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One of the greatest romantic ballets, Giselle has been re-imagined by celebrated choreographer Akram Khan with Artistic Director and Lead Principal of English National Ballet, Tamara Rojo, dancing the role of Giselle, one of a community of migrant workers cast out of their jobs in a condemned garment factory. With staging and costumes by Academy Award-winning Tim Yip (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), the ballet has won an Olivier Award and the South Bank Sky Arts Award for English National Ballet, received rapturous 5-star reviews and was sold out when performed at London’s Sadler’s Wells. Filmed live at the Liverpool Empire in October 2017, Akram Khan’s Giselle is directed for the screen by Ross MacGibbon.

Co-produced by Manchester International Festival and Sadler’s Wells. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.


 

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High Wycombe  Ipswich  Swindon (Greenbridge) 
Directed by:
Akram Khan
Performers:
Tamara Rojo; James Streeter; Jeffrey Cirio; Stina Quagebeur
Distributor:
More2Screen
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
112 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Ballet;

Release Date:
25 April 2018

Next Performance:
25 April 2018 19:00

Massenet’s enchanting opera Cendrillon,based on Cinderella, premieres at the Met conducted by Bertrand de Billy and directed by Laurent Pelly, whose Met credits include staging Donizetti’s La Fille du Régimentand Massenet’s Manon.Joyce DiDonatoadds another role to her Met repertory as the title character, a role she has sung to acclaim at the Grand Teatre del Liceu, Santa Fe Opera, and Royal Opera, Covent Garden. The cast also stars Alice Cooteas Prince Charmant, Stephanie Blytheas the evil stepmother Madame de la Haltière, Kathleen Kimas the Fée, and Laurent Naourias Pandolfe. Cendrillonis produced in association with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London; Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona; Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie, Brussels; and Opéra de Lille. This production was first performed at The Santa Fe Opera.

Conductor:
Bertrand de Billy
Cast:
Joyce DiDonato (Cendrillon); Alice Coote (Le Prince Charmant); Stephanie Blythe (Madame de la Haltière); Kathleen Kim (La Fée); Laurent Naouri (Pandolfe)
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Country:
United States
Language:
French
Length:
167 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Opera;

Release Date:
28 April 2018

Next Performance:
28 April 2018 17:55

NOTHING LIKE A DAME is a unique celebration of the lives and careers of four of our most iconic actresses; Dame Eileen Atkins, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Joan Plowright and Dame Maggie Smith. All four have gone from being fledgling actresses in the 1950s to acting royalty. They’ve watched each other’s careers grow and bloom and have celebrated life’s ups and downs together. NOTHING LIKE A DAME invites you to spend time with these acting legends as they talk about their lives and their professional experiences across Theatre, Television and Film. Directed by Roger Michell (My Cousin Rachel, Notting Hill), the film also includes a range of astonishing archive material. Candid, funny, caustic, irreverent, poignant and utterly engrossing, this unmissable release is proof that there is truly nothing like a Dame...

The film will be screening in cinemas on Wednesday 2 May. These exclusive premiere screenings will include a special filmed introduction from Dame Joan Plowright and will be followed by an exclusive recorded interview with director Roger Michell.

Directed by:
Roger Michell
Starring:
Maggie Smith; Judi Dench; Eileen Atkins
Distributor:
Picturehouse Entertainment
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
105 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Documentary;

Release Date:
2 May 2018

Next Performance:
2 May 2018 19:30

Kenneth MacMillan’s source for Manon was the 18th-century French novel by Abbé Prévost, already adapted for opera by Massenet and Puccini. Renowned dance musician Leighton Lucas and his assistant Hilda Gaunt provided a score drawn from across Massenet’s music, including his famous yearning Elégie as the theme for the lovers. The premiere was given on 7 March 1974, with the lead roles of Manon and Des Grieux 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. 

Running time: The performance lasts about 2 hours 35 minutes, including two intervals.
 

