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

 

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

Release Date:
5 July 2018

Next Performance:
5 July 2018 19:20

Once upon a time….or maybe twice….there was an unearthly paradise called Pepperland, 80,000 leagues under the sea it lay, a place where beauty, happiness, and music reign supreme.

But this peaceful harmony is shattered when the Blue Meanies invade with their army of storm bloopers, apple bonkers, snapping turtle turks, and the menacing flying glove in an attempt to stop the music and drain Pepperland of all colour and hope. So it’s The Beatles to the rescue, as our animated heroes team up with Young Fred and the Nowhere Man and journey across seven seas to free Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, make peace with the Meanies, and restore music, colour, and love to the world.

But beyond all the glorious music, Yellow Submarine is a landmark in animation, with Heinz Edelmann’s inspired art direction conjuring up a non-stop parade of wildly different styles and techniques. From the paper-doll residents of Pepperland, to the tinted photography of the soot covered roofs and smokestacks Liverpool, the menagerie of fanciful characters in the Sea of Monsters, the kaleidoscopic colour-splashed rotoscoping of Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, the vertigo inducing op-art of the Sea of Holes, and the triumphant euphony of the It’s All Too Much finale, the film is simply a joy.

Everyone attending screenings on Sunday 8th July will receive an exclusive 50th anniversary commemorative pack, including four stunning limited edition collector's cards and a Peppertastic sticker set!

 

Directed by:
George Dunning
Themselves:
The Beatles
Distributor:
Picturehouse Entertainment
Country:
US/UK co-production
Language:
English
Length:
89 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Adventure; Animation; Comedy;

Release Date:
8 July 2018

Next Performance:
8 July 2018 11:00

Muse, the world renowned multi-platinum selling and multi-award winning band, embarked on their ambitious Drones World Tour in 2015-16, playing over 130 dates across the globe. Known for pushing boundaries in terms of their stage production the tour saw the band perform “in the round” from the middle of the arena, with the stage design and configuration giving fans a full 360 degree audio/visual sensory experience.

Central to the tour’s visuals were the Drones, which flew autonomously above the stage and across the audience, alongside giant projections which interacted with the band members on stage. This spectacle, featuring LEDs and lasers perfectly complimented the band’s celebrated repertoire. Key songs performed on the tour included “Psycho”, “Madness”, “Uprising”, “Plug in Baby”, “Supermassive Black Hole” and Knights of Cydonia.”

Filmed and recorded over multiple shows the concert movie includes never before seen special effects along with an exclusive insight from the band in the introduction.

The New York Times has described the Muse live experience as “an endless build-up, heading for one peak after another — is what a Muse concert sets out to deliver by every means available.” Here, we find the band at the height of their powers, creating an unforgettable fan experience that demands to be seen on the big screen. 
 

Directed by:
Tom Kirk; Jan Willem Schram
Themselves:
Matt Bellamy; Chris Wolstenholme; Dominic Howard
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
90 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Music;

Release Date:
12 July 2018

Next Performance:
12 July 2018 20:00

They say she was beautiful. A dream. But for all her good looks, she was also a killer.
SPITFIRE is an epic, sweeping tale of determination, vision and courage. It is the story of an aeroplane that was forged in competition, shaped as the war clouds gathered, and refined in the white heat of combat – going on to become the most famous fighter plane ever made.

Credited with changing the course of world history, this is the story of the Spitfire – told in the words of the last-surviving combat veterans. With stunning aerial footage from the world’s top aviation photographer, the film also contains rare, digitally re-mastered, archive footage from the tumultuous days of the 1940s when her power in the skies was unrivalled.
SPITFIRE also explores how this extraordinary plane thrives today and how it has become an international icon.

The One Night Only event on July 17th features exclusive footage filmed at SPITFIRE’s World Premiere in London, including a Q+A with special guests, hosted by RAF Honorary Group Captain Carol Vorderman.

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Directed by:
David Fairhead; Anthony Palmer
Distributor:
Altitude Film Distribution
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
125 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Documentary; Interview / Q&A;

Release Date:
17 July 2018

ROMEO & JULIET
What if your first true love was someone you’d been told you must hate?

Set in a world very like our own, this Romeo and Juliet is about a generation of young people born into violence and ripped apart by the bitter divisions of their parents.

The most famous story of love at first sight explodes with intense passion and an irresistible desire for change, but leads all too quickly to heartbreaking consequences.
 

Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Country:
United Kingdom
Length:
180 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Theatre;

Release Date:
18 July 2018

Next Performance:
18 July 2018 19:00

One of the most popular live acts in the world, the King of the Waltz André Rieu has announced that his 2018 Maastricht concerts will be screened in over 2000 cinemas worldwide across the weekend of 28th – 29th July, as he performs his hometown shows this year with a celebration of love.

