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An epic portrayal of the events surrounding the infamous 1819 Peterloo Massacre, where a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St Peter's Field in Manchester turned into one of the bloodiest and most notorious episodes in British history. The massacre saw British government forces charge into a crowd of over 60,000 that had gathered to demand political reform and protest against rising levels of poverty. Many protesters were killed and hundreds more injured, sparking a nationwide outcry but also further government suppression. The Peterloo Massacre was a defining moment in British democracy which also played a significant role in the founding of The Guardian newspaper.

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Walthamstow  Wigan 
Directed by:
Mike Leigh
Starring:
Rory Kinnear; Maxine Peake; Neil Bell; Pearce Quigley; David Moorst; Rachel Finnegan; Tom Meredith
Distributor:
eOne
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
195 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Drama;

Release Date:
2 November 2018

Next Performance:
17 October 2018 18:45

Filmmaker Michael Moore predicted that Donald Trump would become the 45th president of the United States. Traveling across the country, Moore interviews American citizens to get a sense of the social, economic and political impact of Trump's victory. Moore also takes an in-depth look at the media, the Electoral College, the government agenda and his hometown of Flint, Mich.

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Directed by:
Michael Moore
Starring:
Roger Ailes; Brooke Baldwin; Ashleigh Banfield
Distributor:
Vertigo
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Length:
128 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Documentary;

Release Date:
19 October 2018

When mezzo-soprano Elîna Garanèa and tenor Roberto Alagna joined forces for a new production of Carmen at the Met, the results were electrifying. Now this star duo reunites for another sensual French opera when they open the season in the title roles of Saint-Saëns’s biblical epic Samson et Dalila. Darko Tresnjak, who won a Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical in 2014 for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, makes his Met debut directing a vivid, seductive staging, featuring a monumental setting for the last-act Temple of Dagon, where the hero crushes his Philistine enemies. Sir Mark Elder conducts the first new Met production of the work in 20 years.

Estimated Run Time 3hrs 29mins. / Opera in 3 Acts / 2 Intermissions.

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High Wycombe  Ipswich  Swindon (Greenbridge) 
Conductor:
Sir Mark Elder
Performers:
Roberto Alagna; Elina Garanch; Laurent Naouri; Elchin Azizov; Dmitry
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Language:
French
Length:
209 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Opera;

Release Date:
20 October 2018

Next Performance:
20 October 2018 17:55

Funny Girl – The Musical

Directed by: Michael Mayer
Starring: Sheridan Smith, Darius Campbell

Following its record-breaking, sell-out run in London’s West End and national tour, the critically-acclaimed musical Funny Girl comes to a cinema near you, featuring Sheridan Smith in “an unforgettable star turn” (The Times). Funny Girl is semi-biographical, based on the life and career of Broadway star, film actress and comedienne Fanny Brice (a role made famous by Barbara Streisand on Broadway and in the 1968 film adaptation), and her stormy relationship with entrepreneur and gambler Nick Arnstein.

Praised by critics as having “irresistible charm, wit and warmth” (Metro), and hailing Sheridan Smith as “the greatest star by far” (The Daily Telegraph), Funny Girl features a host of iconic and timeless musical numbers including “People,” “I’m the Greatest Star,” and “Don’t Rain On My Parade.”

Hilarious, glorious, and ‘exhilarating’ (The Independent), don’t miss this sensational production from the comfort of your local cinema seat.

Directed by:
Michael Mayer
Starring:
Sheridan Smith; Darius Campbell
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
165 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Theatre;

Release Date:
24 October 2018

Next Performance:
24 October 2018 19:30

Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound, their near-implosion as Mercury's lifestyle spirals out of control, and their triumphant reunion on the eve of Live Aid, where Mercury, facing a life-threatening illness, leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. In the process, cementing the legacy of a band that were always more like a family, and who continue to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.

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Directed by:
Bryan Singer
Starring:
Rami Malek; Lucy Boynton; Gwilym Lee; Ben Hardy; Joseph Mazzello; Aidan Gillen; Allen Leach; Tom Hollander; Mike Myers
Distributor:
Twentieth Century Fox Film Co
Country:
US/UK co-production
Language:
English
Length:
134 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Biography; Drama; Music;

Release Date:
26 October 2018

Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek sings Puccini’s gun-slinging heroine in this romantic epic of the Wild West, with the heralded return of tenor Jonas Kaufmann in the role of the outlaw she loves. Tenor Yusif Eyvazov also sings some performances. Baritone ˇeljko Luèiæ is the vigilante sheriff Jack Rance, and Marco Armiliato conducts.

Estimated Run Time 3hrs 42mins. / Opera in 3 Acts / 2 Intermissions.

 

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High Wycombe  Ipswich  Swindon (Greenbridge) 
Conductor:
Marco Armiliato
Performers:
Eva-Maria Westbroek; Jonas Kaufman; Carlo Bosi; Zeljko Lucic; Michael Todd Simpson; Matthew Rose; Oren
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Language:
Italian
Length:
220 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Opera;

Release Date:
27 October 2018

Next Performance:
27 October 2018 17:55

DIE WALKÜRE
OPERA IN THREE ACTS
LIVE IN CINEMAS
SUNDAY 28 OCTOBER 2018, 5PM

Wagner ’s Ring cycle is one of the greatest works of all opera.

