A Dog's Purpose (PG)

A Dog's Purpose
Kids Club: All tickets only £2

"A Dog's Purpose" shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.

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Wednesday 26 Jul 201710:00
Thursday 27 Jul 201710:00

Cars 3 (U)

Cars 3
Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) returns to the racetrack to take on a younger rival in this animated sequel from Pixar and Disney.

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Tuesday 25 Jul 201715:00
Wednesday 26 Jul 201710:0012:3015:0017:30
Thursday 27 Jul 201710:0012:3015:0017:30
Friday 28 Jul 201710:0015:00
Saturday 29 Jul 201710:0015:00
Sunday 30 Jul 201710:0012:30
Monday 31 Jul 201710:0012:3015:00
Tuesday 1 Aug 201710:0012:3015:00
Wednesday 2 Aug 201710:0015:00
Thursday 3 Aug 201712:3015:00

Despicable Me 3 (U)

Despicable Me 3
Illumination, who brought audiences Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, continues the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters-Margo, Edith and Agnes-and the Minions in Despicable Me 3.

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Monday 24 Jul 201718:20
Tuesday 25 Jul 201714:0016:2018:30
Wednesday 26 Jul 201710:0012:0014:1016:2018:30
Thursday 27 Jul 201714:1016:20
Friday 28 Jul 201714:1016:2018:30
Saturday 29 Jul 201712:0014:1016:2018:30
Sunday 30 Jul 201714:1016:2018:30
Monday 31 Jul 201710:0012:0014:1016:2018:30
Tuesday 1 Aug 201710:0012:0014:1016:20
Wednesday 2 Aug 201714:1018:30
Thursday 3 Aug 201714:1018:30

Dunkirk (12A)

Dunkirk
Acclaimed auteur Christopher Nolan directs this World War II thriller about the evacuation of Allied troops from the French city of Dunkirk before Nazi forces can take hold. Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh and Mark Rylance co-star, with longtime Nolan collaborator Hans Zimmer providing the score.

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Monday 24 Jul 201718:2020:45
Tuesday 25 Jul 201714:0016:0018:2020:45
Wednesday 26 Jul 201713:0015:3018:0020:45
Thursday 27 Jul 201713:0015:3018:0020:45
Friday 28 Jul 201713:0015:3018:0020:40
Saturday 29 Jul 201713:0015:3018:0020:40
Sunday 30 Jul 201713:0015:3018:0020:40
Monday 31 Jul 201713:0015:3018:0020:40
Tuesday 1 Aug 201713:0015:3018:2520:40
Wednesday 2 Aug 201713:0015:3018:0020:40
Thursday 3 Aug 201713:0015:3018:0020:40

Andre Rieu’s 2017 Maastricht Concert (U)

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

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

This year is a very special year because it is exactly 30 years ago that André Rieu started his Johann Strauss Orchestra in his home town of Maastricht. From a small group of musicians rehearsing in the classroom of André’s son’s primary school to stadiums and concert halls around the world - what a journey it has been! Take a front row seat and experience this spectacular musical event on the big screen. Enjoy backstage access, interviews with André and his special guests, musical favourites and much, much more, exclusive to cinema.

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Sunday 30 Jul 201715:00

War For The Planet Of The Apes (12A)

War For The Planet Of The Apes
In War for the Planet of the Apes, the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.

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Monday 24 Jul 201720:00
Tuesday 25 Jul 201720:00
Wednesday 26 Jul 201714:2017:2020:00
Thursday 27 Jul 201714:2017:2020:00
Friday 28 Jul 201717:3020:30
Saturday 29 Jul 201717:3020:30
Sunday 30 Jul 201717:4520:30
Monday 31 Jul 201717:3020:30
Tuesday 1 Aug 201717:3020:30
Wednesday 2 Aug 201717:3020:30
Thursday 3 Aug 201717:3020:30

Baby Driver (15)

Baby Driver
A talented, young getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.

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Monday 24 Jul 201720:30
Tuesday 25 Jul 201720:30
Wednesday 26 Jul 201720:30
Friday 28 Jul 201720:30
Saturday 29 Jul 201720:30
Sunday 30 Jul 201720:40
Monday 31 Jul 201720:30

Spider-Man: Homecoming (12A)

Spider-Man: Homecoming
A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine--distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man--but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

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Monday 24 Jul 201720:40
Tuesday 25 Jul 201720:40
Wednesday 26 Jul 201720:40
Thursday 27 Jul 201720:40
Friday 28 Jul 201720:40
Saturday 29 Jul 201720:40
Sunday 30 Jul 201720:40
Monday 31 Jul 201720:40
Tuesday 1 Aug 201720:40
Wednesday 2 Aug 201720:40
Thursday 3 Aug 201720:40

