Murder on the Orient Express (12A)

Murder on the Orient Express

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

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Friday 24 Nov 201720:30
Saturday 25 Nov 201720:30
Sunday 26 Nov 201720:40
Monday 27 Nov 201718:00
Tuesday 28 Nov 201716:40
Wednesday 29 Nov 201720:30
Thursday 30 Nov 201718:00

Daddy’s Home 2 (12A)

Daddy’s Home 2

Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) and Brad (Will Ferrell) have joined forces to provide their kids with the perfect Christmas. Their newfound partnership is put to the test when Dusty's old-school, macho Dad (Mel Gibson) and Brad's ultra-affectionate and emotional Dad (John Lithgow) arrive just in time to throw the holiday into complete chaos.

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Friday 24 Nov 201716:0018:1520:40
Saturday 25 Nov 201714:2016:0018:2020:40
Sunday 26 Nov 201714:2016:0018:2020:40
Monday 27 Nov 201716:0018:1520:40
Tuesday 28 Nov 201716:0018:1520:40
Wednesday 29 Nov 201716:0018:1520:40
Thursday 30 Nov 201716:0018:1520:40

Paddington 2 (PG)

Paddington 2

PADDINGTON 2 finds Paddington happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, where he has become a popular member of the community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes. While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy's hundredth birthday, Paddington spots a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber's antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it's up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief... Helmed by twice BAFTA nominated director Paul King, PADDINGTON 2 is co-produced by multi award-winning David Heyman / Heyday Films (producer of all eight of the HARRY POTTER films, GRAVITY, THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS, FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM) and StudioCanal, who will also distribute in the UK, France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand. PADDINGTON is based on the best-selling and internationally adored series of children's stories by British author Michael Bond, which have sold more than 35 million copies worldwide, been translated into over 40 languages and captured the imagination of children and adults around the globe.

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Friday 24 Nov 201716:0018:0020:40
Saturday 25 Nov 201710:0013:0015:3518:2020:30
Sunday 26 Nov 201710:0013:0015:3518:20
Monday 27 Nov 201716:0018:0020:40
Tuesday 28 Nov 201716:0018:0020:40
Wednesday 29 Nov 201716:0018:0020:40
Thursday 30 Nov 201716:0018:0020:40

Justice League (12A)

Justice League

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes--Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash--it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

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Friday 24 Nov 201717:3020:30
Saturday 25 Nov 201714:3017:3020:40
Sunday 26 Nov 201714:3017:3020:40
Monday 27 Nov 201717:3020:30
Tuesday 28 Nov 201720:30
Wednesday 29 Nov 201717:3020:30
Thursday 30 Nov 201717:3020:30

Thor: Ragnarok (12A)

Thor: Ragnarok
In Marvel Studios' "Thor: Ragnarok," Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok--the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization--at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger--the Incredible Hulk!

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Saturday 25 Nov 201717:20
Sunday 26 Nov 201717:20

The Star (U)

The Star

In Sony Pictures Animation's THE STAR, a small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free, and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a lovable sheep who has lost her flock, and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations. Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become unlikely heroes in the greatest story ever told - the first Christmas.

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Friday 24 Nov 201716:00
Saturday 25 Nov 201712:2014:00
Sunday 26 Nov 201712:20
Monday 27 Nov 201716:00
Tuesday 28 Nov 201716:00
Wednesday 29 Nov 201716:00
Thursday 30 Nov 201716:00

Listy Do M3 (15)

Listy Do M3

“Listy do M3” follows a story of a few individuals, who will experience magical moments on one exceptional day. They will all face the power of love, family and forgiveness. They will also come to believe that this Christmas time is full of surprises…

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Friday 24 Nov 201718:20
Sunday 26 Nov 201720:25
Monday 27 Nov 201720:30
Wednesday 29 Nov 201718:20
Thursday 30 Nov 201720:30

Olaf's Frozen Adventure + Frozen (PG)

Olaf's Frozen Adventure + Frozen

All tickets only £2!


Olaf teams up with Sven on a merry mission in Walt Disney Animation Studios' 21-minute featurette "Olaf's Frozen Adventure." It's the first holiday season since the gates reopened and Anna and Elsa host a celebration for all of Arendelle. When the townspeople unexpectedly leave early to enjoy their individual holiday customs, the sisters realize they have no family traditions of their own. So, Olaf sets out to comb the kingdom to bring home the best traditions and save this first Christmas for his friends.