Keith Warner’s production is conducted by Antonio Pappano, Music Director of The Royal Opera, and this final revival is cast with an outstanding international array of Wagnerian specialist singers. The full cycle's four operas journey from the beginning of a world to its
destruction, with gods, heroes and monsters.

This epic myth portrays every type of human emotion in music and ideas of extraordinary
power. The Ring is always a special event in the operatic calendar: once experienced,
never forgotten.

Die Walküre (The Valkyrie) is the second opera in the cycle, and features several of the
Ring’s musical highlights – the sparkling Magic Fire Music and the electrifying Ride of the Valkyries. But among the musical fireworks and Norse mythology, at the centre of this opera are the unforgettable characters and the complex entanglements between them, including twins Siegmund and Sieglinde, and Wotan and his Valkyrie daughter, Brünnhilde.

APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 4 HOURS 50 MINUTES, INCLUDING TWO INTERVALS. SUNG IN GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES.

Music:
Richard Wagner
Directed by:
Keith Warner
Orchestra:
Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House
Distributor:
Royal Opera House Enterprises Ltd
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
German
Length:
350 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Opera;

Release Date:
28 October 2018

Next Performance:
28 October 2018 17:00

Allelujah!
by Alan Bennett

‘Leaves you bobbing on a wave of happiness’ Independent.

Alan Bennett’s sharp and hilarious new play is ‘just what the doctor ordered’ (Daily Telegraph). Filmed live at London’s Bridge Theatre during its limited run, don’t miss this ‘rousing chorus line for the NHS’ (Observer) in your local cinema.

The Beth, an old fashioned cradle-to-grave hospital serving a town on the edge of the Pennines, is threatened with closure as part of an efficiency drive. A documentary crew, eager to capture its fight for survival, follows the daily struggle to find beds on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward, and the triumphs of the old people’s choir.

Alan Bennett’s celebrated plays include The History Boys, The Lady in the Van and The Madness of George III, all of which were also seen on film. Allelujah! is his tenth collaboration with award-winning director Nicholas Hytner.
 

Directed by:
Alan Bennett / Nicholas Hytner
Starring:
Peter Forbes; Thora Hird; Liz Smith; Julia Foster; Jeff Rawle; Gwen Taylor
Distributor:
National Theatre Live
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
166 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Theatre;

Release Date:
1 November 2018

Next Performance:
1 November 2018 19:00

DEGAS: PASSION FOR PERFECTION
From The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Directed by David Bickerstaff
Running time: 85 minutes

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN journeys from the streets of Paris to the heart of a superb exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, whose extensive collection of Degas’ works is the most representative in Britain. With exclusive access to view rare and diverse works, this film tells a fascinating story of Degas’ pursuit for perfection through both experimentation with new techniques and lessons learnt from studying the past masters.

Sometimes frustrated by his own failings, Degas was consumed by obsessive principles and failing eye sight but his determination to capture everyday life was evident in every mark he made. Never fully satisfied, many of Degas’ drawings and sculptures were kept in private during his lifetime but, now through close examination, they can be seen as some of the most beautifully detailed and expressive works in the modern era. Using written accounts by friends and commentators, and the narration of letters written by Degas himself, this film reveals a more complex truth behind one of the most influential French artists of the late 19th-century and serves as an exploration of the complex workings of Degas’ artistic mind.

“Art is not a matter of what you see, but what you make other people see.” Edgar Degas.

Directed by:
David Bickerstaff
Distributor:
Seventh Art Production
Language:
English
Length:
91 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Exhibition;

Release Date:
6 November 2018

Next Performance:
6 November 2018 19:00

Under the watchful gaze of his young assistant, and the threatening presence of a new generation of artists, Mark Rothko takes on his greatest challenge yet: to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting.

MGC Artistic Director Michael Grandage directs this first ever UK revival since directing the world premiere at the Donmar Warehouse in 2009. The production went on to win six Tony Awards, including Best Play.

Award-winning stage and screen actor Alfred Molina reprises his critically acclaimed performance as the American abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko. He is joined by rising star Alfred Enoch of US television drama series How to Get Away With Murder as his assistant Ken. 

Writer:
John Logan
Directed by:
Michael Grandage
Starring:
Alfred Molina; Alfred Enoch
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
90 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Theatre;

Release Date:
7 November 2018

Next Performance:
7 November 2018 19:00

In celebration of her upcoming new album Hymn, best-selling soprano Sarah Brightman is in cinemas with an incredible performance. HYMN: Sarah Brightman In Concert was captured live for the big screen from the Festspielhaus in the enchanted Bavarian Alps, known for the historic and captivating Neuschwanstein Castle.

Staged in two acts, the 90-minute performance is a hybrid of a musical film, a classical-crossover program and a large-scale concert production. Brightman is accompanied by her band, the Munich orchestra, a 50-voice choir and the Ludwig Ensemble of dancers. The concert was conceived and created by Sarah Brightman, Anthony Von Laast (Mamma Mia, Beauty and the Beast), and Frank Peterson (Enigma, Andrea Bocelli).

