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The Nut Job 2 - Nutty By Nature (U)

The Nut Job 2 - Nutty By Nature
Will Arnett gives his throat a break from LEGO’s rasping Batman to voice a sprightly purple squirrel in this animated sequel. We are back in Oakton City where the dastardly Mayor (Bobby Moynihan) plans to demolish the animals’ home and develop the land into a giant amusement park. So it’s up to our reluctant squirrel hero, Surly (Arnett), to rally his animal chums and save the day – and their home. The original The Nut Job set a new record for the biggest opening weekend for an independent animated movie, making a sequel a no-brainer. This time round Jackie Chan joins the cast as Mr Feng, the leader of a street mouse gang. One to pop the kids in front of over the long summer holidays.

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Wednesday 23 Aug 201711:30
Thursday 24 Aug 201711:30

The Black Prince (12A)

The Black Prince
The last Sikh prince of Punjab is placed on the throne at five, but when India is annexed to the British, he is sent to England and never allowed to return to his home.

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Wednesday 23 Aug 201717:15
Monday 11 Sep 201714:15

The Odyssey (PG)

The Odyssey
Director: Jérôme Salle. Starring: Lambert Wilson, Pierre Niney, Audrey Tautou. France 2016. 118 mins.

French with English subtitles.

Explorer Jacques Cousteau’s career is re-played in Jérôme Salle’s impressively mounted biopic. Lambert Wilson (Of Gods And Men) is the charismatic and opinionated French naval captain who made oceanography and environmentalism household words with his 1960s and ’70s TV series. But for all Cousteau’s vision, entrepreneurial skill and bravery, relationships with his wife (Tautou) and sons Philippe (Niney, Frantz) and the less-favoured Jean-Michel (Benjamin Lavernhe) were anything but easy. After Philippe was killed in a plane crash Cousteau was for a time a broken man and he never fully recovered his indomitable spirit. Spanning some 30 years, Salle’s film skilfully intersperses accounts of the Cousteau family dynamics with underwater sequences which are as impressive as any accomplished by the man himself. A film as delightful to behold as it is thoughtful.

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Wednesday 23 Aug 201719:45
Thursday 24 Aug 201717:45

Dunkirk (12A)

Dunkirk
Director: Christopher Nolan. Starring: Fionn Whitehead, Harry Styles, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy. Netherlands/UK/France/USA 2017. 106 mins.

The mass evacuation of more than 330,000 Allied troops from the beaches of Dunkirk in May 1940 was one of the most dramatic and pivotal episodes of the Second World War. In his latest feature, director Christopher Nolan (Interstellar, The Dark Knight trilogy) plunges viewers into the thick of it with what he describes as “the most visceral experiential two hours that audiences can hope for”.

Told from three points of view – land, sea and air – Dunkirk unfolds with a palpable sense of dread and tension, evoking the very human and immediate desire to survive.

With cinematography from Hoyte van Hoytema (Interstellar), a score from Hans Zimmer, and an all-star supporting cast that includes Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy and Mark Rylance, this is the must-see spectacle of the summer.

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Wednesday 23 Aug 201714:3020:15
Thursday 24 Aug 201713:3017:45

A Ghost Story (12A)

A Ghost Story
Director: David Lowery. Starring: Casey Affleck. Rooney Mara. USA 2017. 92 mins.

Contains infrequent strong language, images of dead bodies.

The latest film from acclaimed director David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Pete’s Dragon) is a singular exploration of legacy, loss, and the essential human longing for meaning and connection. A white-sheeted ghost (Affleck) returns to his suburban home to console his bereft wife (Mara), only to find that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip away. Increasingly unmoored, the ghost embarks on a cosmic journey through memory and history, confronting life’s ineffable questions and the enormity of existence. An audacious, unforgettable meditation on the passage of time, A Ghost Story emerges ecstatic and surreal – a wholly unique experience that lingers long after the credits roll.