Churchill (PG)

Churchill
Tensions mount for the beleaguered British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Brian Cox) in the days leading up to infamous Allied D-Day landings in Normandy, France in June, 1944. Fearful of repeating his deadly mistakes from World War I in the Battle of Gallipoli, exhausted by years of war, plagued by depression and obsessed with his historical destiny, Churchill is reluctant to embark on the large-scale campaign, one that the entire war effort hinges upon. Clashing with his Allied political opponents U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower (John Slattery) and British Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery (Julian Wadham), the troubled Churchill receives support and devotion from his wife, the brilliant and unflappable Clementine Churchill (Miranda Richardson). With her strength and shrewdness, "Clemmie" halts Winston's physical, mental spiritual collapse and inspires him on to greatness.

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Tuesday 25 Jul 201714:00

Captain Underpants (U)

Captain Underpants
Based on the worldwide sensation and bestselling book series, and boasting an A-list cast of comedy superstars headed by Kevin Hart and Ed Helms, DreamWorks Animation brings audiences the long-awaited global movie event, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. This raucously subversive comedy for the entire family tells the story of two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold, who hypnotize their principal into thinking he's a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.

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Tuesday 25 Jul 201716:00
Wednesday 26 Jul 201710:0012:00
Thursday 27 Jul 201710:0012:00
Friday 28 Jul 201710:0012:0014:1016:1518:25
Saturday 29 Jul 201710:0012:0014:1016:1518:25
Sunday 30 Jul 201710:0012:0014:1016:1518:25
Monday 31 Jul 201710:0012:0014:1016:1518:25
Tuesday 1 Aug 201710:0012:0014:1016:1518:25
Wednesday 2 Aug 201710:0012:0014:1016:1518:25
Thursday 3 Aug 201710:0014:1016:1518:25

National Theatre Live: Angels in America Part 2 Perestroika (15)

National Theatre Live: Angels in America Part 2 Perestroika
America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell.

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

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

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

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Thursday 27 Jul 201719:00
Monday 14 Aug 201719:00 (Encore)

Beauty and the Beast (PG)

Beauty and the Beast
Kids Club: All tickets only £2

Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" is a live-action re-telling of the studio's animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. "Beauty and the Beast" is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle's enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast's hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.

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Friday 28 Jul 201710:00
Saturday 29 Jul 201710:00
Sunday 30 Jul 201710:00
Monday 31 Jul 201710:00
Tuesday 1 Aug 201710:00
Wednesday 2 Aug 201710:00
Thursday 3 Aug 201710:00

The White Room (15)

The White Room
New Black Films present ‘The White Room’, written and directed by Emmy-nominated filmmaker James Erskine (‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’,‘Pantani’, ‘Le Mans 3D’, ‘Billie Jean King’).

In a world obsessed with knowing the future, we find Alberto, a Colombian immigrant working as a massage therapist in the City of London. Mild-mannered, almost shy, he blends into the multi-ethnic city to which he has come to earn money to pay for his mother's operation back home. The streets of London aren't paved with gold but with old chip wrappers, and Alberto has found himself trapped in a vicious circle. Staying in London beyond his plans, the fervently religious man becomes obsessed that God has a destiny marked out for him. Everywhere he begins to see signs - on the streets, in bars and most potently on the clients he massages. When one day, a 'thirdway' politician, Jackie Jordan, visits the spa Alberto sees a sign that will set him on the path to his ultimate destiny. Absorbing the Bible, Nostradamus, Palmistry and the Qur'an in its mythology, this is a taut, poignant East London based thriller with a supernatural twist.

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Tuesday 1 Aug 201720:45

The Emoji Movie (U)

The Emoji Movie
This animated comedy takes place in Textopolis, a world inside a smartphone that's inhabited by various emojis. There, an emoji named Gene (voiced by T.J. Miller) is ashamed that he has multiple facial expressions while his colleagues only have one each, and he embarks on a quest to be like everyone else. James Corden, Ilana Glazer, Jennifer Coolidge, Patrick Stewart, and Maya Rudolph also lend their voices to this film from Sony Pictures Animation.

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Wednesday 2 Aug 201710:0012:0016:20
Thursday 3 Aug 201710:0012:0016:20

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (12A)

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS is the visually spectacular new adventure film from Luc Besson, the legendary director of The Professional, The Fifth Element and Lucy, based on the ground-breaking comic book series which inspired a generation of artists, writers and filmmakers. In the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are a team of special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two embark on a mission to the astonishing city of Alpha-an ever-expanding metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence and cultures with each other. There is a mystery at the center of Alpha, a dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.

