SPECTRE

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SPECTRE

155 min - - 26 Oct 2015

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SPECTRE

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SPECTRE

155 min - - 26 Oct 2015

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Pixels

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Pixels

106 min - - 14 Aug 2015

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Vacation

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Vacation

99 min - - 21 Aug 2015

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LIVE ON - To the memory of the fallen and the future of the living

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LIVE ON - To the memory of the fallen and the future of the living

150 min - - 7 Nov 2015

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The Rocky Horror Show Live

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The Rocky Horror Show Live

120 min - - 17 Sep 2015

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No Escape

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No Escape

103 min - - 4 Sep 2015

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Eric Clapton: At The Royal Albert Hall - Slowhand at 70

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Eric Clapton: At The Royal Albert Hall - Slowhand at 70

125 min - - 14 Sep 2015

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A Matter of Life and Death - Holding the Cromer Line (1940s Wartime-themed Cinematic Experience)

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A Matter of Life and Death - Holding the Cromer Line (1940s Wartime-themed Cinematic Experience)

102 min - - 18 Sep 2015

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Straight Outta Compton

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Straight Outta Compton

147 min - - 28 Aug 2015

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Legend

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Legend

131 min - - 11 Sep 2015

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American Ultra

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American Ultra

96 min - - 4 Sep 2015

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The Beaux' Stratagem (Live) - National Theatre 2015/2016 Season

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The Beaux' Stratagem (Live) - National Theatre 2015/2016 Season

180 min - - 3 Sep 2015

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Dartmoor Killing with LIVE In Person Q & A with the film's Director Peter Nicholson

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Dartmoor Killing with LIVE In Person Q & A with the film's Director Peter Nicholson

135 min - - 18 Sep 2015

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Sinister 2

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Sinister 2

97 min - - 21 Aug 2015

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Hitman: Agent 47

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Hitman: Agent 47

97 min - - 28 Aug 2015

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The Man From U.N.C.L.E

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The Man From U.N.C.L.E

117 min - - 14 Aug 2015

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Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

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Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

129 min - - 11 Sep 2015

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The Bad Education Movie

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The Bad Education Movie

91 min - - 21 Aug 2015

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Strange Magic

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Strange Magic

100 min - - 21 Aug 2015

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We Are Your Friends

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We Are Your Friends

96 min - - 27 Aug 2015

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The Transporter Refuelled

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The Transporter Refuelled

97 min - - 4 Sep 2015

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Concerto - A Beethoven Journey

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Concerto - A Beethoven Journey

93 min - - 7 Sep 2015

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Paper Towns

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Paper Towns

109 min - - 21 Aug 2015

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Magic Mondays

Current Films & Showtimes

Sinister 2

Rated 15
Sinister 2

The sequel to the 2012 sleeper hit horror movie. In the aftermath of the shocking events in Sinister, a protective mother Shannyn Sossamon of Wayward Pines and her 9-year-old twin sons real-life twins Robert and Dartanian Sloan find themselves in... Read more »

The sequel to the 2012 sleeper hit horror movie. In the aftermath of the shocking events in "Sinister," a protective mother (Shannyn Sossamon of "Wayward Pines") and her 9-year-old twin sons (real-life twins Robert and Dartanian Sloan) find themselves in a rural house marked for death.

September

The Man From U.N.C.L.E

Rated 12A
The Man From U.N.C.L.E

Henry Cavill Man of Steel stars as Napoleon Solo opposite Armie Hammer The Social Network as Illya Kuryakin in director Guy Ritchie's The Man from U.N.C.L.E., a fresh take on the hugely popular 1960s television series. Set against the backdrop... Read more »

Henry Cavill ("Man of Steel") stars as Napoleon Solo opposite Armie Hammer ("The Social Network") as Illya Kuryakin in director Guy Ritchie's "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," a fresh take on the hugely popular 1960s television series. Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." centers on CIA agent Solo and KGB agent Kuryakin. Forced to put aside longstanding hostilities, the two team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilizing the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology. The duo's only lead is the daughter of a vanished German scientist, who is the key to infiltrating the criminal organization, and they must race against time to find him and prevent a worldwide catastrophe. "The Man from U.N.C.L.E" also stars Alicia Vikander ("Anna Karenina"), Elizabeth Debicki ("The Great Gatsby"), with Jared Harris ("Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows"), and Hugh Grant as Waverly. The screenplay was written by Guy Ritchie & Lionel Wigram, who previously collaborated on re-imagining the classic detective Sherlock Holmes in two hit films. The story is by Jeff Kleeman & David Campbell Wilson and Guy Ritchie & Lionel Wigram, based on the television series "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." John Davis ("Chronicle"), Steve Clark-Hall ("RocknRolla," the "Sherlock Holmes" films), Wigram and Ritchie produced the film, with David Dobkin serving as executive producer. Ritchie's behind-the-scenes creative team included two-time Oscar (R)-nominated director of photography John Mathieson ("The Phantom of the Opera," "Gladiator"), production designer Oliver Scholl ("Jumper," "Edge of Tomorrow"), editor James Herbert (the "Sherlock Holmes" films, "Edge of Tomorrow"), and Oscar (R)-nominated costume designer Joanna Johnston ("Lincoln"). The music is composed by Daniel Pemberton ("The Counselor")

September

The Bad Education Movie

Rated 15
The Bad Education Movie

London, 29th June - This summer sees multi-award winning comedian Jack Whitehall hit the big screens as the infamous Alfie Wickers from the smash hit comedy 'Bad Education'. The hotly anticipated THE BAD EDUCATION MOVIE will open in cinemas across... Read more »

London, 29th June - This summer sees multi-award winning comedian Jack Whitehall hit the big screens as the infamous Alfie Wickers from the smash hit comedy 'Bad Education'. The hotly anticipated THE BAD EDUCATION MOVIE will open in cinemas across the UK and Ireland on Friday 21st August 2015.

The big screen adaptation sees Jack Whitehall (winner of the British Comedy Award 'King of Comedy' 2012-2014) reunite with Harry Enfield (Kevin & Perry Go Large), Mathew Horne ('Gavin & Stacey'), Sarah Solemani ('Him & Her') and his class of pupils Ethan Lawrence, Layton Williams, Nikki Runeckles, Kae Alexander, Weruche Opia, Jack Binstead and Charlie Wernham. The series cast will join forces with Jeremy Irvine (War Horse, The Railway Man), Joanna Scanlan (Stardust, Notes on a Scandal), Talulah Riley (Pride & Prejudice, Inception), Iain Glenn ('Game of Thrones') and Clarke Peters (Marley & Me, 'The Wire').

Alfie Wickers is probably the worst teacher to (dis)grace the English education system, but no one cares about their pupils quite as much as Alfie does. Having completed their GCSEs, Alfie is keen for his class to join him on one last hurrah and what follows is a coming of age story like no other, the best school trip ever!
'Bad Education' launched on the BBC in summer 2012 and ran for three series. It regularly achieved a cumulative 3.5 million viewers across the BBC platforms. The show went from strength to strength with series 2 and 3 being amongst the most viewed shows on the BBC i-player, hitting highs of 2.9 million requests.
THE BAD EDUCATION MOVIE is co-written by Jack Whitehall and Freddy Syborn ('Bad Education') and directed by Elliot Hegarty ('Bad Education'). Entertainment Film Distributors present a Cave Bear Productions and Tiger Aspect Pictures production.

September

Inside Out

Rated U
Inside Out

After a girl moves to a new home, her emotions are plunged into chaos as they compete for control of her mind.

September

Strange Magic

Rated U
Strange Magic

Goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion.

