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Friday, 30 June 2017

Director: Hannes Holm.
Starring: Rolf Lassgård, Bahar Pars, Ida Engvoll. Sweden 2015. 116 mins. Swedish/Persian with English subtitles.


Having lost his wife, his job and social status in short order, world-class curmudgeon Ove (Lassgård) has given up on everything – including himself. The quintessential ‘angry old man next door’, he spends his days aggressively enforcing laughably strict neighbourhood by-laws and chatting sorrowfully to his wife at her graveside. But an unlikely friendship with boisterous new neighbours obliges him to re-evaluate his devoutly negative approach to life.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Director: Benny Boom.
Starring: Demetrius Shipp Jr., Danai Gurira, Kat Graham. USA 2017. TBC mins.


All Eyez On Me chronicles the life and legacy of poet, rapper and activist Tupac Shakur, grittily conveying the bravura and edgy sense of danger that surrounded him and the ’90s rap scene. Benny Boom’s highly charged biopic recounts Shakur’s ascent to superstardom, from his East Harlem beginnings to his imprisonment and prolific, controversial time with Death Row Records, culminating in his tragic death aged just 25.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Director: Vincent Perez.
Starring: Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson, Daniel Brühl. UK/France/Germany 2016. 103 mins.


Based on a true story, Hans Fallada’s bestselling novel Alone In Berlin was described by Primo Levi as “the greatest book ever written about German resistance to the Nazis.” Vincent Perez brings this powerful story to the big screen in an atmospheric film that boasts outstanding performances from its three leads. After learning that their only son has died in battle, and witnessing the persecution of an old Jewish woman living in their building, a working-class couple in Berlin (Gleeson and Thompson) risk execution with an extraordinary act of rebellion. They begin printing and circulating postcards attacking the Nazi regime, hoping to inspire others to take a stand. But in a city paralysed by fear, the postcards soon end up in the hands of Gestapo officer Escherich (Brühl), and so a dangerous game of cat and mouse unfolds.
Contains moderate violence, threat, injury detail.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Director: Edgar Wright.
Starring: Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Kevin Spacey. USA 2017. 113 mins.


Young getaway driver Baby (Elgort) relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. After he meets the girl of his dreams, he sees a chance to leave his criminal life behind. But one last heist puts his love, life and freedom on the line. With an eclectic soundtrack ranging from Queen and Martha Reeves to The Beach Boys, Edgar Wright’s musical crime caper rolls out one terrific tune after the other.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Director: Ceyda Torun. 80min. Turkey/USA. 2016

Birds Eye View are our hosts, and their ‘A&Q’ format involves Mia Bays, Oscar winning producer, director of Birds Eye View offering a contextual space to involve audience discussion afterwards, with special guest speakers. We will be joined by John Stokes and Devorah Baum for a lively and informative debate that makes the event memorable. Birds Eye View’s mission is to spotlight films by women to audiences as they believe the world is best seen through both eyes rather than one.

John Stokes is Emeritus Professor of Modern British Literature at King's College London. He has a particular interest in animal/ human relations and is currently researching canine elegies.

Dr Devorah Baum is Lecturer in English/Critical Thinking, Southampton University plus a specialist in animal psychology.

Hundreds of thousands of cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. For thousands of years they’ve wandered in and out of people’s lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich. Claiming no owners, these animals live between two worlds, neither wild nor tame – and they bring joy and purpose to those people they choose to adopt. In Istanbul, cats are the mirrors to the people, allowing them to reflect on their lives in ways nothing else could.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Director: Laura Poitras. Germany/USA 2016. 91 mins.

There's only one thing we love more than docs, and that's talking about docs. Join us for a discussion about Risk after this screening, moderated by Central Docs programmer Chris Harris.

A character study of the complex and volatile Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks. The award-winning director of Citizenfour returns with her most personal film to date, capturing Assange’s story with unprecedented access to her subject. Poitras finds herself caught between the motives and contradictions of Assange and his inner circle. In a new world order where a single keystroke can alter history, Risk is a portrait of power, betrayal, truth, and sacrifice.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Directors: Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin, Eric Guillon. Voices: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker. USA 2017. 90 mins.

At the end of Despicable Me 2, one-time dastardly supervillain Felonious Gru (Carell) seemed to have hung up his ‘evil’ cape for good. Having settled in the ‘burbs with his feisty super agent wife (Wiig) and three adorable, unicorn-loving, adopted daughters, he’s now out to actively fight crime, not cause it. Until, that is, a long lost, enviably hirsute twin brother (also Carell) pops out of the woodwork to tempt Gru back to the dark side… Eagerly anticipated by everyone from toddlers to adults, this animated threequel also voice casts Trey Parker (co-creator of South Park and The Book Of Mormon) as an ’80s-obsessed baddie with truly villainous shoulder pads. As if that wasn’t enough, one final word will sell it to you: Minions!

Friday, 30 June 2017

Directors: Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin, Eric Guillon. Voices: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker. USA 2017. 90 mins.

At the end of Despicable Me 2, one-time dastardly supervillain Felonious Gru (Carell) seemed to have hung up his ‘evil’ cape for good. Having settled in the ‘burbs with his feisty super agent wife (Wiig) and three adorable, unicorn-loving, adopted daughters, he’s now out to actively fight crime, not cause it. Until, that is, a long lost, enviably hirsute twin brother (also Carell) pops out of the woodwork to tempt Gru back to the dark side… Eagerly anticipated by everyone from toddlers to adults, this animated threequel also voice casts Trey Parker (co-creator of South Park and The Book Of Mormon) as an ’80s-obsessed baddie with truly villainous shoulder pads. As if that wasn’t enough, one final word will sell it to you: Minions!

Friday, 30 June 2017

Be part of a major new operatic work – join us for the world premiere of Brett Dean’s new opera based on Shakespeare’s best-known tragedy.

Brett Dean’s colourful, energetic, witty and richly lyrical music expertly captures the modernity of this timeless tale, while Matthew Jocelyn’s libretto is pure Shakespeare.

A cast of some of the finest singing actors of the moment will bring Hamlet to life. British tenor and Glyndebourne favourite Allan Clayton will play Hamlet. British mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly will play Gertrude and Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan will make her Glyndebourne debut as Ophelia. Legendary British bass John Tomlinson plays The Ghost of Old Hamlet.

Hamlet will be conducted by Vladimir Jurowski, Glyndebourne’s former Music Director.

Neil Armfield has directed numerous productions for Opera Australia, including their first full-length presentation of The Ring Cycle. He is the director of the acclaimed films Candy and Holding the Man.

‘The themes of life and death, love and betrayal have opera written all over them.’
—Brett Dean, Composer

Sung in English with English supertitles

Also on screen this summer: a timeless production of La traviata (captured live in 2014) and a new production of Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito (live).

