Ex Machina

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Ex Machina

108 min - Drama,Mystery & Suspense,Science Fiction & Fantasy - 23 Jan 2015

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Ex Machina

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Ex Machina

108 min - Drama,Mystery & Suspense,Science Fiction & Fantasy - 23 Jan 2015

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Into The Woods

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Into The Woods

125 min - Musical & Performing Arts - 9 Jan 2015

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The Gambler

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The Gambler

111 min - Mystery & Suspense,Drama - 23 Jan 2015

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World Of Dreams

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World Of Dreams

90 min - Sci Fi; Action - 30 Jan 2015

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Mortdecai

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Mortdecai

107 min - Action & Adventure - 23 Jan 2015

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Kingsman: The Secret Service

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Kingsman: The Secret Service

129 min - Mystery & Suspense - 30 Jan 2015

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American Sniper

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American Sniper

134 min - Drama,Action & Adventure - 16 Jan 2015

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Big Hero 6

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Big Hero 6

108 min - Animation,Kids & Family - 30 Jan 2015

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Andrea Chenier - Live - Royal Opera House

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Andrea Chenier - Live - Royal Opera House

150 min - Live Opera - 29 Jan 2015

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Birdman

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Birdman

120 min - Comedy - 2 Jan 2015

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Barbara Dickson - Winter Uk Tour 2015

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Barbara Dickson - Winter Uk Tour 2015

150 min - Live Concert - 2 Feb 2015

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Jim Davidson - No Further Action

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Jim Davidson - No Further Action

150 min - Live Comedy - 1 Feb 2015

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Wild

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Wild

116 min - Drama - 16 Jan 2015

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The Theory Of Everything

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The Theory Of Everything

124 min - Drama Romance - 1 Jan 2015

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Testament Of Youth

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Testament Of Youth

130 min - Drama,Romance - 16 Jan 2015

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The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death

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The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death

98 min - Mystery & Suspense,Horror - 1 Jan 2015

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Foxcatcher

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Foxcatcher

134 min - Drama - 17 Jan 2015

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Taken 3

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Taken 3

109 min - Action & Adventure - 9 Jan 2015

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Kernow King - Splann

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Kernow King - Splann

120 min - Live Stand Up Comedy - 13 Feb 2015

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The Theory Of Everything

Rated 12A
The Theory Of Everything

A look at the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife.

January

Into The Woods

Rated PG
Into The Woods

Into the Woods is a modern twist on several of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows... Read more »

"Into the Woods" is a modern twist on several of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy)-all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them. 

January

Mortdecai

Rated 12A
Mortdecai

Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai Johnny Depp must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in... Read more »

Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold. 

January

The Gambler

Rated 15
The Gambler

Jim Bennett Academy Award R -nominee Mark Wahlberg is a risk taker. Both an English professor and a high-stakes gambler, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster Michael Kenneth Williams and offers his own life as collateral.... Read more »

Jim Bennett (Academy Award (R)-nominee Mark Wahlberg) is a risk taker. Both an English professor and a high-stakes gambler, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster (Michael Kenneth Williams) and offers his own life as collateral. Always one step ahead, Bennett pits his creditor against the operator of a gambling ring (Alvin Ing) and leaves his dysfunctional relationship with his wealthy mother (Academy Award (R)-winner Jessica Lange) in his wake. He plays both sides, immersing himself in an illicit, underground world while garnering the attention of Frank (John Goodman), a loan shark with a paternal interest in Bennetts future. As his relationship with a student (Brie Larson) deepens, Bennett must take the ultimate risk for a second chance...

January

Andrea Chenier - Live - Royal Opera House

Andrea Chenier - Live - Royal Opera House

Umberto Giordano’s Andrea Chénier 1896 presents a fictionalised account of the last years of the French poet André Chénier, guillotined during the Reign of Terror in 1794. It is the greatest of Giordano’s operas and shows why Puccini sometimes feared... Read more »

Umberto Giordano’s Andrea Chénier (1896) presents a fictionalised account of the last years of the French poet André Chénier, guillotined during the Reign of Terror in 1794. It is the greatest of Giordano’s operas and shows why Puccini sometimes feared Giordano as a rival. Taking the starring role of Chénier, with its three marvellous arias, is Jonas Kaufmann, Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek sings the role of Chénier’s beloved Maddalena (which includes the great aria ‘La mamma morta’, a favourite with Maria Callas) and Serbian baritone Željko Lu?i? stars as Carlo Gérard – the servant-turned-revolutionary who is Chénier’s rival for the love of Maddalena. With a string of successful productions for The Royal Opera to his name, including Rigoletto and Les Troyens, director David McVicar brings Giordano’s thrilling historical drama back to the Royal Opera House for the first time since 1985 in a stunning new production.