Filmed using state-of-the-art video and audio technologies, cinema audiences will also enjoy an exclusive “making of” feature.
 

Herself:
Sarah Brightman
Distributor:
CinEvents
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Length:
105 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Concert;

Release Date:
8 November 2018

Next Performance:
8 November 2018 19:30

Composer Nico Muhly unveils his second new opera for the Met with this gripping reimagining of Winston Graham’s novel, set in the 1950s, about a beautiful, mysterious young woman who assumes multiple identities. Director Michael Mayer and his creative team have devised a fast-moving, cinematic world for this exhilarating story of denial and deceit, which also inspired a film by Alfred Hitchcock. Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard sings the enigmatic Marnie, and baritone Christopher Maltman is the man who pursues her—with disastrous results. Robert Spano conducts.

Estimated Run Time 3hrs 17mins. / Opera in 2 Acts / 1 Intermission.

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High Wycombe  Ipswich  Swindon (Greenbridge) 
Conductor:
Robert Spano
Performers:
Isabel Leonard; Janis Kelly; Denyce Graves; Iestyn Davies; Christopher Maltman
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Language:
English
Length:
197 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Opera;

Release Date:
10 November 2018

Next Performance:
10 November 2018 17:55

L A BAYADÈRE
BALLET IN THREE ACTS
LIVE IN CINEMAS TUESDAY 13 NOVEMBER 2018, 7.15PM

Marius Petipa ’s fantasy, set in legendary India, tells the tale of a temple dancer and the prince who loves her but marries another. The famous, moonlit ‘white act’ – The Kingdom of the Shades – is a corps de ballet highlight, as multiple images of the prince’s lost love haunt his mind. The choreography allows
two opposing ballerinas to shine, while a bronze idol comes vividly to life in a stunning
solo. Throughout, the melody and moods of Minkus’s music perfectly match the fluidity
and precision of the classical choreography and the drama of the storytelling.

APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 3 HOURS 5 MINUTES, INCLUDING TWO INTERVALS.
 

Choreography:
Natalia Makarova after Marius Petipa
Music:
Ludwig Minkus
Themselves:
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Distributor:
Royal Opera House Enterprises Ltd
Country:
United Kingdom
Length:
170 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Ballet;

Release Date:
13 November 2018

Next Performance:
13 November 2018 19:15

"Lechery, lechery, still wars and lechery: nothing else holds fashion"

Troilus and Cressida swear they will always be true to one another. But in the seventh year of the siege of Troy their innocence is tested, and exposed to the savage corrupting influence of war, with tragic consequences.

Virtuoso percussionist Evelyn Glennie collaborates with RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran to create a satirical futuristic vision of a world resounding with the rhythm of battle, broadcast live to cinemas from Shakespeare's home town.

The Greek army is encamped under the walls of Troy and, at the point at which the play begins, the war has reached stalemate. The Greeks are quarrelling amongst themselves. Achilles, their greatest champion, refuses to fight and has withdrawn to his tent with his lover, Patroclus. Equally at odds with themselves, the Trojans are debating the value of continuing the war merely for the sake of keeping Helen.

Troilus is much distracted from these military concerns by his love for Cressida, the daughter of a Trojan who has defected to the Greek camp. The young lovers are eagerly assisted by Cressida's uncle Pandarus, who acts as their go-between. However, after only one night together they are parted when Cressida is sent to join her father in the Greek camp. Almost immediately she betrays Troilus with the Greek Diomedes and, discovering this, Troilus is plunged into despair.

With the fall of Troy certain, Troilus vows revenge on Achilles.
 

Directed by:
Gregory Doran
Writer:
William Shakespeare
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
180 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Theatre;

Release Date:
14 November 2018

Next Performance:
14 November 2018 19:00

National Theatre Live - The Madness of George III
by Alan Bennett

Multi-award-winning drama The Madness of George III will be broadcast live to cinemas, in National Theatre Live’s first ever broadcast from Nottingham Playhouse.
Written by one of Britain’s best-loved playwrights Alan Bennett (The History Boys, The Lady in the Van), this epic play was also adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film following its premiere on stage in 1991.

The cast of this new production includes Olivier Award-winners Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Wolf Hall, NT Live Coriolanus) in the title role, and Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey, Upstairs Downstairs, After the Dance).

It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy. With the King’s mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown, and expose the fine line between a King and a man. 
 

Distributor:
National Theatre Live
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
210 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Theatre;

Release Date:
20 November 2018

Next Performance:
20 November 2018 19:00

Reprising her Tony Award-winning role, ‘Broadway musical’s undisputed Queen’ (The Sunday Times) Kelli O’Hara (Anna) takes to the stage alongside Tony and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (The King) in a "powerhouse" (The Times) performance. Also returning to her Tony Award winning role as Lady Thiang is Ruthie Ann Miles.

Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

With one of the finest scores ever written including; Whistle a Happy Tune, Getting to Know You, and Shall We Dance, and featuring a company of over 50 world-class performers, The King and I is a testament to the lavish heritage of gloriously romantic musical theatre – it is the greatest musical from the golden age of musicals.

“Five stars for a sumptuous King and I. Book Now. It’s a hit” - The Times

“We left the London Palladium on a bright cloud of music - joyous!” - Daily Mail

“Looks and sounds ravishing. Complete rapture” - The Telegraph 

Directed by:
Bartlett Sher
Starring:
Kelli O'Hara; Ken Watanabe; Ruthie Ann Miles
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
180 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Theatre;

Release Date:
29 November 2018

Next Performance:
29 November 2018 19:00

THE NUTCRACKER
BALLET IN TWO ACTS LIVE IN CINEMAS
MONDAY 3 DECEMBER 2018, 7.15PM

Peter Wright's interpretation of The Nutcracker has been enchanting children and adults alike since its first performance by The Royal Ballet in 1984. Lev Ivanov's 1892 ballet combined with Tchaikovsky's sumptuous, iconic score are presented in a festive period setting with vivid designs to make this a charming and magical production.


Loosely based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, the ballet begins in the 19th-century German home of the Stahlbaums, where they are hosting a lively Christmas party. The period setting is captured in opulent detail by Julia Trevelyan Oman's designs, which include authentic Christmas tree decorations that are magically brought to life. 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, the production also gains a touching subtext of first love.


APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES, INCLUDING ONE INTERVAL.
 

Choreography:
Peter Wright after Lev Ivanov
Music:
Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:
Barry Wordsworth
Choir:
London Oratory Junior Choir
Orchestra:
Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House
Distributor:
Royal Opera House Enterprises Ltd
Country:
United Kingdom
Length:
140 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Ballet;

Release Date:
3 December 2018

Next Performance:
3 December 2018 19:15

National Theatre Live

Antony & Cleopatra
by William Shakespeare

Broadcast live from the National Theatre, Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power.

Caesar and his assassins are dead. General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome. But at the fringes of a war-torn empire the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love. In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war.

Director Simon Godwin returns to National Theatre Live screens with this hotly anticipated production, following broadcasts of Twelfth Night, Man and Superman and The Beaux’ Stratagem.
 

Writer:
William Shakespeare
Directed by:
Simon Godwin
Starring:
Ralph Fiennes; Sophie Okonedo
Distributor:
National Theatre Live
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
200 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Theatre;

Release Date:
6 December 2018

Next Performance:
6 December 2018 19:00

Based on Charles Dickens’s own performance adaptation, Simon Callow and director-designer Tom Cairns have created a one-man theatrical extravaganza of festive storytelling that is both heart-warming and deeply moving. Following critically acclaimed, sold-out theatre seasons in 2011, 2012 and again in 2016, Simon Callow (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love) returns to wow audiences with this tour de force performance, reimagined especially for cinema. A Christmas must see!

‘Beautiful and magical’ The Telegraph
‘Toe-wrigglingly delightful’ The Stage
‘As rich as figgy pud’ The Guardian 
 

Directed by:
Tom Cairns
Starring:
Simon Callow
Distributor:
CinemaLive
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
90 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Theatre;

Release Date:
11 December 2018

Next Performance:
11 December 2018 19:00

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Michael Mayer’s richly textured new production, featuring a dazzling 18th-century setting that changes with the seasons. Soprano Diana Damrau plays the tragic heroine, Violetta, and tenor Juan Diego Flórez returns to the Met for the first time in five seasons to sing the role of Alfredo, Violetta’s hapless lover. Baritone Quinn Kelsey is Alfredo’s father, Germont, who destroys their love. Later performances feature Anita Hartig, Stephen Costello, Artur Ruciñski, and Plácido Domingo.

Estimated Run Time 3hrs 32mins. / Opera in 3 Acts / 2 Intermissions.

 

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High Wycombe  Ipswich  Swindon (Greenbridge) 
Conductor:
Yannick Nezet-Seguin
Performers:
Diana Damrau; Juan Diego Florez; Quinn Kelsey
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Language:
Italian
Length:
212 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Opera;

Release Date:
15 December 2018

Next Performance:
15 December 2018 17:55

The King of Waltz André Rieu will bring to millions of fans across the world, his New Year’s concert recorded live in Sydney, Australia. The first full production from leading Event Cinema distributor Piece of Magic Entertainment, André Rieu will present a festive concert like never before, recorded live in Sydney’s iconic Town Hall.

Join the Maestro, André Rieu, for a magical evening of music and dance featuring his world class sopranos, The Platin Tenors and plenty of surprises. With show tunes, classical music and plenty of festive fun it promises to be a great way tostartthe new year!

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.

The evening will be hosted by ITV’s Charlotte Hawkins, a familiar face for all those who continue to enjoy André’s annual Maastricht concert each July.

