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Andre Rieu 2017 Maastricht Concert (U)

Andre Rieu 2017 Maastricht Concert

Known to millions as ‘The King of Waltz’, André Rieu is one of the world’s most popular music artists. His legendary annual Maastricht concert is the most eagerly anticipated cinema event of the year, last year setting new box office records in several countries.

Set against the stunning medieval backdrop of the town square in André’s Dutch hometown, the spectacular Maastricht concert features the maestro in his element, along with his 60-piece Johann Strauss Orchestra, sopranos, tenors and very special guests. André delivers an unforgettable musical experience full of humor, fun and emotion for all ages.

This presentation of André Rieu’s 2017 Maastricht Concert in Cinemas features host Charlotte Hawkins, who conducts an interview with André Rieu the moment he steps off stage, exclusively for cinema audiences.

This year is a very special year because it is exactly 30 years ago that André Rieu started his Johann Strauss Orchestra in his home town of Maastricht. From a small group of musicians rehearsing in the classroom of André’s son’s primary school to stadiums and concert halls around the world - what a journey it has been!

Take a front row seat and experience this spectacular musical event on the big screen. Enjoy backstage access, interviews with André and his special guests, musical favourites and much, much more, exclusive to cinema.

For a truly unforgettable cinematic experience, please join André and his Orchestra in their hometown of Maastricht for 2 days only on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd July at the ‘2017 Maastricht Concert’ to ‘Celebrate 30 years of André and his Johann Strauss Orchestra’.


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Saturday 22 Jul 201719:00
Sunday 23 Jul 201715:00

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie 2D (U)

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie 2D

CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE is an animated comedy in which two young pranksters cause their mean head teacher to turn into the super hero Captain Underpants.

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Monday 24 Jul 201711:1017:00
Tuesday 25 Jul 201711:1017:00
Wednesday 26 Jul 201711:1017:00
Thursday 27 Jul 201711:1017:00

Cars 3 2D (U)

Cars 3 2D

CARS 3 is an animated adventure in which an aging racer fights to make a comeback after he's beaten by a younger, faster car.

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Saturday 22 Jul 201711:0014:0016:30
Sunday 23 Jul 201711:0014:0018:15
Monday 24 Jul 201711:0014:0016:30
Tuesday 25 Jul 201711:0014:0016:30
Wednesday 26 Jul 201711:0014:0016:30
Thursday 27 Jul 201711:0014:0016:30

Despicable Me 3 (U)

Despicable Me 3

DESPICABLE ME 3 is a US children's animated comedy in which Gru discovers that he has a twin brother called Dru.

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Saturday 22 Jul 201711:0013:45
Sunday 23 Jul 201710:3012:45
Monday 24 Jul 201711:0013:45
Tuesday 25 Jul 201711:0013:45
Wednesday 26 Jul 201711:0013:45
Thursday 27 Jul 201711:0013:45

Dunkirk (12A)

Dunkirk

Allied soldiers from Britain, Belgium, Canada, and France are surrounded by the German Army on the beaches of Dunkirk and evacuated in Operation Dynamo between 26 May and 4 June 1940, during the early stages of the Second World War.

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Saturday 22 Jul 201713:3016:4519:45
Sunday 23 Jul 201713:3016:4519:45
Monday 24 Jul 201713:3016:4519:45
Tuesday 25 Jul 201713:3016:4519:45
Wednesday 26 Jul 201713:3016:4519:45
Thursday 27 Jul 201713:3016:4519:45

Met Opera Live - Cendrillon (12A)

Met Opera Live - Cendrillon

A fairy godmother, a glass slipper, an opulent ball, an enchanted forest, and a Prince Charming who loves her—did all that really happen, or was it just a dream? Long-suffering Cendrillon lives a life of drudgery with her good-natured father and his imperious wife, until fate, romance, and a touch of fairy magic intervene. For the first time ever, Massenet’s sumptuous version of the Cinderella story comes to the Met in this imaginative storybook production directed by Laurent Pelly. Superstar Joyce DiDonato sings the title role, alongside British mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in the trouser role of Prince Charming, Kathleen Kim as the Fairy Godmother, and Stephanie Blythe as the archetypal wicked stepmother.

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Saturday 28 Apr 201817:55

Met Opera Live - Cosi Fan Tutte (12A)

Met Opera Live - Cosi Fan Tutte

Goaded by their cynical friend Don Alfonso, soldiers Ferrando and Guglielmo decide to test their fiancées’ fidelity. Pretending to leave with their regiment, they return in disguise and pay court to each other’s lover. Will the young women succumb to the charms of these two handsome ‘foreigners’? A co-production with English National Opera, this clever vision of the battle of the sexes is set in a carnivalesque environment inspired by 1950s Coney Island. The cast features Amanda Majeski and Serena Malfi as the sisters put to the test, with Broadway star Kelli O’Hara as their feisty maid, Ben Bliss and Adam Plachetka as their fiancés, and Christopher Maltman as Don Alfonso. David Robertson conducts Mozart’s delightful score.

