A Dog's Purpose (PG)

A Dog's Purpose
"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 31 May 201710:00
Thursday 1 Jun 201710:00

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (U)

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
In DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL, based on the record-breaking book series, a family road trip to attend Meemaw's 90th birthday party goes hilariously off course--thanks to Greg's newest scheme to (finally!) become famous.

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Tuesday 30 May 201714:10 (Closed)16:2018:30
Wednesday 31 May 201710:0012:0014:1016:2018:30
Thursday 1 Jun 201710:0012:0014:1016:2018:30
Friday 2 Jun 201710:0012:0014:1016:2018:25
Saturday 3 Jun 201714:1016:2018:25
Sunday 4 Jun 201714:1016:2018:25
Monday 5 Jun 201710:0012:0014:1016:2018:25

Peppa Pig: My First Cinema Experience (U)

Peppa Pig: My First Cinema Experience
Kids Club: All tickets only £2

Peppa Pig and friends return to the Big Screen in ‘PEPPA PIG MY FIRST CINEMA EXPERIENCE’. Join Peppa for 1 hour of fun in an exciting cinema experience for Peppa fans. Featuring 9 Brand New Episodes including a visit to London, an Australian Holiday and a trip to the Zoo.

Each of the new episodes will be connected with never-before-seen live action on-screen entertainment so little ones can sing, dance and play with Peppa, George and their new friend Daisy, in her colourful new world.

Expect plenty of snorts, giggles and jumping up and down in muddy puddles!

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Wednesday 31 May 201710:00
Thursday 1 Jun 201710:00

The Boss Baby (U)

The Boss Baby
DreamWorks Animation and the director of Madagascar invite you to meet a most unusual baby. He wears a suit, speaks with the voice and wit of Alec Baldwin, and stars in the animated comedy, DreamWorks' The Boss Baby. The Boss Baby is a hilariously universal story about how a new baby's arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator, a wildly imaginative 7 year old named Tim. With a sly, heart-filled message about the importance of family, DreamWorks' The Boss Baby is an authentic and broadly appealing original comedy for all ages.

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Wednesday 31 May 201710:00
Thursday 1 Jun 201712:20

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge (12A)

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge
Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new " Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge." The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil's Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea-notably Jack. Jack's only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.

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Tuesday 30 May 201714:4017:4020:30
Wednesday 31 May 201711:4514:4017:4020:30
Thursday 1 Jun 201711:4514:4017:4020:30
Friday 2 Jun 201711:4514:4017:4020:30
Saturday 3 Jun 201711:4514:4017:4020:30
Sunday 4 Jun 201711:4514:4017:4020:30
Monday 5 Jun 201711:4514:4017:4020:30

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (12A)

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
When young Arthur's father is murdered, Vortigern (Jude Law), Arthur's uncle, seizes the crown. Robbed of his birthright and with no idea who he truly is, Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, his life is turned upside down, and he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy whether he likes it or not.

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Tuesday 30 May 201714:5017:4020:30
Wednesday 31 May 201712:1014:5017:4020:30
Thursday 1 Jun 201714:5017:40
Friday 2 Jun 201712:15
Saturday 3 Jun 201712:15
Sunday 4 Jun 201712:15
Monday 5 Jun 201712:15

Snatched (15)

Snatched
After her boyfriend dumps her on the eve of their exotic vacation, impetuous dreamer Emily Middleton (Amy Schumer) persuades her ultra-cautious mother, Linda (Goldie Hawn) to travel with her to paradise. Polar opposites, Emily and Linda realize that working through their differences as mother and daughter - in unpredictable, hilarious fashion - is the only way to escape the wildly outrageous jungle adventure they have fallen into. Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn star in the new comedy adventure SNATCHED, which also features Ike Barinholtz ("Neighbors"), Wanda Sykes ("Bad Moms") and Joan Cusack ("Working Girl").

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Wednesday 31 May 201712:10

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (12A)

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
Set to the backdrop of 'Awesome Mixtape #2,' Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team's adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill's true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes' aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.

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Tuesday 30 May 201714:20 (Closed)17:20
Wednesday 31 May 201714:2017:20
Thursday 1 Jun 201714:2017:20
Friday 2 Jun 201720:10
Saturday 3 Jun 201720:10
Sunday 4 Jun 201720:10

Alien: Covenant (15)

Alien: Covenant
Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with ALIEN: COVENANT, a new chapter in his groundbreaking ALIEN franchise. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.

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Tuesday 30 May 201720:15
Wednesday 31 May 201720:15
Thursday 1 Jun 201720:20

Baywatch (15)

Baywatch
The story follows devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon as he butts heads with a brash new recruit. Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay.