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Wednesday 23 Aug 201714:00
Thursday 24 Aug 201720:30

Final Portrait (15)

Final Portrait
Director: Stanley Tucci. Starring: Geoffrey Rush, Armie Hammer, Clémence Poésy. USA/UK 2017. 90 mins.

Returning to the director’s chair after a decade-long absence, Stanley Tucci sketches the frustrations of creative genius with a fascinating and witty glimpse into the workshop and personality of Swiss sculptor and painter Alberto Giacometti (Rush). In Paris in 1964, Giacometti bumps into an old friend, American writer and art-lover James Lord (Hammer), and invites him to sit for a portrait. Assured that it would take half a day at most, Lord accepts. A half-day turns into days. Days turn into weeks. Giacometti rages at the canvas, unconvinced of his talent. Both fl attered and frustrated, Lord cancels a series of fl ights home. With no end in sight, he’s a prisoner to the artist’s whims. But as the brushstrokes ebb and flow, Lord ultimately sees logic in the chaos, and painter and subject develop an unusual bond.

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Wednesday 23 Aug 201712:0017:45
Thursday 24 Aug 201714:1520:30

Parent & Baby: Final Portrait (15)

Parent & Baby: Final Portrait
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.

Director: Stanley Tucci. Starring: Geoffrey Rush, Armie Hammer, Clémence Poésy. USA/UK 2017. 90 mins.

Returning to the director’s chair after a decade-long absence, Stanley Tucci sketches the frustrations of creative genius with a fascinating and witty glimpse into the workshop and personality of Swiss sculptor and painter Alberto Giacometti (Rush). In Paris in 1964, Giacometti bumps into an old friend, American writer and art-lover James Lord (Hammer), and invites him to sit for a portrait. Assured that it would take half a day at most, Lord accepts. A half-day turns into days. Days turn into weeks. Giacometti rages at the canvas, unconvinced of his talent. Both fl attered and frustrated, Lord cancels a series of fl ights home. With no end in sight, he’s a prisoner to the artist’s whims. But as the brushstrokes ebb and flow, Lord ultimately sees logic in the chaos, and painter and subject develop an unusual bond.

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Thursday 24 Aug 201710:30

Detroit (15)

Detroit
Director: Kathryn Bigelow. Starring: John Boyega, Algee Smith, Anthony Mackie. USA 2017. 143 mins.

Never afraid to tackle tendentious subjects, director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty, The Hurt Locker) now set their sharp sights on the events of 1967 Detroit, which sparked the worst race riots in American history. The action is centred on the Algiers Motel on a sweltering hot July night, where a random shot from a starting pistol brought in the National Guard and a large number of police sharpshooters. Three black men were left dead and several more brutally beaten; a black security guard, Melvin Dismukes (John Boyega, Star Wars’ Finn), tried desperately to mediate between his white superiors and an enraged African-American community. Freighted with characteristic dramatic intensity and shot with a gritty realism, Bigelow’s latest is a timely reminder of the deep and potentially lethal divisions in American society.

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Friday 25 Aug 201711:0014:0017:0020:00
Saturday 26 Aug 201713:3016:3019:30
Sunday 27 Aug 201712:3015:0018:00
Monday 28 Aug 201712:3015:0018:00
Tuesday 29 Aug 201713:0016:4519:30
Wednesday 30 Aug 201714:0017:0020:00
Thursday 31 Aug 201713:0017:00

Logan Lucky (12A)

Logan Lucky
Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum) is from a blue-collar family from the hills of West Virginia, whose clan has been famous for its bad luck for nearly 90 years. After being fired from his job, and with his ex-wife (Katie Holmes) threatening to move out of State taking their daughter with her, Jimmy decides he has to do something to get his family’s life back on track. With a little help from his brother Clyde Logan (Adam Driver), his sister Mellie (Riley Keough) and an incarcerated explosive expert, the aptly named Joe Bang (Daniel Craig), he plans to steal $14 million from the Charlotte Motor Speedway on the busiest race day of the year. Directed by Academy Award-winner Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s Eleven, Magic Mike, Traffic), Logan Lucky also stars Hilary Swank, Seth MacFarlane, Katherine Waterston, Sebastian Stan, and Brian Gleeson.