Starring

Jonas Kaufmann, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Željko Lu?i?

Composer

Umberto Giordano

Conductor

Antonio Pappano

Director

David McVicar

Production Information

Opera in four acts

Sung in Italian

Running time 150 minutes (approx)

Including one interval

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January

Big Hero 6

Rated PG
Big Hero 6

With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Big Hero 6 is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius-thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends:... Read more »

With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, "Big Hero 6" is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius-thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion-a robot named Baymax-and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery. 

January

World Of Dreams

Rated 12A
World Of Dreams

Upcoming Director Writer Ryan Vacey has assembled aspiring Actors from the local community of West Cornwall. The self funded project has ventured to various locations around West Cornwall to produce this Micro-budget film. The Journey Begins in the action packed,... Read more »

Upcoming Director / Writer Ryan Vacey has assembled aspiring Actors from the local community of West Cornwall. The self funded project has ventured to various locations around West Cornwall to produce this Micro-budget film.

The Journey Begins in the action packed, sci-fi adventure World Of Dreams! Jason Taylor (Igor Sharp), a University student who has joined an excavation as part of a work placement with Dr Robert Goodwell (Carl Hobday). On the site he meets a Mysterious man (Tony King) who claims they have found something. This in fact turns out to be a forgotten civilisation! 

January
Fri 30th Upcoming Director / Writer Ryan Vacey has assembled aspiring Actors from the local community of West Cornwall. The self funded project has ventured to various locations around West Cornwall to produce this Micro-budget film. Please support this upcoming Filmmaker!

American Sniper

Rated 15
American Sniper

From director Clint Eastwood comes American Sniper, starring Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history. But there was much more to this true American hero than his skill with a rifle. U.S. Navy SEAL... Read more »

From director Clint Eastwood comes "American Sniper," starring Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history. But there was much more to this true American hero than his skill with a rifle. U.S. Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and, as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname "Legend." However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. Despite the danger, as well as the toll on his family at home, Chris serves through four harrowing tours of duty in Iraq, becoming emblematic of the SEAL creed to "leave no man behind." But upon returning home, Chris finds that it is the war he cant leave behind. 

January

The Boxtrolls

Rated PG
The Boxtrolls

A family event movie from the creators of Coraline and ParaNorman that introduces audiences to a new breed of family - The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs voiced... Read more »

A family event movie from the creators of "Coraline" and "ParaNorman" that introduces audiences to a new breed of family - The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in the amazing cavernous home theyve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the towns villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, "into the light," where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnifred (Elle Fanning). Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs family. Directors: Anthony Staachi and Graham Annable. 

January

Tinker Bell And The Legend Of The Neverbeast

Rated U
Tinker Bell And The Legend Of The Neverbeast

Fun and talented animal fairy Fawn believes you cant judge a book by its cover, or an animal by its fangs, so she befriends a huge and mysterious creature known as the NeverBeast. 

January

Paddington

Rated PG
Paddington

A young English boy befriends a talking bear he finds at a London train station. A live-action feature based on the series of popular childrens books by Michael Bond. 

January

The Kidnapping Of Michel Houellebecq

Rated 15
The Kidnapping Of Michel Houellebecq

September 16th 2011. The TV news networks, newspapers, blogs, websites and radio stations are all reporting on one story: star author Michel Houellebecq, winner of the prestigious Prix Goncourt in 2010, has been abducted. Some members of the media go... Read more »

September 16th 2011. The TV news networks, newspapers, blogs, websites and radio stations are all reporting on one story: star author Michel Houellebecq, winner of the prestigious Prix Goncourt in 2010, has been abducted. Some members of the media go so far as to suggest that Al-Qaeda may be involved.

