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Detroit (15)
In the summer of 1967, rioting and civil unrest starts to tear apart the city of Detroit. Two days later, a report of gunshots prompts the Detroit Police Department, the Michigan State Police and the Michigan Army National Guard to search and seize an annex of the nearby Algiers Motel. Several policemen start to flout procedure by forcefully and viciously interrogating guests to get a confession. As tension rises, its doubtful who will survive the night 
25/09/2017 To 28/09/2017
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In Bed With Victoria (15)
First seen in one of several unfruitful therapy sessions, the powerhouse blond lawyer Victoria (Virginie Efira from Family to Rent) soon finds herself at a friend’s wedding where the plot officially kicks in. During the party she runs into Sam (Vincent Lacoste), a former dealer she once defended in court, and who’s now looking to be her legal intern and/or man slave. She also crosses paths with Vincent (Melvil Poupaud) who’s engaged in a stormy relationship with Eve (Alice Daquet). This second feature from writer-director Justine Triet (Age of Panic) opened Critics’ Week in Cannes 2016.
25/09/2017 To 27/09/2017
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Black Sabbath: The End of The End

The End of The Endc hronicles the final tour from the band who forged the sound of metal - BlackSabbath. After nearly 50 years together, the Birmingham band took to thestage for the last time in their home city, bringing down the curtain on their final tour ever. They performed generation-spanning songs that have defined a genre in front of a sold-out arena and, in exclusive new interviews, the band themselves tell it how they lived it. After half a century, this is your chanceto hear the final word from the greatest metal band of all time.

28/09/2017 19:00
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The Limehouse Golem (15)
A series of murders has shaken the community to the point where people believe that only a legendary creature from dark times – the mythical so-called Golem– must be responsible.
29/09/2017 To 05/10/2017
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God's Own Country (15)

Captivatingand broodingly beautiful, God's Own Country is the award winning debutfeature from writer/director Francis Lee. Bracingly open hearted, this is athrillingly romantic story set in the heart of rural Yorkshire. Both poignantand moving, this finely crafted British film features a host of standoutperformances, marking it out as an absolute must see.

JohnnySaxby (Josh O’Connor) works long hours on his family’s remote farm in the northof England. He numbs the daily frustration of his lonely existence with nightlybinge-drinking at the local pub and casual sex. But when a handsome Romanianmigrant worker (Alec Secareanu) arrives to take up temporary work on the familyfarm, Johnny suddenly finds himself having to deal with emotions he has neverfelt before. As they begin working closely together during lambing season, anintense relationship starts to form which could change Johnny’s life forever

29/09/2017 To 04/10/2017
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The Limehouse Golem (15) - Subtitled
30/09/2017 10:30
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ROH LIVE: La Boheme

One of the most popular operas in the repertory, Puccini’sromantic portrayal of bohemian Paris has captivated generations of opera loversand newcomers with wonderful music and a love story drawn from everyday life.

It is love at first sight when Rodolfo and Mimì meet, andwhat ensues is a passionate, timeless, and moving story. Centring on a group ofyoung artists, La bohème follows their struggles to find money for items suchas food and rent, heartened by their friendships and romantic ideals. They livecontentedly in their small apartment, but their idyllic lifestyle is threatenedwhen Rodolfo learns that Mimì is gravely ill.

 

Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts a superbyoung cast including Australian soprano Nicole Car as Mimì and American tenorMichael Fabiano as Rodolfo in this new production that returns to the essenceof Puccini’s original opera. It captures the liveliness of a bustling 19thcentury Paris as well as providing some beautifully poignant momentsthroughout.

03/10/2017 19:15
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NT LIVE: Hamlet (Encore)

Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s greattragedy.

Now seen by over 750,000 people worldwide, theoriginal 2015 NT Live broadcast returns to cinemas.

As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itselfapart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead,Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both hissanity and the security of the state. Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions.