The 21 minute short will be followed by Frozen back on the big screen for one weekend only. All for just £2 per ticket. Book now.

Book Tickets

Saturday 25 Nov 201710:00 (All tickets £2)
Sunday 26 Nov 201710:00 (All tickets £2)

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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Sunday 26 Nov 201714:15

Oscar Wilde Season - A Woman of No Importance (12A LIVE)

Oscar Wilde Season - A Woman of No Importance
Olivier award-winner Eve Best (A Moon for the Misbegotten and Hedda Gabler) and BAFTA-nominated actress Anne Reid (Last Tango in Halifax) star in this new classically staged production of Oscar Wilde’s comedy directed by Dominic Dromgoole, former Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe. The first play from the Classic Spring Theatre Company’s Oscar Wilde Season, A Woman of No Importance will be broadcast live to cinemas from the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End.

An earnest young American woman, a louche English lord, and an innocent young chap join a house party of fin de siècle fools and grotesques. Nearby a woman lives, cradling a long-buried secret. First performed in 1893, Oscar Wilde’s marriage of glittering wit and Ibsenite drama satirised the socially conservative world of the Victorian upper-class, creating a vivid new theatrical voice which still resonates today.

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Tuesday 28 Nov 201719:15

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

Kaufman’s Game (15)

Kaufman’s Game

Kaufman’s Game follows Stanley, an unemployed young man with a passion for boxing, who is keen to improve his strength and stamina. When a stranger approaches him outside the gym with the offer of a specially produced steroid, Stanley is drawn into the ever more violent operations of a powerful organisation, unwittingly entering into a series of tests designed to prove his mettle.

This is a film about power, determination and being your own worst enemy. It celebrates the archetypes of classic Film Noir, and the dark, conspiratorial storytelling technique of Franz Kafka, but with a contemporary minimalist aesthetic.


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Monday 4 Dec 201720:20

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

The Polar Express (U)

The Polar Express
Kids Club: All tickets only £2

Directed by Robert Zemeckis and based on children's author Chris Van Allsburg's modern holiday classic of the same name, The Polar Express revolves around Billy (Hayden McFarland), who longs to believe in Santa Claus but finds it quite difficult to do so, what with his family's dogged insistence that all of it, from the North Pole, to the elves, to the man himself, is all just a myth. This all changes, however, on Christmas Eve, when a mysterious train visits Billy in the middle of the night, promising to take him and a group of other lucky children to the North Pole for a visit with Santa. The train's conductor (Tom Hanks) along with the other passengers help turn Billy's crisis in faith into a journey of self-discovery.

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Saturday 9 Dec 201710:00 (All tickets £2)
Sunday 10 Dec 201710:00 (All tickets £2)

Najlepszy (15)

Najlepszy

Polish with English subtitles


From the director of the box-office hit “Gods”, Łukasz Palkowski, comes another movie, inspired by the real life events of an extraordinary human being. The man who proved that real heroes are not afraid to fall down and can pick themselves up from the rock bottom.


“Breaking the limits” revolves around an athlete, who captured the world's imagination, while to this day he's virtually anonymous in Poland. This captivating story of torturous efforts, spectacular failures and extraordinary strength, was inspired by the life of Jerzy Górski, who completed the Death Run and set the record in the triathlon world championships, winning the Double Ironman distance in 24h:47min:46sec. This feat wouldn't be possible without two women in his life. The one that he lost. And the one, that became the inspiration to fight for his life.

Starring: Jakub Gierszał, Janusz Gajos, Magdalena Cielecka, Arkadiusz Jakubik, Tomasz Kot, Mateusz Kościukiewicz, Adam Woronowicz, Artur Żmijewski, Anna Próchniak, Kamila Kamińska, Szymon Warszawski and others.


The movie's cinematographer, Piotr Sobociński Junior, won Best Cinematography at the 41st Gdynia Film Festival, for Wojciech Smarzowski's “Hatred”.


Book Tickets

Sunday 10 Dec 201720:30
Monday 11 Dec 201720:30

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

Star Wars VII & VIII Double Bill (12A)

Star Wars VII & VIII Double Bill

For one night only you have the chance to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens back on the cinema screen, directly followed by a midnight screening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, all for one brilliant price!