Friday, 30 June 2017

This award-winning story follows a young girl named Suzu Urano, who in 1944 moves to the small town of Kure in Hiroshima where she marries Shusaku Hojo, a young clerk who works at the local naval base. Living with his family, Suzu becomes essential to the running of the household and creatively prepares meals during the tough wartime conditions while also carrying out daily housework. In 1945, intense bombings by the US military finally reach Kure, with devastating effect to the townsfolk and their way of life. Suzu’s life is changed irrevocably, but through perseverance and courage, she manages to continue to live life to the fullest.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Director: Ceyda Torun. 80min. Turkey/USA. 2016

Hundreds of thousands of cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. For thousands of years they’ve wandered in and out of people’s lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich. Claiming no owners, these animals live between two worlds, neither wild nor tame – and they bring joy and purpose to those people they choose to adopt. In Istanbul, cats are the mirrors to the people, allowing them to reflect on their lives in ways nothing else could.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Director: Ceyda Torun. 80min. Turkey/USA. 2016

Following the screening we're delighted to welcome director Ceyda Torun for a Q&A.

Hundreds of thousands of cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. For thousands of years they’ve wandered in and out of people’s lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich. Claiming no owners, these animals live between two worlds, neither wild nor tame – and they bring joy and purpose to those people they choose to adopt. In Istanbul, cats are the mirrors to the people, allowing them to reflect on their lives in ways nothing else could.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Perched high above the picturesque coast of Sicily and sitting under the shadow of Mt. Etna, Teatro Antico di Taormina has inspired artists for over 2000 years – from the ancient Greeks and Romans to Woody Allen and today’s opera stars.

Every summer, this romantic and dramatic setting welcomes opera lovers from all over the world. 2017 is no exception, with the staging of Puccini’s La bohème, the tragic love story between a young poet and a seamstress. Directed by Enrico Castiglione, this retelling of the timeless classic will enchant cinema audiences with its intense melodic lyrics, original and refined harmony, instrumental light feel and nuances which are all unmistakable and unique.

For one night only, come and experience this spectacular opera on the big screen, live from Taormina, Sicily!

Friday, 30 June 2017

A mystery dancer, a missing dance crew and the break-up of da Sugamice girl band provide Da Easy Crew with more musical mysteries and adventures. Featuring episodes: Dancinderella, Da Bad Break and Sugar Gone Sour.

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

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

Friday, 30 June 2017

Director: Laura Poitras. Germany/USA 2016. 91 mins.

A character study of the complex and volatile Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks. The award-winning director of Citizenfour returns with her most personal film to date, capturing Assange’s story with unprecedented access to her subject. Poitras finds herself caught between the motives and contradictions of Assange and his inner circle. In a new world order where a single keystroke can alter history, Risk is a portrait of power, betrayal, truth, and sacrifice.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Director: Andew J. Cohen. Starring: Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Allison Tolman. USA 2017. 88mins.

After Scott and Kate Johansen (Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler) lose their daughter Alex’s college fund, they become desperate to earn it back so she can pursue her dream of attending a university. With the help of their neighbor Frank (Jason Mantzoukas), they decide to start an illegal casino in his house.

Tuesday, 04 July 2017

Cyrano is cursed with a prominent nose but gifted with words. He uses this talent to help handsome Christian win Roxane’s heart, whom he also loves...

“When we, comedians of la Comédie-Française, stage plays, we consciously feel this desire to show off this theatre of ours, to show everyone why we love it and why we want to be here.” With these words in mind, award-winning director, stage and cinema actor Denis Podalydès takes over the historical stage. Opera buffa, tragedy, romantic drama, symbolist poetry, slapstick comedy… all genres are called upon to give life to this staging of one of the most emblematic texts of the French repertoire!

Please note, the broadcasts, live from the historic stage, do not include English subtitles.

Friday, 07 July 2017

Director: Jon Sanders.
Starring: Meret Becker, Bob Goody, Anna Mottram. UK 2017. 98 mins.


In an attempt to revisit a creative collaboration and revive his marriage, a theatre director brings together a group of performers to spend a week with him and his wife in an isolated, mountainous part of southern France. As the work progresses, fiction and reality become blurred and tension develops between the characters’ own lives and the nature of the project – an investigation into the changing nature of love.

Friday, 07 July 2017

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director/writer Jon Sanders and actress/writer Anna Mottram.

Director: Jon Sanders.
Starring: Meret Becker, Bob Goody, Anna Mottram. UK 2017. 98 mins.


In an attempt to revisit a creative collaboration and revive his marriage, a theatre director brings together a group of performers to spend a week with him and his wife in an isolated, mountainous part of southern France. As the work progresses, fiction and reality become blurred and tension develops between the characters’ own lives and the nature of the project – an investigation into the changing nature of love.

Friday, 07 July 2017

The Donmar Warehouse presents the first part of Phyllida Lloyd's Shakespeare Trilogy in cinemas, which has been described by The Observer as “one of the most important theatrical events of the last twenty years”.

Julius Caesar depicts the catastrophic consequences of a political leader's extension of his powers beyond the remit of the constitution. As Brutus (Harriet Walter) wrestles with his moral conscience over the assassination of Julius Caesar (Jackie Clune), Mark Antony (Jade Anouka) manipulates the crowd through his subtle and incendiary rhetoric to frenzied mob violence.

“Lloyd's account of Julius Caesar seethes with menace, and here the prison setting makes perfect sense” ***** EVENING STANDARD

Phyllida Lloyd transforms her tense, arresting production of Shakespeare’s famous discourse on power, loyalty and tragic idealism into a gripping version for screen.

Friday, 07 July 2017

Director: Jon Watts.
Starring: Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr, Michael Keaton. USA 2017. 133 mins.


Tom Holland reprises his role as Peter Parker/Spider-Man following his sensational debut in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War. Several months after his thrilling web-slinging cameo with The Avengers, Peter tries to settle back into life as an ordinary high-school student in Queens, New York City. Desperate to prove himself and exercise his superpowers, he gets his chance when a new threat emerges in the shape of The Vulture (Keaton).

Friday, 07 July 2017

Friday, 07 July 2017

To mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales, we’re exploring our collective past through a season of exceptional British movies.

Nighthawks
Director: Ron Peck, Paul Hallam. Starring: Ken Robertson. UK 1978. 114 mins.


Often seen as Britain's first major gay film, Nighthawks is a vivid account of the London gay scene soon after decriminalisation, where, newly freed from the threat of imprisonment, men are able to seek love and sex in the dark confines of Soho clubs.

Friday, 07 July 2017

Sarah And Duck follows seven-year-old Sarah and her endearing best friend Duck. During each episode, the pair embarks on simple but exciting adventures. Whether they are trying to reach a rainbow or help an umbrella to stay dry, Sarah and Duck explore everyday moments in an engaging, imaginative way.

Friday, 07 July 2017

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.

Violetta Valéry is a well-known courtesan in Paris whose life appears to be glamorous, but who also suffers from a serious illness. She lives on the money given to her by her male patrons. But when she meets Alfredo Germont, a young man from a good family, they fall in love and move to the country. Alfredo’s father disapproves of their relationship and comes to tell Violetta that her involvement with Alfredo will ruin his family’s reputation. Out of her love for Alfredo, Violetta agrees to leave him and returns to Paris. Thinking she has betrayed him, Alfredo is heartbroken. He follows her to a party and publicly insults her. A few months later, Violetta is close to death. Alfredo, who has learned why Violetta left him, returns to her. He is shocked by her weakness as she strains to get to her feet. They vow to be together forever, but she soon collapses and breathes her last.