Himself:
André Rieu
Hosted By:
Charlotte Hawkins
Distributor:
Piece Of Magic
Country:
Australia , Netherlands
Language:
English, Dutch
Length:
125 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Concert;

Release Date:
5 January 2019

Next Performance:
5 January 2019 19:00

Soprano Anna Netrebko joins the ranks of Renata Tebaldi, Montserrat Caballé, and Renata Scotto, taking on—for the first time at the Met—the title role of the real-life French actress who dazzled 18th-century audiences with her on-and offstage passion. The soprano is joined by tenor Piotr Becza³a as Adriana’s lover, Maurizio. The principal cast also features mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili and baritone Ambrogio Maestri. Gianandrea Noseda conducts. Sir David McVicar’s staging, which sets the action in a working replica of a Baroque theater, premiered at the Royal Opera House in London, where the Guardian praised the “elegant production, sumptuously designed … The spectacle guarantees a good night out.”

Estimated Run Time 3hrs 58mins. / Opera in 3 Acts / 2 Intermissions.

See this film at:

High Wycombe  Ipswich  Swindon (Greenbridge) 
Conductor:
Gianandrea Noseda
Performers:
Anna Netrebko; Anita Rachvelishvili; Piotr Beczala; Carlo Bosi; Aaaambrogio Maestri
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Language:
Italian
Length:
238 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Opera;

Release Date:
12 January 2019

Next Performance:
12 January 2019 17:55

THE QUEEN OF SPADES
OPERA IN THREE ACTS / NEW PRODUCTION
LIVE IN CINEMAS TUESDAY 22 JANUARY 2019, 6.45PM

In Tchaikovsky’s intense opera of obsession and the supernatural, Gherman is caught between the woman he loves and a destructive fixation.

The Queen of Spades is based on a short story by Pushkin, and comes to the Royal Opera House in a new production that has already garnered five-star reviews in Amsterdam. The production is
set in 1890, the year of the opera’s premiere.

In his study, Tchaikovsky imagines the opera into life as his own story, its characters giving
voice to his unfulfilled desires.

Aleksandrs Antonenko and Eva-Maria Westbroek head the cast and Royal Opera Chorus, conducted
by Antonio Pappano, Music Director of The Royal Opera. This is an engrossing portrayal of a tortured creative artist and a gripping piece of gothic storytelling.

APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES, INCLUDING ONE INTERVAL. SUNG IN RUSSIAN WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES.

Music:
Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
Directed by:
Stefan Herheim
Conductor:
Antonio Pappano
Choir:
Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra:
Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House
Distributor:
Royal Opera House Enterprises Ltd
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
Russian
Length:
220 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Opera;

Release Date:
22 January 2019

Next Performance:
22 January 2019 18:45

Oscar Wilde Season LIVE: A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE - ENCORE PERFORMANCE

A recording of a 2017 live performance of the Oscar Wilde drama in which the mother of an illegitimate son encounters the man who deserted her years earlier.

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

 

Directed by:
Dominic Dromgoole
Starring:
Eve Best; Anne Reid; Eleanor Bron; William Gaunt
Distributor:
More2Screen
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
155 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Theatre;

Release Date:
23 January 2019

Next Performance:
23 January 2019 19:00

Inspired by a true story, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is the new award-winning five-star hit musical for today. Jamie New is sixteen and lives on a council estate in Sheffield. Jamie doesn’t quite fit in. Jamie is terrified about the future. He is going to be a sensation.  Supported by his brilliant loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight. Winner of 3 WhatsOnStage Awards including Best New Musical and nominated for 5 Olivier Awards.




ENCORE PERFORMANCE - Monday 16th July
Please note that where advertised the 16th July performance is an ENCORE (recorded) screening of the live broadcast. 

Directed by:
Jonathan Butterell
Designer:
Anne Fleischle
Choreography:
Kate Prince
Cast:
John McCrea;  Josie Walker; Tamsin Carroll; Lucy Shorthouse; Phil Nichol
Distributor:
More2Screen
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
164 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Theatre;

Release Date:
5 July 2018

Next Performance:
29 January 2019 19:00

LA TRAVIATA
OPERA IN THREE ACTS
LIVE IN CINEMAS WEDNESDAY 30 JANUARY 2019, 6.45PM

From the thrill of unexpected romance to a heartbreaking reconciliation that comes too late – 
Verdi’s La traviata is one of the most popular of all operas.
 
Alfredo falls in love in with the courtesan Violetta in glamorous Paris society, but underneath the surface run darker undercurrents, leading to a tragic ending. The opera’s wealth of melodies includes the famous Brindisi and the exuberant ‘Sempre libera’ – both showing the lyricism of Italian opera at its most immediately appealing.

Richard Eyre ’s production for The Royal Opera brings out all the emotional colour, from the giddy discovery of love, through painful confrontation to the inevitable conclusion.

Lavish period sets and costumes enhance the reality of a moving story based on true life.

APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 3 HOURS 35 MINUTES, INCLUDING TWO INTERVALS.  SUNG IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES.


 

Music:
Giuseppe Verdi
Directed by:
Richard Eyre
Conductor:
Antonello Manacorda
Choir:
Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra:
Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House
Distributor:
Royal Opera House Enterprises Ltd
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
Italian
Length:
215 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Opera;

Release Date:
30 January 2019

Next Performance:
30 January 2019 18:45

National Theatre Live

I’m Not Running
by David Hare

I’m Not Running is an explosive new play by David Hare, premiering at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas.