September

The Beaux' Stratagem (Live) - National Theatre 2015/2016 Season

Rated As LI
The Beaux' Stratagem (Live) - National Theatre 2015/2016 Season

Simon Godwin Man and Superman directs George Farquhar's wild comedy of love and cash. The ‘Beaux’: Mr Aimwell and Mr Archer, two charming, dissolute young men who have blown their fortunes in giddy London. Shamed and debt-ridden, they flee to... Read more »

Simon Godwin (Man and Superman) directs George Farquhar's wild comedy of love and cash.

The ‘Beaux’: Mr Aimwell and Mr Archer, two charming, dissolute young men who have blown their fortunes in giddy London. Shamed and debt-ridden, they flee to provincial Lichfield. Their ‘Stratagem’: to marry for money.

Lodged at the local inn, posing as master and servant, they encounter a teeming variety of human obstacles: a crooked landlord, a fearsome highwayman, a fervent French Count, a maid on the make, a drunken husband, a furious butler, a natural healer and a strange, turbulent priest.

But their greatest obstacle is love. When the Beaux meet their match in Dorinda and Mrs Sullen they are most at risk, for in love they might be truly discovered.

Event Cinemas - Beamed from stage to screen
September

Pixels

Rated 12A
Pixels

Video game experts are recruited by the military to fight 1980s-era video game characters who've attacked New York.

September

Absolutely Anything

Rated 12A
Absolutely Anything

Absolutely Anything follows a disillusioned school teacher Pegg who suddenly finds he has the ability to do anything he wishes, a challenge bestowed upon him by a group of power-crazed aliens voiced by Cleese, Gilliam, Jones, Palin & Idle ,... Read more »

Absolutely Anything follows a disillusioned school teacher (Pegg) who suddenly finds he has the ability to do anything he wishes, a challenge bestowed upon him by a group of power-crazed aliens (voiced by Cleese, Gilliam, Jones, Palin & Idle), watching him from space. As he struggles to deal with these new found powers and the events that subsequently arise, he calls upon his loyal canine companion Dennis (voiced by Robin Williams) to help him along the way. Mishap after mishap finally leads him to the ultimate conundrum that all men dread and at which many have failed.... Should he choose the girl... or the dog....?

September

Paper Towns

Rated 12A
Paper Towns

A young man and his four friends embark upon the road trip of their lives to find the missing girl next door.

September

Cinderella

Rated U
Cinderella

Cate Blanchett stars in this new vision of the Cinderella tale from director Kenneth Branagh and the screenwriting team of Chris Weitz and Aline Brosh McKenna for Disney Pictures. 

September
Sat 5th Sep at 12:15, Sun 6th Sep at 12:15 - Mini Merlin matinees at pocket money prices - All seats just £1.99

Legend

Rated 18
Legend

From Academy Award winner Brian Helgeland L.A. Confidential, Mystic River and Working Title The Theory of Everything comes the true story of the rise and fall of London's most notorious gangsters, Reggie and Ron Kray, both portrayed by Tom Hardy... Read more »

From Academy Award® winner Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential, Mystic River) and Working Title (The Theory of Everything) comes the true story of the rise and fall of London's most notorious gangsters, Reggie and Ron Kray, both portrayed by Tom Hardy in an amazing double performance. Together, the Kray brothers take over the city. But as their reign expands, power-struggles, fierce madness, and a woman weakens their bond - the weak link that could cause their empire to collapse. LEGEND takes us into the secret history of the 1960s and the extraordinary events that secured the infamy of the Kray twins.

September
Special Advance Screening on Wed 9th Sep at 20:00, Thu 10th Sep at 20:00 - Be the first to see this film BEFORE the nationwide release date.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Rated TBC
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

In this next chapter of the epic Maze Runner saga, Thomas Dylan O'Brien and his fellow Gladers face their greatest challenge yet: searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD. Their journey takes them to the... Read more »

In this next chapter of the epic "Maze Runner" saga, Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) and his fellow Gladers face their greatest challenge yet: searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD. Their journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles. Teaming up with resistance fighters, the Gladers take on WCKD's vastly superior forces and uncover its shocking plans for them all.

September
Special Advance Screening on Thu 10th Sep at 17:00, Thu 10th Sep at 19:45 - Be the first to see this film BEFORE the nationwide release date.

No Escape

Rated 15
No Escape

An intense international thriller, NO ESCAPE centers on an American businessman Wilson as he and his family settle into their new home in Southeast Asia. Suddenly finding themselves in the middle of a violent political uprising, they must frantically look... Read more »

An intense international thriller, NO ESCAPE centers on an American businessman (Wilson) as he and his family settle into their new home in Southeast Asia. Suddenly finding themselves in the middle of a violent political uprising, they must frantically look for a safe escape as rebels mercilessly attack the city. Directed by John Erick Dowdle and written together with his brother Drew, NO ESCAPE stars Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan and Lake Bell.

Showing from the 11th September 2015, the times will be available on the website the Tuesday before this date.

Aida on Sydney Harbour

Rated U
Aida on Sydney Harbour

Aida, Verdi masterfully puts the intimate affairs of the heart against the grandeur of the universe: where kingdoms rise and fall and the sands of time grind onwards. br There could be no grander setting for such an opera than... Read more »

Aida, Verdi masterfully puts the intimate affairs of the heart against the grandeur of the universe: where kingdoms rise and fall and the sands of time grind onwards.
There could be no grander setting for such an opera than Sydney Harbour itself, awash with the light of the city and the Sydney Opera House silhouetted against the setting sun.

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour has become a huge part of the cultural landscape, combining all of the things Sydney does best: world-class opera, champagne and fine dining, sunsets and spectacle on the harbour's edge. It's a monumental undertaking, with a team of more than 700 people involved in the project before a single note is heard over the harbour.

Aida is the biggest opera they've ever performed on the opera stage. But amid all of the spectacle, the famous 'Triumphal March', battle scenes and ancient temples, there's an emotional heart.

Long after the fireworks have faded from the sky and Amneris sings her quiet, concluding prayer, you'll see the true mastery of this opera: it is at once an historic epic and an utterly relatable human tragedy.

Running time: Approximately 2 hours 25 minutes including a 15 minute interval.
Performed in Italian with English translations

Event Cinemas - Beamed from stage to screen
September

The Rocky Horror Show Live

Rated LIVE
The Rocky Horror Show Live

Come and join Richard O’Brien and some very special guests for a guaranteed party, live in cinemas for one night only. Still the world’s favourite rock ’n’ roll musical 40 years on, the sensational Rocky Horror Show is hailed by... Read more »

Come and join Richard O’Brien and some very special guests for a guaranteed party, live in cinemas for one night only. Still the world’s favourite rock ’n’ roll musical 40 years on, the sensational Rocky Horror Show is hailed by critics and adored by fans around the world, and “still has audiences rolling in the aisles” (Daily Telegraph). For this exclusive event, O'Brien returns to the cast for the first time in more than 20 years. 

On the way to visit an old college professor, two clean-cut kids, Brad Majors and his fiancée Janet Weiss, run into tyre trouble and seek help at the site of a light down the road. It's coming from the Frankenstein place, where Dr Frank N. Furter is in the midst of one of his maniacal experiments…

Ready to thrill you with its frothy, fun and naughty moments, this is the boldest bash of them all, so sharpen those stilettos for the rockiest ride of your life! Get ready for a night of frolics, bursting at the seams with timeless classics including Sweet Transvestite and Dammit Janet – and join us for the largest pelvic-thrusting worldwide Time Warp ever to make Rocky history! Don't Dream It - Be It.