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Wednesday 2 Aug 201720:30
Thursday 3 Aug 201720:30

National Theatre Live: Angels in America Part 1 Millennium Appro (15)

National Theatre Live: Angels in America Part 1 Millennium Appro
America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell.

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

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

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

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Monday 7 Aug 201719:00 (Encore)

Royal Shakespeare Company: Titus Andronicus (12A LIVE)

Royal Shakespeare Company: Titus Andronicus
The decay of Rome reaches violent depths in Shakespeare’s most bloody play. Titus is a ruler exhausted by war and loss, who relinquishes power but leaves Rome in disorder. Rape, cannibalism and severed body parts fill the moral void at the heart of this corrupt society.

Shakespeare’s gory revenge tragedy presents us with murder as entertainment, and, as the body count piles up, poses questions about the nature of sexuality, family, class and society.

Blanche McIntyre returns to the RSC to direct Shakespeare’s brutal revenge tragedy after her debut directing The Two Noble Kinsmen (2016).

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Wednesday 9 Aug 201719:00

The Burbs (12A)

The Burbs
When Carol Peterson (Carrie Fisher) convinces her husband Ray (Tom Hanks) to take a week's vacation from his stressful job, all he wants to do is put his feet up and rest. But his relaxation doesn't last long - soon enough, next-door neighbour Art gives Ray something new to worry about when he starts obsessing about some unusual behaviour from the new family on the block.

The Klopeks aren't like the other residents; they keep themselves to themselves, they don't seem to care about keeping up with the Joneses, and their basement furnace seems to be getting a lot of use! Ray tries to ignore Art's theories that something strange is going on - but when an elderly neighbour disappears under suspicious circumstances and Ray witnesses some alarming nocturnal activity in the Klopeks' back yard, conjecture turns to paranoia, and the 'burbs become bedlam, as the residents attempt to investigate.

Directed by Joe Dante, and with appearances from Corey Feldman, Bruce Dern and many other familiar faces, The 'Burbs is a stone-cold classic 80s comedy providing an uncomfortable social comment about middle-class mistrust in suburbia which is still very much relevant today.

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Thursday 17 Aug 201720:30

National Theatre Live: Yerma (15)

National Theatre Live: Yerma
The incredible Billie Piper (Penny Dreadful, Great Britain) returns in her Evening Standard Best Actress award-winning role. A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in Simon Stone’s radical production of Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece. The unmissable theatre phenomenon sold out at the Young Vic and critics call it ‘an extraordinary theatrical triumph’ (The Times) and ‘stunning, searing, unmissable’ (Mail on Sunday). Billie Piper’s lead performance is described as ‘spellbinding’ (The Evening Standard), ‘astonishing’ (iNews) and ‘devastatingly powerful’ (The Daily Telegraph). Set in contemporary London, Piper’s portrayal of a woman in her thirties desperate to conceive builds with elemental force to a staggering, shocking, climax. Please note that this broadcast does not have an interval.

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Thursday 31 Aug 201719:00

John le Carré - An Evening with George Smiley (TBC)

John le Carré - An Evening with George Smiley
In aid of Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors without Borders (MSF) Broadcast live from London's Royal Festival Hall, join us for a celebration of one of the world’s greatest writers as he shares the secrets behind the creation of his most beloved character.

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

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

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

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Thursday 7 Sep 201719:45

David Gilmour Live at Pompeii (TBC)

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday 13 Sep 201720:00

Carmen on the Lake (TBC)

Carmen on the Lake
Performed on the spectacular water stage of Lake Constance in Bregenz (Austria), George Bizet's Carmen is the 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 an extension of the stage.

This production of Carmen will be directed by Kasper Horton, 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 Kane West.

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Thursday 14 Sep 201719:45

Stage Russia 2017-2018 Season - The Seagull (12A LIVE)

Stage Russia 2017-2018 Season - The Seagull
Russian with English Subtitles

Stage Russia HD (Satirikon Theatre): Anton Chekhov’s first of four major plays dramatizes the romantic and artistic conflicts between its four main characters: Boris Trigorin, a well-known writer, the ingenue Nina, the fading actress Irina Arkadina, and her son the would-be playwright Konstantin Tréplev. Yury Butusov's frenetic production abounds in an incredible freedom and openness, delving deep into the throes of artistic creation and the anguish of the artist who struggles to find a language of his own. This is not only a performance about the theatre, it is an anthology of the theatre that devours its children like monsters. With the shuffling of actors' roles, you begin to sense something of a quadraphonic portrait of the creative personality, which demonstrates that greatness is precariously close to mediocrity while suggesting that the opposite is also true. Chekhov's characters are in the process of creating their lives or watching them fall apart, which, according to Butusov, may be a closely related activity.