For the next few days, the news ripples through literary circles and members of the press, feeding buzz and speculation. A brazen kidnapping? An identity crisis? A plan to escape abroad? A schizophrenic delirium?

Michel will never provide the media with any rational explanation for what happened to him.

February
Sun 1st SUBTITLED Performance - Penwith Film Society - Winter/Spring 2015 Season
Mon 2nd SUBTITLED Performance - Penwith Film Society - Winter/Spring 2015 Season

Loves Labours Lost - Live - Royal Shakespeare Company

Loves Labours Lost - Live - Royal Shakespeare Company

Summer 1914. In order to dedicate themselves to a life of study, the King and his friends take an oath to avoid the company of women for three years. No sooner have they made their pledge than the Princess of... Read more »

Summer 1914. In order to dedicate themselves to a life of study, the King and his friends take an oath to avoid the company of women for three years. No sooner have they made their pledge than the Princess of France and her ladies-in-waiting arrive, presenting them with a severe test of resolve.

Shakespeares sparkling comedy delights in championing and then unravelling an unrealistic vow, mischievously suggesting that the study of the opposite sex is in fact the highest of all academic endeavours. Only at the end of the play is the merriment curtailed as the lovers agree to submit to a period apart, unaware that the world around them is about to be utterly transformed by the war to end all wars.

Christopher Luscombe directs one acting company in both Loves Labours Lost and Loves Labours Won (usually known as Much Ado About Nothing).

Event Cinemas - Beamed from stage to screen
February

Fifty Shades Of Grey

Rated 18
Fifty Shades Of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey is the hotly anticipated film adaptation of the bestselling book that has become a global phenomenon. Since its release, the “Fifty Shades” trilogy has been translated into 51 languages worldwide and sold more than 100 million... Read more »

Fifty Shades of Grey is the hotly anticipated film adaptation of the bestselling book that has become a global phenomenon. Since its release, the “Fifty Shades” trilogy has been translated into 51 languages worldwide and sold more than 100 million copies in e-book and print—making it one of the biggest and fastest-selling book series ever.

Stepping into the roles of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, who have become iconic to millions of readers, are Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson.

Showing from the 13th February 2015, the times will be available on the website the Tuesday before this date.

Kajaki

Rated 15
Kajaki

Kajaki Dam 2006. A company of young British soldiers encounter an unexpected, terrifying enemy. A dried-out river bed, and under every step the possibility of an anti-personnel mine. A mine that could cost you your leg - or your life.

Showing from the 24th February 2015, the times will be available on the website the Tuesday before this date.

Der Fliegende Hollander - Live - Royal Opera House

Der Fliegende Hollander - Live - Royal Opera House

Wagner’s first masterpiece explores the themes of damnation and redemption that would fascinate the composer throughout his career. In this tale of a captain forced to sail the seas for eternity unless released by the faithful love of a good... Read more »

Wagner’s first masterpiece explores the themes of damnation and redemption that would fascinate the composer throughout his career. In this tale of a captain forced to sail the seas for eternity unless released by the faithful love of a good woman, and the lonely girl who longs to save him, Wagner created two unforgettable characters operating near the limits of human emotion. Tim Albery’s atmospheric 2009 modern-dress staging provides an ideal platform on which Bryn Terfel’s turbulent Dutchman and Adrianne Pieczonka’s visionary Senta will explore their passions and struggle to find salvation in a hostile world. Admired for his Wagner interpretations with the CBSO and at Bayreuth, Andris Nelsons returns to steer the orchestra through Wagner’s stormy score.

Starring

Bryn Terfel, Adrianne Pieczonka, Peter Rose

Composer

Richard Wagner

Conductor

Andris Nelsons

Director

Tim Albery

Production Information

Opera in three acts

Sung in German

Running time 140 minutes (approx)

No interval

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February

Loves Labours Won - Live - Royal Shakespeare Company

Loves Labours Won - Live - Royal Shakespeare Company

Autumn 1918. A group of soldiers return from the trenches. The world-weary Benedick and his friend Claudio find themselves reacquainted with Beatrice and Hero. As memories of conflict give way to a life of parties and masked balls, Claudio and... Read more »

Autumn 1918. A group of soldiers return from the trenches. The world-weary Benedick and his friend Claudio find themselves reacquainted with Beatrice and Hero. As memories of conflict give way to a life of parties and masked balls, Claudio and Hero fall madly, deeply in love, while Benedick and Beatrice reignite their own altogether more combative courtship.