Event Cinemas - Beamed from stage to screen
September
Live from London’s West End and beamed by Satellite to the BIG SCREEN. So come on, you party revellers get your Glad Rags on, and join in the Fancy Dress! So practice your Time Warp and as Riff Raff & Magenta would say “It’s astounding Time is …fleeting Madness… takes its toll. But listen closely. Not for very much longer! I’ve got to keep control……”

Dartmoor Killing

Rated 15
Dartmoor Killing

A dark and atmospheric story of female friendship tested by deceit, betrayal and a terrifying past. Susan, outwardly confident and Becky, more fragile and shy, both in their late twenties, are inseparable friends. But both women have secrets they have... Read more »

A dark and atmospheric story of female friendship tested by deceit, betrayal and a terrifying past. Susan, outwardly confident and Becky, more fragile and shy, both in their late twenties, are inseparable friends. But both women have secrets they have not shared, some recent, some long past and deeply buried. When, on a weekend trip to Dartmoor, they encounter the charismatic Chris, they are led into a web of mind games, sexual deceit and betrayal. As Becky's traumatic involvement in Chris' own damaged past is revealed, a psychological journey swiftly becomes a fight for survival.

Showing from the 18th September 2015, the times will be available on the website the Tuesday before this date.

The Battle Of Britain At 75 (Live)

The Battle Of Britain At 75 (Live)

BBC Radio 2’s ‘The Battle Of Britain At 75’ tells the epic story of the greatest aerial conflict of the Second World War. This live cinema experience comes from Biggin Hill in south-east London, the most iconic of Britain’s fighter... Read more »

BBC Radio 2’s ‘The Battle Of Britain At 75’ tells the epic story of the greatest aerial conflict of the Second World War. This live cinema experience comes from Biggin Hill in south-east London, the most iconic of Britain’s fighter stations. 

Presenters Dermot O’Leary, Jeremy Vine and Sophie Raworth will be joined by the BBC Concert Orchestra and musicians from the armed forces and guest singers as they share compelling stories from the battle.

Rare archive footage from the conflict, modern day RAF personnel and a cast of actors will bring those stories to life as we commemorate the 75th anniversary. 

A 30 minute programme - exclusive to cinemas -  will include a close up tour of a Spitfire and veteran fighter pilots recounting their memories of the Battle Of Britain. 

‘The Battle Of Britain At 75’ comes from the producers of the multi-award winning 'D-Day 70 Years On’.  By seeing this event at the cinema you will be supporting RAF service charities, with all profits donated to the Royal Air Forces Association, the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund and The Battle Of Britain Memorial Trust.

Event Cinemas - Beamed from stage to screen
September

Romeo and Juliet (Live) - Royal Opera House 2015/16 Season

Rated LIVE
Romeo and Juliet (Live) - Royal Opera House 2015/16 Season

Kenneth MacMillan's famous version of Shakespeare's romantic tragedy set to Prokofiev's magnificent score returns to open the 2015 16 Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season. This Romeo and Juliet is rich in the swaggering colour of Verona street life and... Read more »

Kenneth MacMillan's famous version of Shakespeare's romantic tragedy set to Prokofiev's magnificent score returns to open the 2015/16 Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season. This Romeo and Juliet is rich in the swaggering colour of Verona street life and in sword fights and celebrations, but MacMillan's focus is always on the complex emotions of the young lovers - especially on Juliet as she journeys through the delirious happiness of first love to a shocked, adult perception of her fate. Juliet is one of the most coveted of all ballerina roles, and as MacMillan's ballet enters its 50th year it resonates as deeply with audiences today as when it was first seen half a century ago.

Event Cinemas - Beamed from stage to screen
September

Coriolanus (Encore) - National Theatre 2015/2016 Season

Rated 12A
Coriolanus (Encore) - National Theatre 2015/2016 Season

National Theatre Live’s 2013 broadcast of the Donmar Warehouse’s production of Coriolanus returns to cinemas by popular demand. Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge, Coriolanus features an Evening Standard Award-winning performance from Tom Hiddleston The Avengers , War... Read more »

National Theatre Live’s 2013 broadcast of the Donmar Warehouse’s production of Coriolanus returns to cinemas by popular demand.

Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge, Coriolanus features an Evening Standard Award-winning performance from Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, War Horse (film), BBC's The Hollow Crown) in the title role, directed by the Donmar's Artistic Director Josie Rourke. The full company includes Jacqueline Boatswain, Peter De Jersey, Alfred Enoch, Deborah Findlay, Hadley Fraser, Mark Gatiss, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Elliot Levey, Rochenda Sandall, Helen Schlesinger, Mark Stanley and Dwane Walcott.

When an old adversary threatens Rome, the city calls once more on her hero and defender: Coriolanus. But he has enemies at home too. Famine threatens the city, the citizens’ hunger swells to an appetite for change, and on returning from the field Coriolanus must confront the march of realpolitik and the voice of an angry people.

Event Cinemas - Beamed from stage to screen
September

A Walk in the Woods

Rated TBC
A Walk in the Woods

In this new comedy adventure, celebrated travel writer, Bill Bryson Academy Award winner Robert Redford , instead of retiring to enjoy his loving and beautiful wife Academy Award winner Emma Thompson , and large and happy family, challenges himself to... Read more »

In this new comedy adventure, celebrated travel writer, Bill Bryson (Academy Award winner Robert Redford), instead of retiring to enjoy his loving and beautiful wife (Academy Award winner Emma Thompson), and large and happy family, challenges himself to hike the Appalachian Trail - 2,200 miles of America's most unspoiled, spectacular and rugged countryside from Georgia to Maine. The peace and tranquility he hopes to find, though, is anything but, once he agrees to being accompanied by the only person he can find willing to join him on the trek - his long lost and former friend Katz (Academy Award nominee Nick Nolte), a down-on-his-luck serial philanderer who, after a lifetime of relying on his charm and wits to keep one step ahead of the law - sees the trip as a way to sneak out of paying some debts and sneak into one last adventure before its too late. The trouble is, the two have a completely different definition of the word, "adventure". Now they're about to find out that when you push yourself to the edge, the real fun begins.

Showing from the 25th September 2015, the times will be available on the website the Tuesday before this date.

Everest

Rated 12A
Everest

Inspired by the incredible events surrounding an attempt to reach the summit of the world's highest mountain, Everest documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind.... Read more »

Inspired by the incredible events surrounding an attempt to reach the summit of the world's highest mountain, Everest documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind. Their mettle tested by the harshest elements found on the planet, the climbers will face nearly impossible obstacles as a lifelong obsession becomes a breathtaking struggle for survival. The epic adventure stars Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Showing from the 25th September 2015, the times will be available on the website the Tuesday before this date.

Millepied/Robbins/Balanchine - Live - Opera National De Paris

Millepied/Robbins/Balanchine - Live - Opera National De Paris

Benjamin Millepied pays tribute to his masters, George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, two truly great choreographers, both of Russian origin, who led the American School, and dance in general, to rarely attained heights. Millepied has created a ballet that presents... Read more »

Benjamin Millepied pays tribute to his masters, George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, two truly great choreographers, both of Russian origin, who led the American School, and dance in general, to rarely attained heights.

Millepied has created a ballet that presents both the company and his overall project for dance at the Paris Opera. The result of an artistic collaboration with composer Nico Muhly, this highly contemporary creation also seeks to highlight the excellence of classical technique and its significance for dance today.

The Paris Opera Ballet is all the richer for the inclusion of Opus19 / The Dreamer in its repertoire. This elegant piece, imagined by Jerome Robbins in 1979, is a variation for two dancers to Sergei Prokofiev's First Violin Concerto, portraying the daydream of a young man and his unreal counterpart.
The revival of George Balanchine Thème et Variations, to music by Piotr Ilitch Tchaikovsky, offers another facet of dance from across the Atlantic. This classical and virtuoso group ballet, one of the repertoire's most demanding, also pays tribute to the Imperial Ballet of old Russia and its most famous master: Marius Petipa.

