

Australian tenor Steve Davislim makes his Glyndebourne debut as Tito, with Alice Coote as Vitellia and Kate Lindsey as Sesto.

Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

Also on screen this summer: a timeless production of La traviata (captured live in 2014) and Brett Dean’s brand new Shakespeare-inspired opera, Hamlet (live).

Creative team

Conductor Robin Ticciati

Director Claus Guth

Designer Christian Schmidt

Cast includes

Tito Steve Davislim

Vitellia Alice Coote

Sesto Kate Lindsey

Servilia Joélle Harvey

Annio Anna Stéphany

Publio Clive Bayley

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

The Glyndebourne Chorus

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Thursday 3 Aug 201718:00

RSC Live: Titus Andronicus (12A)

RSC Live: Titus Andronicus
The decay of Rome reaches violent depths in Shakespeare’s most bloody play. Titus is a ruler exhausted by war and loss, who relinquishes power but leaves Rome in disorder. Rape, cannibalism and severed body parts fill the moral void at the heart of this corrupt society. Shakespeare’s gory revenge tragedy presents us with murder as entertainment, and, as the body count piles up, poses questions about the nature of sexuality, family, class and society. Blanche McIntyre returns to the RSC after her debut directing The Two Noble Kinsmen (2016).

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Wednesday 9 Aug 201719:00

NT Live: Yerma (15)

NT Live: Yerma
The incredible Billie Piper (Penny Dreadful, Great Britain) returns in her Evening Standard Best Actress award-winning role. A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in Simon Stone’s radical production of Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece. The unmissable theatre phenomenon sold out at the Young Vic and critics call it ‘an extraordinary theatrical triumph’ (The Times) and ‘stunning, searing, unmissable’ (Mail on Sunday). Billie Piper’s lead performance is described as ‘spellbinding’ (The Evening Standard), ‘astonishing’ (iNews) and ‘devastatingly powerful’ (The Daily Telegraph). Set in contemporary London, Piper’s portrayal of a woman in her thirties desperate to conceive builds with elemental force to a staggering, shocking, climax.

Please note that this broadcast does not have an interval.

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Thursday 31 Aug 201719:00

John le Carré - An Evening with George Smiley (12A)

John le Carré - An Evening with George Smiley
Broadcast live from London's Royal Festival Hall, join us for a celebration of one of the world’s greatest writers as he shares the secrets behind the creation of his most beloved character.

From his extraordinary Cold War novels – such as The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – to his powerful descriptions of the arms trade in The Night Manager, and the War on Terror in A Most Wanted Man, the writing of John le Carré has come to define the last half century. In this one-off event, the author discusses the full breadth of his career, and reflects on the continuing story of his most famous creation, the tubby, bespectacled spy, George Smiley.

Coinciding with the publication date of his new novel, A Legacy of Spies, the event will include readings from the book by the author. The novel sees the return of some of le Carré’s most iconic Cold War characters, including George Smiley and his trusted lieutenant, Peter Guillam, as their past comes back to claim them in the present. With a rare question and answer session, this will be an unmissable opportunity to experience one of the foremost chroniclers of our age, direct and in his own words.

In support of MSF, the leading emergency medical humanitarian aid organisation, John le Carré is donating his speaker’s fee, and the producers of the live cinema broadcast, The Ink Factory, are donating their share of the profits to the charity.

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Thursday 7 Sep 201719:45

David Gilmour Live At Pompeii (12A)

David Gilmour Live At Pompeii
45 years after Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour filmed ‘Live At Pompeii’ in the legendary Roman Amphitheatre there, he returned for two spectacular shows, part of his year-long tour in support of his No.1 album ‘Rattle That Lock’. The performances were the first-ever rock concerts for an audience in the stone Roman amphitheatre, and, for two nights only, the 2,600 strong crowd stood exactly where gladiators would have fought in the first century AD.

‘David Gilmour Live At Pompeii’ is an audio-visual spectacle, featuring lasers, pyrotechnics and a huge circular screen on which specially-created films complement selected songs, but paramount above all is the astonishing music and stellar performances from an all-star band. The show includes songs from throughout David's career, as well as many Pink Floyd classics, including 'One Of These Days', the only song that was also performed at the band’s 1971 show.

