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Darkest Hour (PG)

Darkest Hour
A thrilling and inspiring true story begins at the precipice of World War II as, within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill (Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman) must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation.
As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history.

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Tuesday 23 Jan 201814:1519:45
Wednesday 24 Jan 201810:4513:4517:0019:45
Thursday 25 Jan 201814:0017:0019:45
Friday 26 Jan 201814:3017:30
Saturday 27 Jan 201811:4514:45
Sunday 28 Jan 201812:3015:30
Monday 29 Jan 201811:15
Tuesday 30 Jan 201814:00
Wednesday 31 Jan 201814:3017:00
Thursday 1 Feb 201814:3017:00

The Post (12A)

The Post
Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep) is the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, The Washington Post. With help from editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks), Graham races to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spans three decades and four U.S. presidents. Together, they must overcome their differences as they risk their careers, and very freedom, to help bring long-buried truths to light. Directed by Steven Spielberg.

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Tuesday 23 Jan 201815:0017:1520:15
Wednesday 24 Jan 201811:1514:1517:3020:15
Thursday 25 Jan 201811:0013:1517:3020:15
Friday 26 Jan 201814:0017:0019:45
Saturday 27 Jan 201812:4515:3018:1521:00
Sunday 28 Jan 201813:0016:1518:30
Monday 29 Jan 201814:3017:1520:00
Tuesday 30 Jan 201814:3017:1520:00
Wednesday 31 Jan 201814:0017:3019:45
Thursday 1 Feb 201814:0017:3019:45

Menashe (U)

Menashe
Director: Joshua Z. Weinstein. Starring: Menashe Lustig, Yoel Weisshaus, Ruben Niborski. USA 2017. Yiddish with English subtitles. 82 mins.

The ultra-orthodox Jewish community of Borough Park, South Brooklyn is the setting for this touching drama. Menashe (comedian Menashe Lustig in his first serious role), recently widowed, fights to retain custody of his ten-year-old son (Niborski). Hasidic strictures insist that the boy should be brought up in a household with a wife. When Menashe argues for an exemption, he is granted one week with his son. In a role that is loosely autobiographical, Lustig gives a passionate and humane performance. The community’s attempts quickly to find him a wife or farm the boy out to his wealthy estate agent brother (Weisshaus) and his family are not without wry humour. Better known as a documentarian, co-writer and director, Joshua Weinstein brings authenticity to his first feature and provides a rare glimpse into a secretive and self-contained world.

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Tuesday 23 Jan 201817:45

Parent & Baby: The Post (12A)

Parent & Baby: The Post
This screening is only open to parents and guardians with babies under one year old. Membership is free and valid until the baby's first birthday.
The film is played at a lower volume level and with the lights on low. These screenings are only for parents and guardians and their babies. So there’s no need to worry about disturbing other guests while your film’s playing.

Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep) is the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, The Washington Post. With help from editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks), Graham races to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spans three decades and four U.S. presidents. Together, they must overcome their differences as they risk their careers, and very freedom, to help bring long-buried truths to light. Directed by Steven Spielberg.

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Thursday 25 Jan 201810:30

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (15)

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter's murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby, the town's revered chief of police. When his second-in-command, Officer Dixon, an immature mother's boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle is only exacerbated.

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Friday 26 Jan 201820:15
Saturday 27 Jan 201821:30
Sunday 28 Jan 201819:00
Monday 29 Jan 201820:30
Tuesday 30 Jan 201817:45
Wednesday 31 Jan 201820:15
Thursday 1 Feb 201820:15

The Son Of Bigfoot (PG)

The Son Of Bigfoot
Adam is determined to uncover the mystery behind his long-lost father. He soon finds out that his dad is none other than the legendary Bigfoot, who has been hiding in the forest to protect himself and his family froma giant evil corporation.

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Saturday 27 Jan 201810:30

Met Live 17/18: Tosca (12A)

Met Live 17/18: Tosca
Puccini’s thrilling Tosca is a story of love, terror, the abuse of power, and the unquenchable longing for freedom. When an escaped political prisoner takes refuge in a church, an opera singer and a painter are drawn into a twisting plot that puts them at the mercy of the secret police and its network of torturers and spies. Rivalling the splendour of Franco Zeffirelli’s Napoleonic-era sets and costumes, Sir David McVicar’s ravishing new production offers a splendid backdrop for extraordinary singing. Sonya Yoncheva stars as the titular prima donna, alongside Vittorio Grigolo as her artist lover and Željko Lucic as the villainous police chief—one of his signature roles. Emmanuel Villaume conducts.