05/10/2017 To 07/10/2017
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Elementary (Primaire) (12A)

French withEnglish subtitles

 

Florence (Sara Forestier) a single mother andmotivated elementary school teacher, works diligently to push her students tosucceed in the classroom. Her life is changed when Sacha (Ghillas Bendjoudi)  a disruptive new student arrives, and Florencefinds he has been abandoned by his mother, and devotes herself to helping him.But Sacha's plight combined with her impending work assessment put unthinkablestrain on Florence, pushing her to a breaking point where she will puteverything on the line, including her vocation and even her relationship withher own son.

 

While director Hélène Angel superbly contrasts theentertaining energy and colour of the classroom with the lonely and confusedworld of Sacha, Forestier delivers a magnificent performance as a womanunwilling to compromise her morals,

06/10/2017 To 12/10/2017
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Una(15)

Following anillicit sexual relationship between Una, a 13 year old girl and Ray (BenMendelsohn), a trusted friend of her father’s and a failed elopment, Ray issentenced to four years in prison.

 

Afterleaving prison, Ray starts a new life as “Pete” until Una (Rooney Mara) arrivesunexpectedly at the older man's workplace looking for the truth behind theillicit sexual relationship they had once shared. Both characters fragile livesare blown apart by their re-connection.

06/10/2017 To 12/10/2017
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Una (15) - Subtitled

Following anillicit sexual relationship between Una, a 13 year old girl and Ray (BenMendelsohn), a trusted friend of her father’s and a failed elopment, Ray issentenced to four years in prison.

 

Afterleaving prison, Ray starts a new life as “Pete” until Una (Rooney Mara) arrivesunexpectedly at the older man's workplace looking for the truth behind theillicit sexual relationship they had once shared. Both characters fragile livesare blown apart by their re-connection.

07/10/2017 10:30
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RSC Live: Coriolanus

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

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

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

11/10/2017 To 13/10/2017
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Victoria and Abdul (PG)

The film tells the extraordinary true story of anunexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s remarkable rule.When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk, travels from India to participatein the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favor with the Queen (Judi Dench) herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to oneanother that her household and inner circle including her son (Eddie Izzard)all attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see achanging world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity.

 

This marvelous period piece illuminates a little known part of Victoria’s story and stars along with the titular characters acavalcade of British greats including Simon Gambon, Olivia Williams and Michael Gambon

13/10/2017 To 19/10/2017
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Seven Days (TBA)

German/English/French/Italian/Spanishwith English subtitles

 

Ivan (BrunoTodeschini) and Chiara (Alessia Barela) meet on a Sicilian island to prepare the wedding for Ivan’s brother andChiara’s best friend. Despite the fact that Ivan is determined not to repeatthe failure of his last relationship and Chiara does not want to jeopardise hermarriage, the two fall in love with each other. They resolve to live theirrelationship for only a few days and then break it off when the wedding guestsarrive on the island. However, they made such a plan, without taking loveinto account.

13/10/2017 To 18/10/2017
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Victoria and Abdul (PG) - Subtitled

The film tells the extraordinary true story of anunexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s remarkable rule.When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk, travels from India to participatein the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favor with the Queen (Judi Dench) herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to oneanother that her household and inner circle including her son (Eddie Izzard)all attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see achanging world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity.

 

This marvelous period piece illuminates a little known part of Victoria’s story and stars along with the titular characters acavalcade of British greats including Simon Gambon, Olivia Williams and Michael Gambon

14/10/2017 10:30
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mother! (18)

From Darren Aronofsky, director of “Black Swan”, “The Wrestler” and “Noah”,“mother!” is a taut psychologicalthriller starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem,playing a married couple whose tranquil life is pulled apart by the visit of uninvited guests MichellePfeiffer and Ed Harris.

 

Aronofsky is playing his cards close to his chestabout any further details regarding the plot of this film, but says “its closerin spirit to Black Swan than anythingI’ve done in a while” and calls it “an intense journey…definitely the biggestroller coaster in the park. Only get on it if you really want to do theloop-the-loop.”