230 minutes (with two 10 intermissions included)

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Sunday 17 Sep 201714:15
Thursday 21 Sep 201719:00

ROH: Royal Opera 2017-2018 Season- The Magic Flute (12A LIVE)

ROH: Royal Opera 2017-2018 Season- The Magic Flute
APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 3 HOURS 10 MINUTES, INCLUDING ONE INTERVAL | SUNG IN GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

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.

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Wednesday 20 Sep 201719:15
Sunday 24 Sep 201714:00 (ENCORE)

King Lear: Live from Shakespeare’s Globe (12A LIVE)

King Lear: Live from Shakespeare’s Globe
King Lear (Kevin McNally) decides to divide his kingdom amongst his three daughters, but fails to anticipate the consequences of his actions. His generosity is cruelly repaid. As he comes to realise the false values by which he has lived, he finally encounters his own humanity. Broadcast live to cinemas from the iconic Shakespeare’s Globe, this brand new retelling of one the Bards’ greatest plays will capture your heart on September 21.

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Thursday 21 Sep 201719:00

Blue Velvet (18)

Blue Velvet
As part of this year's Scalarama Festival, The Loft Movie Theatre and Porlock Press are proud to present a special screening of David Lynch's murder-mystery masterpiece, Blue Velvet.

In this atmospheric tale of small town intrigue, college student Jeffrey Beaumont (Kyle MacLachlan) becomes embroiled in the complicated lives of enchanting lounge singer Dorothy Vallens (Isabella Rossellini) and dangerous gangster Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper) - a psychopathic criminal with a penchant for Roy Orbison, who seems to have Dorothy under his spell.

Blue Velvet is a story of kidnap, violence, obsession and love. With its timeless hyper-nostalgic tone hiding a dark disturbing undercurrent, it is not difficult to see a connection between this and the mysterious world of Twin Peaks, which Lynch brought to our screens just a few years later.

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Monday 25 Sep 201720:30

Exhibition on Screen - Canaletto and the Art of Venice (12A LIVE)

Exhibition on Screen - Canaletto and the Art of Venice
CANALETTO AND THE ART OF VENICE - at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace

Directed by David Bickerstaff

Running time: 85 minutes

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN open its fifth season with Canaletto & the Art of Venice, an immersive journey into the life and art of Venice’s famous view-painter. No artist better captures the essence and allure of Venice than Giovanni Antonio Canal, better known as Canaletto. The remarkable group of over 200 paintings, drawings and prints on display offer unparalleled insight into the artistry of Canaletto and his contemporaries, and the city he became a master at capturing. The film also offers the chance to step inside two official royal residences - Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle – to learn more about the artist, and Joseph Smith, the man who introduced Canaletto to Britain. Cinema-goers will embark on their very own 21st century Grand Tour, visiting the sites enjoyed by their 18th century counterparts and immortalised in Canaletto’s views - from the Rialto Bridge to the Piazza San Marco, and the Palazzo Ducale to the Church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo. Guided by Royal Collection Trust curators and the world’s leading experts in Venetian history, the film is not only a wonderful way to see the exhibition, but an opportunity to get closer to Canaletto and the city that inspired him.

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Tuesday 26 Sep 201718:30
Sunday 1 Oct 201714:15

Black Sabbath The End Of The End (TBC)

Black Sabbath The End Of The End
The End of The End chronicles the final tour from the band who forged the sound of metal - Black Sabbath. After nearly 50 years together, the Birmingham band took to the stage for the last time in their home city, bringing down the curtain on their final tour ever. They performed generation-spanning songs that have defined a genre in front of a sold-out arena and, in exclusive new interviews, the band themselves tell it how they lived it. After half a century, this is your chance to hear the final word from the greatest metal band of all time.

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Thursday 28 Sep 201720:00

ROH: Royal Opera 2017-2018 Season - La Bohème (12A LIVE)

ROH: Royal Opera 2017-2018 Season - La Bohème
APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 2 HOURS 35 MINUTES, INCLUDING ONE INTERVAL | SUNG IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

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, the capital of the 19th century. Jones brings his characteristically acute insight to this much-loved classic, visualized in Stewart Laing’s spectacular, stylized 1850s 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.