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Saturday 27 Jan 201817:55

Met Encore 17/18: Tosca (12A)

Met Encore 17/18: Tosca
Puccini’s thrilling Tosca is a story of love, terror, the abuse of power, and the unquenchable longing for freedom. When an escaped political prisoner takes refuge in a church, an opera singer and a painter are drawn into a twisting plot that puts them at the mercy of the secret police and its network of torturers and spies. Rivalling the splendour of Franco Zeffirelli’s Napoleonic-era sets and costumes, Sir David McVicar’s ravishing new production offers a splendid backdrop for extraordinary singing. Sonya Yoncheva stars as the titular prima donna, alongside Vittorio Grigolo as her artist lover and Željko Lucic as the villainous police chief—one of his signature roles. Emmanuel Villaume conducts.

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Monday 29 Jan 201812:00

Exhibition: Cézanne Portraits Of A Life (12A)

Exhibition: Cézanne Portraits Of A Life
EXHIBITION ON SCREEN is thrilled to present one of the most talked about exhibitions of the year. Dedicated to the portrait work of Paul Cézanne, the exhibition opens in Paris before traveling to London and Washington.

One can’t appreciate 20th century art without understanding the significance and genius of Paul Cézanne. Featuring interviews with curators and experts from the National Portrait Gallery London, MoMA New York, National Gallery of Art Washington, and Musée d’Orsay Paris, and correspondence from the artist himself, the film takes audiences beyond the exhibition to the places Cézanne lived and worked and sheds light on an artist who is perhaps the least known of all the impressionists – until now.

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Monday 29 Jan 201818:00
Friday 2 Feb 201813:30

Toddler Time: Lost & Found (U)

Toddler Time: Lost & Found
"What is a Boy to do when a Penguin turns up at his door? Find out where it came from of course and return it. Even if it means rowing to the South Pole…"

Based on the international best-selling picture book by OLIVER JEFFERS, this BAFTA winning film from STUDIO AKA, tells the story of a little Boy who one day finds a Penguin on his doorstep. Although at first he is unsure what to do, the Boy becomes determined to help the Penguin find his way back home... Even if that means rowing all the way to the South Pole! This unique half-hour animated film features both narration by the great JIM BROADBENT & a beautiful score by composer MAX RICHTER. Adapted from the original illustrations into stunning and heart-warming CGI animation - & featuring brand new artwork from Oliver Jeffers himself - this extended telling of a classic story celebrating the value of friendship, is certain to be enjoyed & cherished by all. Along with its BAFTA Children's film award (UK); LOST AND FOUND has won an incredible 61 international film awards, including accolades from: The Chicago Children's Film Festival (USA), The New York Int. Children's Film Festival (USA), The Ottawa Int. Animation Festival (CANADA), Melbourne Int. Animation Festival (AUSTRALIA), The Sapporo Short Film Festival (JAPAN), The Annecy Crystal for Best TV Special (FRANCE) and many, many others.

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 Jan 201810:30

Suburbicon (15)

Suburbicon
'Suburbicon' is a peaceful, idyllic suburban community with affordable homes and manicured lawns… the perfect place to raise a family, and in the summer of 1959, the Lodge family is doing just that. But the tranquil surface masks a disturbing reality, as husband and father Gardner Lodge (Matt Damon) must navigate the town's dark underbelly of betrayal, deceit, and violence. Directed by George Clooney, and written by George Clooney, Grant Heslov and the Coen Brothers, Suburbicon is this Autumn's much-anticipated dark comedy, with a fantastic cast also including Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac and newcomer Noah Jupe.

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Tuesday 30 Jan 201820:30

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

Dementia Friendly: How To Marry A Millionaire (U)

Dementia Friendly: How To Marry A Millionaire
Director: Jean Negulesco. Starring: Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, William Powell, Rory Calhoun, David Wayne. USA 1953. 96 mins.