Both concerts also saw very special performances of 'The Great Gig In The Sky' from 'The Dark Side Of The Moon', which David rarely plays as a solo artist. This concert performance film includes highlights from both shows, filmed in 4k by director Gavin Elder . ‘David Gilmour Live At Pompeii’ shows an artist at the top of his artistic game, performing incredible material with his world-class band, in a unique setting, on one very special occasion.

Songs include the title tracks of his two most recent No. 1 solo albums: Rattle That Lock and On An Island, as well as other solo and Pink Floyd classics, including Wish You Were Here and Comfortably Numb.

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Wednesday 13 Sep 201720:30

ROH Live: The Magic Flute (12A)

ROH Live: The Magic Flute
JULIA JONES CONDUCTS THE ROYAL OPERA’S SPELLBINDING PRODUCTION OF MOZART’S THE MAGIC FLUTE WITH A WONDERFUL CAST INCLUDING RODERICK WILLIAMS AS PAPAGENO

SUNG IN GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES

Mozart’s glorious opera The Magic Flute is brought enchantingly to life in David McVicar’s production with beautiful sets by John Macfarlane.

Prince Tamino promises the Queen of the Night that he will rescue her daughter Pamina from the enchanter Sarastro. He begins his quest, accompanied by the bird-catcher Papageno – but all is not as it seems…

David McVicar’s classic production embraces both the seriousness and comedy of Mozart’s work. The audience is transported to a fantastical world of dancing animals, flying machines and dazzlingly starry skies. The setting provides a wonderful backdrop for Mozart’s kaleidoscopic score, from the Queen of the Night’s coloratura fireworks to Tamino and Pamina’s lyrical love duets and Papageno’s hearty, folksong-like arias.

As well as being a comedy The Magic Flute is an expression of Mozart’s profound spiritual beliefs: Enlightenment concerns with the search for wisdom and virtue are at the heart of this enchanting tale. The Magic Flute was an instant success with audiences and Mozart’s supposed rival Salieri described it as an ‘operone’ – a great opera.

MUSIC - WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

LIBRETTO - LORENZO DA PONTE

DIRECTOR - DAVID MCVICAR

CONDUCTOR - JULIA JONES

TAMINO - MAURO PETER

PAMINA - SIOBHAN STAGG

PAPAGENO - RODERICK WILLIAMS

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Wednesday 20 Sep 201719:15

ROH Live: La Bohème (12A)

ROH Live: La Bohème
PUCCINI’S PASSIONATE OPERA IS CONDUCTED BY ANTONIO PAPPANO ANDSTARS A SUPERB YOUNG CAST INCLUDING NICOLE CAR, MICHAEL FABIANOAND MARIUSZ KWIECIEN, IN A NEW PRODUCTION BY RICHARD JONES

SUNG IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES

When Rodolfo, a penniless poet, meets Mimì, a seamstress, they fall instantly in love. But their happiness is threatened when Rodolfo learns that Mimì is gravely ill.

Acclaimed director Richard Jones (Boris Godunov, Il trittico) directs a new production of Puccini’s La bohème. Irresistible in its witty, passionate blend of comedy and tragedy, the opera focusses on the lives of a group of young artists as they eke out an existence on the bohemian fringes of Paris. Jones brings his characteristically acute insight to this much-loved classic, visualized in Stewart Laing’s spectacular setting.

Puccini’s romantic depiction of bohemian Paris, with memorable music and a love story drawn from everyday life, has captivated audiences around the world, making La bohème one of the best-loved of all operas. It was first performed in Covent Garden in 1897 and has had more than five hundred performances there since. MUSIC - GIACOMO PUCCINI

DIRECTOR - RICHARD JONES

CONDUCTOR - ANTONIO PAPPANO

MIMÌ - NICOLE CAR

RODOLFO - MICHAEL FABIANO

MARCELLO - MARIUSZ KWIECIEN

MUSETTA - NADINE SIERRA

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Tuesday 3 Oct 201719:15

RSC Live: Coriolanus (2017) (12A)

RSC Live: Coriolanus (2017)
A full-throttle war play that revels in the sweat of the battlefield, Coriolanus transports us back to the emergence of the republic of Rome.

Caius Martius Coriolanus is a fearless soldier but a reluctant leader. His ambitious mother attempts to carve him a path to political power, but he struggles to change his nature and do what is required to achieve greatness. In this new city state struggling to find its feet, where the gap between rich and poor is widening every day, Coriolanus must decide who he really is and where his allegiances lie.