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Tuesday 3 Oct 201719:15
Sunday 8 Oct 201714:00 (ENCORE)

National Theatre Live: Hamlet Encore (12A)

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

Now seen by over 750,000 people worldwide, the original 2015 NT Live broadcast returns 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. Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions.

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Thursday 5 Oct 201719:00

Royal Shakespeare Company : Coriolanus (12A TBC)

Royal Shakespeare Company : Coriolanus
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

Opera National de Paris - Don Carlos (12A)

Opera National de Paris - Don Carlos
“Why should I be indiscreet when my silence can do him no harm, and possibly protect him? Why warn the sleeper of the storm cloud overhead?... It is enough for me to guide it away from you in silence, so that you may waken to clear skies.” - The Marquis of Posa, Don Carlos, Schiller, Act IV, Scène 6

If there exists an opera that defies boundaries at every level, be they dramatic or dramaturgical, it is certainly Verdi’s Don Carlos, a work by an Italian composer created in French, and in which the climate of war with Spain and the melancholy of human beings draw our attention to the fate to Flanders.

Politics, religion, history and psychoanalysis are all entwined here, increasingly exacerbating the fears and taboos between the protagonists. Krzysztof Warlikowski strips down a tragedy haunted by ghosts, and places the intimate at the heart of an imaginary fresco truer than history itself. Along with Philippe Jordan, he reveals to the public the very first version of this great five-act opera: the version modified by Verdi himself for the work’s first performance in 1867. Echoing this historic version, the Paris Opera will be scheduling the five-act version of Don Carlos in Italian in 2019.

Approximate Running Time: 4h50 with 2 intermissions

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Thursday 19 Oct 201716:45

Bolshoi Ballet 2017-2018 Season: Le Corsaire (12A LIVE)

Bolshoi Ballet 2017-2018 Season: Le Corsaire
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: Ballet 2017-2018 Season - Alice's in Adventures Wonderland (12A LIVE)

ROH: Ballet 2017-2018 Season - Alice's in Adventures Wonderland
APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 2 HOURS 50 MINUTES, INCLUDING TWO INTERVALS

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.

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Monday 23 Oct 201719:15
Sunday 29 Oct 201714:00 (ENCORE)

Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona - Un Ballo in Maschera (12A)

Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona - Un Ballo in Maschera
From the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona

Approximately 2h05h Envy, conspiracy, love, jealousy, revenge and ultimately, forgiveness come together in this Verdi’s intensely passionate masterpiece.

The political intrigue at the heart of the opera initially aroused the anger of contemporary censors; indeed, Verdi and his librettist were compelled to make alter the setting, moving the action away from the original Sweden to the distant US: Boston.

The great Polish tenor Piotr Beczala returns to the Liceu in one of his most acclaimed roles, singing alongside soprano Ekaterina Metlova. Vincent Lemaire’s staging and Vincent Boussard’s sets reinforce the dark and mysterious atmosphere surrounding the piece, which features lavish costumes by Christian Lacroix. The cast, directed by the true Verdi specialist Renato Palumbo, also features two Verdi leaders: Dolora Zajick and Marco Caria.

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Tuesday 24 Oct 201719:00

Stage Russia 2017-2018 Season - The Suicide (12A LIVE)

Stage Russia 2017-2018 Season - The Suicide
Russian with English subtitles

Stage Russia HD (Theatre Art Studio): Sergey Zhenovach's adaptation of Nikolai Erdman's comedy centers around a young, unemployed man desperate enough to contemplate ending it all. As soon as he declares his will to die he finds himself surrounded by a variety of characters begging him to kill himself as a gesture for their cause. Flattered by this notoriety but panicked at the prospect of actually having to go through with it, he must find a way out that somehow leaves his dignity intact. Designer Alexander Borovsky’s walled-up stage with two stories of raggedy doors allows for slapstick chases and gives Zhenovach the opportunity to play entire scenes offstage, freeing it of realistic details and keeping the focus on the characters and their predicaments. Once the production builds up a head of steam, the laughs come fast and furious. The play, originally written in 1928, forms a link in Russian literary history between the satirical mastery of Nikolai Gogol and the post-World War II Theatre of the Absurd.

180 minutes (with one 15 minute intermission included)

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Thursday 9 Nov 201719:00
Sunday 19 Nov 201714:15

Bolshoi Ballet 2017-2018 Season: The Taming of the Shrew (12A LIVE)

Bolshoi Ballet 2017-2018 Season: The Taming of the Shrew
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

National Theatre: Follies (12A LIVE)

National Theatre: Follies
Follies is a dazzling musical by Stephen Sondheim (A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George), performed for the first time on the National Theatre’s Olivier stage. The cast includes Imelda Staunton, who was recently on NT Live screens in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Tracie Bennett and Janie Dee; and the production will also include a 21-piece orchestra. It promises to be a visual and musical extravaganza, and we’re delighted to be bringing it to screens.