Friday, 07 July 2017

Director: Jon Watts.
Starring: Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr, Michael Keaton. USA 2017. 133 mins.


Tom Holland reprises his role as Peter Parker/Spider-Man following his sensational debut in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War. Several months after his thrilling web-slinging cameo with The Avengers, Peter tries to settle back into life as an ordinary high-school student in Queens, New York City. Desperate to prove himself and exercise his superpowers, he gets his chance when a new threat emerges in the shape of The Vulture (Keaton).

Friday, 07 July 2017

Director: Jon Watts.
Starring: Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr, Michael Keaton. USA 2017. 133 mins.


Tom Holland reprises his role as Peter Parker/Spider-Man following his sensational debut in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War. Several months after his thrilling web-slinging cameo with The Avengers, Peter tries to settle back into life as an ordinary high-school student in Queens, New York City. Desperate to prove himself and exercise his superpowers, he gets his chance when a new threat emerges in the shape of The Vulture (Keaton).

Friday, 07 July 2017

The latest feature film from award-winning Japanese director Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars, Wolf Children): When Kyuta, a young orphan living on the streets of Shibuya, stumbles into a fantastic world of beasts, he"s taken in by Kumatetsu, a gruff, rough-around-the-edges warrior beast who"s been searching for the perfect apprentice. Despite their constant bickering, Kyuta and Kumatetsu begin training together and slowly form a bond as surrogate father and son. But when a deep darkness threatens to throw the human and beast worlds into chaos, the strong bond between this unlikely family will be put to the ultimate test--a final showdown that will only be won if the two can finally work together using all of their combined strength and courage.

Friday, 07 July 2017

Friday, 14 July 2017

Director: Brian Fee.
Voices: Owen Wilson, Armie Hammer, Nathan Fillion, Cristela Alonzo. USA 2017. TBC mins.


Blindsided by the brash, hi-tech racer Jackson Storm (Hammer) and a new generation of sleek challengers, Lightning McQueen (Wilson), the plucky hero of the Cars franchise, struggles to keep up in the sport he loves. Hoping to get back in the game, he heads home to Radiator Springs, where he finds a willing accomplice in the spirited technician Cruz Ramirez (Alonzo). Tuned up, and inspired by words from his original mentor Doc Hudson (the late Paul Newman), ‘the little red race-car that tried harder’ sets out to prove that he’s still the best in the world. Directed by Brian Fee, the storyboard artist from Pixar’s brilliant Ratatouille as well as the two previous films in the franchise, Cars 3 has a lush, luminous texture and thrilling pace to it that will delight all comers.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Director: Brian Fee.
Voices: Owen Wilson, Armie Hammer, Nathan Fillion, Cristela Alonzo. USA 2017. TBC mins.


Blindsided by the brash, hi-tech racer Jackson Storm (Hammer) and a new generation of sleek challengers, Lightning McQueen (Wilson), the plucky hero of the Cars franchise, struggles to keep up in the sport he loves. Hoping to get back in the game, he heads home to Radiator Springs, where he finds a willing accomplice in the spirited technician Cruz Ramirez (Alonzo). Tuned up, and inspired by words from his original mentor Doc Hudson (the late Paul Newman), ‘the little red race-car that tried harder’ sets out to prove that he’s still the best in the world. Directed by Brian Fee, the storyboard artist from Pixar’s brilliant Ratatouille as well as the two previous films in the franchise, Cars 3 has a lush, luminous texture and thrilling pace to it that will delight all comers.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Directors: Jon Nguyen, Rick Barnes, Olivia Neergaard-Holm.
Featuring: David Lynch. USA/Denmark 2016.
TBC mins.


Screening as a special preview, this is a revealing documentary about the formative years of David Lynch. With the new Twin Peaks set to reappear on our TV screens, it is a timely look at what helped to shape one of cinema’s most acclaimed and enigmatic directors. Narrated by Lynch himself from his painting studio in the Hollywood Hills, the film takes us on an intimate journey, from his idyllic upbringing in small-town America, to his studies at the Pennsylvania Academy Of Fine Arts and his subsequent move into film with his groundbreaking debut Eraserhead.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Everything’s Rosie is an animated series for toddlers created by Victoria Corner for V&S Entertainment Ltd. It follows the adventures of a little girl named Rosie and her friends Will, Holly, Big Bear, Oakley the ancient oak tree and Raggles the rabbit.
This programme features the episodes: The Licky Sticky Friend, Blooming Lovely and Zip Zap Zip.

Friday, 14 July 2017

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.

Book for Part 2, NT Live: Angels In America - Perestroika

Friday, 14 July 2017

NT Live: Angels In America - Millennium Approache

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.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Director: Sofia Coppola. Starring: Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning. USA 2017. 94 mins.

Academy Award-winner Sofia Coppola is one of those rare directors whose films feel like an event not to be missed. Her latest, a seductive drama with an all-star cast, is no different. A new adaptation of Thomas P. Cullinan’s Southern Gothic novel, A Painted Devil, the story unfolds at an all-girls boarding school in rural Virginia during the American Civil War. When the headmistress (Kidman) agrees to provide temporary refuge for a wounded Union soldier (Farrell), his sudden presence stirs up sexual tensions in the remote mansion. As each of the women falls for his charms, their tight-knit sisterhood buckles under the weight of deceit and jealousy, and taboos are broken in a dark and unexpected turn of events.

Friday, 14 July 2017

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

Friday, 14 July 2017

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

Friday, 14 July 2017

To mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales, we’re exploring our collective past through a season of exceptional British movies.

Weekend
Director: Andrew Haigh. Starring: Tom Cullen, Chris New. UK 2011. 97 mins.


Andrew Haigh’s modern classic, a breakout hit and a milestone in British cinema, sees two young men find a one-night-stand turning into something far more serious. As their relationship deepens, they debate their daily struggles in an overwhelmingly straight world, and come to realise that despite almost half a century of progress, the fight for social equality is far from over.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

A classic Aardman stop-motion animation with a healthy mix of comedy and adventure.

Mrs. Tweedy (Miranda Richardson) operates a chicken farm, where most of the birds have resigned themselves to a short and uneventful life of producing eggs and ending up as the main course of someone's Sunday dinner. But when Rocky (Mel Gibson), a rooster from America, arrives on the farm, things begin to change. Rocky soon finds romance with a hen named Ginger (Julia Sawalha) who longs for a better life and has been trying to find a way out of the farm for some time; together they devise a plan to escape to freedom. However, Rocky and Ginger soon find themselves racing against the clock when Mrs. Tweedy decides it's time to turn the entire flock into chicken pies.

Friday, 21 July 2017

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 spectacular Maastricht 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 humour, fun and emotion for all ages.

This year is a very special year because it is exactly 30 years ago that André Rieu started his Johann Strauss Orchestra in his hometown 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!