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Saturday 31 Mar 201817:55

Met Opera Live - Die Zauberflote (12A)

Met Opera Live - Die Zauberflote

Experience Mozart’s irresistible fantasy in all its glory! Will brave Prince Tamino rescue Princess Pamina from the clutches of the evil Sarastro, and will Papageno the foolish bird catcher learn wisdom enough to help him? The Queen of the Night’s aria, with its stratospheric high notes, is just one of the countless highlights in this tale of love and magic, mysterious secrets, and whimsical fantasy. Julie Taymor’s (The Lion King) enchanting production captures both the opera’s earthy comedy and its enlightened nobility. Met Music Director Emeritus James Levine conducts a cast of rising young stars.

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Saturday 14 Oct 201717:55

Met Opera Live - L'Elisir d'Amore (12A)

Met Opera Live - L'Elisir d'Amore

The poor country boy Nemorino is in love with Adina, a confident landowner, but she is way out of his league—financially and otherwise. But when he buys a “love potion” from a travelling quack, the results are rather more than he bargained for. Charmingly staged by Bartlett Sher, Donizetti’s beloved masterpiece combines deft comic timing with touching emotional depth. The production stars Matthew Polenzani, who enthralled Met audiences as Nemorino in 2013 with his moving “Una furtiva lagrima.” Rising South African soprano Pretty Yende is the spirited Adina, Davide Luciano makes his Met debut as the arrogant soldier Belcore, and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo is the potion-peddling Doctor Dulcamara. Domingo Hindoyan conducts.

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Saturday 10 Feb 201817:00

Met Opera Live - La Boheme (12A)

Met Opera Live - La Boheme

The world’s most popular opera returns with an exciting young cast in Franco Zeffirelli’s legendary production. Poverty-stricken poet Rodolfo and his artist friends eke out a precarious existence in bohemian Paris, alternately practising their art, laughing, quarrelling, dodging the landlord, and living it up in their local cafe. When Rodolfo meets the delicate Mimì, the pair instantly fall in love. But Mimì is ill, Rodolfo is jealous, and their romance is doomed from the start. Opera superstars Sonya Yoncheva and Michael Fabiano play the heart-breaking couple, singing two sublime Puccini favourites—“Sì, mi chiamano Mimì” and “Che gelida manina.” Zeffirelli’s stupendous onstage recreations of 19th-century Paris are sure to take your breath away.

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Saturday 24 Feb 201817:30

Met Opera Live - Luisa Miller (12A)

Met Opera Live - Luisa Miller

James Levine and Plácido Domingo add yet another chapter to their legendary Met collaboration with this rarely performed Verdi gem, a heart-wrenching tragedy based on Friedrich Schiller’s novel Intrigue and Love. The young maiden Luisa loves Rodolfo, unaware that he is actually the son of the local lord. An unscrupulous rival for her affections tells her father of Rodolfo’s true identity, turning the old man against him. Jealousy, suspicion, and betrayal tear the lovers apart, but Luisa remains loyal to her father to the last. In the first Met performances of the opera in more than ten years, Sonya Yoncheva sings the title role opposite Piotr Beczała as Rodolfo, with Domingo as Luisa’s stern-yet-loving father.

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Saturday 14 Apr 201817:30

Met Opera Live - Norma (12A)

Met Opera Live - Norma

This new production of Bellini’s masterpiece stars Sondra Radvanovsky as the Druid priestess and Joyce DiDonato as her rival, Adalgisa - a casting coup for bel canto fans.


Tenor Joseph Calleja is Pollione, Norma’s unfaithful lover, and Carlo Rizzi conducts. Sir David McVicar’s evocative production sets the action deep in a Druid forest where nature and ancient ritual rule.