Distributor:
Royal Opera House Enterprises Ltd
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
155 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Ballet;

Release Date:
3 May 2018

Next Performance:
3 May 2018 19:15

Macbeth
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Rufus Norris


The ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war. Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are propelled towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness.
Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedy, directed by Rufus Norris (The Threepenny Opera, London Road), will see Rory Kinnear (Young Marx, Othello) and Anne-Marie Duff (Oil, Suffragette) return to the National Theatre to play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.
 

Directed by:
Rufus Norris
Distributor:
National Theatre Live
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
210 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)

Release Date:
10 May 2018

Next Performance:
10 May 2018 19:00

Matthew Bourne's Cinderella is a thrilling and evocative love story set in London during the Second World War. The internationally acclaimed choreographer's interpretation of the classic fairy tale has, at its heart, a true war-time romance.

A chance meeting results in a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing young RAF pilot, together just long enough to fall in love before being parted by the horrors of the Blitz.
 

See this film at:

High Wycombe  Ipswich  Swindon (Greenbridge) 
Directed by:
Matthew Bourne
Performers:
Reece Causton; Danny Reubens; Sophia Hurdley; Katie Webb
Distributor:
More2Screen
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
150 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Dance; Interview / Q&A;

Release Date:
15 May 2018

Next Performance:
15 May 2018 19:00

An American in Paris – The Musical

This breathtakingly beautiful Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by the Oscar® winning MGM film, tells the impassioned story of discovering love in the ‘City of Light’. Featuring the gorgeous music and lyrics of George and Ira Gershwin, stunning designs, and show-stopping choreography. With a record-setting 28 five-star reviews from critics, An American in Paris is coming from London’s West End to a cinema near you.

An American GI’s chance encounter with a beautiful young dancer leads Paris to become the backdrop to a sensuous, modern romance of art, friendship and love in the aftermath of war...

Experience this “truly ravishing” (The Guardian) production in the comfort of your local cinema.
 

Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
160 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Musical; Theatre;

Release Date:
16 May 2018

Next Performance:
16 May 2018 19:00

Live at the Royal Albert Hall, transmitted to Cinemas live via satellite, Dan Snow is joined on stage by the Glenn Miller Orchestra plus special guests including family members of both Dam Busters crew and the film’s director Michael Anderson, historian Paul Beaver and Professor Hugh Hunt as they explore the history of the iconic raid and how it led to the making of a classic British film. The audience will include former members of the iconic 617 Squadron as well as current members of the Royal Air Force. Also witness an on stage ‘bouncing bomb’ experiment as we reflect on the science behind Barnes Wallis’ invention. This section will end with a stirring rendition of The Dam Busters March by the Glenn Miller Orchestra.

Synopsis

Regarded as a British classic, The Dam Busters is directed by Michael Anderson (Logan’s Run/Around the World in 80 Days). Based on the legendary true story of Commander Guy Gibson and his squadron, The Dam Busters (1955) captures all the thrilling action and suspense of the magnificent exploits of a group of young pilots and their crews, charged with taking out the supposedly impenetrable Ruhr river dams of Germany with an ingeniously designed bouncing bomb.

Scientist and engineer Dr Barnes Wallis (Michael Redgrave) believes destroying Germany’s Ruhr dams can paralyse the enemy’s industrial nerve centre, thus shortening WWII. After much persuasion, permission is finally granted to develop the bombs and aircraft capable of such a task and a special squadron is drafted in to carry out the raids.

Led by dashing Air Ace Wing Commander Guy Gibson (Richard Todd), 617 Squadron begin intense training in order to master the modified Lancaster bombers they will pilot in the raid. Unaware of their target until the day of their mission, the airmen set out on a brave and perilous journey that could change the course of the war. Back home in the Group Ops room, Wallis tensely awaits news of the mission. But did his plan succeed? And will the planes all return unscathed?

The impact of The Dam Busters on modern filmmakers spans the decades: director George Lucas hired the film’s special effects photographer Gilbert Taylor to work his magic on the original Star Wars; and The Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson has long been attached to a remake, based around a screenplay by actor/writer Stephen Fry.
 