 

Already gaining Oscar buzz, mother! is a slick thriller sure to provoke a visceral reaction anddazzle with the powerhouse performance of actors and a director at the height oftheir craft.
20/10/2017 To 26/10/2017
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Borg Vs McEnroe (TBC)

Award-winning Danishdirector Janus Metz  brings to the screenthe story of one of the world’s greatest icons Björn Borg and his biggestrival, the young and talented John McEnroe - and their legendary duel duringthe 1980 Wimbledon tournament.

 

The film starsSverrir Gudnason as Borg and Shia LaBeouf as his tennis court rival JohnMcEnroe. Playing Borg’s trainer, the legendary Lennart Bergelin, StellanSkarsgård returns for a major part in a Swedish film for the first time inalmost a decade.

20/10/2017 To 26/10/2017
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mother! (18) - Subtitled

From Darren Aronofsky, director of “Black Swan”, “The Wrestler” and “Noah”,“mother!” is a taut psychologicalthriller starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem,playing a married couple whose tranquil life is pulled apart by the visit of uninvited guests MichellePfeiffer and Ed Harris.

 

Aronofsky is playing his cards close to his chestabout any further details regarding the plot of this film, but says “its closerin spirit to Black Swan than anythingI’ve done in a while” and calls it “an intense journey…definitely the biggestroller coaster in the park. Only get on it if you really want to do theloop-the-loop.”

 

Already gaining Oscar buzz, mother! is a slick thriller sure to provoke a visceral reaction anddazzle with the powerhouse performance of actors and a director at the height oftheir craft.
21/10/2017 10:30
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ROH LIVE: Alice's Adventure in Wonderland

Tumble down the rabbit hole with The Royal Ballet thisa utumn with Christopher Wheeldon’s exciting Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland live in cinemas worldwide on Monday 23 October at 7.15pm.

The original cast takes to the screen in this madcap adaptation of Lewis Caroll’s story. Exuding a girlish charm, Alice, danced by British Principal Lauren Cuthbertson, is joined by a host of familiar characters including the jittery White Rabbit, the eccentric, tap-dancing Mad Hatter, the enigmatic Caterpillar and the ferocious Queen of Hearts. 

This much-loved story is reimagined with quirky designs by Bob Crowley as we follow Alice into Wonderland across a lake of tears, playing croquet with flamingos and attending a deranged tea party. Drawing upon a wealth of theatrical effects, including projection and puppetry, Crowley creates a mesmerising world of enchantment from the grinning Cheshire Cat to the sinuous Caterpillar with his 16 legs of ballet dancers en pointe.

 

A feast for the senses, Wheeldon’s spectacular ballet brings to life Carroll’s famous story with a menagerie of colours, characters and compelling choreography, whilst Joby Talbot’s lively score provides the perfect accompaniment to the ballet.  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was the first full ballet created for the Company since 1995 and premiered in 2011 with sold-out performances.

23/10/2017 To 27/10/2017
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Goodbye Christopher Robin (PG)

Goodbye,Christopher Robin” gives a rare glimpse into the relationship betweenbeloved children’s author A.A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son ChristopherRobin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh.

Introducingthe wonderful Will Tilston as the young Christopher Robin, the film tells thestory of him and his family as they are swept up in the international successof his father’s books. Along with his mother Daphne (Margot Robbie) and hisnanny Olive (Kelly Macdonald), the eyes of the world are on Christopher Robinas the enchanting tales of his woodland playtime bring hope and comfort toEngland after the First World War. But with the eyes of theworld on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family?

27/10/2017 To 02/11/2017
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Road to Mandalay (15)

Mandarin/Thai with English Subtitles

Burmese filmmaker Midi Z returns with his fourth feature, The Road to Mandalay, winner of the Best Film award at the FEODORA awards at the 2016 VeniceInternational Film Festival. In this love story about two illegal immigrants searching for a better life in Bangkok, Midi Z powerfully presents the trials and tribulations of those seeking to escape conflict and poverty, resorting to human traffickers to cross over the border into a less than welcoming Thailand.

An eerie soundscape alongside dreamlike, and almost surreal sequences amplify the disillusionment, displacement and alienation felt by the characters, albeit both with quite differing views of starting a new life as immigrants.