Shakespeares comic romance plays out amidst the brittle high spirits of a post-war house party, as youthful passions run riot, lovers are deceived and happiness is threatened before peace ultimately wins the day.

Christopher Luscombe directs the second of Shakespeares matching pair of comedies that rejoice in our capacity to find love in the most unlikely places. Better known as Much Ado About Nothing, the play is performed under the title Loves Labours Won, a name possibly given to it during Shakespeares lifetime.

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March

Behind The Beautiful Forevers - Live - National Theatre

Rated 12A
Behind The Beautiful Forevers - Live - National Theatre

Meera Syal The Kumars, Goodness Gracious Me, Rafta Rafta at the National returns to the National Theatre, directed by Rufus Norris Broken, London Road . Pulizter Prize-winner Katherine Boo spent three years in Annawadi recording the lives of its residents.... Read more »

Meera Syal (The Kumars, Goodness Gracious Me, Rafta Rafta at the National) returns to the National Theatre, directed by Rufus Norris (Broken, London Road).

Pulizter Prize-winner Katherine Boo spent three years in Annawadi recording the lives of its residents. From her uncompromising book, winner of the National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2012, David Hare has fashioned a tumultuous play on an epic scale.

India is surging with global ambition. But beyond the luxury hotels surrounding Mumbai airport lies a makeshift slum, full of people with plans of their own. Zehrunisa and her son Abdul aim to recycle enough rubbish to fund a proper house. Sunil, twelve and stunted, wants to eat until he’s as tall as Kalu the thief. Asha seeks to steal government anti-poverty funds to turn herself into a ‘first-class person’, while her daughter Manju intends to become the slum’s first female graduate.

But their schemes are fragile; global recession threatens the garbage trade, and another slum-dweller is about to make an accusation that will destroy herself and shatter the neighbourhood.

BOX OFFICE OPENS 23.10.14 

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March

Swan Lake - Live - Royal Opera House

Swan Lake - Live - Royal Opera House

Swan Lake, surely the greatest of all Romantic ballets, is the captivating story of a beautiful woman transformed into a swan, and a heart-rending tribute to the power of love. Swan Lake is a perfect synthesis of choreography and music... Read more »

Swan Lake, surely the greatest of all Romantic ballets, is the captivating story of a beautiful woman transformed into a swan, and a heart-rending tribute to the power of love. Swan Lake is a perfect synthesis of choreography and music and, though Tchaikovsky did not live to see it become a success, his first ballet score is now synonymous with ballet itself, inspiring generations of dancers and crossing over into popular culture. From the earliest days of the Vic-Wells Ballet, Swan Lake has been one of The Royal Ballet’s signature works. In creating this production, Anthony Dowell aimed to return to an authentic version of the choreography created by the great Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov for the Mariinsky Theatre in 1895. Yolanda Sonnabend’s designs draw on the Russian Imperial Court of that period with an inspired blend of historical accuracy and gothic fantasy. The court scenes of Acts I and III have a dark glamour rooted in the opulent style of Carl Fabergé, while the famous lakeside ‘white’ acts are rich with mist, shadow and moonlight.

Starring

Cast to be confirmed

Composer

Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky

Conductor

Boris Gruzin

Choreographer

Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov

Production Information

Ballet in four acts

Running time 180 minutes (approx)

Including two intervals

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March

Hamlet - Royal Exchange Manchester

Hamlet - Royal Exchange Manchester

From its sell-out run at Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre comes this unique and critically acclaimed production of Shakespeare's tragic Hamlet. In this stripped-back, fresh and fast-paced version, BAFTA nominee Maxine Peake creates a Hamlet for now, giving a performance hailed... Read more »

From its sell-out run at Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre comes this unique and critically acclaimed production of Shakespeare's tragic Hamlet. In this stripped-back, fresh and fast-paced version, BAFTA nominee Maxine Peake creates a Hamlet for now, giving a performance hailed as "delicately ferocious" by The Guardian and "a milestone Hamlet" by the Manchester Evening News.