Rome Season Director, Angus Jackson, completes the Royal Shakespeare Company’s collection of Shakespeare’s Roman plays with a visceral production which sees Sope Dirisu (One Night in Miami, Donmar Warehouse, 2016) take on the title role.

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Wednesday 11 Oct 201719:00

Bolshoi 17/18: Le Corsaire (12A)

Bolshoi 17/18: Le Corsaire
Music Adolphe Adam Choreography Alexei Ratmansky Libretto Jules Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Joseph Mazilier Cast The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet

Amidst a bustling market, the pirate Conrad falls in love at first sight with the beautiful Medora, the ward of the slave merchant Lankedem’s bazaar. Conrad kidnaps Medora when Lanquedem decides to sell her to the Pasha.

Inspired by Lord Byron’s epic poem and reworked by Alexei Ratmansky from Petipa’s exotic 19th century classic, this miracle of the repertoire is one of the Bolshoi’s most lavish productions. Complete with a magnificent awe-inspring shipwreck and dramatic scenery, this grand romance allows enough dancing for nearly the entire company and made especially for those who seek miracles in theatre.

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Sunday 22 Oct 201716:00

ROH Live: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (12A)

ROH Live: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
FOLLOW ALICE DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE IN CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON’S EXUBERANT BALLET, INSPIRED BY LEWIS CARROLL’S MUCH-LOVED BOOK

At a garden party on a sunny afternoon, Alice is surprised to see her parents’ friend Lewis Carroll transform into a white rabbit. When she follows him down a rabbit hole events become curiouser and curiouser… As Alice journeys through Wonderland, she encounters countless strange creatures. She’s swept off her feet by the charming Knave of Hearts, who’s on the run for stealing the tarts. Confusion piles upon confusion. Then Alice wakes with a start. Was it all a daydream? Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland burst onto the stage in 2011 in an explosion of colour, stage magic and inventive, sophisticated choreography. Joby Talbot’s score combines contemporary soundworlds with sweeping melodies that gesture to ballet scores of the 19th century. Bob Crowley’s wildly imaginative, eye-popping designs draw on everything from puppetry to projections to make Wonderland wonderfully real.

Alice encounters a cast of extraordinary and instantly recognizable characters, from the highly strung Queen of Hearts – who performs a hilarious send-up of The Sleeping Beauty's famous Rose Adage – to a playing-card corps de ballet, a sinuous caterpillar and a tap-dancing Mad Hatter. But the ballet does not avoid the darker undercurrents of Lewis Carroll’s story: a nightmarish kitchen, an eerily disembodied Cheshire Cat and the unhinged tea party are all here in vivid detail. The delicious result shows The Royal Ballet at its best, bringing together world-class dance with enchanting family entertainment.

CHOREOGRAPHY - CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON

MUSIC - JOBY TALBOT

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Monday 23 Oct 201719:15

Bolshoi 17/18: The Taming Of The Shrew (12A)

Bolshoi 17/18: The Taming Of The Shrew
Music Dmitri Shostakovich Choreography Jean-Christophe Maillot After William Shakespeare

Cast Ekaterina Krysanova (Katherina), Vladislav Lantratov (Petruchio), Olga Smirnova (Bianca), Semyon Chudin (Lucentio), Anna Tikhomirova (the Housekeeper), Igor Tsvirko (Hortensio), Vyacheslav Lopatin (Gremio), Artemy Belyakov (Baptista)

Baptista struggles to marry off his tempestuous daughter Katharina, a shrew who denies that any man could possibly be her match. However when she meets Petruchio, who is as ill-tempered as she, the two forces of nature ignite an unexpected and explosive encounter.

Acclaimed choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot brings out the wit, fast-paced athleticism and vibrancy from the Bolshoi Ballet dancers in Shakespeare’s rowdy comedy. Principals Ekaterina Krysanova and Vladislav Lantratov clash, challenge and eventually give themselves to one another in a wonderfully entertaining production that can only be seen at the Bolshoi!