‘Amore, My Tribute to Love’, is the renowned violinists tribute to his love for music, and his love for both of his families; his wife and children, and of course for his Johann Strauss Orchestra, who he has performed with for over 30 years. It follows on from the release of his album ‘Amore’ last year, which features his own versions of classic love songs, from the worlds of popular and classical music.

For this very special concert, André will be offering a lucky winner the ultimate musical love dedication; all cinema-goers will be invited to dedicate one of André’s waltz’s to their loved ones. André will personally select a dedication and he will announce the winner during the concert on both nights.

The unforgettable concerts that take place in André’s hometown of Maastricht in the Netherlands are a sight to behold. Set against the incredible backdrop of the medieval town square, fans fl ock annually from all corners of the world to watch André perform with his 60-piece Johann Strauss Orchestra, as well as sopranos, tenors, and some very special guests. The concerts are packed full of humour, fun and emotion for all ages.

This annual celebration of music that is like no other is also experienced every year in full by hundreds of thousands of fans across the world from the comfort of their local cinema, also treated to some very special behind the scenes extras.

Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins hosts the presentation, interviewing fans and soaking up the joyous atmosphere that bursts right through the cinema screen – as well as catching an
exclusive chat with André the moment he steps off stage!

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

Release Date:
28 July 2018

Next Performance:
28 July 2018 19:00

CONCERT captured live at the Waldbühne Amphitheatre, Berlin.

Join star tenor Jonas Kaufmann for a magical night of music under the stars, featuring famous arias and timeless Italian songs.

Regarded as one of the world’s greatest tenors, Jonas Kaufmann has captivated audiences across the globe with his incredible voice. Join him this summer for a spectacular outdoor concert, captured live at Berlin’s iconic Waldbühne amphitheatre. The star tenor will perform famous arias and timeless Italian songs from his bestselling album Dolce Vita, in what promises to be a magical night of music under the stars.
 

Himself:
Jonas Kaufmann
Distributor:
CinemaLive
Language:
English
Length:
120 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Concert;

Release Date:
30 August 2018

Next Performance:
30 August 2018 19:00

National Theatre Live - Julie
by Polly Stenham
after Strindberg

BAFTA Award-winning actress Vanessa Kirby (The Crown) and Eric Kofi Abrefa (The Amen Corner) feature in the cast of this brand new production, directed by Carrie Cracknell (NT Live: The Deep Blue Sea).

Wild and newly single, Julie throws a late night party. In the kitchen, Jean and Kristina clean up as the celebration heaves above them. Crossing the threshold, Julie initiates a power game with Jean – which rapidly descends into a savage fight for survival.

This new version of August Strindberg’s play Miss Julie, written by Polly Stenham, remains shocking and fiercely relevant in its new setting of contemporary London.
 

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

Release Date:
6 September 2018

Next Performance:
6 September 2018 19:00

THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR

Down on his luck in the suburbs, John Falstaff plans to hustle his way to a comfortable retirement by seducing the wives of two wealthy men.
Unknown to him, it’s the women of Windsor who really pull the strings, orchestrating Falstaff’s comeuppance amidst a theatrical smorgasbord of petty rivalries, jealousies and over-inflated egos.

For a fat Englishman, a Welshman and a Frenchman, the only way is Windsor…
 

Directed by:
Fiona Laird
Starring:
David Troughton
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Country:
United Kingdom
Length:
180 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Theatre;

Release Date:
12 September 2018

Next Performance:
12 September 2018 19:00

La Bohème, the passionate, timeless, and indelible story of love among young artists in Paris, can stake its claim as the world’s most popular opera. Experience the romance of the original Bohemian love story, from the magnificent outdoor setting of the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour.

Distributor:
CinemaLive
Country:
Australia
Language:
English
Length:
150 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Opera;

Release Date:
13 September 2018

Next Performance:
13 September 2018 19:30

The tiny principality of Pontevedro is on the verge of bankruptcy, and the dashing Count Danilo must rescue his country by marrying the newly widowed and fabulously wealthy Hanna Glawari. Only when they meet does he realise that she’s his childhood sweetheart – and that she hasn’t forgiven him for jilting her years ago.

Based on the beloved operetta, this lively tale is set in the ballrooms and salons of Belle Époque Paris and is dressed magnificently in velvets, silks, spangles and feathers. Created especially for The Australian Ballet, The Merry Widow is a laugh-along favourite with hum-along melodies and its heart on its sleeve.
 