Sung in Italian with English subtitles


This new production of Bellini’s masterpiece stars Sondra Radvanovsky as the Druid priestess and Joyce DiDonato as her rival, Adalgisa - a casting coup for bel canto fans. Tenor Joseph Calleja is Pollione, Norma’s unfaithful lover, and Carlo Rizzi conducts. Sir David McVicar’s evocative production sets the action deep in a Druid forest where nature and ancient ritual rule. Sung in Italian with English subtitles

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Saturday 7 Oct 201717:55

Met Opera Live - Semiramide (12A)

Met Opera Live - Semiramide

Against the backdrop of the Hanging Gardens, Semiramide, Queen of Babylon, defies bad omens and supernatural threats in her quest to find a worthy successor to her late husband. But she harbours more than one dark secret, and whoever gains the throne may find that he has lost more than he has won. Based on a story by Voltaire, this rarely performed tragic opera reveals The Barber of Seville composer Giaochino Rossini in a whole new light. The title role—composed for Rossini’s wife, Isabella Colbran—features some of the most demanding vocal music he ever wrote. Angela Meade takes on the challenging vocal fireworks in this revival of a production last seen at the Met 25 years ago.

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Saturday 10 Mar 201817:55

Met Opera Live - The Exterminating Angel (12A)

Met Opera Live - The Exterminating Angel

Take a seat at the strangest dinner party of your life. The servants have absconded; the ragout is all over the floor; there’s a bear in the garden; your fellow guests are rapidly descending into savagery; and most mysteriously of all, no one seems able to leave. British composer Thomas Adès (The Tempest) conducts the American premiere of his latest opera. Co-commissioned by the Met and sung in English, this black comedy, with shades of JG Ballard/Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise, is based on the screenplay of Luis Buñuel’s 1962 surrealist film. The cast is filled with established British names including Sally Matthews, Sophie Bevan, Alice Coote, Christine Rice, Ieystn Davies and John Tomlinson.

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Saturday 18 Nov 201717:55

Met Opera Live - Tosca (12A)

Met Opera Live - Tosca

Puccini’s thrilling Tosca is a story of love, terror, the abuse of power, and the unquenchable longing for freedom. When an escaped political prisoner takes refuge in a church, an opera singer and a painter are drawn into a twisting plot that puts them at the mercy of the secret police and its network of torturers and spies. Rivalling the splendour of Franco Zeffirelli’s Napoleonic-era sets and costumes, Sir David McVicar’s ravishing new production offers a splendid backdrop for extraordinary singing. Kristine Opolais stars as the titular prima donna, alongside Vittorio Grigolo as her artist lover and Bryn Terfel as the villainous police chief—one of his signature roles. Andris Nelsons conducts.

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Saturday 27 Jan 201817:55

NT Live - Follies (12A)

NT Live - Follies

Follies is a dazzling musical by Stephen Sondheim (A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George), performed for the first time on the National Theatre’s Olivier stage.  The cast includes Imelda Staunton, who was recently on NT Live screens in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Tracie Bennett and Janie Dee; and the production will also include a 21-piece orchestra.  It promises to be a visual and musical extravaganza, and we’re delighted to be bringing it to screens.

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Thursday 16 Nov 201719:00

NT Live - Julius Caesar (12A)

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) plays Caesar and David Morrissey (The Missing, Hangmen, The Walking Dead) is Mark Antony. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London.

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

Nicholas Hytner’s production will thrust the audience into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake.


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Thursday 22 Mar 201819:00

NT Live - Yerma (15)

NT Live - Yerma
The incredible Billie Piper (Penny Dreadful, Great Britain) returns in her Evening Standard Best Actress award-winning role. A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in Simon Stone's radical production of Lorca's achingly powerful masterpiece. The unmissable theatre phenomenon sold out at the Young Vic and critics call it 'an extraordinary theatrical triumph' (The Times) and 'stunning, searing, unmissable' (Mail on Sunday). Billie Piper's lead performance is described as 'spellbinding' (The Evening Standard), 'astonishing' (iNews) and 'devastatingly powerful' (The Daily Telegraph). Set in contemporary London, Piper's portrayal of a woman in her thirties desperate to conceive builds with elemental force to a staggering, shocking, climax. Please note that this broadcast does not have an interval. ????? "Brutal yet ferociously funny", Metro ????? "Billie Piper makes a shattering Yerma in Simon Stone's inspired reworking of Lorca", The Observer ????? "A shatteringly powerful reinvention of a familiar classic", The Independent

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Thursday 31 Aug 201719:00

NT Live - Young Marx (12A)

NT Live - Young Marx

Rory Kinnear (The Threepenny Opera, Penny Dreadful, Othello) is Marx and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night, Green Wing) is Engels, in this new comedy written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London, the production  is directed by Nicholas Hytner and reunites the creative team behind Broadway and West End hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors.

1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Broke, restless and horny, the thirty-two-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy.

Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures. His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair at his wasted genius, his only hope is a job on the railway. But there’s still no one in the capital who can show you a better night on the piss than Karl Heinrich Marx.


