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Murder On The Orient Express (12A)

Murder On The Orient Express
Director: Kenneth Branagh. Starring: Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penelope Cruz, Judi Dench. UK 2017. 115mins.

What starts out as a lavish train ride through Europe quickly unfolds into one of the most stylish, suspenseful and thrilling mysteries ever told. From the novel by best-selling author Agatha Christie, “Murder on the Orient Express” tells the tale of thirteen strangers stranded on a train, where everyone’s a suspect. One man must race against time to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again. Kenneth Branagh directs and leads an all-star cast including Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley and Josh Gad.

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Friday 17 Nov 201720:15
Saturday 18 Nov 201712:3015:15
Sunday 19 Nov 201711:3014:1519:30
Monday 20 Nov 201714:0017:1520:30
Tuesday 21 Nov 201711:0014:0017:4519:45
Wednesday 22 Nov 201711:0014:0017:0020:15
Thursday 23 Nov 201711:3013:3017:00

Paddington 2 (PG)

Paddington 2
Director: Paul King

Starring: Ben Wishaw, Sally Hawkins, Hugh Bonneville, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi.

UK/France 2017. TBC mins.

The wholehearted, accident-prone bear from deepest, darkest Peru returns with a second helping of his endearing brand of good-natured mischief. Happily settled in Windsor Gardens, Paddington takes on a variety of odd jobs to raise enough money to buy a very special book for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday. But when the precious book is stolen, Paddington and the Browns have to track down the culprit. Ben Wishaw again voices the lovable if hapless furry character, while Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins reprise their roles as his surrogate parents, Mr and Mrs Brown. Director/co-writer Paul King returns to ensure consistent appeal, and even adds some new characters to the fun, including Hugh Grant as a vain, fading actor and Brendan Gleeson’s fearsome safecracker.

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Friday 17 Nov 201717:45 (Closed)19:45
Saturday 18 Nov 201710:0013:4516:3019:15
Sunday 19 Nov 201711:0013:3016:0017:0018:45
Monday 20 Nov 201711:3015:3018:0020:00
Tuesday 21 Nov 201712:0014:3017:15
Wednesday 22 Nov 201711:4514:3017:3019:45
Thursday 23 Nov 201711:0014:1516:1519:45
Friday 24 Nov 201717:45
Saturday 25 Nov 201713:1515:4518:15
Sunday 26 Nov 201711:1517:00

Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone (PG)

Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone
Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

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 18 Nov 201710:30

Met Live 17/18: The Exterminating Angel (12A)

Met Live 17/18: The Exterminating Angel
The Met presents the American premiere of Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel, inspired by the classic Luis Buñuel film of the same name. Hailed by the New York Times at its 2016 Salzburg Festival premiere as “inventive and audacious … a major event,” The Exterminating Angel is a surreal fantasy about a dinner party from which the guests can’t escape. Tom Cairns, who wrote the libretto, directs the new production, and Adès conducts his own adventurous new opera.

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Saturday 18 Nov 201717:55

Met Encore 17/18: The Exterminating Angel (12A)

Met Encore 17/18: The Exterminating Angel
The Met presents the American premiere of Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel, inspired by the classic Luis Buñuel film of the same name. Hailed by the New York Times at its 2016 Salzburg Festival premiere as “inventive and audacious … a major event,” The Exterminating Angel is a surreal fantasy about a dinner party from which the guests can’t escape. Tom Cairns, who wrote the libretto, directs the new production, and Adès conducts his own adventurous new opera.

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Monday 20 Nov 201712:00

Toddler Time: Sarah & Duck November 2017 (U)

Toddler Time: Sarah & Duck November 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.

Sarah And Duck follows seven-year-old Sarah and her endearing best friend Duck. During each episode, the pair embarks on simple but exciting adventures. Whether they are trying to reach a rainbow or help an umbrella to stay dry, Sarah and Duck explore everyday moments in an engaging, imaginative way.

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 21 Nov 201710:30

Daphne (15)

Daphne
Daphne (Emily Beecham) is a young woman negotiating the tricky business of modern life. Busy days and hectic nights distract her from realising that deep down she's not happy. One day, an unexpected event forces her to confront the inevitability of a much-needed change.