Just for cinema audiences, host Charlotte Hawkins will conduct an interview with André Rieu the moment he steps off stage.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Friday, 21 July 2017

Join this Hopster Showtime screening with your little one and enjoy half an hour of creative and inspiring preschool shows.

This special performance is perfect to get kids into arts and music and nurture their imagination and creativity.

Come along and learn how to draw the Loch Ness monster with Louie, paint magical raindrops with Wanda And The Alien, join a band with Pingu and learn some funny songs.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Friday, 21 July 2017

NT Live: Angels In America - Perestroika (Encore)

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.

Friday, 21 July 2017

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.

Book for Part 1, NT Live: Angels in America - Millennium Approaches

Friday, 21 July 2017

Director: Barnaby Clay, 2016, UK/USA, 95min

After the screening we'll be joined by Mick Rock for a Q&A.

Shot! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock is a deep look into the mind of one of rock’s greatest living photographers: Mick Rock. Rock’s work with some of the most accomplished personalities of the past forty years - David Bowie, Queen, Blondie, Lou Reed and Iggy Pop – created many of the images that would come to define them. Presented in his own words, Rock takes us through his journey from the glam rock shimmer of London, through to the snarl of NYC punk and into the new millennium, combining a portrait of the man who did the work, with a look at what the work did to a man.

Friday, 21 July 2017

To mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales, we’re exploring our collective past through a season of exceptional British movies.

Victim
Director: Basil Dearden. Starring: Dirk Bogarde, Sylvia Syms. UK 1961. 100 mins.


Early ’60s London, and gay men across the city are being blackmailed, threatening exposure at a time when consensual homosexual acts could still result in imprisonment. Basil Dearden’s classic thriller stars Dirk Bogarde in his most daring role, as a gay lawyer fighting back against the blackmailers who dare to target him.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

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.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Messy goes to Okido’ is a comedy adventure, science-educational show following a curious, lovable monster called Messy.

Messy magically transports us from the real world to the land of Okido, where he finds the answers to his questions.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Spurned by Tito, Vitellia seeks revenge. Besotted Sesto agrees to avenge her as a token of his love, but all does not go to plan. A brand new take on one of Mozart’s final works.

Vitellia’s path to the throne is thwarted by the man who deposed her father, so she presses her admirer Sesto to murder him.

Driven by love, Sesto does his worst. But in return, receives a lesson in forgiveness.

Conducted by Robin Ticciati and directed by Claus Guth, Mozart’s opera delivers all of the sublime musical beauty and heart-tugging humanity we expect of him.

Loosely based on the life of the Roman Emperor Titus, La clemenza di Tito distills the suspense of Don Giovanni, the warmth of The Marriage of Figaro, and the nobility of The Magic Flute into one powerful parable of love and friendship, vengeance and mercy.

Australian tenor Steve Davislim makes his Glyndebourne debut as Tito, with Alice Coote as Vitellia and Kate Lindsey as Sesto.

Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

Also on screen this summer: a timeless production of La traviata (captured live in 2014) and Brett Dean’s brand new Shakespeare-inspired opera, Hamlet (live).

Friday, 28 July 2017

One of Merchant Ivory"s undisputed masterpieces, this adaptation of E.M. Forster"s classic 1910 novel is a saga of class relations and changing times in Edwardian England. Margaret Schlegel (Emma Thompson) and her sister Helen (Helena Bonham Carter) become involved with two couples: a wealthy, conservative industrialist (Anthony Hopkins) and his wife (Vanessa Redgrave), and a working-class man (Samuel West) and his mistress (Niccola Duffet). The interwoven fates and misfortunes of these three families and the diverging trajectories of the two sisters" lives are connected to the ownership of HOWARD"S END, a beloved country home. A compelling, brilliantly acted study of one woman"s struggle to maintain her ideals and integrity in the face of Edwardian society"s moribund conformist values.

Friday, 28 July 2017

To mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales, we’re exploring our collective past through a season of exceptional British movies.

My Summer Of Love
Director: Pawel Pawlikowski. Starring: Emily Blunt, Natalie Press. UK 2004. 86 mins.


Pawel Pawlikowski's BAFTA-winning drama, a potent depiction of girlhood, young love and endless summers, finally returns to the big screen. A young Emily Blunt shines as bored rich kid Tamsin, who seduces working class Mona, to the dismay of the Christian community in their small Yorkshire village.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Saturday, 29 July 2017

The London International Animation Festival (LIAF) returns to Kids Club this July with an eclectic mix of wonderful animated shorts from all over the globe. Definitely not to be missed and don’t forget to vote for your favourites!

Friday, 04 August 2017

Cloudbabies is a beautiful animated series about four enchanting characters, Baba Pink, Baba Blue, Baba Yellow and Baba Green. Their job is to look after the sky and their Sky Friends, Sun, Moon, Rainbow, Fuffa Cloud and Little Star. They live together with Bobo White, a mischievous little Sky Imp, in a house on a big fluffy cloud. Every morning, they jump on their Skyhorsies and begin their day's work of looking after the sky.

The series promotes caring for others and the world around us and also introduces children to notions such as day and night, sun and moon, rainbow and the stars.

Created by award winning art director, Bridget Appleby, the series is produced by Hoho Entertainment.

Friday, 04 August 2017

Friday, 04 August 2017

Friday, 04 August 2017

To mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales, we’re exploring our collective past through a season of exceptional British movies.

Prick Up Your Ears
Director: Stephen Frears. Starring: Gary Oldman, Alfred Molina. UK 1987. 110 mins.


Stephen Frears and screenwriter Alan Bennett depict the realities of gay life in ’60s London in this classic ’80s drama. Gary Oldman and Alfred Molina star as controversial playwright Joe Orton and his partner Kenneth Halliwell. As Orton scales literary heights and Halliwell struggles to keep up, they descend into an increasingly tumultuous relationship, with devastating consequences.

Friday, 04 August 2017

The decay of Rome reaches violent depths in Shakespeare’s bloodiest play. Blanche McIntyre (The Two Noble Kinsmen) returns to the RSC to direct Shakespeare’s brutal revenge tragedy.

Titus is a ruler exhausted by war and loss. He relinquishes power, but leaves Rome in disorder. Rape, cannibalism and mutilation fill the moral void at the heart of this corrupt society.

Shakespeare presents us with murder as entertainment and, as the body count rises, poses questions about sexuality, family, class and society.

Friday, 04 August 2017

The decay of Rome reaches violent depths in Shakespeare’s bloodiest play. Blanche McIntyre (The Two Noble Kinsmen) returns to the RSC to direct Shakespeare’s brutal revenge tragedy.

Titus is a ruler exhausted by war and loss. He relinquishes power, but leaves Rome in disorder. Rape, cannibalism and mutilation fill the moral void at the heart of this corrupt society.

Shakespeare presents us with murder as entertainment and, as the body count rises, poses questions about sexuality, family, class and society.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Friday, 11 August 2017

Friday, 11 August 2017

HEY DUGGEE- a place for children (and their parents) to have fun, be energetic, and most of all to DO THINGS!

Featuring epsiodes: Camping, Tadpole, Honey, Fossil and Shape.