Midi Z’s regular actress Wu Ke-xi gives a striking performance, alongside Taiwanese star Kai Ko in this outstanding drama, firmly placing Midi Z among the top contemporary Asian social realist filmmakers today.

27/10/2017 To 02/11/2017
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Goodbye Christopher Robin (PG)-Subtitled

Goodbye,Christopher Robin” gives a rare glimpse into the relationship betweenbeloved children’s author A.A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son ChristopherRobin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh.

Introducingthe wonderful Will Tilston as the young Christopher Robin, the film tells thestory of him and his family as they are swept up in the international successof his father’s books. Along with his mother Daphne (Margot Robbie) and hisnanny Olive (Kelly Macdonald), the eyes of the world are on Christopher Robinas the enchanting tales of his woodland playtime bring hope and comfort toEngland after the First World War. But with the eyes of theworld on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family?

28/10/2017 10:30
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Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn (15)

It begins with a couple’s trip to a secluded cabin,where they unwittingly summon the dead, before descending into uxoricide,possession, and amputation, all played for gruesome laughs. You’ll come for thedead but you’ll stay for the dismembered hand fights.

Sam Raimi’s splat-stick horror masterpiece returnsto the big screen, for a night of horrific humour. This film helped cementBruce Campbell as a cult legend, and when you watch it you’ll see why 

31/10/2017 19:00
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The Shining (18)

All Work and No Play make Jack a dull boy. All Workand No Play make Jack a dull boy. All Work and No Play make Jack a dull boy AllWork and No Play make Jack a dull boy All Work and No Play make Jack a dull boy

In Stanley Kubrick’s classic adaptation of StephenKing’s novel, Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) moves himself and his family intoan empty snowbound hotel, hoping to dedicate himself to writing. Once there,Jack battles with his mind, alcoholism and the sprits which haunt the hotel,before putting his young family through hell.

31/10/2017 20:50
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NT Live: Follies

StephenSondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the firsttime at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas.

New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrowthe iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their finalperformance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songsand lie about themselves.

Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in thisdazzling new production. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, it’sdirected by Dominic Cooke (TheComedy of Errors).

Winner of Academy, Tony, Grammy and Olivier awards,Sondheim’s previous work includes A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd and Sunday in the Park with George.

16/11/2017 To 18/11/2017
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The Royal Ballet Present "The Nutcracker"

The young Clara creeps downstairs on Christmas Eve to play with her favourite present – a Nutcracker doll. But the mysterious magician Drosselmeyer is waiting to sweep her off on a magical adventure. After defeating the Mouse King, the Nutcracker and Clara travel through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy treats them to a wonderful display of dances. Back home, Clara thinks she must have been dreaming – but doesn’t she recognize Drosselmeyer’s nephew?

Peter Wright’s nigh-on definitive production for The Royal Ballet ranks as one of the most enduring and enchanting versions of The Nutcracker. With its festive period setting, dancing snowflakes and enchanting stage magic, Lev Ivanov’s 1892 ballet has become the perfect Christmas entertainment, with Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous, sugar-spun music the most recognizable of all ballet scores.

Loosely based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, the ballet opens with a lively Christmas party, its Victorian setting captured in opulent detail by Julia Trevelyan Oman’s designs. Wright’s choreography ingeniously incorporates surviving fragments of the ballet’s original material, including the sublime pas de deux for the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince. But in emphasizing the relationship between Clara and the Nutcracker Prince, the production also gains a touching subtext of first love.

05/12/2017 To 23/12/2017
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NT Live: Young Marx
07/12/2017 To 09/12/2017
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The Royal Opera present "Rigoletto"

The corruption of innocence is at the heart of Verdi’s potent tragedy in David McVicar’s production for The Royal Opera.