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Tuesday 21 Nov 201720:30

NT Encore: Follies (12A)

NT Encore: Follies
Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas.

New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves.

Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, it’s directed by Dominic Cooke (The Comedy of Errors).

Winner of Academy, Tony, Grammy and Olivier awards, Sondheim’s previous work includes A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd and Sunday in the Park with George.

Encore Screening: Recorded live on 16 November 2017

Please note Follies will contain some strobe lighting.

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Thursday 23 Nov 201719:00
Thursday 30 Nov 201719:00
Monday 11 Dec 201719:00

Frozen + Olaf's Frozen Adventure (PG)

Frozen + Olaf's Frozen Adventure
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 25 Nov 201710:30

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 26 Nov 201707:00 (Closed)

North By Northwest (re 2017) (PG)

North By Northwest (re 2017)
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock With Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Leo G Carroll, Martin Landau 136min, USA 1959

Thanks to a paging announcement, New York advertising man Roger O Thornhill (Grant) falls victim to a deadly case of mistaken identity; to clear his name and stay alive, he leaves town, first for Chicago, then South Dakota. En route, protection from his pursuers is provided by the intriguingly named Eve (Marie Saint). Famous for superb scenes set in claustrophobic or agoraphobic locations – the UN building, a crop field, an auction room, Mount Rushmore – the film charts Thornhill’s progress from cynical detachment (the ‘O’ stands for ‘nothing’) through vulnerability to commitment. Witty, impudent, suspenseful, this is Hollywood filmmaking at its most urbane and glamorous.(Geoff Andrew, BFI Programmer-at-large)

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Sunday 26 Nov 201714:00

Exhibition: David Hockney at the Royal Academy Of Art (12A)

Exhibition: David Hockney at the Royal Academy Of Art
Widely considered Britain’s most popular artist, David Hockney is a global sensation with exhibitions in London, New York, Paris and beyond, attracting millions of visitors worldwide. Now entering his 9th decade, Hockney shows absolutely no evidence of slowing down or losing his trademark boldness.

Featuring intimate and in-depth interviews with Hockney, this revealing film focuses on two blockbuster exhibitions held in 2012 and 2016 at the Royal Academy of Art in London. Director Phil Grabsky secured privileged access to craft this cinematic celebration of a 21st century master of creativity.

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Monday 27 Nov 201718:00
Friday 1 Dec 201713:30

Toddler Time: Messy Goes To Okido: Parties (U)

Toddler Time: Messy Goes To Okido: Parties
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.

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

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Tuesday 28 Nov 201710:30

The Killing of a Sacred Deer (15)

The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Black Humour, horror and classical tradgedy collide in the second English language feature from absurdist Greek auteur Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster). Steven (farrell) is a successful cardiac surgeon who enjoys a happy, healthy and affluent life in suburbia with his wife (Kidman) and two children. When he befriends a young man (Keoghan) and takes him under his wing, a fatal mistake he once made on the operating table comes back to haunt him and his family in terrifying fashion.

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Tuesday 28 Nov 201720:00

Loving Vincent + Recorded Q&A (12A)

Loving Vincent + Recorded Q&A
The film will be followed by a lively discussion and interactive Q&A with the director's, recorded live from the National Gallery in October 2017.

Directors: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman. Starring: Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn, Saoirse Ronan, Helen McCrory, Chris O’Dowd. UK/Poland 2017. 95 mins.

Seven years in the making, this story of Vincent van Gogh’s life and mysterious death is a marvel to behold. Some 120 artists hand-rendered 65,000 frames of live action with oil paints on canvas, using the master’s own work as reference. The result is the world’s first fully painted feature film. Beginning a year after his demise, it unfolds around a series of interviews conducted by Armand Roulin (Booth) – a regular model for the artist – who becomes obsessed with his death, which was caused by a bullet wound to the stomach. Was it an accident? Was it suicide? Loving Vincent sets out to explore one of art’s great mysteries.

**PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT WILL START PROMPTLY AT THE ADVERTISED TIME**

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Wednesday 29 Nov 201717:45

The Princess & The Frog (U)

The Princess & The Frog
Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker. Voices: Anika Noni Rose, Bruno Campos, Oprah Winfrey, John Goodman, Terence Howard. USA 2009. 97 mins.