The show is based around a children’s playgroup called The Squirrel Club. Its run by a big dog called DUGGEE. The Squirrel Club is a place where kids have adventures and earn badges for their accomplishments.

There are five children who go to the Squirrel club. HAPPY, NORRIE,TAG, BETTY & ROLY. Their parents drop them off every day and they spend a couple of hours having fun and adventures with DUGGEE, in his clubhouse, and outside in his fantastical world before being picked up again at the end of the show.

It’s all about doing things, and DUGGEE likes to do a lot, and go to lots of places.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Friday, 18 August 2017

Friday, 18 August 2017

This fender and genre-bending film takes us into the not-too-distant machine-driven future. Kokone should be diligently studying for her university entrance exams, but she just can’t seem to stay awake. Aside from stealing precious study time, her napping is even more distracting, as it brings on strange dreams with warring machines that hint at family secrets that have been dormant for years. She can’t ask her father, a hipster mechanic more talented and artful than his job requires, as he’s always busy modifying motorcycles and cars in flights of fancy. What are these visions that lead Kokone at once closer to and further away from her family?

Friday, 25 August 2017

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.

★★★★★
“Brutal yet ferociously funny” - Metro

★★★★★
“Billie Piper makes a shattering Yerma in Simon Stone’s inspired reworking of Lorca” - The Observer

★★★★★
“A shatteringly powerful reinvention of a familiar classic” - The Independent

Encore screenings at select Picturehouses

Friday, 25 August 2017

Join Timmy and his friends for three fun adventures in this collection of classic Timmy Time episodes where Timmy learns the importance of friendship – whether it’s teaching Ruffy how to ride a tricycle, helping Apricot get over her fear of thunder or just waiting his turn to have a go on the brand-new go kart.

Featuring the episodes Timmy On Wheels, Timmy Goes Bang and Go Kart Timmy.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

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.

★★★★★
“Brutal yet ferociously funny” - Metro

★★★★★
“Billie Piper makes a shattering Yerma in Simon Stone’s inspired reworking of Lorca” - The Observer

★★★★★
“A shatteringly powerful reinvention of a familiar classic” - The Independent

Friday, 01 September 2017

Friday, 01 September 2017

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

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

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

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

Thursday, 07 September 2017

In aid of Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors without Borders (MSF) 7 September 2017

Join us for a unique celebration of John le Carré’s work as he discusses the full breadth of his career – from his extraordinary Cold War novels to his powerful descriptions of the arms trade and the war on terror – and reflects on the continuing story of his most famous creation, the tubby, bespectacled spy, George Smiley.

Featuring readings from his new novel A Legacy Of Spies, and a rare Q&A session, this will be an unmissable opportunity to experience the author direct and in his own words.

The event will be broadcast live to cinemas across the UK and Europe from London’s Royal Festival Hall.

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.

Friday, 08 September 2017

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

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

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

Friday, 08 September 2017

Sarah And Duck follows seven-year-old Sarah and her endearing best friend Duck. During each episode, the pair embarks on simple but exciting adventures. Whether they are trying to reach a rainbow or help an umbrella to stay dry, Sarah and Duck explore everyday moments in an engaging, imaginative way.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Mozart’s glorious opera 'The Magic Flute' is brought enchantingly to life in David McVicar’s production with beautiful sets by John Macfarlane. Prince Tamino promises the Queen of the Night that he will rescue her daughter Pamina from the enchanter Sarastro. He begins his quest, accompanied by the bird-catcher Papageno – but all is not as it seems…

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

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

Friday, 22 September 2017

Friday, 29 September 2017

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 groupof 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.

Friday, 06 October 2017

HEY DUGGEE- a place for children (and their parents) to have fun, be energetic, and most of all to DO THINGS!

Featuring epsiodes: Train, Teamwork, Collecting, Theatre and Making Friends

The show is based around a children’s playgroup called The Squirrel Club. Its run by a big dog called DUGGEE. The Squirrel Club is a place where kids have adventures and earn badges for their accomplishments.

There are five children who go to the Squirrel club. HAPPY, NORRIE,TAG, BETTY & ROLY. Their parents drop them off every day and they spend a couple of hours having fun and adventures with DUGGEE, in his clubhouse, and outside in his fantastical world before being picked up again at the end of the show.

It’s all about doing things, and DUGGEE likes to do a lot, and go to lots of places.

Friday, 06 October 2017

Bellini’s masterpiece boasts one of the most famous arias in all of opera, the beautiful “Casta diva”. Directed by Sir David McVicar, this evocative new production sets the action deep in a Druid forest, where nature and ancient ritual rule. The priestess Norma is torn between loyalty to her oppressed people and love for a Roman soldier. On the eve of a Druid revolt, she must choose between two agonising betrayals – only to learn that she herself has already been betrayed. Sondra Radvanovsky as Norma and Joyce DiDonato as her rival Adalgisa lead a cast of bel canto heavyweights, with Joseph Calleja as Norma’s unfaithful lover, Pollione, and British favourite Matthew Rose returning to the Met as Norma’s father, Oroveso.

Friday, 06 October 2017

Bellini’s masterpiece boasts one of the most famous arias in all of opera, the beautiful “Casta diva”. Directed by Sir David McVicar, this evocative new production sets the action deep in a Druid forest, where nature and ancient ritual rule. The priestess Norma is torn between loyalty to her oppressed people and love for a Roman soldier. On the eve of a Druid revolt, she must choose between two agonising betrayals – only to learn that she herself has already been betrayed. Sondra Radvanovsky as Norma and Joyce DiDonato as her rival Adalgisa lead a cast of bel canto heavyweights, with Joseph Calleja as Norma’s unfaithful lover, Pollione, and British favourite Matthew Rose returning to the Met as Norma’s father, Oroveso.

Friday, 06 October 2017

A full-throttle war play that revels in the sweat of the battlefield, Coriolanus transports us back to the emergence of the republic of Rome.

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

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

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

A full-throttle war play that revels in the sweat of the battlefield, Coriolanus transports us back to the emergence of the republic of Rome.

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

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

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Widescreen Weekend 12-15 October

Widescreen Weekend is a unique festival of large-screen formats and cinema technologies, celebrating the past, present and future of film. Enjoy a long weekend of big, bold and wide cinema experiences – glorious 70mm screenings, new Cinerama restorations and great guests will remind you why going to the movies is so magical! Pass holders will receive a dedicated seat for the duration of the festival and access to all screenings and events, including the Opening Night reception.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Experience Mozart’s irresistible fantasy in all its glory! Will brave Prince Tamino rescue Princess Pamina from the clutches of the evil Sarastro, and will Papageno the foolish bird catcher learn wisdom enough to help him? The Queen of the Night’s aria, with its stratospheric high notes, is just one of the countless highlights in this tale of love and magic, mysterious secrets, and whimsical fantasy. Julie Taymor’s (The Lion King) enchanting production captures both the opera’s earthy comedy and its enlightened nobility. Met Music Director Emeritus James Levine conducts a cast of rising young stars.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Experience Mozart’s irresistible fantasy in all its glory! Will brave Prince Tamino rescue Princess Pamina from the clutches of the evil Sarastro, and will Papageno the foolish bird catcher learn wisdom enough to help him? The Queen of the Night’s aria, with its stratospheric high notes, is just one of the countless highlights in this tale of love and magic, mysterious secrets, and whimsical fantasy. Julie Taymor’s (The Lion King) enchanting production captures both the opera’s earthy comedy and its enlightened nobility. Met Music Director Emeritus James Levine conducts a cast of rising young stars.