Event Cinemas - Beamed from stage to screen
October

Le Nozze Di Figaro (Live) - Royal Opera House 2015/16 Season

Rated LIVE
Le Nozze Di Figaro (Live) - Royal Opera House 2015/16 Season

Often considered a perfect opera, Le nozze di Figaro represents Mozart's genius at its most lively and delightful. Based on a play that was originally banned for its political content, the fast-moving libretto creates realistic characters made even more human... Read more »

Often considered a perfect opera, Le nozze di Figaro represents Mozart's genius at its most lively and delightful. Based on a play that was originally banned for its political content, the fast-moving libretto creates realistic characters made even more human by Mozart's outstanding music. David McVicar's popular staging of this comedy returns in the hands of the leading British conductor Ivor Bolton. The cast is led by the star bass Erwin Schrott, who has sung the role to great acclaim at Covent Garden before, partnered with star Romanian soprano Anita Hartig in the role of Susanna.

Event Cinemas - Beamed from stage to screen
October

The Importance of Being Earnest (Live)

Rated LIVE
The Importance of Being Earnest (Live)

Don't miss celebrated actor and Poirot star David Suchet as the formidable Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde's much loved masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest, which is being broadcast LIVE to cinemas from London's Vaudeville Theatre on 8 October 2015.... Read more »

Don't miss celebrated actor and Poirot star David Suchet as the formidable Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde's much loved masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest, which is being broadcast LIVE to cinemas from London's Vaudeville Theatre on 8 October 2015. Directed by Adrian Noble (Amadeus, The King's Speech, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), Wilde's superb satire on Victorian manners is one of the funniest plays in the English language - the delightful repartee and hilarious piercing of hypocrisy and pomposity will make you laugh out loud!

Two bachelor friends, the adorable dandy Algernon Moncrieff (Philip Cumbus - regular player at Shakespeare's Globe) and the utterly reliable John Worthing J.P., (Downton Abbey's Michael Benz) lead double lives to court the attentions of the exquisitely desirable Gwendolyn Fairfax (Emily Barber) and Cecily Cardew (Imogen Doel). The gallants must then grapple with the riotous consequences of their deceptions - and with the formidable Lady Bracknell.

Event Cinemas - Beamed from stage to screen
October

Giselle (Live) - Bolshoi Ballet From Moscow 2015/16 Season

Rated LIVE
Giselle (Live) - Bolshoi Ballet From Moscow 2015/16 Season

Music  Adolphe Adam Choreography Yuri Grigorovich Libretto Theophile Gautier and Jean-Henry Saint-Georges Cast The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet The young peasant girl Giselle dies when she learns that the man she loves, Albrecht, has betrayed her. Against... Read more »

Music Adolphe Adam

Choreography Yuri Grigorovich

Libretto Theophile Gautier and Jean-Henry Saint-Georges

Cast The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet

The young peasant girl Giselle dies when she learns that the man she loves, Albrecht, has betrayed her. Against her will, she joins the wilis, vengeful spirits who now turn against Albrecht and condemn him to dance until he dies of exhaustion.

This gem of Romantic ballet is one of the oldest and greatest in the classical repertoire, touching upon the great Romantic themes: a doomed love affair ending in tragedy, a dive into fantasy, and ultimate redemption through the power of love. The Bolshoi is renowned for its intimate and emotionally intense interpretation of this beloved drama. 

Event Cinemas - Beamed from stage to screen
October

Hamlet - LIVE - National Theatre

Rated LIVE
Hamlet - LIVE - National Theatre

Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch BBC’s Sherlock , The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. Directed by Lyndsey Turner Posh ,  Chimerica and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, National Theatre... Read more »

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

Directed by Lyndsey Turner (PoshChimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, National Theatre Live will broadcast this eagerly awaited production live to cinemas.

As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.  

Event Cinemas - Beamed from stage to screen
October

The Barber of Seville (LIVE) - English National Opera 2015/2016 Season

Rated LIVE
The Barber of Seville (LIVE) - English National Opera 2015/2016 Season

Live from the London Coliseum in stunning HD, The Barber of Seville will have you smiling from the moment it begins. Filled with fun and farce, English National Opera's classic staging of this sunny adventure follows the escapades of the... Read more »

Live from the London Coliseum in stunning HD, The Barber of Seville will have you smiling from the moment it begins. Filled with fun and farce, English National Opera's classic staging of this sunny adventure follows the escapades of the barber Figaro as he assists Count Almaviva to prise the beautiful yet feisty Rosina away from her lecherous guardian Dr Bartolo. 'Great fun and highly recommended' The Guardian Set in an elegant vision of 18th-century Seville, Jonathan Miller's much-loved production remains as side-splittingly funny as ever. For this revival, the talented Christopher Allen will conduct Rossini's sparkling score, packed full of wit and playful tunes. The wonderful Andrew Shore takes the role of Dr Bartolo, alongside Kathryn Rudge as Rosina and rising baritone Morgan Pearse as Figaro. 'Another all-time favourite' Sunday Express The Barber of Seville is sung in English with subtitles.

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October

Henry V - LIVE - Royal Shakespeare Company

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Henry V - LIVE - Royal Shakespeare Company

Henry IV is dead and Hal is King. With England in a state of unrest, he must leave his rebellious youth behind, striving to gain the respect of his nobility and people. Laying claim to parts of France and following... Read more »

Henry IV is dead and Hal is King. With England in a state of unrest, he must leave his rebellious youth behind, striving to gain the respect of his nobility and people.

Laying claim to parts of France and following an insult from the French Dauphin, Henry gathers his troops and prepares for a war that he hopes will unite his country.

RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran continues his exploration of Shakespeare’s History Plays with Henry V performed in the 600th anniversary year of the Battle of Agincourt. Following his performance as Hal in Henry IV Parts I & II Alex Hassell returns as Henry V.

Henry V will be broadcast Live from Stratford-upon-Avon by the Royal Shakespeare Company on Wednesday 21 October, the same week as the anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt

Tickets go on sale on Wednesday 18th March 2015

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October

SPECTRE

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SPECTRE

A cryptic message from Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind... Read more »

A cryptic message from Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.

Showing from the 26th October 2015, the times will be available on the website the Tuesday before this date.

Jewels- Bolshoi Ballet From Moscow 2015/16 Season

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Jewels- Bolshoi Ballet From Moscow 2015/16 Season

Music  Gabriel Fauré Emeralds , Igor Stravinsky Rubies , Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Diamonds Choreography George Balanchine Libretto Theophile Gautier and Jean-Henry Saint-Georges Cast Olga Smirnova, Semyon Chudin, Vladislav Lantratov, Anna Tikhomirova, Ekaterina Krysanova and the Bolshoi Corps de Ballet This... Read more »

Music Gabriel Fauré (Emeralds), Igor Stravinsky (Rubies), Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Diamonds)

Choreography George Balanchine

Libretto Theophile Gautier and Jean-Henry Saint-Georges

Cast Olga Smirnova, Semyon Chudin, Vladislav Lantratov, Anna Tikhomirova, Ekaterina Krysanova and the Bolshoi Corps de Ballet

This opulent triptych was inspired by Balanchine’s visit to the famous jeweller Van Cleef & Arpels on New York’s Fifth Avenue. It celebrates the cities and dance schools of Paris, New York and St Petersburg, each bound to its own precious stone.

With this first abstract ballet, Balanchine built a homage of captivating beauty to the dance schools that had forged his style – Paris, New York and St Petersburg – each represented by a contrasting jewel – emerald, ruby and diamond. Jewels offers a unique opportunity to enjoy Balanchine’s visually captivating work, as the Bolshoi is the only company authorised by the Balanchine Trust to film and broadcast his masterpiece.

Captured live on 19 Jan 2014

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November

Viscera / Afternoon of a Faun / Tchaikovsky pas de deux / Carmen (Live) - Royal Opera House 2015

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Viscera / Afternoon of a Faun / Tchaikovsky pas de deux / Carmen  (Live) - Royal Opera House 2015

Enjoy four short ballets in one evening with this quadruple programme from The Royal Ballet. Carlos Acosta focuses on the dramatic essentials of love, jealousy and revenge in his new production of Carmen. As well as choreographing the production, Acosta... Read more »

Enjoy four short ballets in one evening with this quadruple programme from The Royal Ballet.