Hamlet is Shakespeare’s most iconic work. The play explodes with big ideas and is the ultimate story of loyalty, love, betrayal, murder and madness. Hamlet's father is dead and Denmark has crowned a new king. Consumed by grief, he struggles to exact revenge, with devastating consequences.

This groundbreaking stage production, directed by Sarah Frankcom, was the Royal Exchange’s fastest-selling show in a decade. Alongside Maxine Peake as the eponymous prince, a number of other roles, including Polonious and Rosencrantz, are also played by women. Hamlet is brought to cinemas by director Margaret Williams, whose Written on Skin for the Royal Opera House/BBC won the Gramophone Contemporary Award and the Diapason d’or, and producers Anne Beresford and Debbie Gray, the team behind the highly successful cinema broadcast of Peter Grimes on Aldeburgh Beach.

March

A View From The Bridge - Live - National Theatre - A Young Vic Production

Rated 12A
A View From The Bridge - Live - National Theatre - A Young Vic Production

Don’t miss a stellar cast led by Mark Strong The Imitation Game; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy in the Young Vic’s ‘magnetic, electrifying, astonishingly bold’ production of A View from the Bridge – the Evening Standard, Guardian and Independent’s top theatre... Read more »

Don’t miss a stellar cast led by Mark Strong (The Imitation Game; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) in the Young Vic’s ‘magnetic, electrifying, astonishingly bold’ production of A View from the Bridge – the Evening Standard, Guardian and Independent’s top theatre pick of 2014. 

The great Arthur Miller confronts the American dream in this dark and passionate tale. In Brooklyn, longshoreman Eddie Carbone welcomes his Sicilian cousins to the land of freedom. But when one of them falls for his beautiful niece, they discover that freedom comes at a price. Eddie’s jealous mistrust exposes a deep, unspeakable secret – one that drives him to commit the ultimate betrayal.

The visionary Ivo van Hove directs this stunning production of Miller’s tragic masterpiece, broadcast from London’s West End by National Theatre Live.

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March

Rise & Fall Of The City Of Mahagonny - Live - Royal Opera House

Rise & Fall Of The City Of Mahagonny - Live - Royal Opera House

A major work from the remarkable partnership of playwright and poet Bertolt Brecht and composer Kurt Weill, Mahagonny was first performed in Leipzig in 1930. Its first ever Royal Opera staging, by Associate Director of Opera John Fulljames, is sung... Read more »

A major work from the remarkable partnership of playwright and poet Bertolt Brecht and composer Kurt Weill, Mahagonny was first performed in Leipzig in 1930. Its first ever Royal Opera staging, by Associate Director of Opera John Fulljames, is sung in English, and conducted by Mark Wigglesworth – recently announced as the successor to Edward Gardner as Music Director of English National Opera. Mahagonny is a satire on money, morality and pleasure-seeking among the dubious citizens of a fictional city. The richly varied, jazz-infused score, influenced by ragtime music, includes such irresistible melodies as the ‘Alabama Song’ and many dramatic ensembles. The superb cast includes Kurt Streit as the wild lumberjack Jimmy, Christine Rice as his sweetheart Jenny, Anne Sofie von Otter in a welcome return to The Royal Opera as the cunning Leokadja Begbick, and Peter Hoare and Willard W. White as her helpers and fellow-fugitives Fatty and Moses.

Starring

Christine Rice, Willard W. White, Anne Sofie von Otter, Kurt Streit, Peter Hoare and Darren Jeffery

Composer

Kurt Weill

Conductor

Mark Wigglesworth

Director

John Fulljames

Production Information

Opera in three acts

Sung in English

Running time 180 minutes (approx)

Including two intervals

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April

The Hard Problem - Live - National Theatre

Rated 12A
The Hard Problem - Live - National Theatre

Acclaimed playwright Tom Stoppard Shakespeare in Love, Arcadia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead returns to the National Theatre with his highly-anticipated new play The Hard Problem, directed by Nicholas Hytner Othello, Hamlet, One Man, Two Guvnors . Hilary, a young... Read more »

Acclaimed playwright Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love, Arcadia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead) returns to the National Theatre with his highly-anticipated new play The Hard Problem, directed by Nicholas Hytner (Othello, Hamlet, One Man, Two Guvnors).