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Wednesday 13 Dec 201721:20

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (12A)

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Having taken her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Rey continues her epic journey with Finn, Poe, and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the saga.

Book Tickets

Wednesday 13 Dec 201700:01 (Thu)
Thursday 14 Dec 201713:3017:0020:40
Friday 15 Dec 201713:3017:0020:40
Saturday 16 Dec 201713:3017:0020:40
Sunday 17 Dec 201713:3017:0020:40

Home Alone (PG)

Home Alone

Kids Club: All tickets only £2


Home Alone is the highly successful and beloved family comedy about a young boy named Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) who is accidentally left behind when his family takes off for a vacation in France over the holiday season. Once he realizes they've left him home alone, he learns to fend for himself and, eventually has to protect his house against two bumbling burglars (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) who are planning to rob every house in Kevin's suburban Chicago neighborhood. Though the film's slapstick ending may be somewhat violent, Culkin's charming presence helped the film become one of the most successful ever at the time of its release.

Book Tickets

Saturday 16 Dec 201710:00 (All tickets £2)
Sunday 17 Dec 201710:00 (All tickets £2)
Saturday 23 Dec 201710:00 (All tickets £2)
Sunday 24 Dec 201710:00 (All tickets £2)

Flash Gordon (PG)

Flash Gordon

The Loft Movie Theatre and Porlock Press are proud to present a very special screening of Mike Hodges’ 1980 high-camp space extravaganza, Flash Gordon.


In the middle of a freak meteorite storm, football star "Flash" Gordon (Sam Jones) and journalist Dale Arden (Melody Anderson) are kidnapped by former NASA scientist Hans Zarkov (Topol), and find themselves on a spacecraft hurtling towards the planet Mongo - a technicolour alien world beyond their wildest dreams!


With the evil Emperor Ming hell-bent on destroying their home planet for his own amusement, and unrest brewing among the Kingdoms of Mongo, Flash is thrown into a deadly race against time... He only has 24 hours to save the Earth!


Based on Alex Raymond’s space opera comic strip, featuring Queen’s epic rock soundtrack, and with unforgettable performances from Max von Sydow (as Ming the Merciless), Brian Blessed (as Prince Vultan) and Timothy Dalton as (Prince Barin), Flash Gordon is a dazzling, tongue-in-cheek Sci-Fi adventure not to be missed on the big screen.


Book Tickets

Monday 18 Dec 201720:30

Pitch Perfect 3 (12A)

Pitch Perfect 3

Now graduated from college and out in the real world where it takes more than a cappella to get by, the Bellas return in Pitch Perfect 3, the next chapter in the beloved series that has taken in more than $400 million at the global box office. After the highs of winning the World Championships, the Bellas find themselves split apart and discovering there aren't job prospects for making music with your mouth. But when they get the chance to reunite for an overseas USO tour, this group of awesome nerds will come together to make some music, and some questionable decisions, one last time.

Book Tickets

Wednesday 20 Dec 201720:45
Thursday 21 Dec 201720:45

Italian Opera 2017-18 : Andrea Chénier (12A LIVE)

Italian Opera 2017-18 : Andrea Chénier
CAPTURED LIVE IN HD
TEATRO ALLA SCALA
Running Time: 2h35’ (Opera in four acts)

Set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, ANDREA CHÉNIER is loosely based on the turbulent real life events of the poet of the same name. Along with the servant Carlo Gérard, Chénier falls in love with young aristocrat Maddalena, and will do anything to win over her heart. First performed at the Teatro Alla Scala in 1896, Umberto Giordano’s opera is brought to life by Russian soprano Anna Netrebko and her husband Yusif Eyvazov.

Conductor Riccardo Chailly
Stage Director Mario Martone
Starring Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov

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Thursday 28 Dec 201720:00

Together (TBC)

Together

After 60 years of marriage, Rosemary and Philip Twain are happily sharing their golden years taking care of one another. When Rosemary is taken to hospital for a routine procedure their perfect retirement starts to unravel. Philip is admitted to a care home and even when his wife is returned to the marital home he is not allowed to join her. Frustrated by the system they take their lives in to their own hands and fight back. Even if they have to take a test to prove they are capable of independent living they will. They will do anything to be TOGETHER.