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Friday 25 Aug 201711:1514:1517:3020:30
Saturday 26 Aug 201713:0016:4519:45
Sunday 27 Aug 201712:1515:4518:30
Monday 28 Aug 201712:1515:4518:30
Tuesday 29 Aug 201714:0017:00
Wednesday 30 Aug 201714:1517:3020:30
Thursday 31 Aug 201711:1516:1520:15

Ratatouille (PG)

Ratatouille
Remy lives in Paris and dreams of becoming a chef. The only problem is that Remy is a rat.

With his passion for cooking, he forms an unlikely alliance with a young, inexperienced chef at one of the most famous restaurants in the city.

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 26 Aug 201710:30

Toddler Time: Timmy Time: On Wheels (U)

Toddler Time: Timmy Time: On Wheels
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 29 Aug 201710:30

Terminator 2: Judgement Day 3D (15)

Terminator 2: Judgement Day 3D
Arnold Schwarzenegger returns as The Terminator in this explosive action-adventure spectacle. Now he's one of the good guys, sent back in time to protect John Connor, the boy destined to lead the freedom fighters of the future. Linda Hamilton reprises her role as Sarah Connor, John's mother, a quintessential survivor who has been institutionalized for her warning of the nuclear holocaust she knows is inevitable. Together, the threesome must find a way to stop the ultimate enemy - the T-1000, the most lethal Terminator ever created.

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Tuesday 29 Aug 201720:00

Stronger Than Bullets Plus Director Q&A (12A)

Stronger Than Bullets Plus Director Q&A
We are delighted that director Matthew Millan will introduce his film and join us for a Q&A after the screening.

Libya, 2011. Amidst the bloody revolution to overthrow Moammar Gaddafi, a defiant music scene erupts from the war. After 42 years of tyranny, Benghazi resounds with music that is astounding in its diversity – traditional folk, hip-hop, heavy metal, rock, blues, and even country. This film is about the inspirational musicians who emerge, and follows them as they become a vibrant soundtrack of free expression. After months of brutal war, Gaddafi's death seems to pave the way for the musicians to celebrate with a triumphant music festival. But when the tyrant falls, he shatters into a thousand pieces, as their dream is crushed and Libya is thrown into the abyss of civil war. Their freedom to play threatened once again, this film is their defiant legacy and a joining of hands with musicians all over the world to show that music really is “stronger than bullets”.

Stronger Than Bullets has now been an official selection at 18 international film festivals winning 'Best Documentary’ at the 2016 Woodstock International Film Festival, the prestigious Santa Fe Press Award, the Jury Selection Award of the 2017 Noise Pop Film Series as well as Best Soundtrack at the 2017 SeeYouSound Festival. This is the first UK theatrical screening.

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Thursday 31 Aug 201714:00

NT Live: Yerma (15)

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

Please note that this broadcast does not have an interval.

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Thursday 31 Aug 201719:00

NT Live: Peter Pan (Encore) (PG)

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

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

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

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

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 Sep 201710:30

Toddler Time: Rastamouse: Cheesetastic (U)

Toddler Time: Rastamouse: Cheesetastic
Forget about da bass! In this trio of Rastamouse adventures it's all about cheese - Zoomer's favourite!

Featuring episodes: Da Rollin’ Cheese, Da Mouseland Cheese Hunt and Rainin’ Cheese

Author Michael De Souza says of his creation, “Rastamouse has a positive message for young children, promoting the need to understand what is right from what is wrong, and why, in a meaningful context.” If you want to have more fun when you get home from the cinema, go to www.rastamouse.com to find out all about the nation’s favourite reggae-playing mouse, play games or just listen to Da Easy Crew’s crucial tunes. Rastamouse and Da Easy Crew also want to hear all about how you made a bad ting good – so send any pictures or stories in to them at goodtings@rastamouse.com.