Carlos Acosta focuses on the dramatic essentials of love, jealousy and revenge in his new production of Carmen. As well as choreographing the production, Acosta will dance the lead role.

Liam Scarlett has used Lowell Liebermann's thrilling Piano Concerto No.1 as the inspiration for his similarly audacious choreography in Viscera.

Debussy's evocative score is the inspiration for Jerome Robbins's Afternoon of a Faun, which depicts two ballet dancers as absorbed by their own reflections as they are attracted to each other.

George Balanchine's Tchaikovsky pas de deux uses a fragment of music composed for the 1877 production of Swan Lake for an eight-minute display of ballet bravura and technique.

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November

Of Mice And Men (Recorded) - National Theatre 2015/16 Season (Broadway NY Production)

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Of Mice And Men (Recorded) - National Theatre 2015/16 Season (Broadway NY Production)

The hit Broadway production Of Mice and Men, filmed on stage in New York by National Theatre Live, comes to UK cinemas. Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee James Franco 127 Hours, Milk and Tony Award nominee Chris O'Dowd... Read more »

The hit Broadway production Of Mice and Men, filmed on stage in New York by National Theatre Live, comes to UK cinemas. Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee James Franco (127 Hours, Milk) and Tony Award nominee Chris O'Dowd (Bridesmaids, Girls) star in the highly-anticipated screenings of this 'riveting, powerful production' (Independent). This landmark revival of Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck's play is a powerful portrait of the American spirit and a heartbreaking testament to the bonds of friendship. Of Mice and Men is directed by Tony Award, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circles award winner Anna D. Shapiro (Broadway's August: Osage County) and features Leighton Meester (Country Strong, Gossip Girl) and Tony Award winner Jim Norton (The Seafarer).

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November

The Mikado (LIVE) - English National Opera 2015/2016 Season

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The Mikado (LIVE) - English National Opera 2015/2016 Season

Broadcast live from the London Coliseum in stunning HD, English National Opera's spectacular production of The Mikado is a popular hit with audiences of all ages. Experience the irresistible combination of wonderful wit, memorable melodies and hilarious antics in this... Read more »

Broadcast live from the London Coliseum in stunning HD, English National Opera's spectacular production of The Mikado is a popular hit with audiences of all ages. Experience the irresistible combination of wonderful wit, memorable melodies and hilarious antics in this acclaimed production from Jonathan Miller. 'A glorious production of Gilbert and Sullivan's best comic opera' Daily Express When flirting is banned in the town of Titipu, Nanki-Poo and his beloved Yum-Yum are forced to go to extreme measures to protect themselves and the town from the wrath of the all-powerful Mikado. Set in an ever-so English 1930s seaside hotel, ENO's dazzlingly inventive staging of The Mikado returns to the London Coliseum for what for many has become the definitive production of this much-loved Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera. Distinguished bass Robert Lloyd sings the role of the Mikado with Richard Suart as Ko-Ko and Mary Bevan and Anthony Gregory as the lovers Yum-Yum and Nanki-Poo. 'Has timeless appeal... perfection' The Independent The Mikado is sung in English with subtitles.

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December

The Lady of Camellias (Live) - Bolshoi Ballet From Moscow 2015/16 Season

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The Lady of Camellias (Live) - Bolshoi Ballet From Moscow 2015/16 Season

Music  Frédéric Chopin Choreography John Neumeier After Alexandre Dumas Cast The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet A young bourgeois, Armand Duval, falls madly in love with Marguerite Gautier, a gorgeous courtesan celebrated by Parisian high society. Despite her... Read more »

Music Frédéric Chopin

Choreography John Neumeier

After Alexandre Dumas

Cast The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet

A young bourgeois, Armand Duval, falls madly in love with Marguerite Gautier, a gorgeous courtesan celebrated by Parisian high society. Despite her infidelity, Armand will do all he can to win the beautiful woman’s heart and convince her to leave her indulgent life.

The Bolshoi breathes new life into John Neumeier's tragic masterpiece, inspired by Alexandre Dumas' novel and accompanied by Chopin's exquisite score. This production assumes a new emotional and dramatic texture that only the Bolshoi’s dancers can deliver. “Neumeier’s character-rich ballet has found a company that is equal to its challenges.” – Financial Times. 

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December

Jane Eyre (Live) - National Theatre & Bristol Old Vic Production 2015/2016 Season

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Jane Eyre (Live) - National Theatre & Bristol Old Vic Production 2015/2016 Season

Almost 170 years on, Charlotte Bront 's story of the trailblazing Jane is as inspiring as ever. This bold and dynamic production uncovers one woman's fight for freedom and fulfilment on her own terms. From her beginnings as a destitute... Read more »

Almost 170 years on, Charlotte Brontë's story of the trailblazing Jane is as inspiring as ever. This bold and dynamic production uncovers one woman's fight for freedom and fulfilment on her own terms. From her beginnings as a destitute orphan, Jane Eyre's spirited heroine faces life's obstacles head-on, surviving poverty, injustice and the discovery of bitter betrayal before taking the ultimate decision to follow her heart. This acclaimed re-imagining of Brontë's masterpiece was first staged by Bristol Old Vic last year, when the story was performed over two evenings. Director Sally Cookson now brings her celebrated production to the National, presented as a single, exhilarating performance.

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December

Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci (Live) - Royal Opera House 2015/16 Season

Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci (Live) - Royal Opera House 2015/16 Season

These two short Italian operas are each regarded as the composers' masterpiece, and are brought together in a new staging by award-winning director Damiano Michieletto, who sets both operas in a poverty stricken village in 1980s southern Italy, where the... Read more »

These two short Italian operas are each regarded as the composers' masterpiece, and are brought together in a new staging by award-winning director Damiano Michieletto, who sets both operas in a poverty stricken village in 1980s southern Italy, where the Mafia has a hold. The Royal Opera's Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts a cast that includes charismatic Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek, exciting Italian soprano Carmen Giannattasio and the thrilling Latvian tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko.

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December

The Nutcracker (Live) - Royal Opera House 2015/16 Season

The Nutcracker (Live) - Royal Opera House 2015/16 Season

Christmas simply wouldn't be Christmas without The Royal Ballet's classic production of The Nutcracker. Loosely based on a story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, it opens with the Christmas festivities of little Clara and her family and progresses through a sequence of... Read more »

Christmas simply wouldn't be Christmas without The Royal Ballet's classic production of The Nutcracker. Loosely based on a story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, it opens with the Christmas festivities of little Clara and her family and progresses through a sequence of dreams and enchantments that take Clara on her magical journey to the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of the Sweets.

Peter Wright's enchanting production with its wondrously growing Christmas tree and a rousing battle between the villainous Mouse King and an army of toy soldiers, mines the colour of Tchaikovsky's score, retaining exquisite surviving fragments of the original Ivanov choreography, including the beautiful pas de deux for the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier.