Schatze Page, Loco Dempsey and Pola Debevoise are three women on a mission: they all want to marry a millionaire. To accomplish this task, they move into a fancy New York City apartment and begin courting the city's elite. They have no problem meeting rich men, but unfortunately most of them turn out to be creeps or cons. Eventually they must decide: is a life of luxury more important to them than finding true love?

Welcoming people living with dementia along with family, friends and carers to the third of our special screenings.

Working in partnership with the Gatehouse Dementia Hub and the Dementia Action Alliance.

Admission: £4 (carers free of charge)

TICKETS FOR THIS SCREENING ARE ONLY AVAILABLE BY PERSON IN ADVANCE FROM THE CINEMA.

Please email andrea@abbeygatecinema.co.uk for further information.

Free tea, coffee and biscuits will be available from 10.30am.

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Monday 5 Feb 201811:00 (Closed)

Vertigo (PG)

Vertigo
Recently voted the greatest film of all time by Sight and Sound, Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece Vertigo is typically idiosyncratic take on film noir (it takes place almost entirely in bright, Technicolor daylight). The film skilfully manipulates us into seeing the world through the eyes of reliable ex-cop Scottie (James Stewart) as he pursues the apparently possessed Madeleine (Kim Novak), then steadily unravels everything we thought we knew.

Part thriller, part ghost story, part Freudian nightmare – Vertigo is a multi-layered portrait of obsession and a haunting visual treat.

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Tuesday 6 Feb 201820:00

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

Met Live 17/18: L’Elisir d’Amore (12A)

Met Live 17/18: L’Elisir d’Amore
Pretty Yende debuts a new role at the Met as the feisty Adina, opposite Matthew Polenzani, who enthralled Met audiences as Nemorino in 2013 with his ravishing “Una furtiva lagrima.” Bartlett Sher’s production is charming, with deft comedic timing, but also emotionally revealing. Domingo Hindoyan conducts.

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Saturday 10 Feb 201817:00

Met Encore 17/18: L’Elisir d’Amore (12A)

Met Encore 17/18: L’Elisir d’Amore
Pretty Yende debuts a new role at the Met as the feisty Adina, opposite Matthew Polenzani, who enthralled Met audiences as Nemorino in 2013 with his ravishing “Una furtiva lagrima.” Bartlett Sher’s production is charming, with deft comedic timing, but also emotionally revealing. Domingo Hindoyan conducts.

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Monday 12 Feb 201812:00

Walk With Me (PG)

Walk With Me
Director: Marc J. Francis Max Pugh Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch Duration: 94 min

A rare insight into the world of mindfulness and the Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh. Filmed over three years, this intimate documentary focuses on a community who have dedicated themselves to a monastic life in rural France. Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch.

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Monday 12 Feb 201818:00

Life On The Deben (12A)

Life On The Deben
For a river just over 25 miles long, the Deben packs a mighty punch in terms of tranquil beauty, ever changing scenery and astonishing history. Broadcaster & journalist John McCarthy and Woodbridge based film-maker Tim Curtis embark on a journey into the Deben's rich past, looking at its geography, environment and the influence the river has had over the people who have lived by its banks. The film traces the entire length of the Deben, from the secret and disputed upper reaches near Debenham to the boatyards and bustle of Woodbridge down to the sea at Bawdsey and Felixstowe Ferry. Recent discoveries have shown that the river Deben was a far more significant Anglo-Saxon region than was first thought. We meet the real-life detectorists and the leading archeologists who reveal what has been found at Rendlesham. The film features wildlife and conservation along the river and looks at daily life past and present, including boat building, sailing, farming, fishing, milling and even smuggling. Two years in the making the film was premiered at the Riverside Cinema, Woodbridge on the 3rd December 2017.

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Tuesday 13 Feb 201817:45

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

Molly's Game (15)

Molly's Game
The true story of Molly Bloom, a beautiful, young, Olympic-class skier who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents wielding automatic weapons. Her players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans and finally, unbeknown to her, the Russian mob. Her only ally was her criminal defense lawyer Charlie Jaffey, who learned there was much more to Molly than the tabloids led people to believe.