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Tuesday 30 May 201720:40
Wednesday 31 May 201720:40
Thursday 1 Jun 201720:40
Friday 2 Jun 201715:0017:4020:40
Saturday 3 Jun 201715:0017:4020:40
Sunday 4 Jun 201715:0017:3020:40
Monday 5 Jun 201715:0017:3020:40

Wonder Woman (12A)

Wonder Woman
Gal Gadot stars as Wonder Woman in this Warner Bros. production adapted from the long-running DC Comics series.

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Thursday 1 Jun 201720:30
Friday 2 Jun 201711:1514:1517:1520:30
Saturday 3 Jun 201711:1514:1517:1520:30
Sunday 4 Jun 201714:1517:1520:30
Monday 5 Jun 201711:1514:1517:1520:30

The Lego Batman Movie (U)

The Lego Batman Movie
Kids Club: All tickets only £2

In the irreverent spirit of fun that made "The Lego Movie" a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble - Lego Batman - stars in his own big-screen adventure: "The Lego Batman Movie." But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker's hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

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Friday 2 Jun 201710:00
Saturday 3 Jun 201710:00
Sunday 4 Jun 201710:00
Monday 5 Jun 201710:00

Interlude in Prague (15)

Interlude in Prague
A love story and a tragedy of epic proportions, the film sees Mozart in a Shakespeare in Love style drama with a Dangerous Liaisons tragic end. The storyline follows a brief interlude in the composer’s life during a visit to Prague. Tired of demonstrating his talents to a privileged elite, Mozart is brought to the Bohemian city by Baron Saloka, a vain and self-obsessed aristocrat. On his arrival, Mozart is happy to have found the one place on earth where he feels his talent is appreciated and sets about creating a new opera at the Nostitz Theatre. However, Mozart’s unconventional behaviour in Prague soon unleashes a series of dramatic and tragic events that go on to become immortalized in one of the world’s most famous operas, Don Giovanni.

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Monday 5 Jun 201720:00

ROH- Royal Ballet 2016-17 Season - The Dream / Symphonic Variati (12A LIVE)

ROH- Royal Ballet 2016-17 Season - The Dream / Symphonic Variati
This gorgeous mixed programme demonstrates the great creative vision of Frederick Ashton, Founder Choreographer of The Royal Ballet. The Dream is Ashton's adaptation of Shakespeare's riotous comedy in which a forest sprite plays havoc, armed with a love potion. Symphonic Variations was Ashton's first work after World War II, and one of the Company's first to be performed on the huge main stage of the Royal Opera House, in 1946.

With six dancers performing a series of quartets, duets, sextets and solos to Franck’s brooding Variations symphoniques, this seminal masterpiece celebrates the pure beauty of movement. Marguerite and Armand is Ashton's beautiful and emotional retelling of a well-known story, familiar to us through Verdi's opera La traviata. Ashton famously created this poignant ballet on Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev in 1963.

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Wednesday 7 Jun 201719:15
Sunday 11 Jun 201714:00 (Encore)

Take That: Wonderland Live from the O2 (12A LIVE)

Take That: Wonderland Live from the O2
Celebrating the release of their eighth studio album Wonderland, Take That invite you to experience their spectacular 2017 concert LIVE at your local cinema on Friday 9th of June!

For one night only, cinema audiences will be able to experience this incredible concert up close and personal, from the best seats in the house. For the first time ever, Gary, Mark and Howard will perform in the round at the O2 arena, giving fans a unique and unbeatable cinematic experience.

Walls of water, enormous holograms, circus performers, aerialists, a custom made flying machine and a huge ball of fire have all graced their stages and the Wonderland Live concert will be no less spectacular - get ready for it!

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Friday 9 Jun 201720:00

The Mummy (15)

The Mummy
Tom Cruise headlines a spectacular, all-new cinematic version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since the dawn of civilization: The Mummy. Thought safely entombed in a tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension. From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.

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Friday 9 Jun 201720:30
Saturday 10 Jun 201720:30
Sunday 11 Jun 201720:30

National Theatre Live: Peter Pan (TBC)

National Theatre Live: Peter Pan
All children, except one, grow up...

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

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

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

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Saturday 10 Jun 201714:15

Exhibition on Screen: Michelangelo Love and Death (U)

Exhibition on Screen: Michelangelo Love and Death
The spectacular sculptures and paintings of Michelangelo seem so familiar to us, but what do we really know about this renaissance genius? Who was this ambitious and passionate man?

A virtuoso craftsman, Michelangelo’s artistry is evident in everything he touched. Beautiful and diverse works such as the towering statue of David, the deeply moving Pietà in the Papal Basilica of St. Peter and his tour-de-force, the Sistine Chapel ceiling still leave us breathless today.