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December

La Damnation De Faust - Live - Opera National De Paris

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La Damnation De Faust - Live - Opera National De Paris

Act I The aging scholar Faust contemplates the renewal of nature. Hearing peasants sing and dance, he realizes that their simple happiness is something he will never experience. An army marches past in the distance. Faust doesn't understand why the... Read more »

Act I The aging scholar Faust contemplates the renewal of nature. Hearing peasants sing and dance, he realizes that their simple happiness is something he will never experience. An army marches past in the distance. Faust doesn't understand why the soldiers are so enthusiastic about glory and fame. Act II Depressed, Faust has returned to his study. Even the search for wisdom can no longer inspire him. Tired of life, he is about to commit suicide when the sound of church bells and an Easter hymn remind him of his youth, when he still had faith in religion. Suddenly Méphistophélès appears, ironically commenting on Faust's apparent conversion. He offers to take him on a journey, promising him the restoration of his youth, knowledge, and the fulfillment of all his wishes. Faust accepts. Méphistophélès and Faust arrive at Auerbach's tavern in Leipzig, where Brander, a student, sings a song about a rat whose high life in a kitchen is ended by a dose of poison. The other guests offer an ironic "Amen," and Méphistophélès continues with another song about a flea that brings his relatives to infest a whole royal court. Disgusted by the vulgarity of it all, Faust demands to be taken somewhere else. On a meadow by the Elbe, Méphistophélès shows Faust a dream vision of a beautiful woman named Marguerite, causing Faust to fall in love with her. He calls out her name, and Méphistophélès promises to lead Faust to her. Together with a group of students and soldiers, they enter the town where she lives. Act III Faust and Méphistophélès hide in Marguerite's room. Faust feels that he will find in her his ideal of a pure and innocent woman. Marguerite enters and sings a ballad about the King of Thule, who always remained sadly faithful to his lost love. Méphistophélès summons spirits to enchant and deceive the girl and sings a sarcastic serenade outside her window, predicting her loss of innocence. When the spirits have vanished, Faust steps forward. Marguerite admits that she has dreamed of him, just as he has dreamed of her, and they declare their love for each other. Just then, Méphistophélès bursts in, warning them that the girl's reputation must be saved: the neighbors have learned that there is a man in Marguerite's room and have called her mother to the scene. After a hasty goodbye, Faust and Méphistophélès escape. Act IV Faust has seduced then abandoned Marguerite, who still awaits his return. She can hear soldiers and students in the distance, which reminds her of the night Faust first came to her house. But this time he is not among them. Faust calls upon nature to cure him of his world-weariness. Méphistophélès appears and tells him that Marguerite is in prison. She has accidentally given her mother too much of a sleeping potion, killing the old woman, and will be hanged the next day. Faust panics, but Méphistophélès claims he can save her-if Faust relinquishes his soul to him. Unable to think of anything but saving Marguerite, Faust agrees. The two ride off on a pair of black horses. Thinking they are on their way to Marguerite, Faust becomes terrified when he sees demonic apparitions. The landscape becomes more and more horrible and grotesque, and Faust finally realizes that Méphistophélès has taken him directly into hell. Demons and damned spirits greet Méphistophélès in a mysterious infernal language and welcome Faust among them. Hell has fallen silent after Faust's arrival-the torment he suffers is unspeakable. Marguerite is saved and welcomed into heaven.

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December

The Taming Of The Shrew (Live) - Bolshoi Ballet From Moscow 2015/16 Season

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The Taming Of The Shrew (Live) - Bolshoi Ballet From Moscow 2015/16 Season

Music  Dmitri Shostakovich Choreography Jean-Christophe Maillot After William Shakespeare Cast The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet Many suitors dream of marrying the lovely and sweet-natured Bianca, including Lucentio. However, her father will not let anyone marry her before... Read more »

Music Dmitri Shostakovich

Choreography Jean-Christophe Maillot

After William Shakespeare

Cast The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet

Many suitors dream of marrying the lovely and sweet-natured Bianca, including Lucentio. However, her father will not let anyone marry her before her elder sister, the ill-tempered Katherina, is married herself.

French choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot lands a coup with his adaptation of Shakespeare's comedy tailored specifically to the Bolshoi dancers, and achieves a magnetic two hours of breathtaking, non-stop dance unlike any other, revealing the Bolshoi’s audacity and energy in a completely new way. This new production was staged exclusively for the Bolshoi and cannot be seen anywhere else!

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January
2016

Two Pigeons / Rhapsody (Live) - Royal Opera House 2015/16 Season

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Two Pigeons / Rhapsody (Live) - Royal Opera House 2015/16 Season

This delightful Frederick Ashton double bill opens with his setting of Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, using the music's dark turbulence and brilliance to inspire some of his most thrilling choreography. Witty, impassioned and sublime this ballet was... Read more »

This delightful Frederick Ashton double bill opens with his setting of Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, using the music's dark turbulence and brilliance to inspire some of his most thrilling choreography. Witty, impassioned and sublime this ballet was the pinnacle of Ashton's romantic style.

The second half of the programme features Ashton's delicate, deceptively comic The Two Pigeons - a work rarely performed and a real treat for ballet fans everywhere.

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January
2016

La Traviata (Live) - Royal Opera House 2015/16 Season

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La Traviata (Live) - Royal Opera House 2015/16 Season

La traviata is regarded as one of Verdi's finest operas, and Richard Eyre's traditional staging, is one of The Royal Opera's most popular productions. The opera tells the story of the Parisian courtesan Violetta Val ry, one of opera's greatest... Read more »

La traviata is regarded as one of Verdi's finest operas, and Richard Eyre's traditional staging, is one of The Royal Opera's most popular productions. The opera tells the story of the Parisian courtesan Violetta Valéry, one of opera's greatest heroines, based on the reallife courtesan Marie Duplessis, who died in 1847 aged just 23. In this revival, Violetta is sung by Russian soprano Venera Gimadieva in her debut with The Royal Opera, following her successful appearance as Violetta at the Glyndebourne Festival.

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February
2016

Il Trovatore - Live - Opera National De Paris

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Il Trovatore - Live - Opera National De Paris

Act I - The duel Scene 1: The guard room in the Conte di Luna's palace The followers of the Count di Luna keep watch as he makes his nightly vigil under the windows of Leonora, one of the queen's... Read more »

Act I - The duel Scene 1: The guard room in the Conte di Luna's palace The followers of the Count di Luna keep watch as he makes his nightly vigil under the windows of Leonora, one of the queen's ladies in waiting, whom he loves. Meanwhile, Ferrando, the captain of the guard, keeps his men awake by narrating a terrible happening of 15 years ago: an old woman, accused of casting the evil eye over the count's brother, was burnt at the stake. The subsequent disappearance of the boy, followed by the discovery of a child's skeleton in the ashes, led to the conclusion that the woman's daughter, who was present at the burning, had thrown him into the flames to avenge her mother. She was never found, but Ferrando swears that he would recognize her. As he relates how the witch has continued to haunt the castle, the soldiers are seized with superstitious terror. Scene 2: The palace gardens Leonora does not love the count, but the troubadour Manrico. As she waits for him she tells her companion Inez how she first saw him at a tourney and loved him. She rejects Inez's warning of the dangers of her infatuation. They retire and the count appears, his lovelorn musings interrupted by the sounds of Manrico's lute and serenade. In the dark Leonora mistakenly embraces the count, Manrico reproaches her and she explains the error. The count confronts Manrico, not only as his rival, but as a follower of the rebellious Count of Urgel; and they rush off to fight a duel. Act II - The gypsy Scene 1: A gypsy encampment in Biscay As the gypsies sing and work at their anvils, Azucena broods on the fate of her mother, burned as a witch. She explains the circumstances to Manrico (who had left her at an early age to pursue his ambitions and was thus ignorant of the story), going on to tell him how she had intended to avenge her mother by burning the count's son, but had become confused and killed her own child instead. In answer to Manrico's puzzled question about his identity, she assures him that he is indeed her own son - the horrible memory caused her mind to wander and she did not know what she was saying. She reminds him that she has always loved him and has just nursed him back to health after he was wounded in a battle against the count's forces. The battle had taken place just after the duel in which Manrico had spared the count's life, as a voice from heaven seemed to command him. Azucena urges him to strike without hesitation if the occasion arises again. A message is brought that Leonora, believing Manrico dead, is about to enter a convent. Brushing aside Azucena's pleas that he is too weak to travel, he rushes off to prevent Leonora from taking the veil. Scene 2: Outside the convent The count has come to abduct Leonora, but Manrico's followers defeat him and rescue her. Act III - The gypsy's son Scene 1: Outside the fortress of Castellor As the count lays siege to the fortress, which is under Manrico's command, Azucena is found wandering near the camp and brought to the count, accused of spying. Ferrando recognizes her as the woman responsible for the death of the count's brother and in terror she cries to Manrico to save her. Realizing that she is Manrico's mother, in addition to her crime, the count prepares to execute her. Scene 2: Inside the fortress Manrico and Leonora are preparing for their wedding when Ruiz brings the news that Azucena is about to be burnt at the stake. Manrico rushes off to rescue her, explaining to Leonora that his mother's claims outweigh hers. Act IV - The execution Scene 1: The Aliaferia palace Ruiz brings Leonora to the tower where Manrico is imprisoned, having been captured in his vain attempt to save Azucena. Monks intone the miserere as Manrico laments that death is slow in coming. Leonora pleads with the count for Manrico's life, offering herself in exchange. As he joyfully accepts her bargain, she takes poison, intending to leave him only her dead body. Scene 2: Inside the dungeon Manrico soothes Azucena, who is terrified at the idea of fire, and she falls asleep comforted by the idea that they will soon return to their mountain home. When Leonora tells Manrico that he is free, he suspects the price she has paid and upbraids her, realizing only as she collapses at his feet, that she is dying to save him. The count appears as she breathes her last, and realizing that he has been deceived, orders Manrico's immediate execution. Azucena wakes too late to prevent this, but is able to avenge her mother by telling the horrified count with her dying breath that he has just killed his brother.