Captured live on Jan 24, 2016

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Sunday 12 Nov 201715:00
Sunday 26 Nov 201713:00 (Closed)

Bolshoi 17/18: The Nutcracker (12A)

Bolshoi 17/18: The Nutcracker
Music Pyotr Tchaikovsky Choreography Yuri Grigorovich Libretto Yuri Grigorovich (after E.T.A. Hoffmann and Marius Petipa).

Cast Denis Rodkin (the Nutcracker Prince), Anna Nikulina (Marie), Andrei Merkuriev (Drosselmeyer), Vitaly Biktimirov (the Mouse King), and the Bolshoi Corps de Ballet.

As the clock strikes midnight on Christmas Eve, Marie’s wooden nutcracker doll comes to life and transforms into a prince! Soon joined by her other toys that have also come to life, Marie and her prince embark on a dreamy unforgettable adventure.

A holiday tradition for the whole family, The Nutcracker sweeps the Bolshoi stage for two hours of enchantment and magic. Along with Tchaikovsky’s cherished score and and some of the Bolshoi’s greatest artists, The Nutcracker remains a treasure not to be missed!

Captured live on Dec 21, 2014

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Sunday 3 Dec 201716:00
Sunday 17 Dec 201713:00 (Closed)

ROH Live: The Nutcracker (12A)

ROH Live:  The Nutcracker
YOUNG GIRL’S ENCHANTED PRESENT LEADS HER ON A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE IN THIS BEAUTIFUL CLASSICAL BALLET, DANCED TO TCHAIKOVSKY’S MAGNIFICENT SCORE

The young Clara creeps downstairs on Christmas Eve to play with her favourite present – a Nutcracker doll. But the mysterious magician Drosselmeyer is waiting to sweep her off on a magical adventure. After defeating the Mouse King, the Nutcracker and Clara travel through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy treats them to a wonderful display of dances. Back home, Clara thinks she must have been dreaming – but doesn’t she recognize Drosselmeyer’s nephew?

Peter Wright’s nigh-on definitive production for The Royal Ballet ranks as one of the most enduring and enchanting versions of The Nutcracker. With its festive period setting, dancing snowflakes and enchanting stage magic, Lev Ivanov’s 1892 ballet has become the perfect Christmas entertainment, with Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous, sugar-spun music the most recognizable of all ballet scores.

Loosely based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, the ballet opens with a lively Christmas party, its Victorian setting captured in opulent detail by Julia Trevelyan Oman’s designs. Wright’s choreography ingeniously incorporates surviving fragments of the ballet’s original material, including the sublime pas de deux for the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince. But in emphasizing the relationship between Clara and the Nutcracker Prince, the production also gains a touching subtext of first love.

CHOREOGRAPHY - PETER WRIGHT

AFTER - LEV IVANOV

MUSIC - PYOTR IL’YICH TCHAIKOVSKY

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Tuesday 5 Dec 201719:15

ROH Live: Rigoletto (12A)

ROH Live: Rigoletto
DAVID MCVICAR’S ACCLAIMED PRODUCTION OF VERDI’S POTENT AND TRAGICOPERA IS CONDUCTED BY ALEXANDER JOEL, WITH AN EXCELLENT CAST LED BY DIMITRI PLATANIAS, LUCY CROWE AND MICHAEL FABIANO

SUNG IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES

The corruption of innocence is at the heart of Verdi’s potent tragedy in David McVicar’s production for The Royal Opera.

Rigoletto, court jester to the libertine Duke of Mantua, is cursed by the father of one of the Duke’s victims for his irreverent laughter. When the Duke seduces Rigoletto’s daughter Gilda, it seems the curse is taking effect…

David McVicar’s production highlights the cruelty at the heart of the court of Mantua. Richly dressed courtiers engage in orgies and revelries to Verdi’s heady, spirited dances. The opera’s many musical highlights include the ebullient ‘La donna è mobile’, in which the Duke boasts of his disregard for women; Gilda’s exquisite, plangent duets with Rigoletto and the Duke; and the gorgeous Act III quartet that beautifully weaves the voices together as the story quickens to its shattering conclusion.

Giuseppe Verdi wrote in 1855 that Rigoletto was his ‘best opera’. He had had to overcome state censorship to stage it – the censors objected to its depiction of an immoral ruler – but he was vindicated by the premiere’s huge success in 1851. Rigoletto was performed 250 times in the next 10 years and has remained one of the most popular of all operas.