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Thursday 16 Nov 201719:00

Exhibition on Screen - David Hockney At the Royal Academy of Art (12A LIVE)

Exhibition on Screen - David Hockney At the Royal Academy of Art
DAVID HOCKNEY AT THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS: A Bigger Picture 2012 & 82 Portraits and One Still Life 2016

Directed by Phil Grabsky and presented by Tim Marlow

Running time: 85 minutes

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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Tuesday 21 Nov 201718:30
Sunday 26 Nov 201714:15

Bolshoi Ballet 2017-2018 Season: The Nutcracker (12A LIVE)

Bolshoi Ballet 2017-2018 Season: The Nutcracker
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 201715:00

ROH: Royal Ballet 2017-2018 Season - The Nutcracker (12A LIVE)

ROH: Royal Ballet 2017-2018 Season - The Nutcracker
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.

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Tuesday 5 Dec 201719:15
Sunday 10 Dec 201714:00 (ENCORE)

National Theatre Live: Young Marx (12A LIVE)

National Theatre 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

Opéra National de Paris - La Bohème (12A)

Opéra National de Paris - La Bohème
Recorded LIVE from Opéra National de Paris

Approximate Running Time 2h35 with 1 intermission

“Who am I? I’m a poet. What do I do? I write. And how do I live? I live!” – Rodolfo, Act I

No one better described the half-starved, struggling artists of mid-nineteenth century Paris than the writer Henri Murger in Scènes de la Vie de Bohème.

These bohemian artists are ready to burn a manuscript to try to keep warm yet, in an era of triumphant bourgeois materialism, they dream of another existence. Taking up these scenes of Bohemian life, Puccini offers us a heart-breaking love story and some of the most beautiful music in the history of opera, telling the story of the poet Rodolfo and the fragile Mimi.

The staging of this new production has been entrusted to Claus Guth, who sets the drama in a future devoid of hope, in which love and art become the sole means of transcendence.

Conductor Gustavo Dudamel (currently Music & Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic) leads a fantastic cast, including Sonya Yoncheva, Aida Garifullina, Atalla Ayan, Alessio Arduini and Artur Rucinski.

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Tuesday 12 Dec 201718:15
Thursday 24 May 201818:15

Stage Russia 2017-2018 Season - Uncle Vanya (12A LIVE)

Stage Russia 2017-2018 Season - Uncle Vanya
Russian with English subtitles

Stage Russia HD (Vakhtangov Theatre): Rimas Tuminas' reimagining of Anton Chekhov's tale about broken illusions and dashed hopes is freed from its traditional trappings, leaving behind a battlefield for passions and colliding ambitions, We are given an empty space from which life has departed, a theatre space with grey slips, a plaster of Paris lion – a symbol of Petersburg, perhaps the ancestor who built the house came from there, a workbench made out of rough boards, an old sofa, several chairs of different colors. This "Uncle Vanya" is about what Chekhov’s characters think and what they admit to only at moments of emotional turmoil. They are at times tongue-tied or overly brutal, but their revelations break out of them fervently, desperately just as a man breaks out of a stuffy room into the open air. A Golden Mask Winner for Best Drama, featuring the inimitable Sergey Makovetskiy as Voynitsky.

180 minutes (with one 15 minute intermission included)

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Thursday 11 Jan 201819:00
Sunday 14 Jan 201814:15

ROH: Royal Opera 2017-2018 Season - Rigoletto (12A LIVE)

ROH: Royal Opera 2017-2018 Season - Rigoletto
APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 2 HOURS 45 MINUTES, INCLUDING ONE INTERVAL | SUNG IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

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.

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Tuesday 16 Jan 201819:15
Sunday 21 Jan 201814:00 (ENCORE)

Bolshoi Ballet 2017-2018 Season: Romeo and Juliet (12A)

Bolshoi Ballet 2017-2018 Season: Romeo and Juliet
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

Exhibition on Screen - Cézanne Portraits of a Life (12A LIVE)

Exhibition on Screen - Cézanne Portraits of a Life
CÉZANNE PORTRAITS OF A LIFE From the National Portrait Gallery London, Musée d’Orsay Paris & National Gallery of Art Washington DC

Directed by Phil Grabsky

Running time: 85 minutes

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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Tuesday 23 Jan 201818:30
Sunday 28 Jan 201814:15

Bolshoi Ballet 2017-2018 Season: The Lady of Camellias (12A LIVE)