Directed by:
Michael Anderson
Starring:
Richard Todd; Michael Redgrave; Basil Sydney; Ursula Jeans; Derek Farr; Ernest Clark
Distributor:
StudioCanal
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
195 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Drama; History; Interview / Q&A; War;

Release Date:
17 May 2018

Next Performance:
17 May 2018 19:15

I, CLAUDE MONET
Directed by Phil Grabsky
Running time: 87 minutes

After premiering in Season 4 of EXHIBITION ON SCREEN, I, Claude Monet is back by popular demand, revealing the heart and soul of arguably the world’s most loved artist.

Monet’s life is a gripping tale about a man who, behind his sun-dazzled canvases, suffered from feelings of depression, loneliness, even suicide. However, as his art developed and his love of gardening led to the glories of his Giverny garden, his humour, insight and love of life are revealed.

Told through Monet’s own words and shot on location at the very spots he painted, the film features his most loved paintings in an unforgettable, immersive art experience.

‘Remarkable attention to detail’
France Magazine

‘Elegantly made and thoroughly informative’
The Guardian

‘Intense and intimate, pulling you into the artist’s world – offering rare insight’
The Observer
 

Directed by:
Phil Grabsky
Distributor:
Seventh Art Production
Country:
US/UK co-production
Language:
English
Length:
85 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Exhibition;

Release Date:
22 May 2018

Next Performance:
22 May 2018 19:00

Join us on Sunday 27 May for McKellen: Playing the Part, hosted by Graham Norton and broadcast live to cinemas nationwide from London’s BFI Southbank. In Playing the Part, audiences will have the opportunity to celebrate one of Britain’s true acting icons on his birthday weekend.

Built around a 14 hour interview, Playing the Part uncovers McKellen's story. From his upbringing living through the war, working through repertory and West End theatre becoming a pioneering stage star, coming out and being a leader in the campaign for equality, to his mainstream film breakouts as Magneto and Gandalf. His work and influence transcends generations, celebrated here in this fully authorised insight.

McKellen: Playing the Part features unprecedented access to private photo albums, a wealth of never-before-seen archive material, including diaries written when he was 12, and unseen behind the scenes of theatre shows and films, alongside his personal thoughts on a life long lived.
 

Himself:
Sir Ian McKellen
Hosted By:
Graham Norton
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
150 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Interview / Q&A;

Release Date:
27 May 2018

Next Performance:
27 May 2018 15:00

Oscar Wilde Season LIVE: AN IDEAL HUSBAND
Broadcast live from the Vaudeville Theatre, London Tuesday 05 June 2018, 7.15pm.
Running time: 165 minutes (12AL TBC)
 
A new production of the Rolls-Royce of English comedies, Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband, will be broadcast live to cinemas from the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End. This entertaining and still topical play brings an act of political sin into the heart of the English home. As an ambitious government minister, Sir Robert Chiltern’s smooth ascent to the top seems assured until Mrs Cheveley appears in London with damning proof of his previous financial chicanery. This is the third 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)

Release Date:
5 June 2018

Next Performance:
5 June 2018 19:15

Swan Lake was Tchaikovsky’s first score for ballet. Given its status today as arguably the best loved and most admired of all classical ballets, it is perhaps surprising that at its premiere in 1877 Swan Lake was poorly received. It is thanks to the 1895 production by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov that Swan Lake has become part of not only ballet consciousness but 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 contrasts between Petipa’s royal palace scenes and the lyric lakeside scenes created by Ivanov.

Distributor:
Royal Opera House Enterprises Ltd
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
180 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Ballet;

Release Date:
12 June 2018

Next Performance:
12 June 2018 19:15

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.

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:
85 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Adventure; Animation; Comedy;

Release Date:
8 July 2018

Next Performance:
8 July 2018 11:00

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

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

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.
 

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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

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

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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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

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 Željko 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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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

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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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

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

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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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

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

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

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

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