Distributor:
CinemaLive
Language:
English
Length:
114 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Ballet;

Release Date:
20 September 2018

Next Performance:
20 September 2018 19:30

National Theatre Live - King Lear
By William Shakespeare

‘Ian McKellen reigns supreme in this triumphant production.’ (Daily Telegraph)

Broadcast live from London’s West End, see Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (Independent) of King Lear in cinemas.

Chichester Festival Theatre’s production received five-star reviews for its sell-out run, and transfers to the West End for a limited season. Jonathan Munby directs this ‘nuanced and powerful’ (The Times) contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play.

Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear sees two ageing fathers – one a King, one his courtier – reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends.
 

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

Release Date:
27 September 2018

Next Performance:
27 September 2018 19:00

In what should be a highlight of the new season, soprano Anna Netrebko sings her first Met Aida, going toe-to-toe with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili as Amneris. Later in the season, a second star-studded cast takes over, with Sondra Radvanovsky and Dolora Zajick as the leading ladies.Tenors Aleksandrs Antonenko and Yonghoon Lee alternate as Radamès, and Nicola Luisotti and Plácido Domingo take the podium for the Met’s monumental production.

Estimated Run Time 3hrs 4mins. / Opera in 3 Acts / 2 Intermissions.
 

See this film at:

High Wycombe  Ipswich  Swindon (Greenbridge) 
Conductor:
Nicola Luisotti
Performers:
Anna Netrebko; Anita Rachvelishvili; Aleksandrs Antonenko; Quinn Kelsey; Ryan Speedo Green
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Language:
Italian
Length:
216 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Opera;

Release Date:
6 October 2018

Next Performance:
6 October 2018 17:55

Oscar Wilde Season LIVE: THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
Broadcast live from the Vaudeville Theatre, London Tuesday 09 OCTOBER 2018, 7.15pm.
Running time: 165 minutes (12AL TBC)

A new production of one of the funniest plays in English, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, will be broadcast live to cinemas from the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End. Wilde’s much-loved masterpiece throws love, logic and language into the air to make one of theatre’s most dazzling firework displays. Jack, Algy, Gwendolyn and Cecily discover how unsmooth runs the course of true love, while Lady Bracknell keeps a baleful eye on the mayhem of manners. This is the fourth and final play from the Oscar Wilde Season, a year-long celebration of the brilliant Victorian playwright being staged by the Classic Spring Theatre Company.

Distributor:
More2Screen
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
165 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Theatre;

Release Date:
9 October 2018

Next Performance:
9 October 2018 19:15

103 album releases, 123 single hits and the equivalent of 20 years spent in the UK charts. Britain’s Ultimate Pop Star, Sir Cliff Richard is celebrating 60 years in the music industry and he wants to invite you to the most fabulous big screen party of the year!

The 60th Anniversary Tour will be broadcast LIVE to your local cinema on Friday 12 October 2018, with special encore screenings on Sunday 14 October in celebration of Cliff's 78th birthday. Featuring a selection of his greatest hits across six decades, this will be Cliff Richard's most exciting tour yet. His incredible energy and passion on stage will sweep you off your feet and be sure to have you swaying in the aisles.
 

LIVE broadcast Friday 12th October 8pm.
Recorded Encore Sunday 14th October 3pm (Cliff Richard’s Birthday!).
Filmed at: Manchester Bridgewater Hall.
Runtime: 150 Minutes (inc interval) 

 

Himself:
Cliff Richard
Distributor:
CinemaLive
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
150 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Music;

Release Date:
12 October 2018

Next Performance:
12 October 2018 20:00

MAYERLING
BALLET IN THREE ACTS
LIVE IN CINEMAS
MONDAY 15 OCTOBER 2018, 7.15PM

Mayerling is a classic of the Royal Ballet repertory, with its emotional depth, haunting imagery, and one of the most demanding roles ever created for a male dancer.

Kenneth MacMillan choreographed a complex work around the psychologically tormented heir to the
Habsburg Empire, Crown Prince Rudolf.

From the ballet’s start, the glamour of the Austro-Hungarian court is contrasted with undercurrents of sexual and political intrigue that drive the story to its violent climax in a double suicide. The large
cast allows for impressive ensembles in addition to the ballet's many solos of
distinctive character and pas de deux of disturbing eroticism.
 
This ballet, bursting with intensity, madness and passion, proves that sometimes the truth is more scandalous than fiction.

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

Choreography:
Kenneth MacMillan
Music:
Franz Liszt
Conductor:
Koen Kessels
Orchestra:
Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House
Distributor:
Royal Opera House Enterprises Ltd
Country:
United Kingdom
Length:
195 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Ballet;

Release Date:
15 October 2018

Next Performance:
15 October 2018 19:15

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

Estimated Run Time 3hrs 4mins. / Opera in 3 Acts / 2 Intermissions.