Bolshoi Ballet 2017-2018 Season: The Lady of Camellias
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: Royal Opera 2017-2018 Season - Tosca (12A LIVE)

ROH: Royal Opera 2017-2018 Season - Tosca
APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 3 HOURS, INCLUDING TWO INTERVALS | SUNG IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES

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

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Wednesday 7 Feb 201819:15
Sunday 11 Feb 201814:00 (ENCORE)

Royal Shakespeare Company: Twelfth Night (12A TBC)

Royal Shakespeare Company: Twelfth Night
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

Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona - Romeo & Juliet (12A)

Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona - Romeo & Juliet
From the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona

Approximately 3h

Charles Gounod’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy returns to the stage of the Gran Teatre del Liceu after an absence of over three decades.

Co-produced with the Santa Fe Opera, this production is conducted by Josep Pons and directed by Stephen Lawless. The action is moved to the context of the American Civil War (1861-1865), providing clear context for the insurmountable divisions between the Capulets and the Montagues. The lovers live in a classic mortuary, foreshadowing their fatal destiny from the very start of their infatuation.

Hailed by Plácido Domingo as “one of the most exciting opera divas of today and tomorrow”, Aida Garifullina stars as Juliet alongside Saimir Pirgu, who has been described by Opera Today as "one of the world's most important interpreters of lyric tenor roles".

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Tuesday 27 Feb 201819:00

ROH: Royal Ballet 2017-2018 Season - The Winter's Tale (12A LIVE)

ROH: Royal Ballet 2017-2018 Season - The Winter's Tale
APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 3 HOURS, INCLUDING TWO INTERVALS

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.

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Wednesday 28 Feb 201819:15
Sunday 4 Mar 201814:00 (ENCORE)

Stage Russia 2017-2018 Season - Macbeth Kino (12A LIVE)

Stage Russia 2017-2018 Season - Macbeth Kino
Russian with English subtitles

Stage Russia HD (Lensoviet Theatre): Yuri Butusov’s pastiche of conflicting styles only touches on the storyline of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, reflecting, instead, both confusion from confronting the myth and the desire to unveil it. It follows a non-linear technique, compiling fragments, jumbling up the characters, having them swap roles, understanding that only by blending together these singular moments can the desired completeness be achieved. The scenes are like flaming auroras, fragments of dreams and visions. The surrealistic action in the style of David Lynch plunges the audience into a state of subtle sensuousness. Macbeth.Kino is a beautiful nightmare that sends shivers down your spine and makes you feel like staying in it for good.

280 minutes (with two 10 minute intermissions included)

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Thursday 1 Mar 201819:00
Sunday 18 Mar 201814:15

Bolshoi Ballet 2017-2018 Season: The Flames of Paris (12A LIVE)

Bolshoi Ballet 2017-2018 Season: The Flames of Paris
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: Royal Opera 2017-2018 Season - Carmen (12A LIVE)

ROH: Royal Opera 2017-2018 Season - Carmen
APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 3 HOURS 20 MINUTES, INCLUDING ONE INTERVAL | SUNG IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

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.

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Tuesday 6 Mar 201818:45
Sunday 11 Mar 201814:00 (ENCORE)

EOS Encore - Vincent Van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing (12A LIVE)

EOS Encore - Vincent Van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing
VINCENT VAN GOGH: A NEW WAY OF SEEING From the Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam

Directed by David Bickerstaff

Running time: 90 minutes

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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Tuesday 20 Mar 201818:30 (Encore)
Sunday 25 Mar 201814:15 (Encore)

National Theatre Live: Julius Caesar (12A LIVE)

National Theatre 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: Royal Ballet 2017-2018 Season - Bernstein Centenary (12A LIVE)

ROH: Royal Ballet 2017-2018 Season - Bernstein Centenary
APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 3 HOURS, INCLUDING TWO INTERVALS

NEW McGREGOR / THE AGE OF ANXIETY / NEW 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.

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Tuesday 27 Mar 201819:15
Sunday 1 Apr 201814:00 (ENCORE)

ROH: Royal Opera 2017-2018 Season - Macbeth (12A LIVE)

ROH: Royal Opera 2017-2018 Season - Macbeth
APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 3 HOURS 20 MINUTES, INCLUDING ONE INTERVAL | 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’.