Rigoletto, court jester to the libertine Duke of Mantua, is cursed by the father of one of the Duke’s victims for his irreverent laughter. When the Duke seduces Rigoletto’s daughter Gilda, it seems the curse is taking effect…

David McVicar’s production highlights the cruelty at the heart of the court of Mantua. Richly dressed courtiers engage in orgies and revelries to Verdi’s heady, spirited dances. The opera’s many musical highlights include the ebullient ‘La donna è mobile’, in which the Duke boasts of his disregard for women; Gilda’s exquisite, plangent duets with Rigoletto and the Duke; and the gorgeous Act III quartet that beautifully weaves the voices together as the story quickens to its shattering conclusion.

Giuseppe Verdi wrote in 1855 that Rigoletto was his ‘best opera’. He had had to overcome state censorship to stage it – the censors objected to its depiction of an immoral ruler – but he was vindicated by the premiere’s huge success in 1851. Rigoletto was performed 250 times in the next 10 years and has remained one of the most popular of all operas.

16/01/2018 To 23/01/2018
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The Royal Opera House Presents "Tosca"

Tosca is one of the great evenings of opera, and from its strident opening chords conjures up a world of political instability and menace.

Jonathan Kent’s production for The Royal Opera captures the dangerous political turbulence of Rome in 1800. The Chief of Police, Scarpia – one of the most malevolent villains in opera – ruthlessly pursues and tortures enemies of the state. His dark, demonic music contrasts with the expansive melodies of the idealistic lovers, Tosca and Cavaradossi, who express their passion in sublime arias, including ‘Vissi d’arte’ and ‘E lucevan le stelle’. Giacomo Puccini’s dramatic work was a hit with audiences on its 1900 premiere and it remains one of the most performed of all operas – with its gripping plot and glorious music, it’s easy to see why.

A candle-lit church, Scarpia’s gloomy study with its hidden torture chamber and the false optimism of a Roman dawn: this handsome production throws into relief the ruthlessly taut drama, as the tension is wound up towards a fateful conclusion. Puccini’s meticulously researched score is infused with the same authentic detail, from distant cannon fire during the Act I Te Deum to tolling church bells and the sounds of a firing squad.

SUNG IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES

07/02/2018 To 14/02/2018
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The Royal Ballet presents "The Winter's Tale"

Christopher Wheeldon, Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet, created his adaptation of Shakespeare’s late great romance The Winter’s Tale for The Royal Ballet in 2014. Building on the success of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Winter’s Tale received ecstatic praise at its premiere, acclaimed by critics and audiences alike for its intelligent, distinctive and emotionally powerful story, told through exquisite dance. It is now widely judged to be a modern ballet classic.

The story follows the destruction of a marriage through consuming jealousy, the abandonment of a child and a seemingly hopeless love. Yet, through remorse and regret – and after a seemingly miraculous return to life – the ending is one of forgiveness and reconciliation. With powerful designs by Bob Crowley and atmospheric music by Joby Talbot, The Winter’s Tale is a masterful modern narrative ballet.

28/02/2018 To 02/03/2018
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The Royal Opera presents "Carmen"

Carmen is the best-known work by French composer Georges Bizet, and one of the most famous operas in the entire art form – numbers such as the Habanera and the Toreador Song have permeated the popular consciousness as little else has. The opera’s heady combination of passion, sensuality and violence initially proved too much for the stage, and it was a critical failure on its 1875 premiere. Bizet died shortly after, and never learned of the spectacular success his Carmen would achieve: the opera has been performed more than five hundred times at Covent Garden alone.

This ever-popular opera is given a fresh point of view in Barrie Kosky’s highly physical production, originally created for Frankfurt Opera. The Australian director is one of the world’s most sought-after opera directors, whose Royal Opera debut with Shostakovich’s The Nose in 2016 was greeted with delight. For Carmen he has devised a far-from-traditional version, incorporating music written by Bizet for the score but not usually heard, and giving a new voice to the opera’s endlessly fascinating central character.

06/03/2018 To 13/03/2018
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NT Live: Julius Caesar

Ben Whishaw (The Danish Girl,Skyfall, Hamlet) and Michelle Fairley (Fortitude,Game of Thrones) play Brutus and Cassius, David Calder (The Lost City of Z, The Hatton Garden Job) playsCaesar and David Morrissey (The Missing,Hangmen, The Walking Dead) is Mark Antony. Broadcast live from The BridgeTheatre, London.

Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of theirhomes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated éliteconspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on thestreets of the capital.

NicholasHytner’s production will thrust the audience into the street party that greetsCaesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally thatassembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake.
22/03/2018 19:00
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The Royal Ballet Presents "Bernstein Centenary"

Leonard Bernstein was one of the first classical composers in America to achieve both popular and critical acclaim. He was eclectic in his sources – drawing on jazz and modernism, the traditions of Jewish music and the Broadway musical – and many of Bernstein’s scores are remarkably well suited to dance. He was particularly associated with Jerome Robbins, their credits together including Fancy Free and West Side Story. To celebrate the centenary year of the composer’s birth, The Royal Ballet has united all three of its associate choreographers to celebrate the dynamic range and danceability of Bernstein’s music.

The programme includes two world premieres by Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor and Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon, marking each artist’s first foray into Bernstein. At the heart of the programme is the first revival of Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett’s The Age of Anxiety, created in 2014 to Bernstein’s soul-searching Second Symphony. Both symphony and ballet are inspired by W.H. Auden’s masterful modernist poem, itself written in response to the atmosphere of disillusionment and uncertainty that followed the end of World War II.

27/03/2018 To 03/04/2018
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The Royal Opera Presents "MacBeth"

Verdi’s life-long love affair with Shakespeare’s works began with Macbeth, a play he considered to be ‘one of the greatest creations of man’. With his librettist, Francesco Maria Piave, Verdi set out to create ‘something out of the ordinary’. Their success is borne out in every bar of a score that sees Verdi at his most theatrical: it bristles with demonic energy.

The warrior Macbeth fights on the side of the King of Scotland – but when a coven of witches prophesy that he shall become king himself, a ruthless ambition drives Macbeth and his wife to horrific acts.

Murder makes Macbeth king, and intrigue and butchery are the hallmarks of his brief, doomed reign. The witches make another prediction, which also comes true: Macbeth and his lady lose their lives, and justice is restored.

Phyllida Lloyd’s 2002 production for The Royal Opera is richly hued, shot through with black, red and gold. The witches – imagined by designer Anthony Ward as strange, scarlet-turbaned creatures – are ever-present agents of fate. Lloyd depicts the Macbeths’ childlessness as the dark sadness lurking behind their terrible deeds. The Royal Opera’s production uses Verdi’s 1865 Paris revision of the opera, which includes Lady Macbeth’s riveting aria ‘La luce langue’.

04/04/2018 To 10/04/2018
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The Royal Ballet Presents "Manon"

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

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

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

03/05/2018 To 09/05/2018
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Thu, May 3
19:15
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The Royal Ballet Present "Swan Lake"

Swan Lake has had a special role in the repertory of The Royal Ballet since1934.This Season The Royal Ballet creates a new production with additionalchoreographyby Artist in Residence LiamScarlett. While remaining faithful to thePetipa-Ivanov text, Scarlett will bring fresh eyes to the staging of thisclassic ballet, in collaboration with hislong-term designer John Macfarlane. PrinceSiegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swansturns into a beautiful woman, Odette, he is enraptured. But she is under aspell that holds her captive, allowing her to regain her human form only atnight. Swan Lake was Tchaikovsky’sfirst ballet score. Given its status today as arguably the best loved and mostadmired of all classical ballets, it is perhaps surprising that at its premierein 1877 Swan Lake was poorly received. It is thanks to the 1895 production byMarius Petipa and Lev Ivanov that SwanLake has become part of not only ballet consciousnessbut also wider popular culture. That success is secured not only by the sublime,symphonic sweep of Tchaikovsky’s score, but also by the striking choreographic contrastsbetween Petipa’s royal palace scenes and the lyric lakeside scenes created byIvanov.

 

 

12/06/2018 To 19/06/2018
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Tue, Jun 12
19:15
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