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

Release Date:
20 October 2018

Next Performance:
20 October 2018 17:55

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

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

Release Date:
26 October 2018

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

Estimated Run Time 3hrs 22mins. / Opera in 3 Acts / 2 Intermissions.

 

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

Release Date:
27 October 2018

Next Performance:
27 October 2018 17:55

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Release Date:
28 October 2018

Next Performance:
28 October 2018 17:00

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

Estimated Run Time 2hrs 52mins. / Opera in 2 Acts / 1 Intermission.

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

Release Date:
10 November 2018

Next Performance:
10 November 2018 17:55

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

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

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

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

Release Date:
13 November 2018

Next Performance:
13 November 2018 19:15

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Release Date:
14 November 2018

Next Performance:
14 November 2018 19:00

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

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

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

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

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

Release Date:
20 November 2018

Next Performance:
20 November 2018 19:00

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

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


Loosely based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, the ballet begins in the 19th-century German home of the Stahlbaums, where they are hosting a lively Christmas party. The period setting is captured in opulent detail by Julia Trevelyan Oman's designs, which include authentic Christmas tree decorations that are magically brought to life. Wright's choreography ingeniously incorporates surviving fragments of the ballet's original material, including the sublime pas de deux for the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince. But in emphasizing the relationship between Clara and the Nutcracker, the production also gains a touching subtext of first love.


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

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

Release Date:
3 December 2018

Next Performance:
3 December 2018 19:15

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

Estimated Run Time 3hrs 7mins. / Opera in 3 Acts / 2 Intermissions.

 

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

Release Date:
15 December 2018

Next Performance:
15 December 2018 17:55

THIS IS AN ENCORE PERFORMANCE.

The first season of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company Live promises an exceptional series of plays broadcast to cinemas from London’s Garrick Theatre over the course of a year.

The season begins with The Winter’s Tale. Shakespeare's timeless tragicomedy of obsession and redemption is reimagined in a new production co-directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh, following their triumphant staging of Macbeth in Manchester and Manhattan.

King Leontes appears to have everything: power, wealth, a loving family and friends. But sexual jealousy sets in motion a chain of events with tragic consequences…

The Winter’s Tale will star a remarkable group of actors, featuring Judi Dench as Paulina, alongside Tom Bateman (Florizel), Jessie Buckley (Perdita), Hadley Fraser (Polixenes), Miranda Raison (Hermione) and Kenneth Branagh as Leontes.
 

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Directed by:
Rob Ashford; Kenneth Branagh
Starring:
Pierre Atri; Jaygann Ayeh; Tom Bateman; Kenneth Branagh; Jessie Buckley; Vera Chok; Jack Colgrave Hirst; John Dagleish; Judi Dench; Hadley Fraser; Adam Garcia; Rudi Goodman; Matthew Hawksley; Taylor James; Pip Jordan; Ansu Kabia; Stuart Neal; Michael Pennington; Zoė Rainey; Miranda Raison
Distributor:
Picturehouse Entertainment
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
184 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Theatre;

Release Date:
17 December 2018

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

Estimated Run Time 3hrs 33mins. / Opera in 3 Acts / 2 Intermissions.

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

Release Date:
12 January 2019

Next Performance:
12 January 2019 17:55

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Release Date:
22 January 2019

Next Performance:
22 January 2019 18:45

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

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

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

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

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


 

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

Release Date:
30 January 2019

Next Performance:
30 January 2019 18:45

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

Estimated Run Time 3hrs 21mins. / Opera in 2 Acts / 1 Intermission.

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

Release Date:
2 February 2019

Next Performance:
2 February 2019 17:55

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

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

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

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

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


 

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

Release Date:
19 February 2019

Next Performance:
19 February 2019 19:15

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

Estimated Run Time 2hrs 35mins. / Opera in 2 Acts / 1 Intermission.

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

Release Date:
2 March 2019

Next Performance:
2 March 2019 17:55

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

Estimated Run Time 4hrs 55mins. / Opera in 3 Acts / 2 Intermissions.

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

Release Date:
30 March 2019

Next Performance:
30 March 2019 17:00

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

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

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

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

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

Release Date:
2 April 2019

Next Performance:
2 April 2019 18:15

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

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

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

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

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

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

Release Date:
30 April 2019

Next Performance:
30 April 2019 18:45

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

Estimated Run Time 3hrs 33mins. / Opera in 2 Acts /  Intermission.

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

Release Date:
11 May 2019

Next Performance:
11 May 2019 17:00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Release Date:
16 May 2019

Next Performance:
16 May 2019 19:15

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

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

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

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

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

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

Release Date:
11 June 2019

Next Performance:
11 June 2019 19:15