Loosely based on E. D. Baker’s story The Frog Princess, Disney’s 49th animated feature harked back to the studio’s traditional hand-drawn animation and the golden age of its fairy tales, but starred an African-American princess for the first time. This joyous Broadway-style musical, set in the French Quarter of 1920s New Orleans and the bayous of Louisiana, rekindled cinemagoers’ love affair with classic Disney animation. But heroine Tiana (Anika Noni Rose) is a princess with a difference: a spirited and independent girl not looking to be rescued by any princes. Instead, she sets about working hard to make her dream of opening her own restaurant a reality.

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 2 Dec 201710:30

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 201707:00 (Closed)

White Christmas (1954) (U)

White Christmas (1954)
Director: Michael Curtiz. Starring: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen. USA 1954. 120 mins.

WHITE CHRISTMAS is a treasure trove of Irving Berlin classics, among them ‘Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep’, ‘Sisters’, ‘Blue Skies’, and the beloved ‘White Christmas’. Two talented song-and-dance men (Crosby and Kaye) team up after the war to become one of the hottest acts in show business.

A perennial festive favourite, the film is presented in a stunning restoration.

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Monday 4 Dec 201717:45

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

The Florida Project (15)

The Florida Project
Director: Sean Baker. Starring: Brooklynn Kimberly Prince, Willem Dafoe, Bria Vinaite, Valeria Cotto, Christopher Rivera, Caleb Landry Jones.

This highly anticipated follow-up to IPhone sensation Tangerine from US indie wünderkid Sean Baker is another brilliant portrait of the underbelly of life. Another collaboration with writer Chris Bergoch, the film tells the story of a precocious six year-old and her rag-tag group of friends whose summer break is filled with childhood wonder, possibility and a sense of adventure while the adults around them struggle with hard times, it’s equal parts American Honey with a dash of Beasts of the Southern Wild. What elevates the film is its compelling look at life on the blue-collar margins and its ability to capture the wonderment of childhood. Willem Dafoe sprinkles some fairy dust as Bobby, the put upon manager of the down-at-heel hotel on whose denizens the film focuses.

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Tuesday 5 Dec 201720:00

ROH Encore:The Nutcracker (12A)

ROH Encore: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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Wednesday 6 Dec 201719:15

NT Live: Young Marx (12A)

NT Live: Young Marx
Rory Kinnear (The Threepenny Opera, Penny Dreadful, Othello) is Marx and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night, Green Wing) is Engels, in this new comedy written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman.

Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London, the production is directed by Nicholas Hytner and reunites the creative team behind Broadway and West End hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors.

1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Broke, restless and horny, the thirty-two-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy.

Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures. His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair at his wasted genius, his only hope is a job on the railway.

But there’s still no one in the capital who can show you a better night on the piss than Karl Heinrich Marx.

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Thursday 7 Dec 201719:00

Star Wars: The Last Jedi 2D (12A)

Star Wars: The Last Jedi 2D
The next chapter in the Skywalker saga arrives.

Luke Skywalker's peaceful and solitary existence gets upended when he meets Rey, a young woman who shows strong signs of the Force.

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Wednesday 13 Dec 201700:01 (Thu)
Thursday 14 Dec 201713:3017:0020:30
Friday 15 Dec 201713:0020:00
Saturday 16 Dec 201713:3017:0020:30
Sunday 17 Dec 201711:3015:15
Monday 18 Dec 201716:0019:30
Tuesday 19 Dec 201712:1516:0019:30
Wednesday 20 Dec 201712:1516:00
Thursday 21 Dec 201712:1519:30

Star Wars: The Last Jedi 3D (12A)

Star Wars: The Last Jedi 3D
The next chapter in the Skywalker saga arrives.

Luke Skywalker's peaceful and solitary existence gets upended when he meets Rey, a young woman who shows strong signs of the Force.

This showing is in 3D and will require 3D Glasses to watch. These can be purchased along with your tickets.