Friday, 20 October 2017

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.

Friday, 20 October 2017

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.

Friday, 27 October 2017

Leaving the world of J-pop behind her, Mima Kirigoe begins life as an actress on a crime drama show called Double Blind. When offered a lead role in the show as a rape victim, Mima accepts in spite of her manager’s reservations. However, the backlash from fans over her career change and a strange website called ‘Mima's Room’, written by a fake Mima, begin to worry her. When a stalker appears and people involved in Double Blind begin turning up dead, with all the evidence pointing to her, Mima is thrown into a state of confusion, madness and paranoia.

Friday, 10 November 2017

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!

Friday, 17 November 2017

Take a seat at the strangest dinner party of your life. The servants have absconded; the ragout is all over the floor; there’s a bear in the garden; your fellow guests are rapidly descending into savagery; and most mysteriously of all, no one seems able to leave. British composer Thomas Adès (The Tempest) conducts the American premiere of his latest opera. Co-commissioned by the Met and sung in English, this black comedy, with shades of JG Ballard/Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise, is based on the screenplay of Luis Buñuel’s 1962 surrealist film. The cast is filled with established British names including Sally Matthews, Sophie Bevan, Alice Coote, Christine Rice, Ieystn Davies and John Tomlinson. “Inventive and audacious… a major event” (New York Times).

Friday, 17 November 2017

Take a seat at the strangest dinner party of your life. The servants have absconded; the ragout is all over the floor; there’s a bear in the garden; your fellow guests are rapidly descending into savagery; and most mysteriously of all, no one seems able to leave. British composer Thomas Adès (The Tempest) conducts the American premiere of his latest opera. Co-commissioned by the Met and sung in English, this black comedy, with shades of JG Ballard/Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise, is based on the screenplay of Luis Buñuel’s 1962 surrealist film. The cast is filled with established British names including Sally Matthews, Sophie Bevan, Alice Coote, Christine Rice, Ieystn Davies and John Tomlinson. “Inventive and audacious… a major event” (New York Times).

Friday, 01 December 2017

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!

Friday, 01 December 2017

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.

Friday, 08 December 2017

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Friday, 12 January 2018

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.

Friday, 19 January 2018

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.

Friday, 26 January 2018

Puccini’s thrilling Tosca is a story of love, terror, the abuse of power, and the unquenchable longing for freedom. When an escaped political prisoner takes refuge in a church, an opera singer and a painter are drawn into a twisting plot that puts them at the mercy of the secret police and its network of torturers and spies. Rivalling the splendour of Franco Zeffirelli’s Napoleonic-era sets and costumes, Sir David McVicar’s ravishing new production offers a splendid backdrop for extraordinary singing. Kristine Opolais stars as the titular prima donna, alongside Vittorio Grigolo as her artist lover and Bryn Terfel as the villainous police chief – one of his signature roles. Andris Nelsons conducts.

Friday, 26 January 2018

Puccini’s thrilling Tosca is a story of love, terror, the abuse of power, and the unquenchable longing for freedom. When an escaped political prisoner takes refuge in a church, an opera singer and a painter are drawn into a twisting plot that puts them at the mercy of the secret police and its network of torturers and spies. Rivalling the splendour of Franco Zeffirelli’s Napoleonic-era sets and costumes, Sir David McVicar’s ravishing new production offers a splendid backdrop for extraordinary singing. Kristine Opolais stars as the titular prima donna, alongside Vittorio Grigolo as her artist lover and Bryn Terfel as the villainous police chief – one of his signature roles. Andris Nelsons conducts.

Friday, 02 February 2018

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.

Friday, 02 February 2018

'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.

Friday, 09 February 2018

The poor country boy Nemorino is in love with Adina, a confident landowner, but she is way out of his league – financially and otherwise. But when he buys a “love potion” from a travelling quack, the results are rather more than he bargained for. Charmingly staged by Bartlett Sher, Donizetti’s beloved masterpiece combines deft comic timing with touching emotional depth. The production stars Matthew Polenzani, who enthralled Met audiences as Nemorino in 2013 with his moving “Una furtiva lagrima.” Rising South African soprano Pretty Yende is the spirited Adina, Davide Luciano makes his Met debut as the arrogant soldier Belcore, and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo is the potion-peddling Doctor Dulcamara. Domingo Hindoyan conducts.

Friday, 09 February 2018

The poor country boy Nemorino is in love with Adina, a confident landowner, but she is way out of his league – financially and otherwise. But when he buys a “love potion” from a travelling quack, the results are rather more than he bargained for. Charmingly staged by Bartlett Sher, Donizetti’s beloved masterpiece combines deft comic timing with touching emotional depth. The production stars Matthew Polenzani, who enthralled Met audiences as Nemorino in 2013 with his moving “Una furtiva lagrima.” Rising South African soprano Pretty Yende is the spirited Adina, Davide Luciano makes his Met debut as the arrogant soldier Belcore, and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo is the potion-peddling Doctor Dulcamara. Domingo Hindoyan conducts.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

'I am all the daughters of my father's house,
And all the brothers too.'


Twelfth Night is a tale of unrequited love – hilarious and heartbreaking. Two twins are separated in a shipwreck, and forced to fend for themselves in a strange land. The first twin, Viola, falls in love with Orsino, who dotes on OIivia, who falls for Viola but is idolised by Malvolio. Enter Sebastian, who is the spitting image of his twin sister...

Christopher Luscombe, Director of the ‘glorious’ (Daily Telegraph) Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing (2014 and 2016), returns to the Royal Shakespeare Company to tackle Shakespeare’s greatest comedy, a brilliantly bittersweet account of "the whirligig of time".

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

'I am all the daughters of my father's house,
And all the brothers too.'


Twelfth Night is a tale of unrequited love – hilarious and heartbreaking. Two twins are separated in a shipwreck, and forced to fend for themselves in a strange land. The first twin, Viola, falls in love with Orsino, who dotes on OIivia, who falls for Viola but is idolised by Malvolio. Enter Sebastian, who is the spitting image of his twin sister...

Christopher Luscombe, Director of the ‘glorious’ (Daily Telegraph) Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing (2014 and 2016), returns to the Royal Shakespeare Company to tackle Shakespeare’s greatest comedy, a brilliantly bittersweet account of "the whirligig of time".