MUSIC - GIUSEPPE VERDI

DIRECTOR - DAVID MCVICAR

CONDUCTOR - ALEXANDER JOEL

RIGOLETTO - DIMITRI PLATANIAS

GILDA - LUCY CROWE

DUKE OF MANTUA - MICHAEL FABIANO

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Tuesday 16 Jan 201819:15

Bolshoi 17/18: Romeo And Juliet (12A)

Bolshoi 17/18: Romeo And Juliet
Music Sergei Prokofiev Choreography Alexei Ratmansky After William Shakespeare

Cast The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet

In Verona, Romeo and Juliet fall madly in love while their respective families, the Montagues and the Capulets, are caught in a bitter rivalry ending in heart-wrenching tragedy…

Alexei Ratmansky, former artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet, stages the company’s premiere of his production with dramatic urgency and a fresh re-telling of Shakespeare’s beloved classic. His brilliant and detailed adaptation set to Prokofiev’s romantic and cinematic score, reignites the story of literature’s most celebrated star-crossed lovers like no other classical ballet choreographer today.

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Sunday 21 Jan 201815:00

Bolshoi 17/18: The Lady Of The Camellias (12A)

Bolshoi 17/18: The Lady Of The Camellias
Music Frédéric Chopin Choreography John Neumeier After Alexandre Dumas fils

Cast Svetlana Zakharova (Marguerite Gautier), Edvin Revazov (Armand Duval), Anna Tikhomirova (Manon Lescaut), Semyon Chudin (Des Grieux), Kristina Kretova (Prudence Duvernoy), Mikhail Lobukhin (Gaston Rieux), Anna Antropova (Nanina), Andrei Merkuriev (Monsieur Duval), Daria Khokhlova (Olympia)

As he arrives in Paris for the first time, the young and naive Armand is utterly captivated after meeting the ravishing and most desirable courtesan Marguerite Gautier. Their encounter gives birth to a passionate yet doomed love…

Alexandre Dumas fils’s novel comes to life on the Bolshoi stage, with prima Svetlana Zakharova as the ailing Marguerite seeking love and redemption from her life as a courtesan. The Bolshoi brings choreographer John Neumeier’s work of rare beauty and tragic depth to new emotional heights, accompanied by Chopin’s romantic piano score.

Captured live on Dec 06, 2015

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Sunday 4 Feb 201815:00

ROH Live: Tosca (12A)

ROH Live: Tosca
DRAMA, PASSION AND FABULOUS MUSIC – PUCCINI’S OPERATIC THRILLER IS ONE OF THE GREAT OPERA EXPERIENCES. DAN ETTINGER CONDUCTS A STAR CAST LED BY ADRIANNE PIECZONKA, JOSEPH CALLEJA AND GERALD FINLEY

SUNG IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SURTITLEST

Tosca is one of the great evenings of opera, and from its strident opening chords conjures up a world of political instability and menace.

Jonathan Kent’s production for The Royal Opera captures the dangerous political turbulence of Rome in 1800. The Chief of Police, Scarpia – one of the most malevolent villains in opera – ruthlessly pursues and tortures enemies of the state. His dark, demonic music contrasts with the expansive melodies of the idealistic lovers, Tosca and Cavaradossi, who express their passion in sublime arias, including ‘Vissi d’arte’ and ‘E lucevan le stelle’. Giacomo Puccini’s dramatic work was a hit with audiences on its 1900 premiere and it remains one of the most performed of all operas – with its gripping plot and glorious music, it’s easy to see why.

A candle-lit church, Scarpia’s gloomy study with its hidden torture chamber and the false optimism of a Roman dawn: this handsome production throws into relief the ruthlessly taut drama, as the tension is wound up towards a fateful conclusion. Puccini’s meticulously researched score is infused with the same authentic detail, from distant cannon fire during the Act I Te Deum to tolling church bells and the sounds of a firing squad.

MUSIC - GIACOMO PUCCINI

DIRECTOR - JONATHAN KENT

CONDUCTOR - DAN ETTINGER

FLORIA TOSCA - ADRIANNE PIECZONKA

MARIO CAVARADOSSI - JOSEPH CALLEJA

BARON SCARPIA - GERALD FINLEY

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Wednesday 7 Feb 201819:15

RSC Live: Twelfth Night (2018) (12A)

RSC Live: Twelfth Night (2018)
'I am all the daughters of my father's house, And all the brothers too.'