Spanning his 89 years, Michelangelo - Love and Death takes a cinematic journey from the print and drawing rooms of Europe, through the great chapels and museums of Florence, Rome and the Vatican to explore the tempestuous life of Michelangelo. We go in search of a greater understanding of this most charismatic figure, his relationship with his contemporaries and his valuable artistic legacy. Through expert commentary and Michelangelo’s own words, this film takes a fresh look at an enigmatic man whose life is celebrated in every mark and every stroke he made.

A giant artistic force and universally loved, discover why Michelangelo is without a doubt one of the greatest artists of the Renaissance - and perhaps of all time.

"Cold stone and fire are such friends" Michelangelo Buonarotti

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Tuesday 13 Jun 201718:30
Monday 19 Jun 201718:30

Hellraiser (18)

Hellraiser
Based on Director Clive Barker's visionary novella The Hellbound Heart, and introducing us to some of the most iconic and inventive antagonists in genre cinema, Hellraiser is the ultimate 80s body horror romp.

This is the cautionary tale of Frank, a self-indulgent criminal who gets more than he bargains for when he solves the Lament Configuration - an intriguing puzzle box he purchased from a Moroccan merchant - and opens a portal to Hell. With its otherworldly atmosphere, monstrous anti-heroes and boundary-pushing imagery, it's no wonder Clive Barker's directorial debut spawned a franchise that's still going today."

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Thursday 15 Jun 201720:20

Italia Live: Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serail (12A LIVE)

Italia Live: Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serail
Die Entfu¨hrung aus dem Serail was written at the order of the Austrian Emperor Joseph II. For source material, Mozart turned to a popular farce of his day about two pairs of European lovers, one noble and the other their servants, who are trying to escape from the harem of a Turkish pasha and his amusingly sleazy overseer. The work uses spoken dialogue and separate musical numbers in the form of a Singspiel, or "sung play." Twenty years on since the death of the great director, Teatro alla Scala is proposing new staging, yet calling to the podium the man who conducted it the first time round - the great Zubin Mehta. The dizzying role of Konstanze is sung by Lenneke Ruiten, with the emerging Mozart tenor Mauro Peter in the role of Belmonte. Screening Live from: Teatro Alla Scala

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Monday 19 Jun 201719:00

Opera de Paris: La Cenerentola (12A LIVE)

Opera de Paris: La Cenerentola
‘Before the carnival is over, all Rome will love my Cinderella…” Thus spoke Rossini in 1817, in the aftermath of the disastrous opening night, firmly convinced that his pumpkin would be transformed into a sumptuous carriage. The future was to prove him right. However, in moving from Perrault’s tale to the opera, the humble servant who dreams of going to the ball has lost all her magical attributes: there is no fairy godmother to wave her wand and it is not a fur slipper but a bracelet that the beauty leaves behind for her prince, as a deliberate challenge to find her again. Guillaume Gallienne, member of the Comédie-Française, stages his first opera.

Screening live from Opéra de Paris (Palais Garnier)

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Tuesday 20 Jun 201718:15

National Theatre Live: Salomé (15)

National Theatre Live: Salomé
The story has been told before, but never like this. An occupied desert nation. A radical from the wilderness on hunger strike. A girl whose mysterious dance will change the course of the world. This charged retelling turns the infamous biblical tale on its head, placing the girl we call Salomé at the centre of a revolution.

Internationally acclaimed theatre director Yaël Farber (Les Blancs) draws on multiple accounts to create her urgent, hypnotic production which will be broadcast live from the stage of the National Theatre. ‘Epic. A near-perfect production.’ Guardian (on Les Blancs )

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Thursday 22 Jun 201719:00

Alone in Berlin Live From The Imperial War Museum (12A LIVE)

Alone in Berlin Live From The Imperial War Museum
The UK premiere of ALONE IN BERLIN will take place at London’s world-renowned Imperial War Museum. This unique event, featuring Emma Thompson, is inspired by the incredible true story depicted in the film, of one couple’s brave resistance to the Nazi regime. On June 26, audiences around the country will join together to watch a special preview of this extraordinary film, and experience a private view of some of the Museum’s most famous exhibits from Nazi Germany. This will be followed by a panel event featuring a lively, inspiring and timely discussion exploring both the realities of protest in Germany during World War II and how those same issues resonate more than ever today.

ALONE IN BERLIN sees two-time Academy® Award-winner Emma Thompson (Saving Mr Banks), three-time Golden Globe-nominee and Emmy Award winner (Into The Storm) Brendan Gleeson (The Guard), and Golden Globe-nominee Daniel Brühl (Rush) star in a powerfully moving, true-life drama-thriller set in Second World War Berlin, directed by acclaimed actor turned filmmaker Vincent Perez (La Reine Margot), based on the international bestseller by revered German novelist Hans Fallada.