Friday, 23 February 2018

The world’s most popular opera returns with an exciting young cast in Franco Zeffirelli’s legendary production. Poverty-stricken poet Rodolfo and his artist friends eke out a precarious existence in bohemian Paris, alternately practising their art, laughing, quarrelling, dodging the landlord, and living it up in their local cafe. When Rodolfo meets the delicate Mimì, the pair instantly fall in love. But Mimì is ill, Rodolfo is jealous, and their romance is doomed from the start. Opera superstars Sonya Yoncheva and Michael Fabiano play the heart-breaking couple, singing two sublime Puccini favourites – “Sì, mi chiamano Mimì” and “Che gelida manina.” Zeffirelli’s stupendous onstage recreations of 19th-century Paris are sure to take your breath away.

Friday, 23 February 2018

The world’s most popular opera returns with an exciting young cast in Franco Zeffirelli’s legendary production. Poverty-stricken poet Rodolfo and his artist friends eke out a precarious existence in bohemian Paris, alternately practising their art, laughing, quarrelling, dodging the landlord, and living it up in their local cafe. When Rodolfo meets the delicate Mimì, the pair instantly fall in love. But Mimì is ill, Rodolfo is jealous, and their romance is doomed from the start. Opera superstars Sonya Yoncheva and Michael Fabiano play the heart-breaking couple, singing two sublime Puccini favourites – “Sì, mi chiamano Mimì” and “Che gelida manina.” Zeffirelli’s stupendous onstage recreations of 19th-century Paris are sure to take your breath away.

Friday, 23 February 2018

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', T'he 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.

Friday, 02 March 2018

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.

Friday, 02 March 2018

'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.

Friday, 09 March 2018

Against the backdrop of the Hanging Gardens, Semiramide, Queen of Babylon, defies bad omens and supernatural threats in her quest to find a worthy successor to her late husband. But she harbours more than one dark secret, and whoever gains the throne may find that he has lost more than he has won. Based on a story by Voltaire, this rarely performed tragic opera reveals The Barber of Seville composer Giaochino Rossini in a whole new light. The title role – composed for Rossini’s wife, Isabella Colbran – features some of the most demanding vocal music he ever wrote. Angela Meade takes on the challenging vocal fireworks in this revival of a production last seen at the Met 25 years ago.

Friday, 09 March 2018

Against the backdrop of the Hanging Gardens, Semiramide, Queen of Babylon, defies bad omens and supernatural threats in her quest to find a worthy successor to her late husband. But she harbours more than one dark secret, and whoever gains the throne may find that he has lost more than he has won. Based on a story by Voltaire, this rarely performed tragic opera reveals The Barber of Seville composer Giaochino Rossini in a whole new light. The title role – composed for Rossini’s wife, Isabella Colbran – features some of the most demanding vocal music he ever wrote. Angela Meade takes on the challenging vocal fireworks in this revival of a production last seen at the Met 25 years ago.

Friday, 23 March 2018

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.

Friday, 30 March 2018

Goaded by their cynical friend Don Alfonso, soldiers Ferrando and Guglielmo decide to test their fiancées’ fidelity. Pretending to leave with their regiment, they return in disguise and pay court to each other’s lover. Will the young women succumb to the charms of these two handsome ‘foreigners’? A co-production with English National Opera, this clever vision of the battle of the sexes is set in a carnivalesque environment inspired by 1950s Coney Island. The cast features Amanda Majeski and Serena Malfi as the sisters put to the test, with Broadway star Kelli O’Hara as their feisty maid, Ben Bliss and Adam Plachetka as their fiancés, and Christopher Maltman as Don Alfonso. David Robertson conducts Mozart’s delightful score.

Friday, 30 March 2018

Goaded by their cynical friend Don Alfonso, soldiers Ferrando and Guglielmo decide to test their fiancées’ fidelity. Pretending to leave with their regiment, they return in disguise and pay court to each other’s lover. Will the young women succumb to the charms of these two handsome ‘foreigners’? A co-production with English National Opera, this clever vision of the battle of the sexes is set in a carnivalesque environment inspired by 1950s Coney Island. The cast features Amanda Majeski and Serena Malfi as the sisters put to the test, with Broadway star Kelli O’Hara as their feisty maid, Ben Bliss and Adam Plachetka as their fiancés, and Christopher Maltman as Don Alfonso. David Robertson conducts Mozart’s delightful score.

Friday, 30 March 2018

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’.

Friday, 06 April 2018

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.

Friday, 13 April 2018

James Levine and Plácido Domingo add yet another chapter to their legendary Met collaboration with this rarely performed Verdi gem, a heart-wrenching tragedy based on Friedrich Schiller’s novel Intrigue and Love. The young maiden Luisa loves Rodolfo, unaware that he is actually the son of the local lord. An unscrupulous rival for her affections tells her father of Rodolfo’s true identity, turning the old man against him. Jealousy, suspicion, and betrayal tear the lovers apart, but Luisa remains loyal to her father to the last. In the first Met performances of the opera in more than ten years, Sonya Yoncheva sings the title role opposite Piotr Beczała as Rodolfo, with Domingo as Luisa’s stern-yet-loving father.

Friday, 13 April 2018

James Levine and Plácido Domingo add yet another chapter to their legendary Met collaboration with this rarely performed Verdi gem, a heart-wrenching tragedy based on Friedrich Schiller’s novel Intrigue and Love. The young maiden Luisa loves Rodolfo, unaware that he is actually the son of the local lord. An unscrupulous rival for her affections tells her father of Rodolfo’s true identity, turning the old man against him. Jealousy, suspicion, and betrayal tear the lovers apart, but Luisa remains loyal to her father to the last. In the first Met performances of the opera in more than ten years, Sonya Yoncheva sings the title role opposite Piotr Beczała as Rodolfo, with Domingo as Luisa’s stern-yet-loving father.

Friday, 27 April 2018

A fairy godmother, a glass slipper, an opulent ball, an enchanted forest, and a Prince Charming who loves her – did all that really happen, or was it just a dream? Long-suffering Cendrillon lives a life of drudgery with her good-natured father and his imperious wife, until fate, romance, and a touch of fairy magic intervene. For the first time ever, Massenet’s sumptuous version of the Cinderella story comes to the Met in this imaginative storybook production directed by Laurent Pelly. Superstar Joyce DiDonato sings the title role, alongside British mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in the trouser role of Prince Charming, Kathleen Kim as the Fairy Godmother, and Stephanie Blythe as the archetypal wicked stepmother.

Friday, 27 April 2018

A fairy godmother, a glass slipper, an opulent ball, an enchanted forest, and a Prince Charming who loves her – did all that really happen, or was it just a dream? Long-suffering Cendrillon lives a life of drudgery with her good-natured father and his imperious wife, until fate, romance, and a touch of fairy magic intervene. For the first time ever, Massenet’s sumptuous version of the Cinderella story comes to the Met in this imaginative storybook production directed by Laurent Pelly. Superstar Joyce DiDonato sings the title role, alongside British mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in the trouser role of Prince Charming, Kathleen Kim as the Fairy Godmother, and Stephanie Blythe as the archetypal wicked stepmother.

Friday, 27 April 2018

Manon’s brother Lescaut is offering her to the highest bidder when she meets Des Grieux and falls in love. They elope to Paris, but when Monsieur G.M. offers Manon a life of luxury as his mistress she can’t resist. With the Lescauts’ encouragement Des Grieux cheats at cards in an attempt to win Monsieur G.M.’s fortune. They are caught. Manon is arrested as a prostitute and deported to New Orleans, followed by Des Grieux. On the run, Manon dies from exhaustion.