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Tuesday 20 Feb 201819:30

NT Live: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (15)

NT Live: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Tennessee Williams’ twentieth century masterpiece Cat on a Hot Tin Roof played a strictly limited season in London’s West End in 2017. Following his smash hit production of A Streetcar Named Desire, Benedict Andrews’ ‘thrilling revival’ (New York Times) starred Sienna Miller alongside, Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney.

On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. Brick and Maggie dance round the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real – and which will win out?

Captured live on stage, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof will screen in cinemas around the world from 22 February 2018.

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Thursday 22 Feb 201819:00

Met Live 17/18: La Bohème (12A)

Met Live 17/18: La Bohème
The world’s most popular opera returns in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production starring a cast of young stars, including Sonya Yoncheva as the fragile Mimì and Michael Fabiano as the poet Rodolfo. Marco Armiliato conducts.

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Saturday 24 Feb 201817:30

Met Encore 17/18: La Bohème (12A)

Met Encore 17/18: La Bohème
The world’s most popular opera returns in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production starring a cast of young stars, including Sonya Yoncheva as the fragile Mimì and Michael Fabiano as the poet Rodolfo. Marco Armiliato conducts.

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Monday 26 Feb 201812:00

Last Flag Flying (15)

Last Flag Flying
Director: Richard Linklater. Starring: Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne, Steve Carell. USA 2017. 125 mins.

In 2003, 30 years after they served together in the Vietnam War, former Navy Corps medic Larry “Doc” Shepherd (Carrell) and former Marines Sal Nealon (Cranston) and Reverend Richard Mueller (Fishburne) reunite for a different type of mission: to bury Doc’s son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War. Doc decides to forgo burial at Arlington Cemetery and, with the help of his old buddies, takes the casket on a bittersweet trip up the East Coast to his hometown in suburban New Hampshire. Along the way, Doc, Sal and Mueller reminisce and come to terms with shared memories of the war that continues to shape their lives.

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Tuesday 27 Feb 201820:00

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

Downsizing (15)

Downsizing
Director: Alexander Payne Starring: Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau, Matt Damon Duration: 135 min

Having wittily addressed the social consequences of an aging population in Nebraska, writer-director Alexander Payne now turns his wry gaze on global overpopulation. A financially stretched couple (Wiig and Damon) decide to take the plunge when a team of Norwegian scientists discover a way to shrink humans down to six inches tall and ensconce them in utopian villages. Not only does this new Lilliputian community consume far less of the world’s resources, but their money is worth so much more. However, downsizing has unexpected downsides. Besides its breathtaking technical achievement, the film gives an entirely fresh perspective on fundamental human norms. Co-stars Damon and Wiig are wonderfully supported by Hong Chau and Christoph Waltz, who plays the couple’s small but sleazy playboy neighbour with uproarious zeal.

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Monday 5 Mar 201819:30

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

Met Live 17/18: Semiramide (12A)

Met Live 17/18: Semiramide
This masterpiece of dazzling vocal fireworks makes a rare Met appearance—its first in nearly 25 years—with Maurizio Benini on the podium. The all-star bel canto cast features Angela Meade in the title role of the murderous Queen of Babylon, who squares off in breathtaking duets with Arsace, a trouser role sung by Elizabeth DeShong. Javier Camarena, Ildar Abdrazakov, and Ryan Speedo Green complete the stellar cast.

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Saturday 10 Mar 201817:55

Met Encore 17/18: Semiramide (12A)

Met Encore 17/18: Semiramide
This masterpiece of dazzling vocal fireworks makes a rare Met appearance—its first in nearly 25 years—with Maurizio Benini on the podium. The all-star bel canto cast features Angela Meade in the title role of the murderous Queen of Babylon, who squares off in breathtaking duets with Arsace, a trouser role sung by Elizabeth DeShong. Javier Camarena, Ildar Abdrazakov, and Ryan Speedo Green complete the stellar cast.

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Monday 12 Mar 201812:00

NT Live: Julius Caesar (12A)

NT Live: Julius Caesar
Ben Whishaw (The Danish Girl, Skyfall, Hamlet) and Michelle Fairley (Fortitude, Game of Thrones) play Brutus and Cassius, David Calder (The Lost City of Z, The Hatton Garden Job) plays Caesar and David Morrissey (The Missing, Hangmen, The Walking Dead) is Mark Antony. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London.

Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital.

Nicholas Hytner’s production will thrust the audience into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake.

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Thursday 22 Mar 201819:00

Exhibition: Vincent Van Gogh: A New Way Of Seeing (12A)

Exhibition: Vincent Van Gogh: A New Way Of Seeing
Perhaps more than any other artist, Van Gogh’s life has long captured the imagination of storytellers. Delving deep into his fascinating and sometimes deeply troubled world comes this definitive, award-winning documentary directed by David Bickerstaff.

Showcasing Van Gogh’s iconic works like never before and featuring exclusive interviews with the curatorial team at the Van Gogh Museum, this EXHIBITION ON SCREEN favourite from Season 2 makes a welcome return to the big screen.

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Monday 26 Mar 201818:00
Friday 30 Mar 201813:30

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

Met Live 17/18: Così fan tutte (12A)

Met Live 17/18: Così fan tutte
A winning cast comes together for Phelim McDermott’s clever vision of Mozart’s comedy about the sexes, set in a carnival-esque environment inspired by 1950s Coney Island. Manipulating the action are the Don Alfonso of Christopher Maltman and the Despina of Tony Award–winner Kelli O’Hara, with Amanda Majeski, Serena Malfi, Ben Bliss, and Adam Plachetka as the pairs of young lovers who test each other’s faithfulness. David Robertson conducts.

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Saturday 31 Mar 201817:55

Met Encore 17/18: Così fan tutte (12A)

Met Encore 17/18: Così fan tutte
A winning cast comes together for Phelim McDermott’s clever vision of Mozart’s comedy about the sexes, set in a carnival-esque environment inspired by 1950s Coney Island. Manipulating the action are the Don Alfonso of Christopher Maltman and the Despina of Tony Award–winner Kelli O’Hara, with Amanda Majeski, Serena Malfi, Ben Bliss, and Adam Plachetka as the pairs of young lovers who test each other’s faithfulness. David Robertson conducts.

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Monday 2 Apr 201812:00

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

RSC Live: Macbeth (2018) (12A)

RSC Live: Macbeth (2018)
‘Something wicked this way comes’

Returning home from battle, the victorious Macbeth meets three witches on the heath. Driven by their disturbing prophecies, he sets out on the path to murder.

Our contemporary production of Shakespeare’s darkest psychological thriller marks both Christopher Eccleston’s RSC debut and the return of Niamh Cusack to the Company.

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Wednesday 11 Apr 201819:00

Met Live 17/18: Luisa Miller (12A)

Met Live 17/18: Luisa Miller
Plácido Domingo adds yet another chapter to his legendary Met collaboration with this rarely performed Verdi gem, a heart-wrenching tragedy based on Friedrich Schiller’s novel Intrigue and Love. The young maiden Luisa loves Rodolfo, unaware that he is actually the son of the local lord. An unscrupulous rival for her affections tells her father of Rodolfo’s true identity, turning the old man against him. Jealousy, suspicion, and betrayal tear the lovers apart, but Luisa remains loyal to her father to the last. In the first Met performances of the opera in more than ten years, Sonya Yoncheva sings the title role opposite Piotr Beczala as Rodolfo, with Domingo as Luisa’s stern-yet- loving father. Bertrand de Billy conducts.

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Saturday 14 Apr 201817:30

Met Encore 17/18: Luisa Miller (12A)

Met Encore 17/18: Luisa Miller
Plácido Domingo adds yet another chapter to his legendary Met collaboration with this rarely performed Verdi gem, a heart-wrenching tragedy based on Friedrich Schiller’s novel Intrigue and Love. The young maiden Luisa loves Rodolfo, unaware that he is actually the son of the local lord. An unscrupulous rival for her affections tells her father of Rodolfo’s true identity, turning the old man against him. Jealousy, suspicion, and betrayal tear the lovers apart, but Luisa remains loyal to her father to the last. In the first Met performances of the opera in more than ten years, Sonya Yoncheva sings the title role opposite Piotr Beczala as Rodolfo, with Domingo as Luisa’s stern-yet- loving father. Bertrand de Billy conducts.