February
2016

As You Like It (Live) - National Theatre 2015/2016 Season

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As You Like It (Live) - National Theatre 2015/2016 Season

Shakespeare's glorious comedy of love and change comes to the National Theatre for the first time in over 30 years, with Rosalie Craig London Road, Macbeth at MIF as Rosalind. With her father the Duke banished and in exile, Rosalind... Read more »

Shakespeare's glorious comedy of love and change comes to the National Theatre for the first time in over 30 years, with Rosalie Craig (London Road, Macbeth at MIF) as Rosalind. With her father the Duke banished and in exile, Rosalind and her cousin Celia leave their lives in the court behind them and journey into the Forest of Arden. There, released from convention, Rosalind experiences the liberating rush of transformation. Disguising herself as a boy, she embraces a different way of living and falls spectacularly in love.

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February
2016

The Magic Flute (LIVE) - English National Opera 2015/2016 Season

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The Magic Flute (LIVE) - English National Opera 2015/2016 Season

Live from the London Coliseum in stunning HD. The Magic Flute is one of the greatest and most popular operas ever written. Mozart's timeless classic explores the search for true love and wisdom as the royal prince Tamino and the... Read more »

Live from the London Coliseum in stunning HD. The Magic Flute is one of the greatest and most popular operas ever written. Mozart's timeless classic explores the search for true love and wisdom as the royal prince Tamino and the bird-catcher Papageno must overcome a series of trials in order to rescue the princess Pamina from the grasp of the manipulative Queen of Night. This is a fantastically theatrical and imaginative staging from Complicite Theatre's artistic director Simon McBurney where live sound effects and breathtaking animations help bring this captivating tale to life. 'A wonderfully original Magic Flute' Daily Express The unforgettable storytelling will be matched by music-making of the very highest level, with ENO Music Director Mark Wigglesworth conducting a world-class cast including Allan Clayton as Tamino and Lucy Crowe as Pamina. 'Startling humour and theatrical wizardry' The Observer The Magic Flute is sung in English with subtitles.

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March
2016

Spartacus - Bolshoi Ballet From Moscow 2015/16 Season

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Spartacus - Bolshoi Ballet From Moscow 2015/16 Season

Music  Aram Kachaturian Choreography Yuri Grigorovich Libretto Yuri Grigorovich Cast Mikhail Lobukhin Spartacus , Svetlana Zakharova Aegina , Vladislav Lantratov Crassus , Anna Nikulina Phrygia and the Bolshoi Corps de Ballet In ancient Rome, Spartacus, a Thracian soldier, is captured... Read more »

Music Aram Kachaturian

Choreography Yuri Grigorovich

Libretto Yuri Grigorovich

Cast Mikhail Lobukhin (Spartacus), Svetlana Zakharova (Aegina), Vladislav Lantratov (Crassus), Anna Nikulina (Phrygia) and the Bolshoi Corps de Ballet

In ancient Rome, Spartacus, a Thracian soldier, is captured by Crassus with his wife Phrygia. Forced to fight as a gladiator and kill one of his friends, Spartacus plots an unprecedented uprising.

Grigorovich's Spartacus was created at the Bolshoi in 1968, and has since remained the Russian company’s signature ballet. This most spectacular production is an epic tour de force, giving full expression to the strength for which the Bolshoi’s male dancers are renowned. Principal dancer Mikhail Lobukhin is stunning in the role of the legendary gladiator, alongside Svetlana Zakharova as Aegina.

Captured live on 20 Oct 2013 

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March
2016

Iolanta / The Nutcracker - Live - Opera National De Paris

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Iolanta / The Nutcracker - Live - Opera National De Paris

Directed for the stage by Dmitri Tcherniakov, this exceptional program combines all the talents of the Paris Opera and offers an opera and a ballet in a single evening: Tchaikovsky originally intended Iolanta and The Nutcracker to be staged together.... Read more »

Directed for the stage by Dmitri Tcherniakov, this exceptional program combines all the talents of the Paris Opera and offers an opera and a ballet in a single evening: Tchaikovsky originally intended Iolanta and The Nutcracker to be staged together. However, since their debut performance at Saint Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre in 1892, they have been presented separately.

The composer found inspiration for his opera in Danish playwright Henrik Hertz's work recounting the romantic story of Iolanta, the blind daughter of King René. Protected by her father in his Provençal château, the princess ultimately regains her sight before marrying the gallant knight Vaudémont. The Nutcracker is based on a tale by Hoffmann adapted by Alexandre Dumas. This "fairy-tale ballet" recounts the adventures of young Clara one Christmas night, during which the nutcracker she has been given leads her into a magical world.

In collaboration with stage director Dmitri Tcherniakov and conductor Alain Altinoglu, five choreographers - Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Edouard Lock, Benjamin Millepied, Arthur Pita and Liam Scarlett -will each work on a specific passage of the ballet. The role of Iolanta will be sung by Sonya Yoncheva and the Étoiles, Premiers Danseurs and Corps de Ballet will perform The Nutcracker.

Like a two-sided mirror reflecting the dreams of a composer who took refuge in the realms of the imaginary, the Paris Opera is reviving the original diptych. Alain Altinoglu conducts and Dmitri Tcherniakov stages this production that symbolizes the link between opera and ballet.

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March
2016

Boris Gudunov (Live) - Royal Opera House 2015/16 Season

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Boris Gudunov (Live) - Royal Opera House 2015/16 Season

Richard Jones and Antonio Pappano renew their creative collaboration with this new production of Musorgsky's historical masterpiece, here seen in its compact 1869 first version in seven scenes. The originality of the composer's vision of Pushkin's play about Tsar Boris... Read more »

Richard Jones and Antonio Pappano renew their creative collaboration with this new production of Musorgsky's historical masterpiece, here seen in its compact 1869 first version in seven scenes. The originality of the composer's vision of Pushkin's play about Tsar Boris Godunov - who reigned over Russia between 1598 and 1605 - was too much for the management of the Imperial Theatres, who demanded changes that were incorporated in the second version of the opera, in which Boris finally had its premiere in 1874.  