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Monday 8 Jan 201818:00

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)

Book Tickets

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.

Book Tickets

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

Attraction (12A)

Attraction

Polish with English subtitles


Attraction is the latest movie by Fedor Bondarchuk, the director of the Russian box-office smash Stalingrad. It's a bold, epic sci-fi story following the devastating crash-landing of a mysterious flying object in Moscow, after it is shot down by the Russian Air Force. The drama unfolds in the ruins of a working-class suburb overwhelmed by the disaster, as the military struggles to control fear, anger, and the eventual clash between Earth and visitors from another galaxy.

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Sunday 21 Jan 201820:30
Tuesday 23 Jan 201820:30

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

Book Tickets

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

NT Live: Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (15)

NT Live: Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
By Tennessee Williams
Directed by Benedict Andrews

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

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

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Thursday 22 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 - Three Sisters (12A LIVE)

Stage Russia 2017-2018 Season - Three Sisters
Anton Chekhov's The Three Sisters probes the lives and dreams of Olga, Masha, and Irina, former Muscovites now living in a provincial town from which they're desperate to escape. In this powerful play, a landmark of modern drama, Chekhov masterfully interweaves character and theme in subtle ways that make the work's climax seem as inevitable as it is deeply moving. Timofey Kulyabin, the 32 year old wunderkind artistic director of the Red Torch Theatre in Novosibirsk, has taken this classic work and reinvented it as an epic parable about finding harmony through suffering. The entire cast, save for one, communicate throughout the performance solely in sign language. By doing this, the selfishness, isolation and lack of mutual understanding are dangerous and laden with disaster, the characters defenseless against a huge "sounding" world. Like a score, every scene is composed with sounds and noises. You can hear the wind whistling around the house, shrieking migratory birds, troops marching to marching music. Kulyabin's sensational and endlessly beautiful Three Sisters, already a hit on the stages of Vienna and Paris, is a feast for the senses, heightening all of them even as we lose some of them.

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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)

Oscar Wilde Season - Lady Windermere's Fan (12A LIVE)

Oscar Wilde Season - Lady Windermere's Fan
A new production of Oscar Wilde’s social comedy, Lady Windermere’s Fan, directed by award-winning writer, actor and director Kathy Burke, will be broadcast live to cinemas from the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End. This is the second play from the Oscar Wilde Season, a year-long celebration of the brilliant Victorian playwright being staged by Classic Spring, a new theatre company led by Dominic Dromgoole, former Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe.

The day of Lady Windermere’s birthday party, and all is perfectly in order. Until her friend Lord Darlington plants a seed of suspicion. Is her husband having an affair? And will the other woman really attend the party? First performed in 1892, Lady Windermere’s Fan explores the ambiguity of upper class morality and the fragile position of women in society in the late Victorian era in one of Wilde’s most popular and witty plays.

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Tuesday 20 Mar 201819:25

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)

Messiah from Bristol Old Vic (12A TBC)

Messiah from Bristol Old Vic

Inspired by Handel’s profound religious masterpiece, this acclaimed Bristol Old Vic production provides a rare chance to experience a powerfully dramatic account of Messiah and to rediscover the intense spirituality of its many well-known arias and choruses.


Described by the critics as an ‘astonishingly beautiful’ (The Stage),‘direct and impactful interpretation’ (The Times), this dramatised concert is a rare treat for connoisseurs and enthusiasts alike.


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Wednesday 28 Mar 201819:30

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

Royal Shakespeare Company: Macbeth (12A TBC)

Royal Shakespeare Company: Macbeth

‘Something wicked this way comes’


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


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


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Wednesday 11 Apr 201819:00

Italian Opera 2017-18: La Bohème (12A LIVE)

Italian Opera 2017-18: La Bohème
CAPTURED LIVE IN HD
TEATRO COMUNALE DI BOLOGNA
Running Time: 2h20’ (Opera in four acts)

Set in the idyllic 19th century Paris, LA BOHÈME tells the story of a love affair between a poor poet and a seamstress. But they are soon faced by the cruel realities of poverty and ill health which ends up putting their relationship to the test. This production of one of opera’s classic and unforgettable stories is led by a cast of four talented young artists as the lovers.