“Through understanding, love an' respect; Rastamouse will always make a bad thing good.”

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Tuesday 5 Sep 201710:30

England Is Mine (15)

England Is Mine
Director: Mark Gill. Starring: Jack Lowden, Jessica Brown Findlay. UK 2017. 94 mins.

Steven Patrick Morrissey (Lowden) wants to write and sing. But as a young man, his voice goes no further than the NME letters page and his dead-end office walls. When the punk scene explodes, he discovers there’s more to life than dark satanic mills. England Is Mine is an evocative portrait of Morrissey, singer-songwriter and former frontman of The Smiths, chronicling his troubled adolescence in 1970s Manchester – a time when he was still finding his place in the musical world.

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Tuesday 5 Sep 201720:30

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

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

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

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

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

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Thursday 7 Sep 201719:45

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2D (U)

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2D
Judi and Ron Barrett’s bestselling children’s picturebook CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS is brought to life in gorgeous and innovative animation. Flint is a young inventor who tends to cause havoc with his crazy creations. When the island he lives on closes its sardine-canning factory, he hopes a device that turns water into food can save his neighbours from a constant diet of smelly fish. With the source material providing a brilliant premise, the film has great fun with the idea that any type of food can be programmed into Flint’s incredible machine and dropped from the sky - leading to ice-cream snow drifts and school-crushing pancakes. With an eclectic vocal cast, a talking monkey and an all-action finale, this is a genuinely entertaining film for all the family.

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 9 Sep 201710:30

G.I. Blues (1960) (U)

G.I. Blues (1960)
Stationed in West Germany, soldier Tulsa McLean (Elvis Presley) hopes to open up a nightclub when he gets out of the army. Tulsa may lack the capital for such a venture, but a chance to raise the cash comes his way through a friendly wager. Local dancer Lili (Juliet Prowse) is a notorious ice queen, and Tulsa bets everything he has that a friend of his can earn her affections. But, when that friend is dispatched to Alaska, it's up to Tulsa to melt Lili's heart.

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Sunday 10 Sep 201714:00

Jonas Kaufmann: My Italy (U)

Jonas Kaufmann: My Italy
Jonas Kaufmann, the celebrated German tenor, presents his personal tribute to Italian music and culture in this special concert documentary film –MY ITALY. Featuring songs from sold-out concerts in Turin and Milan, the star tenors stunning performances are interwoven with short films exploring his love of Italy, all set against a backdrop of breathtaking landscapes and evocative scenes of Italian life. Music includes popular and familiar songs like Parla più piano from The Godfather soundtrack, Caruso by Lucio Dalla and the international hit Volare, performed at the Teatro Carignano in Turin. In addition fans will be able to relive some of operas most famous arias from Kaufmanns An Evening with Puccini concert at La Scala, Milan, including Lucevan le stelle from Tosca and Nessun Dorma from Turandot. Jonas Kaufmann My Italy is a delightful musical and visual treat for the cinema screen.

Tenor Jonas Kaufmann

Conductor Jochen Rieder

Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI

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Sunday 10 Sep 201719:00

Dementia Friendly: G.I. Blues (U)

Dementia Friendly: G.I. Blues
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. Stationed in West Germany, soldier Tulsa McLean (Elvis Presley) hopes to open up a nightclub when he gets out of the army. Tulsa may lack the capital for such a venture, but a chance to raise the cash comes his way through a friendly wager. Local dancer Lili (Juliet Prowse) is a notorious ice queen, and Tulsa bets everything he has that a friend of his can earn her affections. But, when that friend is dispatched to Alaska, it's up to Tulsa to melt Lili's heart.

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Monday 11 Sep 201711:00 (Closed)

Land Of Mine (15)

Land Of Mine
Director: Martin Zandvliet. Starring: Roland Møller, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Joel Basman. Denmark/Germany 2015. 101 mins.

In German and Danish with English subtitles.