Many commentators, nevertheless, prefer the integrity of the original, which makes few concessions to operatic conventions. Keenly awaited will be Bryn Terfel's assumption of the title role - one of the most complex characters in opera - while John Graham-Hall appears as the crafty Prince Shuisky and John Tomlinson as the vagabond monk Varlaam.

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March
2016

Giselle (Live) - Royal Opera House 2015/16 Season

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Giselle (Live) - Royal Opera House 2015/16 Season

Giselle is the quintessential Romantic classic, a love affair that begins in the real world and continues beyond the grave. The ballet's title role also offers one of the great challenges of the ballet repertory, as Giselle transforms from an... Read more »

Giselle is the quintessential Romantic classic, a love affair that begins in the real world and continues beyond the grave. The ballet's title role also offers one of the great challenges of the ballet repertory, as Giselle transforms from an innocent peasant girl, duped into love, to a forgiving spirit who saves her lover from death.

For the ballerina this is a role of two contrasting halves: in Act I she must appear naïve and artless, her dancing alive with an earthy enthusiasm; in Act II she transforms into light and air, her dancing so ethereal as to seem weightless. In Peter Wright's production, the dual aspect of the ballet is perfectly achieved: the first act dramatized in rich, naturalistic detail and the second with a spectral, moonlit beauty.

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April
2016

Don Quixote (Live) - Bolshoi Ballet From Moscow 2015/16 Season

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Don Quixote (Live) - Bolshoi Ballet From Moscow 2015/16 Season

Music  Leon Minkus Choreography Alexei Fadeyechev after Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky Libretto Marius Petipa after Miguel de Cervantes Cast The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet Cervantes’ eccentric hero Don Quixote sets off with his loyal squire Sancho... Read more »

Music Leon Minkus

Choreography Alexei Fadeyechev (after Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky)

Libretto Marius Petipa (after Miguel de Cervantes)

Cast The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet

Cervantes’ eccentric hero Don Quixote sets off with his loyal squire Sancho Panza on journey full of adventures in search of his perfect woman. Along the way he meets Kitri, the dazzling daughter of an innkeeper, who he thinks might be his ideal love.

The Bolshoi's panache and excellence are combined in Fadeyechev’s critically acclaimed staging of this exhilarating performance with Leon Minkus’ famous score. Featuring brand new sets and costumes to accompany this colourful and technically challenging production, Don Quixote is quintessential Bolshoi, abounding with life and not to be missed!

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April
2016

Lucia Di Lammermoor (Live) - Royal Opera House 2015/16 Season

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Lucia Di Lammermoor (Live) - Royal Opera House 2015/16 Season

Lucia di Lammermoor tells the story of an ongoing feud between two families in 17th century Scotland that has terrible consequences for two young lovers... It contains what is undoubtedly one of opera's most poignant and gripping mad scenes, and... Read more »

Lucia di Lammermoor tells the story of an ongoing feud between two families in 17th century Scotland that has terrible consequences for two young lovers... It contains what is undoubtedly one of opera's most poignant and gripping mad scenes, and is regarded as one of Donizetti's finest works.

The opera has not been seen at the Royal Opera House in more than a decade, so this new production by Katie Mitchell will be a particularly important and exciting event. The title role will be sung by Diana Damrau, an expert in the coloratura repertory, while American tenor Charles Castronovo takes on that of her secret lover, the reckless and passionate Edgardo.

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April
2016

Rigoletto - Live - Opera National De Paris

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Rigoletto - Live - Opera National De Paris

Act I During a party at the Duke's palace in Mantua, the Duke brags of his romantic conquests. He surveys his court to choose a woman with whom to pass the night and selects the Countess Ceprano. Rigoletto, the hunchbacked... Read more »

Act I During a party at the Duke's palace in Mantua, the Duke brags of his romantic conquests. He surveys his court to choose a woman with whom to pass the night and selects the Countess Ceprano. Rigoletto, the hunchbacked court jester, mocks her cuckolded husband. Marullo reveals that Rigoletto has a secret lover whom he goes to see each night. Together with the Count of Ceprano, they decide to kidnap the woman. The Count of Monterone enters, demanding justice for the honor of his daughter, who was seduced by the Duke. Rigoletto insults him, and Monterone curses the Duke and Rigoletto. Rigoletto is very troubled by the curse, and fears for the safety of his daughter, whom he has kept carefully hidden from the courtiers. On his way home, the jester meets Sparafucile, an assassin who offers him his services, but Rigoletto declines. He returns home and greets Gilda, his daughter, the woman the court mistakenly suspects of being his lover. When Rigoletto leaves, the Duke bribes Gilda's governess, and presents himself to Gilda as a poor student named "Gualtier Maldè." He declares his love for Gilda, whose beauty he admired in church. He hears footsteps, and escapes. The courtiers approach and trick Rigoletto into helping them kidnap Gilda. Act II The courtiers tell the Duke that they have abducted Rigoletto's lover and that she is enclosed in the Duke's bedchamber. He realizes that it is Gilda, and excitedly goes to her. The jester confronts the courtiers, and astonishes them by saying that they have kidnapped his daughter (not his lover.) A bed-tousled Gilda enters. Alone with her father, she confesses her love for the Duke. As Monterone is being taken to the dungeon, Rigoletto vows vengeance on the Duke who has ruined his daughter. Act III Rigoletto has brought Gilda to Sparafucile's inn to show her the real nature of the man she loves. The Duke, once again incognito, flirts with Sparafucile's sister, Maddalena. Gilda laments his faithlessness, but still loves him. Rigoletto sends her home, disguised as a boy in order to avoid notice. Rigoletto then hires Sparafucile to kill the Duke. According to their agreement, Sparafucile will kill the Duke and deliver him in a sack to the jester. However, his sister wants to save the handsome young man. Therefore, they decide to kill the first person to appear at the inn, in order to deceive the hunchback. Gilda, having heard everything, knocks at the inn's door, ready to die in order to save the man she loves. She enters the inn, and is stabbed. Sparafucile gives Rigoletto the sack with the corpse, but in the distance, the Duke can be heard singing. With horror, the hunchback discovers that Gilda is in the sack; she dies, asking for his forgiveness, and Rigoletto remembers Monterone's curse.

April
2016

Frankenstein (Live) - Royal Opera House 2015/16 Season

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Frankenstein (Live) - Royal Opera House 2015/16 Season

Royal Ballet Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett has chosen Mary Shelley's gothic classic Frankenstein as the basis for his first full-length narrative ballet for the Covent Garden Main Stage. A story of betrayal, curiosity, life, death and, above all, love,... Read more »

Royal Ballet Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett has chosen Mary Shelley's gothic classic Frankenstein as the basis for his first full-length narrative ballet for the Covent Garden Main Stage. A story of betrayal, curiosity, life, death and, above all, love, it inspires Scarlett to explore the very depths of human nature and our need to find acceptance and a place in the world.

For this exciting new ballet Scarlett returns to the music of Lowell Liebermann, from whom he has commissioned a brand new score.

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May
2016

Werther (Live) - Royal Opera House 2015/16 Season

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Werther (Live) - Royal Opera House 2015/16 Season

Based on Goethe's novel The Sorrows of Young Werther, Massenet's opera tells the story of the poet Werther's hopeless love for Charlotte, who is committed to another man... The music is full of lyrical beauty, passion and emotional fervour, -... Read more »

Based on Goethe's novel The Sorrows of Young Werther, Massenet's opera tells the story of the poet Werther's hopeless love for Charlotte, who is committed to another man... The music is full of lyrical beauty, passion and emotional fervour, - small wonder that Werther is often considered to be the composer's finest work.

The Royal Opera's Music Director Antonio Pappano returns to conduct film, theatre and opera director Benoît Jacquot's classic production. Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo stars as Werther, alongside Joyce DiDonato, who sings her first Charlotte (one of the great French mezzo roles) in this staging.

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June
2016