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Monday 16 Apr 201812:00

Met Live 17/18: Cendrillon (12A)

Met Live 17/18: Cendrillon
For the first time ever, Massenet’s sumptuous take on the Cinderella story comes to the Met. Joyce DiDonato stars in the title role, with mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in the trouser role of Prince Charming, Kathleen Kim as the Fairy Godmother, and Stephanie Blythe as the imperious Madame de la Haltière. Bertrand de Billy conducts Laurent Pelly’s imaginative storybook production.

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Saturday 28 Apr 201817:55

Met Encore 17/18: Cendrillon (12A)

Met Encore 17/18: Cendrillon
For the first time ever, Massenet’s sumptuous take on the Cinderella story comes to the Met. Joyce DiDonato stars in the title role, with mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in the trouser role of Prince Charming, Kathleen Kim as the Fairy Godmother, and Stephanie Blythe as the imperious Madame de la Haltière. Bertrand de Billy conducts Laurent Pelly’s imaginative storybook production.

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Monday 30 Apr 201812:00

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

An American In Paris: The Musical (12A)

An American In Paris: The Musical
This breathtakingly beautiful Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by the Oscar® winning MGM film, tells the impassioned story of discovering love in the ‘City of Light’. Featuring the gorgeous music and lyrics of George and Ira Gershwin (including the classic hits ‘S Wonderful and I Got Rhythm), stunning designs, and show-stopping choreography. With a record-setting 28 five-star reviews from critics, An American in Paris is coming from London’s West End to a cinema near you.

Jerry Mulligan is an American GI striving to make it as a painter in a city suddenly bursting with hope and possibility. Following a chance encounter with a beautiful young dancer named Lise, the streets of Paris become the backdrop to a sensuous, modern romance of art, friendship and love in the aftermath of war...

Experience this “truly ravishing” (The Guardian) production in the comfort of your local cinema.

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Wednesday 16 May 201819:45

Exhibition: I, Claude Monet. (12A)

Exhibition: I, Claude Monet.
After premiering in Season 4 of EXHIBITION ON SCREEN, I, Claude Monet is back by popular demand, revealing the heart and soul of arguably the world’s most loved artist.

Monet’s life is a gripping tale about a man who, behind his sun-dazzled canvases, suffered from feelings of depression, loneliness, even suicide. However, as his art developed and his love of gardening led to the glories of his Giverny garden, his humour, insight and love of life are revealed. Told through Monet’s own words and shot on location at the very spots he painted, the film features his most loved paintings in an unforgettable, immersive art experience.

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Monday 28 May 201818:00
Friday 1 Jun 201813:30

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

Berliner Philharmoniker Live - Sir Simon Rattle's Farewell Conce (Cert TBC)

Berliner Philharmoniker Live - Sir Simon Rattle's Farewell Conce
Conductor Sir Simon Rattle

On 14 November 1987, a promising conductor called Simon Rattle made his Berliner Philharmoniker debut with Gustav Mahler’s Sixth Symphony. Looking back Rattle says, I felt that I was finding my voice on that day. Mahler’s multifaceted work is again on the programme when Sir Simon appears for the last time as chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker. Sir Simon Rattle’s Farewell Concert will be broadcast live to cinemas on 20 June 2018, with exclusive interviews and programme insights featured as part of this historic event.

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Wednesday 20 Jun 201818:30

RSC Live: Romeo & Juliet (2018) (12A)

RSC Live: Romeo & Juliet (2018)
What if your first true love was someone you’d been told you must hate?

Set in a world very like our own, this Romeo and Juliet is about a generation of young people born into violence and ripped apart by the bitter divisions of their parents.

The most famous story of love at first sight explodes with intense passion and an irresistible desire for change, but leads all too quickly to heartbreaking consequences.

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Wednesday 18 Jul 201819:00

RSC Live: The Merry Wives of Windsor (2018) (12A)

RSC Live: The Merry Wives of Windsor (2018)
Down on his luck in the suburbs, John Falstaff plans to hustle his way to a comfortable retirement by seducing the wives of two wealthy men.

Unknown to him, it’s the women of Windsor who really pull the strings, orchestrating Falstaff’s comeuppance amidst a theatrical smorgasbord of petty rivalries, jealousies and over-inflated egos.

For a fat Englishman, a Welshman and a Frenchman, the only way is Windsor...

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Wednesday 12 Sep 201819:00