Conductor Michele Mariotti
Stage Director Graham Vick
Starring Mariangela Sicilia and Hasmik Torosyan

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Wednesday 18 Apr 201820:00

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)

Italian Opera 2017-18: Don Pasquale (12A LIVE)

Italian Opera 2017-18: Don Pasquale
CAPTURED LIVE IN HD
TEATRO ALLA SCALA
Running time: 2h25’ (Opera in three acts)

Soprano Rosa Feola takes to the stage in this opera directed by Riccardo Chailly. DON PASQUALE follows an old bachelor who decides to marry and produce an heir to spite his disobedient nephew Ernesto, who wants to marry for love rather than money. But Pasquale’s chosen bride isn’t who she seems and bears her own secret…

Conductor Riccardo Chailly
Stage Director Davide Livermore
Starring Ambrogio Maestri and Rosa Feola

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Tuesday 8 May 201820:00

National Theatre Live:: Macbeth (12A LIVE)

National Theatre Live:: Macbeth

The ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war. Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are propelled towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness.

Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedy, directed by Rufus Norris (The Threepenny Opera, London Road), will see Rory Kinnear (Young Marx, Othello) and Anne-Marie Duff (Oil, Suffragette) return to the National Theatre to play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.

Photograph (Anne-Marie Duff and Rory Kinnear) by Jack Davison


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Thursday 10 May 201819:00

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 - Pite, Pérez, Shechter (Dance) (12A)

Opéra National de Paris - Pite, Pérez, Shechter (Dance)
Recorded LIVE from Opéra National de Paris

Approximate Running Time 1h45 with 1 intermission

"When I choreograph, it is the very act of creating and observing that connects me most deeply with the natural world, with the brutality and beauty it contains." - Crystal Pite

Three contemporary choreographers come together for a program that leads the Opera’s dancers to a new form of modernity where bodies vibrate with intensity.

Canada’s Crystal Pite returns with The Seasons’ Canon, a dazzling creation that thrilled audiences at the Palais Garnier last season. Spain’s Iván Pérez occupies the stage of the Opera for the first time with a creation for ten male dancers. To conclude the evening, Israel’s Hofesh Shechter, often lauded for his telluric, trance-evoking dances, offers a new version of his piece The Art of Not Looking Back.

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Thursday 24 May 201818:15

Italian Ballet 2017-18: Le Corsaire (12A LIVE)

Italian Ballet 2017-18: Le Corsaire
BALLET CAPTURED LIVE IN HD
TEATRO ALLA SCALA
Running Time: 2h20’ (Ballet in three acts)

LE CORSAIRE follows the swashbuckling adventures of a dashing pirate who journeys across the high seas to save his beloved from the Pasha’s harem with danger looming at every turn. With lavish sets and costumes, the choreography mirrors Russian ballet master Maris Petipa’s revival from 19th century St. Petersburg. Full of action, passion and a romantic twist form the heart of this unmissable ballet.

Conductor Patrick Fournillier
Choreographer Anna-Marie Holmes

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Wednesday 6 Jun 201820:00

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

Italian Opera 2017-18: Billy Budd (12A LIVE)

Italian Opera 2017-18: Billy Budd
CAPTURED LIVE IN HD
TEATRO DELL’OPERA DI ROMA
Running Time: 2h20’ (Opera in four acts)

A gripping drama based on the short novel by Herman Melville, BILLY BUDD follows a young sailor who finds himself serving under the repressive regime of master-at-arms John Claggart in the Royal Navy. Unable to bear the goodness that Billy radiates, Claggert becomes determined to destroy him, leading Billy to take harsh actions against his superior. First performed at the Royal Opera House in 1951, this is a fresh and innovative contemporary opera.

Conductor Patrick Fournillier
Stage Director Deborah Warner
Starring Jacques Imbrailo and Toby Spence

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Thursday 21 Jun 201820:00

Royal Shakespeare Company: Romeo and Juliet (12A TBC)

Royal Shakespeare Company: Romeo and Juliet

What if your first true love was someone you’d been told you must hate?


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


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


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Wednesday 18 Jul 201819:00

Royal Shakespeare Company: The Merry Wives of Windsor (12A TBC)

Royal Shakespeare Company: The Merry Wives of Windsor

Down on his luck in the suburbs, John Falstaff plans to hustle his way to a comfortable retirement by seducing the wives of two wealthy men.


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


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


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Wednesday 12 Sep 201819:00