Pauline Gibson has spent her life as a doctor, the inspiring leader of a local health campaign. When she crosses paths with her old boyfriend, a stalwart loyalist in Labour Party politics, she’s faced with an agonising decision.

What’s involved in sacrificing your private life and your piece of mind for something more than a single issue? Does she dare?

Hare was recently described by The Washington Post as ‘the premiere political dramatist writing in English’. His other work includes Pravda and Skylight, broadcast by National Theatre Live in 2014.
 

Directed by:
David Hare
Starring:
Siān Brooke
Distributor:
National Theatre Live
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
200 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Theatre;

Release Date:
31 January 2019

Next Performance:
31 January 2019 19:00

Mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine reprises her remarkable portrayal of opera’s ultimate seductress, a triumph in her 2017 debut performances, with impassioned tenors Yonghoon Lee and Roberto Alagna as her lover, Don José. Omer Meir Wellber and Louis Langrée share conducting duties for Sir Richard Eyre’s powerful production, a Met favorite since its 2009 premiere.

Estimated Run Time 3hrs 41mins. / Opera in 2 Acts / 1 Intermission.

See this film at:

High Wycombe  Ipswich  Swindon (Greenbridge) 
Conductor:
Lois Langree
Performers:
Clementine Margaine; Aleksandra Kurzak; Roberto Alagna; Alexander Vinogradov
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Language:
French
Length:
221 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Opera;

Release Date:
2 February 2019

Next Performance:
2 February 2019 17:55

YOUNG PICASSO
Directed by Phil Grabsky
Running time: 85 minutes

Pablo Picasso is one of the greatest artists of all time – and right up until his death in 1973 he was the most prolific of artists. Many films have dealt with these later years – the art, the affairs and the wide circle of friends. But where did this all begin? What made Picasso in the first place?

Too long ignored, it is time to look at the early years of Picasso; the upbringing and the learning that led to his extraordinary achievements. Three cities play a key role: Malaga, Barcelona and Paris. Young Picasso visits each and explores their influence on Picasso, focusing on specific artworks from these early years.

The film thus explains how this young artist acquired his craft. Looking carefully at two key early periods – the so-called Blue Period and Rose Period – the film takes us all the way to 1907 and the creation of a critical painting in the history of art – Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. It was a painting that shocked the art world but changed it irrevocably. Picasso was only 25 years old. Working closely with all three Picasso Museums in Malaga, Barcelona and Paris this film explains how he rose to great heights.
 

Directed by:
Phil Grabsky
Distributor:
Seventh Art Production
Language:
English
Length:
85 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Exhibition;

Release Date:
5 February 2019

Next Performance:
5 February 2019 19:00

DON QUIXOTE
BALLET IN A PROLOGUE AND THREE ACTS
LIVE IN CINEMAS TUESDAY 19 FEBRUARY 2019, 7.15PM

Cervantes’s story of the bumbling knight Don Quixote has inspired countless artistic interpretations.
Marius Petipa choreographed this sparkling ballet about the encounters of the man from La Mancha and his faithful squire Sancho Panza. At its heart are virtuoso roles for the lovers Basilio and Kitri.

Carlos Acosta chose this joyful classic for his first production for The Royal Ballet.

His vibrant staging brings together the whole Company in such roles as exuberant villagers, passionate gypsies and even fantasy flowers. The story follows Don Quixote’s picaresque journey to do deeds in honour of his imaginary noble lady, Dulcinea. Sunny, charming, funny and touching – Don Quixote
is a ballet as full of uplifting emotion as it is of astonishing ballet technique.

APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 2 HOURS 45 MINUTES, INCLUDING ONE INTERVAL.


 

Choreography:
Carlos Acosta after Marius Petipa
Production:
Carlos Acosta
Conductor:
Martin Yates
Orchestra:
Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House
Distributor:
Royal Opera House Enterprises Ltd
Country:
United Kingdom
Length:
165 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Ballet;

Release Date:
19 February 2019

Next Performance:
19 February 2019 19:15

Oscar Wilde Season LIVE: LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN - (ENCORE PERFORMANCE)

A recording of a 2017 live performance from the Vaudeville Theatre, London.

A new production of Oscar Wildes 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 Londons 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 Shakespeares Globe.

The day of Lady Windermeres 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 Wildes most popular and witty plays.

Directed by:
Kathy Burke
Starring:
Samantha Spiro; Kevin Bishop; Jennifer Saunders
Distributor:
More2Screen
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
165 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Theatre;

Release Date:
27 February 2019

Next Performance:
27 February 2019 19:00

Tenor Javier Camarena and soprano Pretty Yende team up for a feast of bel canto vocal fireworks—including the show-stopping tenor aria “Ah! Mes amis,” with its nine high Cs. Alessandro Corbelli and Maurizio Muraro trade off as the comic Sergeant Sulpice, with mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe as the outlandish Marquise of Berkenfield. Enrique Mazzola conducts.