Berlin 1940. The city is paralyzed by fear. Otto and Anna Quangel are a working class couple living in a shabby apartment block trying, like everyone else, to stay out of trouble under Nazi rule. But when their only child is killed fighting at the front, their loss drives them to an extraordinary act of resistance. They start to drop anonymous postcards all over the city attacking Hitler and his regime. If caught, it means certain execution.

Soon their campaign comes to the attention of the Gestapo inspector Escherich and a murderous game of cat-and-mouse begins. But the game serves only to strengthen Otto and Anna’s sense of purpose and a renewed love for each other. Slowly their drab lives and marriage are transformed as they unite in their quiet but profound rebellion...

Over 60 years after its initial publication, Hans Fallada’s novel, written directly after the Second World War, became a worldwide bestseller. Based on a true story, the powerful and redemptive novel was described by Primo Levi as "the greatest book ever written about German resistance to the Nazis."

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Monday 26 Jun 201719:30

ROH- Royal Opera 2016-17 Season - Otello (12A LIVE)

ROH- Royal Opera 2016-17 Season - Otello
APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME 2 HOURS 45 MINUTES, INCLUDING ONE INTERVAL. SUNG IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

World-famous tenor Jonas Kaufmann makes his role debut as Otello in Verdi's passionate retelling of Shakespeare's great tragedy of jealousy, deception and murder. Soprano Maria Agresta will be his Desdemona and baritone Ludovic Tézier his nemesis Iago in a new production by Olivier Award-winning director Keith Warner.

A major work of the opera repertory, Verdi's Otello draws on the full forces of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, the Royal Opera Chorus and this stellar line-up of principal singers, with exquisite duets, emotionally potent solo numbers and thrilling choruses. Particular highlights include Otello and Desdemona's rapturous love duet and Desdemona's poignant 'Willow Song'. Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts this Italian masterpiece.

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Wednesday 28 Jun 201719:15
Sunday 2 Jul 201714:00 (Encore)

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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Friday 30 Jun 201716:2518:4020:45
Saturday 1 Jul 201711:4514:0016:2518:4020:45
Sunday 2 Jul 201711:4514:0016:2518:4020:45

La Boheme: Live from Taormina (12A TBC)

La Boheme: Live from Taormina
Every summer, the spectacular Teatro Antico di Taormina attracts legions of opera fans with its 2000-year-old stage and its breathtaking Mt. Etna backdrop. On July 5th, fall in love with La bohème - Puccini’s tragic love story between a young poet and a seamstress, broadcast live to cinemas from this ancient Greek theatre in Taormina, Sicily!

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Wednesday 5 Jul 201719:30

Sofia Coppola's La Traviata (12A TBC)

Sofia Coppola's La Traviata
FROM TEATRO DELL'OPERA DI ROMA, A collaboration between American film-maker Sofia Coppola and Italian haute couture king Valentino comes in the form of a revival of Giuseppe Verdi’s classic opera, LA TRAVIATA.

Haute Couture meets Hollywood as acclaimed director Sofia Coppola and designer Valentino combine their talents to bring you one the most ambitious productions of La Traviata to date. Coppola brings new life into Verdi’s 1853 classic opera that tells the story of tempestuous love and heartbreak. Coppola’s La Traviata has already become one of the most successful productions in its history immediately selling out its 15-performance run in Rome. Now, this elegant spectacle is being brought directly to the big screen with over 100 microphones live from Teatro dell’Opera di Roma.

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Sunday 9 Jul 201717:00
Tuesday 11 Jul 201720:00

Salzburg Festival: Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci (12A LIVE)

Salzburg Festival: Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci
The scene is set by film and opera director Philipp Stölzl, a director whose fascinating vision brings these popular operas to new heights. Starring Jonas Kaufman

Cavalleria Rusticana is a one-act opera considered one of the classics of verismo opera, which follows the story of Turrido and his love affair with Lola, a woman that he was engaged to before joining the army.

Pagliacci is an opera based on the true events of an 1865 murder. The opera was instantly successful with the public, and was first performed as a double-bill with Cavalleria Rusticana on December 11, 1893 at the Metropolitan Opera.

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Monday 10 Jul 201719:45

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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Thursday 20 Jul 201719:00
Monday 7 Aug 201719:00 (Encore)

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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Saturday 22 Jul 201719:00
Sunday 23 Jul 201715:00

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)

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

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

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)

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)

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

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)

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

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)

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

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

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)

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)

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

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)

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)