Twelfth Night is a tale of unrequited love – hilarious and heartbreaking. Two twins are separated in a shipwreck, and forced to fend for themselves in a strange land. The first twin, Viola, falls in love with Orsino, who dotes on OIivia, who falls for Viola but is idolised by Malvolio. Enter Sebastian, who is the spitting image of his twin sister...

Christopher Luscombe, Director of the ‘glorious’ (Daily Telegraph) Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing (2014 and 2016), returns to the Royal Shakespeare Company to tackle Shakespeare’s greatest comedy, a brilliantly bittersweet account of "the whirligig of time".

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Wednesday 14 Feb 201819:00

ROH Live: The Winter's Tale (12A)

ROH Live: The Winter's Tale
SHAKESPEARE’S TALE OF LOVE AND LOSS BECOMES COMPELLING DANCE DRAMA IN CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON’S BALLET ADAPTATION, WITH MUSIC BY JOBY TALBOT

Christopher Wheeldon, Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet, created his adaptation of Shakespeare’s late great romance The Winter’s Tale for The Royal Ballet in 2014. Building on the success of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Winter’s Tale received ecstatic praise at its premiere, acclaimed by critics and audiences alike for its intelligent, distinctive and emotionally powerful story, told through exquisite dance. It is now widely judged to be a modern ballet classic.

The story follows the destruction of a marriage through consuming jealousy, the abandonment of a child and a seemingly hopeless love. Yet, through remorse and regret – and after a seemingly miraculous return to life – the ending is one of forgiveness and reconciliation. With powerful designs by Bob Crowley and atmospheric music by Joby Talbot, The Winter’s Tale is a masterful modern narrative ballet.

CHOREOGRAPHY - CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON

MUSIC - JOBY TALBOT

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Wednesday 28 Feb 201819:15

Bolshoi 17/18: The Flames Of Paris (12A)

Bolshoi 17/18: The Flames Of Paris
Music Boris Asafiev Choreography Alexei Ratmansky Libretto Nikolai Volkov and Vladimir Dmitriev

Cast The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet

In the era of the French Revolution, Jeanne and her brother Jérôme leave Marseille for Paris in support of the revolutionary effort that is taking over the capital. While fighting for freedom, they both encounter love along the way…

Very few ballets can properly depict the Bolshoi’s overflowing energy and fiery passion as can Alexei Ratmansky’s captivating revival of Vasily Vainonen’s The Flames of Paris. With powerful virtuosity and some of the most stunning pas de deux, the Bolshoi Ballet displays an exuberance almost too enormous for the Moscow stage.

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Sunday 4 Mar 201815:00

ROH Live: Carmen (12A)

ROH Live: Carmen
BIZET’S CLASSIC FRENCH OPERA STARS ANNA GORYACHOVA IN BARRIE KOSKY’S INTENSE PRODUCTION

SUNG IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES

Carmen is the best-known work by French composer Georges Bizet, and one of the most famous operas in the entire art form – numbers such as the Habanera and the Toreador Song have permeated the popular consciousness as little else has. The opera’s heady combination of passion, sensuality and violence initially proved too much for the stage, and it was a critical failure on its 1875 premiere. Bizet died shortly after, and never learned of the spectacular success his Carmen would achieve: the opera has been performed more than five hundred times at Covent Garden alone.

This ever-popular opera is given a fresh point of view in Barrie Kosky’s highly physical production, originally created for Frankfurt Opera. The Australian director is one of the world’s most sought-after opera directors, whose Royal Opera debut with Shostakovich’s The Nose in 2016 was greeted with delight. For Carmen he has devised a far-from-traditional version, incorporating music written by Bizet for the score but not usually heard, and giving a new voice to the opera’s endlessly fascinating central character.