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Wednesday 4 Apr 201819:15
Sunday 8 Apr 201814:00 (ENCORE)

Bolshoi Ballet 2017-2018 Season: Giselle (12A LIVE)

Bolshoi Ballet 2017-2018 Season: Giselle
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 201815:00

Stage Russia 2017-2018 Season - Drillalians (12A LIVE)

Stage Russia 2017-2018 Season - Drillalians
Russian with English subtitles

Stage Russia HD (Stanislavsky ElectroTheatre): Alongside earthly reality another civilization exists parallel to it. Drillalia, the land of the Drill, is inhabited by numerous races, and its people throughout history have traveled to and from Earth, leaving signs of genius behind, while opening up their own world to destruction. We follow the initiation and adventures of a Drillalian Prince - a magician, pagan priest and hero - on a journey through time and space, in an effort to save his people. Boris Yukananov's visionary modern opera, which perfectly weds drama and music, is an exceptional event in the sphere of new theatre in Moscow.

150 minutes (with two 10 minute intermissions included)

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Thursday 19 Apr 201819:00
Sunday 22 Apr 201814:15

ROH: Royal Ballet 2017-2018 Season - Manon (12A LIVE)

ROH: Royal Ballet 2017-2018 Season - Manon
APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 2 HOURS 35 MINUTES, INCLUDING TWO INTERVALS

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 Georgiad is 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.

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Thursday 3 May 201819:15
Sunday 6 May 201814:00 (ENCORE)

EOS Encore - I, Claude Monet (12A LIVE)

EOS Encore - I, Claude Monet
I, CLAUDE MONET

Directed by Phil Grabsky

Running time: 87 minutes

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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Tuesday 22 May 201818:30 (Encore)
Sunday 10 Jun 201814:00 (Encore)

Opéra National de Paris - Boris Godounov (12A)

Opéra National de Paris - Boris Godounov
LIVE Opéra National de Paris

Approximate Running Time: 2h10 with no intermission

“Living power is unbearable for the people. They can love only the dead.” - Boris, Boris Godounov, Alexandre Pushkin

In 1824, when Pushkin turned to Boris Godounov for his first historical drama, he knew well the colossus he was tackling. Armed with his reading of Shakespeare, Pushkin retold the epic history of the dazzling reign of the Tzar of Russia (1598-1605). Indeed, elements of Macbeth appear throughout this political fable, in which an imposter with ambitions for the throne haunts Boris, pretending to return as the child that Boris had once killed in order to seize power. Adapting this epic poem, Mussorgsky composed a meditation on the solitude of power, a populist drama in which the real protagonist is the Russian people with its burden of eternal suffering.

Ivo Van Hove is no stranger to grand political frescos, having previously staged Tragédies Romaines and Kings of War, both based on plays by Shakespeare. This is his first production for the Paris Opera.

The production stars Ildar Abdrazakov, “one of the most sought-after young basses in the operatic world” (Vanity Fair) and “one of the most exciting Russian singers to emerge on the international scene in the past decade” (Opera News).

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Thursday 7 Jun 201818:45

Bolshoi Ballet 2017-2018 Season: Coppélia (12A LIVE)

Bolshoi Ballet 2017-2018 Season: Coppélia
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: Royal Ballet 2017-2018 Season - Swan Lake (12A LIVE)

ROH: Royal Ballet 2017-2018 Season - Swan Lake
APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 3 HOURS, INCLUDING TWO INTERVALS

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 flock 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 first 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.

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Tuesday 12 Jun 201819:15
Sunday 17 Jun 201814:00 (ENCORE)

Opéra National de Paris - Don Pasquale (12A)

Opéra National de Paris - Don Pasquale
Opéra National de Paris

Approximate Running Time: 2h35 with 1 intermission

“I may well be mature of age, but I’m still well preserved, and as far as strength and sprightliness go, I’ve enough, and some to spare.” – Don Pasquale, Don Pasquale, Act I, Scene III

“Foolish indeed is he who marries in old age.” Thus ends Don Pasquale: with a wise dictum not lacking in irony that sums up the disappointments of its hero, a rich bachelor keen to marry, who is deceived by his nephew Ernesto and his young bride-to-be Norina. First performed in Paris in 1843, at the turning point of several eras, Don Pasquale, a composite and varied work, is the apotheosis of opera buffa. Performed for the first time at the Paris Opera, the production has been entrusted to Italian director, Damiano Michieletto, who transports us directly to the sincerity and dramatic splendor at the heart of a seemingly light-hearted work.

Bass Michele Pertusi sings the title role, joined by tenor Lawrence Brownlee, whose “instrument of great beauty and expression” is “perfectly suited” to the great operas of Donizetti (NPR Music). Nadine Sierra, winner of the 2017 Richard Tucker Award, sings as the flirtatious and mischievous Norina.

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Tuesday 19 Jun 201818:15