As the Second World War comes to an end, a group of German POWs, boys rather than men, are captured by the Danish army and forced to engage in a deadly task – clearing land mines from the Danish coastline. With little or no training, the boys soon discover that the war is far from over.

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Tuesday 12 Sep 201720:30

David Gilmour Live At Pompeii (12A)

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

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

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

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

David Gilmour Live at Pompeii contains a sequence of flashing lights which might affect customers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy.

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Wednesday 13 Sep 201720:30 (Sold Out)
Thursday 21 Sep 201720:30

Carmen On The Lake (12A)

Carmen On The Lake
Performed on the spectacular water stage of Lake Constance in Bregenz (Austria), George Bizet’s Carmen is a story of passion, destiny and obsession. The French composer’s opera is most famous for its Spanish melodies, including the Flower Song, Habanera and the Toreador Song.

On 14 September, experience Carmen like never before – recorded live on the floating stage during the Bregenz Festival. As with their previous spectacular productions, you can expect the staging of this classic tale to have an extravagantly original and innovative design, with the waters of the lake being used as an extension of the stage.

This production of Carmen will be directed by Kasper Holten, Director of Opera at the Royal Opera House in London, with the set designed by the British artist Es Devlin. Her past work includes sets for such stars as Adele, Take That, U2, Pet Shop Boys and Kanye West.

Pre-recorded screening. Performed in French with English subtitles.

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Thursday 14 Sep 201719:00

Victoria & Abdul (PG)

Victoria & Abdul
The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s (Academy Award winner Judi Dench) remarkable rule. When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favor with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity.

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Friday 15 Sep 201710:0012:3015:1517:5020:30
Saturday 16 Sep 201711:3014:3017:3020:15
Sunday 17 Sep 201712:1515:0017:4520:30
Monday 18 Sep 201712:1515:0017:4520:30
Tuesday 19 Sep 201712:1515:0017:4520:30
Wednesday 20 Sep 201712:1515:0017:4520:30
Thursday 21 Sep 201712:1515:0017:45

Spark (U)

Spark
A wisecracking, teenage monkey, lives on an abandoned planet with his friends Chunk the pig, a fox called Vix, and lots of tiny bugs.

Thirteen years ago, power-hungry Zhong seized control of their planet Bana, wiping out Spark’s family and sending him into hiding. Now, Zhong plans to use the deadly space Kraken to destroy the entire universe, and only Spark and his ragtag gang can stop him.

Now, Spark must journey across the universe, in order to defeat the evil emperor Zhong and save the galaxy once and for all!

From the makers of Coraline and The Nut Job, and featuring the voices of Patrick Stewart (X-Men, Star Trek: The Next Generation) Jessica Biel (Family Guy, Planet 51) Academy Award Winners, Susan Sarandon (Cloud Atlas, Thelma & Louise) and Hilary Swank (P.S, I Love You, Million Dollar Baby), animals assemble in this intergalactic adventure that kid will go ape for!

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 16 Sep 201710:30

ROH Live: The Magic Flute (12A)

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

SUNG IN GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES

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

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

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

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

MUSIC - WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

LIBRETTO - LORENZO DA PONTE

DIRECTOR - DAVID MCVICAR

CONDUCTOR - JULIA JONES

TAMINO - MAURO PETER

PAMINA - SIOBHAN STAGG

PAPAGENO - RODERICK WILLIAMS

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Wednesday 20 Sep 201719:15

Molly Monster (U)

Molly Monster
"Molly Monster is a charming piece of storytelling for pre-school children which teaches them about family bonding and friendship."

In Monsterland, baby monsters only hatch on Egg Island; so when Molly finds out she is going to be having a new brother or sister, she knows her family are off on a trip.