MUSIC - GEORGES BIZET

DIRECTOR - BARRIE KOSKY

CONDUCTOR - JAKUB HRUŠA

CARMEN - ANNA GORYACHOVA

DON JOSÉ - FRANCESCO MELI

MICAËLA - ANETT FRITSCH

ESCAMILLO - KOSTAS SMORIGINAS

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Tuesday 6 Mar 201818:45

ROH Live: Bernstein Centenary (12A)

ROH Live: Bernstein Centenary
THE ROYAL BALLET CELEBRATES THE CENTENARY OF LEONARD BERNSTEIN’S BIRTH WITH AN ALL-BERNSTEIN PROGRAMME FROM CHOREOGRAPHERS WAYNE MCGREGOR, LIAM SCARLETT AND CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON

Leonard Bernstein was one of the first classical composers in America to achieve both popular and critical acclaim. He was eclectic in his sources – drawing on jazz and modernism, the traditions of Jewish music and the Broadway musical – and many of Bernstein’s scores are remarkably well suited to dance. He was particularly associated with Jerome Robbins, their credits together including Fancy Free and West Side Story. To celebrate the centenary year of the composer’s birth, The Royal Ballet has united all three of its associate choreographers to celebrate the dynamic range and danceability of Bernstein’s music.

The programme includes two world premieres by Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor and Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon, marking each artist’s first foray into Bernstein. At the heart of the programme is the first revival of Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett’s The Age of Anxiety, created in 2014 to Bernstein’s soul-searching Second Symphony. Both symphony and ballet are inspired by W.H. Auden’s masterful modernist poem, itself written in response to the atmosphere of disillusionment and uncertainty that followed the end of World War II.

CHOREOGRAPHY - WAYNE MCGREGOR, LIAM SCARLETT, CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON

MUSIC - LEONARD BERNSTEIN

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Tuesday 27 Mar 201819:15

ROH Live: Macbeth (12A)

ROH Live: Macbeth
VERDI’S OPERA ON SHAKESPEARE’S TRAGEDY IS CONDUCTED BY ANTONIO PAPPANO, WITH A MAGNIFICENT CAST INCLUDING ANNA NETREBKO, ŽELJKO LUCIC AND ILDEBRANDO D’ARCANGELO

SUNG IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES

Verdi’s life-long love affair with Shakespeare’s works began with Macbeth, a play he considered to be ‘one of the greatest creations of man’. With his librettist, Francesco Maria Piave, Verdi set out to create ‘something out of the ordinary’. Their success is borne out in every bar of a score that sees Verdi at his most theatrical: it bristles with demonic energy.

The warrior Macbeth fights on the side of the King of Scotland – but when a coven of witches prophesy that he shall become king himself, a ruthless ambition drives Macbeth and his wife to horrific acts.

Murder makes Macbeth king, and intrigue and butchery are the hallmarks of his brief, doomed reign. The witches make another prediction, which also comes true: Macbeth and his lady lose their lives, and justice is restored.

Phyllida Lloyd’s 2002 production for The Royal Opera is richly hued, shot through with black, red and gold. The witches – imagined by designer Anthony Ward as strange, scarlet-turbaned creatures – are ever-present agents of fate. Lloyd depicts the Macbeths’ childlessness as the dark sadness lurking behind their terrible deeds. The Royal Opera’s production uses Verdi’s 1865 Paris revision of the opera, which includes Lady Macbeth’s riveting aria ‘La luce langue’.

MUSIC - GIUSEPPE VERDI

DIRECTOR - PHYLLIDA LLOYD

CONDUCTOR - ANTONIO PAPPANO

MACBETH - ŽELJKO LUCIC

LADY MACBETH - ANNA NETREBKO

BANQUO - ILDEBRANDO D’ARCANGELO

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Wednesday 4 Apr 201819:15

Bolshoi 17/18: Giselle (12A)

Bolshoi 17/18: Giselle
Music Adolphe Adam Choreography Yuri Grigorovich Libretto Theophile Gautier and Jean-Henry Saint-Georges

Cast Svetlana Zakharova (Giselle), Sergei Polunin (Albrecht), Ekaterina Shipulina (Myrtha), Denis Savin (Hans), and the Bolshoi Corps de Ballet.

When Giselle learns that her beloved Albrecht is promised to another woman, she dies of a broken heart in his arms. While Albrecht grieves, she returns from the dead as a Wili, a vengeful spirit meant to make unfaithful men dance until death…

Prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova personifies this ultimate ballerina role in the classical repertoire, alongside the sensational Sergei Polunin as Albrecht, in this chilling, yet luminous ballet that continues to captivate audiences for over 150 years at the Bolshoi.