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Friday 15 Dec 201716:30
Sunday 17 Dec 201719:00
Monday 18 Dec 201712:15
Wednesday 20 Dec 201719:30
Thursday 21 Dec 201716:00

It's A Wonderful Life. (U)

It's A Wonderful Life.
One of the most popular and enduring films ever made, Frank Capra's IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE is a gloriously sentimental testament to homely small-town moral values.

Masterfully crafted, the film opens with angels discussing George Bailey (James Stewart), a man so beset with problems that he contemplates a Christmas-time suicide.

As George prepares to jump from a bridge his guardian angel Clarence Oddbody intervenes and shows him how badly Bedford Falls would have turned out without his good deeds.

Filled with a renewed joy of life George returns to his family for Christmas. James Stewart gives one of his finest, most affecting performances and the film looks better than ever in its new restoration.

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Thursday 21 Dec 201720:00
Friday 22 Dec 201713:30
Sunday 24 Dec 201717:00

The Muppet Christmas Carol (25th Anniversary) (U)

The Muppet Christmas Carol (25th Anniversary)
Brian Henson directs his late father's creations in the Charles Dickens classic, the best known (and most oft-filmed) Christmas story of all time. Michael Caine plays the old miser Scrooge with Kermit as his long-suffering but ever-hopeful employee Bob Cratchit, Miss Piggy as Cratchit's wife, and a host of Muppets (including the Great Gonzo as an unlikely Charles Dickens) taking other primary roles in this bright, playful adaptation of the sombre tale. Or at least it starts brightly enough--the anarchic humour soon settles into mirthful memories and a sense of melancholy as the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future take Scrooge on a journey of his lonely, wasted life. Michael Caine makes a wonderful Scrooge, delightfully rediscovering the meaning of life as fantastic creations from Henson's Creature Shop (developed specially for this film) take the reins as the three ghosts. While the odd mix of offbeat humour and drama undercuts the power of Dickens's drama, this kid-friendly retelling makes an excellent family drama that adults and children alike can enjoy.

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 23 Dec 201710:30

Berliner Philharmoniker Live - The New Year's Eve Gala Concert (Cert TBC)

Berliner Philharmoniker Live - The New Year's Eve Gala Concert
Conducted by Sir Simon Rattle with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato

Celebrate the end of 2017 with the Berliner Philharmoniker’s glittering New Year’s Eve Gala Concert broadcast live from Berlin and conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, with star guest Joyce DiDonato. The internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano will perform Richard Strauss’s lavishly beautiful orchestral songs with the concert programme also including works by Dvorák, Stravinsky, Bernstein and Shostakovich. The cinema broadcast features exclusive interviews and programme insights.

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Sunday 31 Dec 201716:00

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

Met Live 17/18: Tosca (12A)

Met Live 17/18: Tosca
Rivaling the splendor of Franco Zeffirelli’s Napoleonic-era sets and costumes, Sir David McVicar’s ravishing new production offers a splendid backdrop for extraordinary singing. Kristine Opolais stars as the title prima donna alongside Vittorio Grigolo and Bryn Terfel. Andris Nelsons conducts.

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Saturday 27 Jan 201817:55

Met Encore 17/18: Tosca (12A)

Met Encore 17/18: Tosca
Rivaling the splendor of Franco Zeffirelli’s Napoleonic-era sets and costumes, Sir David McVicar’s ravishing new production offers a splendid backdrop for extraordinary singing. Kristine Opolais stars as the title prima donna alongside Vittorio Grigolo and Bryn Terfel. Andris Nelsons 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

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

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

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

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

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

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
James Levine and Plácido Domingo add yet another chapter to their legendary Met collaboration with this rarely performed Verdi gem, a heart-wrenching tragedy of fatherly love. Sonya Yoncheva sings the title role opposite Piotr Beczala in the first Met performances of the opera in more than ten years.

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Saturday 14 Apr 201817:30

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

Met Encore 17/18: Luisa Miller
James Levine and Plácido Domingo add yet another chapter to their legendary Met collaboration with this rarely performed Verdi gem, a heart-wrenching tragedy of fatherly love. Sonya Yoncheva sings the title role opposite Piotr Beczala in the first Met performances of the opera in more than ten years.

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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

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