Estimated Run Time 2hrs 55mins. / Opera in 2 Acts / 1 Intermission.

See this film at:

High Wycombe  Ipswich  Swindon (Greenbridge) 
Conductor:
Enrique Mazzola
Performers:
Pretty Yende; Javier Camarena; Stephanie Blyte; Maurizio Muraro
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Language:
French
Length:
175 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Opera;

Release Date:
2 March 2019

Next Performance:
2 March 2019 17:55

Oscar Wilde Season LIVE: AN IDEAL HUSBAND - ENCORE PERFORMANCE

A recording of a 2018 live performance from the Vaudeville Theatre, London.
 
A new production of the Rolls-Royce of English comedies, Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband, will be broadcast live to cinemas from the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End. This entertaining and still topical play brings an act of political sin into the heart of the English home. As an ambitious government minister, Sir Robert Chiltern’s smooth ascent to the top seems assured until Mrs Cheveley appears in London with damning proof of his previous financial chicanery. This is the third play from the Oscar Wilde Season, a year-long celebration of the brilliant Victorian playwright being staged by the Classic Spring Theatre Company.

Directed by:
Ross MacGibbon
Starring:
Edward Fox; Freddie Fox; Frances Barber; Nathaniel Parker; Sally Bretton; Susan Hampshire
Distributor:
More2Screen
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
160 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Theatre;

Release Date:
27 March 2019

Next Performance:
27 March 2019 19:00

In what is expected to be a Wagnerian event for the ages, soprano Christine Goerke plays Brünnhilde, Wotan’s willful warrior daughter, who loses her immortality in opera’s most famous act of filial defiance. Tenor Stuart Skelton and soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek play the incestuous twins Siegmund and Sieglinde. Greer Grimsley sings Wotan. Philippe Jordan conducts.

Estimated Run Time 5hrs 20mins. / Opera in 3 Acts / 2 Intermissions.

See this film at:

Ipswich  Swindon (Greenbridge) 
Conductor:
Philippe Jordon
Performers:
Christine Goerke; Eva-Marie Wesbroek; Stuart Skelton; Jamie Barton; Greer Grimsley; Gunther Groissbock
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Language:
German
Length:
320 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Opera;

Release Date:
30 March 2019

Next Performance:
30 March 2019 17:00

LA FORZA DEL DESTINO
OPERA IN FOUR ACTS / NEW PRODUCTION
LIVE IN CINEMAS TUESDAY 2 APRIL 2019, 6.15PM

Leonora falls in love with Don Alvaro, but when her father forbids their marriage, a fatal accident triggers a drama of obsession, vengeance and tragedy.

Jonas Kaufmann and Anna Netrebko star in Verdi’s epic La forza del destino (The Force of Destiny)
an opera which demands the very best of singers for its powerful music and the fullest theatrical treatment for its story of bitter revenge pursued across miles and years.

The production comes to The Royal Opera in a sensational staging from Amsterdam packed with colour and action. It is directed by Christof Loy and conducted by Antonio Pappano, Music Director of The Royal Opera.
 
APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 4 HOURS, 15 MINUTES INCLUDING TWO INTERVALS.  SUNG IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES.

Directed by:
Christof Loy
Designer:
Christian Schmidt
Conductor:
Antonio Pappano
Choir:
Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra:
Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House
Distributor:
Royal Opera House Enterprises Ltd
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
Italian
Length:
255 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Opera;

Release Date:
2 April 2019

Next Performance:
2 April 2019 18:15

REMBRANDT
From the National Gallery, London and Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND
Directed by Kat Mansoor
Running time: 90 minutes

Every Rembrandt exhibition is eagerly anticipated but this major show hosted by London’s National Gallery and Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum was an event like no other.

Given privileged access to both galleries the film documents this landmark exhibition, whilst interweaving Rembrandt’s life story, with behind-the-scenes preparations at these world famous institutions. Exploring many of the exhibition’s key works, through contributions from specially invited guests including curators and leading art historians, this EXHIBITION ON SCREEN favourite makes a welcome return to the big screen.

For many, Rembrandt is the greatest artist that ever lived and this deeply moving film seeks to explore the truth about the man behind the legend.

Directed by:
Kat Mansoor
Distributor:
Seventh Art Production
Language:
English
Length:
90 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Exhibition;

Release Date:
9 April 2019

Next Performance:
9 April 2019 19:00

FAUST
OPERA IN FIVE ACTS
LIVE IN CINEMAS TUESDAY 30 APRIL 2019, 6.45PM

There are many versions of the story of Faust, who trades his soul with the Devil for youth and power, but Gounod’s opera remains one of the most constantly enthralling.

Michael Fabiano stars as Faust, with Diana Damrau as his beloved Marguerite and Erwin Schrott as
the diabolical Méphistophélès. Virtuoso leading roles, a large chorus, sensational sets, ballet
and an ecstatic finale make this the epitome of theatrical spectacle – the lavish scale of French
grand opera is wonderfully in evidence in this production by David McVicar, set in 1870s Paris.

Above all, the music includes several of popular opera’s most recognizable numbers, performed
by a cast of great international singers and the Royal Opera Chorus.

APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 3 HOURS 45 MINUTES, INCLUDING ONE INTERVAL. SUNG IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES.

Directed by:
David McVicar
Designer:
Charles Edwards
Conductor:
Dan Ettinger
Choir:
Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra:
Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House
Distributor:
Royal Opera House Enterprises Ltd
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
French
Length:
225 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Ballet;

Release Date:
30 April 2019

Next Performance:
30 April 2019 18:45

Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the classic John Dexter production of Poulenc’s devastating story of faith and martyrdom. Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard sings the touching role of Blanche and soprano Karita Mattila, a legend in her own time, returns to the Met as the Prioress.

Estimated Run Time 3hrs 29mins. / Opera in 2 Acts /  Intermission.

See this film at:

Ipswich  Swindon (Greenbridge) 
Conductor:
Yannick Nezet-Seguin
Performers:
Isabel Leonard; Adrianne Pieczonka; Erin Morley; Karen Cargill; Karita Mattila; David Portillo; Dwayne Croft
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Language:
French
Length:
209 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Opera;

Release Date:
11 May 2019

Next Performance:
11 May 2019 17:00

FLIGHT PATTER / NWITHIN THE GOLDEN HOUR / NEW SIDI LARBI CHERKAOUI
THREE BALLETS ONE WORLD PREMIERE
LIVE IN CINEMAS THURSDAY 16 MAY 2019, 7.15PM

TWO RECENT WORKS AND ONE WORLD PREMIERE SHOWCASE THE CONTEMPORARY FACE OF THE ROYAL BALLET.

The contemporary face of The Royal Ballet is shown in works from three of today’s leading 
choreographers.

Christopher Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour is based around seven couples separating and intermingling, to music by Vivaldi and Bosso and lit with rich colours suggested by sunset.

Crystal Pite’s Flight Pattern, revived for the first time, uses a large dance ensemble and Górecki’s familiar music from his Symphony of Sorrowful Songs for a poignant and passionate reflection on
migration.
 
Between them, a new work by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, created on The Royal Ballet has its premiere to bring the contemporary truly up-to-date.

APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 3 HOURS 15 MINUTES, INCLUDING TWO INTERVALS.

Choreography:
Christopher Wheeldon / Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui / Crystal Pite
Music:
Ezio Bosso; Antonio Vivaldi / Henryk Miko³aj Górecki
Conductor:
Ariane Matiakh / Ariane Matiakh
Orchestra:
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Distributor:
Royal Opera House Enterprises Ltd
Country:
United Kingdom
Length:
195 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Ballet;

Release Date:
16 May 2019

Next Performance:
16 May 2019 19:15

VAN GOGH & JAPAN
Directed by David Bickerstaff
Running time: 85 minutes

One cannot understand Van Gogh without understanding how Japanese art arrived in Paris in the middle of the 19th century and the profound impact it had on artists like Monet, Degas and, above all, Van Gogh. Visiting the new galleries of Japanese art in Paris and thrn creating his own image of Japan – through in-depth research, print collecting and detailed discussions with other artists – Van Gogh’s encounter with Japanese artworks gave his work a new and exciting direction.

After leaving Paris for the south of France – to what he thought of as near to a kind of Japan as he could find – the productive and yet troubled years that followed must all be seen in the context of Van Gogh bending Japanese influences to his will and defining himself as a modern artist with clear Asian precursors.

In this little known story of Van Gogh’s art we see just how important his study of Japan was. The film travels not only to France and the Netherlands but also to Japan to further explore the remarkable heritage that so affected Van Gogh and made him the artist we know of today.

 

Directed by:
David Bickerstaff
Distributor:
Seventh Art Production
Language:
English
Length:
85 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Exhibition;

Release Date:
4 June 2019

Next Performance:
4 June 2019 19:00

ROMEO AND JULIET
BALLET IN THREE ACTS
LIVE IN CINEMAS TUESDAY 11 JUNE 2019, 7.15PM

SHAKESPEARE’S STAR-CROSSED LOVERS ENCOUNTER PASSION AND TRAGEDY IN KENNETH MACMILLAN’S 20TH-CENTURY BALLET MASTERPIECE.

Shakespeare’s enduring love story is known the world over. Since its 1965 premiere with The Royal Ballet, Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet has become a modern ballet classic. The choreography captures the emotions of the young couple as they fall in love, despite the barriers that finally bring about the story’s tragic end. Each revival gives opportunities for new dancers to interpret the doomed lovers.

The whole Company brings the colour and action of Renaissance Verona, where a busy market all
too quickly bursts into sword fighting, and a family feud leads to tragedy for both the Montagues and Capulets.

APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 3 HOURS 15 MINUTES, INCLUDING TWO INTERVALS.

Choreography:
Kenneth MacMillan
Music:
Sergey Prokofiev
Designer:
Nicholas Georgiadis
Conductor:
Pavel Sorokin
Orchestra:
Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House
Distributor:
Royal Opera House Enterprises Ltd
Country:
United Kingdom
Length:
195 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Ballet;

Release Date:
11 June 2019

Next Performance:
11 June 2019 19:15