Hilary, a young psychology researcher at a brainscience institute, is nursing a private sorrow and a troubling question at work, where psychology and biology meet. If there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness? This is ‘the hard problem’ which puts Hilary at odds with her colleagues who include her first mentor Spike, her boss Leo and the billionaire founder of the institute, Jerry. Is the day coming when the computer and the fMRI scanner will answer all the questions psychology can ask? Meanwhile Hilary needs a miracle, and she is prepared to pray for one.

BOX OFFICE OPENS 23.10.14 

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April

La Fille Mal Gardee - Live - Royal Opera House

La Fille Mal Gardee - Live - Royal Opera House

Frederick Ashton’s final full-length ballet is one of his most joyous creations, inspired by his love for the Suffolk countryside. It is based on an 1828 French ballet and the music was adapted by John Lanchbery from Ferdinand Hérold’s original... Read more »

Frederick Ashton’s final full-length ballet is one of his most joyous creations, inspired by his love for the Suffolk countryside. It is based on an 1828 French ballet and the music was adapted by John Lanchbery from Ferdinand Hérold’s original score. La Fille mal gardée was a resounding success on its premiere in 1960 and has remained a firm favourite in The Royal Ballet’s repertory. The ballet is laced with good humour and a whirl of dancing chickens, grouchy guardians and halfwit suitors take to the stage. Ashton affectionately incorporated elements of national folk dance into his choreography, from a Lancashire clog dance to a maypole dance, making La Fille mal gardée (despite its title) The Royal Ballet’s most emphatically English work. Osbert Lancaster’s colourful designs reinforce the robust wit of the production.

Starring

Cast to be confirmed

Composer

Ferdinand Hérold

Conductor

Barry Wordsworth

Choreographer

Frederick Ashton

Production Information

Ballet in two acts

Running time 135 minutes (approx)

Including one interval

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May

Man And Superman - Live - National Theatre

Rated 12A
Man And Superman - Live - National Theatre

Academy Award® nominee Ralph Fiennes The English Patient, Schindler’s List; Oedipus at the National Theatre plays Jack Tanner in this exhilarating reinvention of Shaw’s witty, provocative classic. A romantic comedy, an epic fairytale, a fiery philosophical debate, Man and Superman... Read more »

Academy Award® nominee Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient, Schindler’s List; Oedipus at the National Theatre) plays Jack Tanner in this exhilarating reinvention of Shaw’s witty, provocative classic.

A romantic comedy, an epic fairytale, a fiery philosophical debate, Man and Superman asks fundamental questions about how we live.

Jack Tanner, celebrated radical thinker and rich bachelor, seems an unlikely choice as guardian to the alluring heiress, Ann. But she takes it in her assured stride and, despite the love of a poet, she decides to marry and tame this dazzling revolutionary.

Tanner, appalled by the whiff of domesticity, is tipped off by his chauffeur and flees to Spain, where he is captured by bandits and meets The Devil. An extraordinary dream-debate, heaven versus hell, ensues. Following in hot pursuit, Ann is there when Tanner awakes, as fierce in her certainty as he is in his.

BOX OFFICE OPENS 23.10.14 

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May

The Pirates Of Penzance - Live: English National Opera

The Pirates Of Penzance - Live: English National Opera

English National Opera: The Pirates of Penzance LIVE by Gilbert & Sullivan directed by Mike Leigh.  Guaranteed to be a major event, Mike Leigh Palme d’Or winner and five times Oscar nominee directs his first ever opera for the stage.... Read more »

English National Opera: The Pirates of Penzance (LIVE) by Gilbert & Sullivan directed by Mike Leigh. 

Guaranteed to be a major event, Mike Leigh (Palme d’Or winner and five times Oscar nominee) directs his first ever opera for the stage. Gilbert and Sullivan’s popular comic opera features much-loved favourites including A Policeman’s Lot is Not a Happy One and I am the Very Model of a Modern Major General.