Captured live on Oct 11, 2015

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Sunday 8 Apr 201816:00

ROH Live: Manon (12A)

ROH Live: Manon
KENNETH MACMILLAN’S POWERFUL TELLING OF MANON AND DES GRIEUX’S TRAGIC LOVE IS A MASTERPIECE OF MODERN BALLET, SET TO MUSIC BY MASSENET

Manon’s brother Lescaut is offering her to the highest bidder when she meets Des Grieux and falls in love. They elope to Paris, but when Monsieur G.M. offers Manon a life of luxury as his mistress she can’t resist. With the Lescauts’ encouragement Des Grieux cheats at cards in an attempt to win Monsieur G.M.’s fortune. They are caught. Manon is arrested as a prostitute and deported to New Orleans, followed by Des Grieux. On the run, Manon dies from exhaustion.

Kenneth MacMillan’s source for Manon was the 18th-century French novel already adapted for opera by Massenet and Puccini. The premiere was given on 7 March 1974, with the lead roles danced by Antoinette Sibley and Anthony Dowell. The ballet quickly became a staple of The Royal Ballet’s repertory, and a touchstone of adult, dramatic dance.

MacMillan found new sympathy with the capricious Manon and her struggle to escape poverty. Designs by his regular collaborator Nicholas Georgiadis reflect this, depicting a world of lavish splendour polluted by miserable destitution. MacMillan’s spectacular ensemble scenes for the whole Company create vivid, complex portraits of the distinct societies of Paris and New Orleans. But it is Manon and Des Grieux’s impassioned pas de deux – recalling the intensity of MacMillan’s earlier Romeo and Juliet – that drive this tragic story, and make Manon one of MacMillan’s most powerful dramas.

CHOREOGRAPHY - KENNETH MACMILLAN

MUSIC - JULES MASSENET

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Thursday 3 May 201819:15

Bolshoi 17/18: Coppélia (12A)

Bolshoi 17/18: Coppélia
Music Leo Delibes Choreography Sergei Vikharev Libretto Charles Nuitter and Arthur Saint-Leon

Cast The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet

Swanhilda notices her fiancee Franz is infatuated with the beautiful Coppélia who sits reading on her balcony each day. Nearly breaking up the two sweethearts, Coppelia is not what she seems and Swanhilda decides to teach Franz a lesson…

The Bolshoi’s unique version of Coppélia exhibits a fascinating reconstruction of the original 19th century choreography of this ebullient comedy involving a feisty heroine, a boyish fiancee with a wandering eye, and an old dollmaker. The company’s stunning corps de ballet shines in the divertissements and famous “dance of the hours,” and its principals abound in youthful energy and irresistible humor in this effervescent production.

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Sunday 10 Jun 201816:00

ROH Live: Swan Lake (12A)

ROH Live: Swan Lake
THE ROYAL BALLET PRESENTS A NEW PRODUCTION OF TCHAIKOVSKY’S MAGNIFICENT CLASSICAL BALLET, WITH ADDITIONAL CHOREOGRAPHY BY LIAM SCARLETT AND DESIGNS BY JOHN MACFARLANE

Swan Lake has had a special role in the repertory of The Royal Ballet since 1934. This Season The Royal Ballet creates a new production with additional choreography by Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett. While remaining faithful to the Petipa-Ivanov text, Scarlett will bring fresh eyes to the staging of this classic ballet, in collaboration with his long-term designer John Macfarlane. Prince Siegfried chances upon a fl ock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful woman, Odette, he is enraptured. But she is under a spell that holds her captive, allowing her to regain her human form only at night.

Swan Lake was Tchaikovsky’s fi rst ballet score. Given its status today as arguably the best loved and most admired of all classical ballets, it is perhaps surprising that at its premiere in 1877 Swan Lake was poorly received. It is thanks to the 1895 production by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov that Swan Lake has become part of not only ballet consciousness but also wider popular culture. That success is secured not only by the sublime, symphonic sweep of Tchaikovsky’s score, but also by the striking choreographic contrasts between Petipa’s royal palace scenes and the lyric lakeside scenes created by Ivanov.

CHOREOGRAPHY - MARIUS PETIPA AND LEV IVANOV

ADDITIONAL CHOREOGRAPHY - LIAM SCARLETT AND FREDERICK ASHTON

MUSIC - PYOTR IL'YICH TCHAIKOVSKY

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Tuesday 12 Jun 201819:15