Kenneth MacMillan’s source for Manon was the 18th-century French novel already adapted for opera by Massenet and Puccini. The premiere was given on 7 March 1974, with the lead roles danced by Antoinette Sibley and Anthony Dowell. The ballet quickly became a staple of The Royal Ballet’s repertory, and a touchstone of adult, dramatic dance.

MacMillan found new sympathy with the capricious Manon and her struggle to escape poverty. Designs by his regular collaborator Nicholas Georgiadis reflect this, depicting a world of lavish splendour polluted by miserable destitution. MacMillan’s spectacular ensemble scenes for the whole Company create vivid, complex portraits of the distinct societies of Paris and New Orleans. But it is Manon and Des Grieux’s impassioned pas de deux – recalling the intensity of MacMillan’s earlier Romeo and Juliet – that drive this tragic story, and make Manon one of MacMillan’s most powerful dramas.

Friday, 16 June 2028

Directors: Brian Fairbairn, Karl Eccleston, Lloyd Eyre-Morgan, Charlier Parham, Tom Frederic, Mitchell Marion, Kristen Bjorn, Leon Lopez. UK 2016. 100 mins.

Boys On Film is back with a brand new selection of sexy British shorts, showcasing some of the UK’s best emerging talent.

A night in a gay sauna turns into a fight for survival, two men sit on a park bench speaking Polari, a relationship becomes heated on a night out in London’s Soho streets, sexual adventures await two men in Sir John’s Trouser Bar, a teenager time travels into the future through his bedroom closet and the world of London’s chemsex scene is put into perspective one night at a chillout party.

Putting On The Dish (2015, 6 mins) Journey to London, 1962, were two strangers strike up a conversation on a park bench about life and sex using Polari to talk about their experiences in this ‘fantabulosa’ comedy.

Closets (2015, 18 mins) Tommy Knight (Waterloo Road, The Sarah Jane Adventures) stars in this light-hearted drama as Henry, a teenager struggling with his sexuality in 1986. Hiding in his wardrobe, he time travels to the present day, where he meets up with a similar teenager, Ben, occupying the same bedroom 30 years later.

Nightstand (2015, 26 mins) Ian McKellen and Stephen Fry come together for the first time to produce this London-based thriller. Two men meet over three consecutive nights: one is gay, lost and adolescent, the other is middle-aged and married to a woman. Their tender affair unravels in the night-time metropolis, leaving them to face their biggest fears.

Sauna The Dead (2016, 20 mins) A night in a gay sauna turns into a fight for survival. Two men must overcome prejudice and join forces to take down a horde of towel-wearing zombies. This genre-hopping modern-day fairy tale explores how the way we treat each other ultimately creates the worlds we live in.

G O’Clock (2016, 11 mins) After being called out to an emergency, Alex, a gay paramedic, saves the life of a young boy who has overdosed on GHB. He later arrives at a chill-out and meets Nik, a sexy young Spanish boy he takes under his wing. But Alex soon discovers that his caring instincts come with a dangerous price.

Trouser Bar (2016, 18 mins) Set in a London gentlemen’s outfitters in 1976, this short takes inspiration from the emotions aroused by a fetishistic love of corduroy, leather and tight trousers. Two men enter Sir John’s Trouser Bar, but little do they know the sexual adventure that awaits them inside. With cameo appearances from Barry Cryer, Julian Clary, Nigel Havers, Miss Hope Springs and some other strangely familiar faces.

Friday, 16 June 2028

Directors: Brian Fairbairn, Karl Eccleston, Lloyd Eyre-Morgan, Charlier Parham, Tom Frederic, Mitchell Marion, Kristen Bjorn, Leon Lopez. UK 2016. 100 mins.

Join us for the POUTfest launch of BOYS ON FILM: TIME & TIED with an introduction from the filmmakers, a special performance from girl band DENIM, and a drinks reception in the members bar after the screening.

Boys On Film is back with a brand new selection of sexy British shorts, showcasing some of the UK’s best emerging talent.

A night in a gay sauna turns into a fight for survival, two men sit on a park bench speaking Polari, a relationship becomes heated on a night out in London’s Soho streets, sexual adventures await two men in Sir John’s Trouser Bar, a teenager time travels into the future through his bedroom closet and the world of London’s chemsex scene is put into perspective one night at a chillout party.

Putting On The Dish (2015, 6 mins) Journey to London, 1962, were two strangers strike up a conversation on a park bench about life and sex using Polari to talk about their experiences in this ‘fantabulosa’ comedy.

Closets (2015, 18 mins) Tommy Knight (Waterloo Road, The Sarah Jane Adventures) stars in this light-hearted drama as Henry, a teenager struggling with his sexuality in 1986. Hiding in his wardrobe, he time travels to the present day, where he meets up with a similar teenager, Ben, occupying the same bedroom 30 years later.

Nightstand (2015, 26 mins) Ian McKellen and Stephen Fry come together for the first time to produce this London-based thriller. Two men meet over three consecutive nights: one is gay, lost and adolescent, the other is middle-aged and married to a woman. Their tender affair unravels in the night-time metropolis, leaving them to face their biggest fears.

Sauna The Dead (2016, 20 mins) A night in a gay sauna turns into a fight for survival. Two men must overcome prejudice and join forces to take down a horde of towel-wearing zombies. This genre-hopping modern-day fairy tale explores how the way we treat each other ultimately creates the worlds we live in.

G O’Clock (2016, 11 mins) After being called out to an emergency, Alex, a gay paramedic, saves the life of a young boy who has overdosed on GHB. He later arrives at a chill-out and meets Nik, a sexy young Spanish boy he takes under his wing. But Alex soon discovers that his caring instincts come with a dangerous price.

Trouser Bar (2016, 18 mins) Set in a London gentlemen’s outfitters in 1976, this short takes inspiration from the emotions aroused by a fetishistic love of corduroy, leather and tight trousers. Two men enter Sir John’s Trouser Bar, but little do they know the sexual adventure that awaits them inside. With cameo appearances from Barry Cryer, Julian Clary, Nigel Havers, Miss Hope Springs and some other strangely familiar faces.

Sunday, 31 July 2039

Director: Michael Rossato-Bennett. USA 2014. 91 mins.

This uplifting documentary won the Audience Award at Sundance, and it’s easy to see why. You’ll be sobbing and smiling within minutes as you see two elderly, infirm patients transformed when they’re played favourite tunes from their youth. The rejuvenating power of music – its profound ability to define who we are and reconnect us with who we were – is at the heart of social worker Dan Cohen’s crusade. His mission is to help people with Alzheimer’s, dementia and Parkinson’s by waking up the care establishment to the fact that an iPod can be more revitalising than a pill. Musician Bobby McFerrin and Dr Oliver Sacks (whose book Awakenings inspired an Oscar-nominated film) are among those supporting Cohen’s cause. A partly crowdfunded crowd-pleaser that leaves you with a song in your heart.