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May

La Boheme - Live - Royal Opera House

La Boheme - Live - Royal Opera House

The most popular opera of all returns in one of The Royal Opera’s best loved stagings, regularly revived since its opening night in 1974 – and now being seen for the very last time. John Copley’s keen stagecraft and loving... Read more »

The most popular opera of all returns in one of The Royal Opera’s best loved stagings, regularly revived since its opening night in 1974 – and now being seen for the very last time. John Copley’s keen stagecraft and loving attention to period and dramatic detail make his production a masterpiece of realism, while Julia Trevelyan Oman’s designs evoke the atmosphere of 19th-century Paris. Several of today’s greatest opera stars return to bid farewell to this sublime staging, notably Anna Netrebko as Mimì, and Joseph Calleja as her lover, Rodolfo. Israeli conductor Dan Ettinger conducts one of Puccini’s most emotional and melodious scores, in a revival that promises to go down in Royal Opera history.

Starring

Anna Netrebko, Joseph Calleja, Lucas Meachem and Jennifer Rowley

Composer

Giacomo Puccini

Conductor

Dan Ettinger

Director

John Copley

Production Information

Opera in four acts

Sung in Italian

Running Time 170 minutes (approx)

Including two intervals

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June

Guillaume Tell - Live - Royal Opera House

Guillaume Tell - Live - Royal Opera House

Opening with what is arguably the most exciting of all operatic overtures, Rossini’s final opera helped to lay the foundations of the genre of French grand opéra that dominated European stages throughout the mid-19th century. The opera’s theme is liberty,... Read more »

Opening with what is arguably the most exciting of all operatic overtures, Rossini’s final opera helped to lay the foundations of the genre of French grand opéra that dominated European stages throughout the mid-19th century. The opera’s theme is liberty, as exemplified in the struggle against Austrian occupation led by the Swiss archer and patriot Guillaume Tell: in the opera’s most famous scene, Tell shoots an apple from his son’s head, a feat that inspires his countrymen to revolt. Rossini’s score is one of his most outstanding, and packed with glorious arias, choruses and ensembles, as those who have heard Antonio Pappano’s admired recording will know. The exciting young Italian director Damiano Michieletto makes his debut with what promises to be a spectacular and thought-provoking production.

Starring

Gerald Finley, Malin Byström, John Osborn, Enkelejda Shkosa, Sofia Fomina and Nicolas Courjal

Composer

Gioachino Rossini

Conductor

Antonio Pappano

Director

Damiano Michieletto

Production Information

Opera in four acts

Sung in French

Running time 240 minutes (approx)

Including two intervals

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July

The Merchant Of Venice - Live - Royal Shakespeare Company

The Merchant Of Venice - Live - Royal Shakespeare Company

In the melting pot of Venice, trade is God. With its ships plying the globe, the city opens its arms to all, as long as they come prepared to do business and there is profit to be made. With the... Read more »

In the melting pot of Venice, trade is God. With its ships plying the globe, the city opens its arms to all, as long as they come prepared to do business and there is profit to be made.

With the gold flowing all is well, but when a contract between Bassanio and Shylock is broken, simmering racial tensions boil over. A wronged father, and despised outsider, Shylock looks to exact the ultimate price for a deal sealed in blood.

Polly Findlay (Arden of Faversham 2014) directs Shakespeares uncompromising tragedy.

July
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Othello - Live - Royal Shakespeare Company

Othello - Live - Royal Shakespeare Company

Othello is the greatest general of his age. A fearsome warrior, loving husband and revered defender of Venice against its enemies. But he is also an outsider whose victories have created enemies of his own, men driven by prejudice and... Read more »

Othello is the greatest general of his age. A fearsome warrior, loving husband and revered defender of Venice against its enemies.

But he is also an outsider whose victories have created enemies of his own, men driven by prejudice and jealousy to destroy him. As they plot in the shadows, Othello realises too late that the greatest danger lies not in the hatred of others, but his own fragile and destructive pride.

After more than a decade working in film and television on projects from Star Wars to Holby City, Hugh Quarshie returns to the RSC to play Shakespeare's Othello. He was last seen with us in Faust and Julius Caesar (1996). Hugh will play opposite Lucian Msamati in the role of Iago, returning to the RSC following his role as Pericles in 2006. The production is directed by Iqbal Khan (Much Ado About Nothing, 2012).

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August