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 Sep 201710:30

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (U)

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
Noted Dreamworks animator David Soren (Shrek, Turbo) directs the first film of a potential franchise based on author Dav Pilkey’s weirdly wonderful children’s adventures featuring elementary-school troublemakers George (Hart) and Harold (Middleditch). Rather than studying in the classroom, George and Harold prefer sitting in their tree house chronicling the exploits of their unlikely superhero, Captain Underpants, in their homemade comic books. However, when their stern headmaster Mr Krupp (Helms) finally catches them out, they accidentally hypnotise him into thinking that he is the caped tighty-whitey crusader. The faux Captain is then tormented by a new history teacher, Prof. Poopypants (Nick Kroll), prompting a slew of fast-paced misadventures that Soren and his team energise with an array of animation formats.

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 30 Sep 201710:30

ROH Live: La Bohème (12A)

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

SUNG IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES

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

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

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

DIRECTOR - RICHARD JONES

CONDUCTOR - ANTONIO PAPPANO

MIMÌ - NICOLE CAR

RODOLFO - MICHAEL FABIANO

MARCELLO - MARIUSZ KWIECIEN

MUSETTA - NADINE SIERRA

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Tuesday 3 Oct 201719:15

NT Encore: Hamlet (PG)

NT Encore: Hamlet
Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy.

Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, National Theatre Live bring this hugely popular broadcast back to cinemas.

As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.

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Thursday 5 Oct 201719:00

Aladdin (U)

Aladdin
When a street urchin vies for the love of a beautiful princess, he uses a genie's (Robin Williams) magic power to make himself off as a prince in order to marry her.

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 7 Oct 201710:30

Met Live 17/18: Norma (12A)

Met Live 17/18: Norma
This new production of Bellini’s masterpiece stars Sondra Radvanovsky as the Druid priestess and Joyce DiDonato as her rival, Adalgisa—a casting coup for bel canto fans. Tenor Joseph Calleja is Pollione, Norma’s unfaithful lover, and Carlo Rizzi conducts. Sir David McVicar’s evocative production sets the action deep in a Druid forest where nature and ancient ritual rule.

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Saturday 7 Oct 201717:55

Met Encore 17/18: Norma (12A)

Met Encore 17/18: Norma
This new production of Bellini’s masterpiece stars Sondra Radvanovsky as the Druid priestess and Joyce DiDonato as her rival, Adalgisa—a casting coup for bel canto fans. Tenor Joseph Calleja is Pollione, Norma’s unfaithful lover, and Carlo Rizzi conducts. Sir David McVicar’s evocative production sets the action deep in a Druid forest where nature and ancient ritual rule.

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Monday 9 Oct 201712:00

RSC Live: Coriolanus (2017) (12A)

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

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

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

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Wednesday 11 Oct 201719:00

Met Live 17/18: Die Zauberflöte (12A)

Met Live 17/18: Die Zauberflöte
Music Director Emeritus James Levine conducts the full-length, German version of Mozart’s magical fable, seen in Julie Taymor’s spectacular production, which captures both the opera’s earthy comedy and its noble mysticism.

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Saturday 14 Oct 201717:55

Met Encore 17/18: Die Zauberflöte (12A)

Met Encore 17/18: Die Zauberflöte
Music Director Emeritus James Levine conducts the full-length, German version of Mozart’s magical fable, seen in Julie Taymor’s spectacular production, which captures both the opera’s earthy comedy and its noble mysticism.

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Monday 16 Oct 201712:00

Bolshoi 17/18: Le Corsaire (12A)

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

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

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

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Sunday 22 Oct 201716:00

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

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

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

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

CHOREOGRAPHY - CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON

MUSIC - JOBY TALBOT

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Monday 23 Oct 201719:15

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

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

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

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

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

Captured live on Jan 24, 2016

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

NT Live: Follies (12A)

NT Live: 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.

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Thursday 16 Nov 201719:00

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

Bolshoi 17/18: The Nutcracker (12A)

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

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

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

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

Captured live on Dec 21, 2014

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

ROH Live: The Nutcracker (12A)

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

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

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

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

CHOREOGRAPHY - PETER WRIGHT

AFTER - LEV IVANOV

MUSIC - PYOTR IL’YICH TCHAIKOVSKY

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Tuesday 5 Dec 201719:15

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

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

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

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

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

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

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