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Thursday 7 Dec 201719:00

NT Live: Angels in America Part 2 - Perestroika (15)

NT Live: Angels in America Part 2 - Perestroika
Part 2, Perestroika America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) plays Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough (People, Places and Things), Nathan Lane (The Producers), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Russell Tovey (The Pass). This new staging of Tony Kushner's multi-award winning two-part play is directed by Olivier and Tony award winning director Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse). Part One: Millennium Approaches was first performed at the National Theatre in 1992 and was followed by Part Two: Perestroika the following year. Part One: Millennium Approaches will be broadcast live on 20 July 2017.

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Thursday 27 Jul 201719:00

ROH Live: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (12A)

ROH Live: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

At a garden party on a sunny afternoon,

Alice is surprised to see her parents’ friend

Lewis Carroll transform into a white rabbit.

When she follows him down a rabbit hole

events become curiouser and curiouser...

As Alice journeys through Wonderland, she

encounters countless strange creatures. She’s

swept off her feet by the charming Knave of

Hearts, who’s on the run for stealing the tarts.

Confusion piles upon confusion. Then Alice

wakes with a start. Was it all a daydream?

Christopher Wheeldon

’s

Alice’s

Adventures in Wonderland

burst onto the

stage in 2011 in an explosion of colour,

stage magic and inventive, sophisticated

choreography.

Joby Talbot

’s score combines

contemporary soundworlds with sweeping

melodies that gesture to ballet scores of

the 19th century.

Bob Crowley

’s wildly

imaginative, eye-popping designs draw on

everything from puppetry to projections to

make Wonderland wonderfully real.

Alice encounters a cast of extraordinary

and instantly recognizable characters, from

the highly strung Queen of Hearts – who

performs a hilarious send-up of

The Sleeping

Beauty

's famous Rose Adage – to a playing-

card corps de ballet, a sinuous caterpillar

and a tap-dancing Mad Hatter. But the ballet

does not avoid the darker undercurrents of

Lewis Carroll’s story: a nightmarish kitchen,

an eerily disembodied Cheshire Cat and the

unhinged tea party are all here in vivid detail.

The delicious result shows The Royal Ballet at

its best, bringing together world-class dance

with enchanting family entertainment.

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Monday 23 Oct 201719:15

ROH Live: Bernstein/Wayne McGregor/Age of Anxiety/Chris Wheeldon (12A)

ROH Live: Bernstein/Wayne McGregor/Age of Anxiety/Chris Wheeldon

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.

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Tuesday 27 Mar 201819:15

ROH Live: Carmen (12A)

ROH Live: 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.

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Tuesday 6 Mar 201818:45

ROH Live: La Boheme (12A)

ROH Live: La Boheme

When Rodolfo, a penniless poet, meets Mimì,

a seamstress, they fall instantly in love. But

their happiness is threatened when Rodolfo

learns that Mimì is gravely ill.

Acclaimed director

Richard Jones

(

Boris

Godunov

,

Il trittico

) directs a new production

of Puccini’s

La bohème

. Irresistible in its witty,

passionate blend of comedy and tragedy,

the opera focusses on the lives of a group

of young artists as they eke out an existence

on the bohemian fri

nges of Paris, the

capital of the 19th century. J

ones brings his

characteristically acute insight to this much-

loved classic, visualized in

Stewart Laing

’s

spectacular, stylized 1850s setting.

Puccini’s romantic depiction of bohemian

Paris, with memorable music and a love story

drawn from everyday life, has captivated

audiences around the world, making

La

bohème

one of the best-loved of all operas.

It was first performed in Covent Garden in

1897 and has had more than five hundred

performances there since.

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Tuesday 3 Oct 201719:15

ROH Live: Macbeth (12A)

ROH Live: 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’.

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Wednesday 4 Apr 201819:15

ROH Live: Manon (12A)

ROH Live: 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.

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Thursday 3 May 201819:15

ROH Live: Rigoletto (12A)

ROH Live: 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.

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Tuesday 16 Jan 201819:15

ROH Live: Swan Lake (12A)

ROH Live: Swan Lake

Swan Lake

has had a special role in the

repertory of

The Royal Ballet

since 1934.

This Season The Royal Ballet creates a new

production with additional choreography

by Artist in Residence

Liam Scarlett

. While

remaining faithful to the Petipa-Ivanov text,

Scarlett will bring fresh eyes to the staging

of this classic ballet, in collaboration with his

long-term designer

John Macfarlane

.

Prince Siegfried chances upon a fl ock of

swans while out hunting. When one of the

swans turns into a beautiful woman, Odette,

he is enraptured. But she is under a spell that

holds her captive, allowing her to regain her

human form only at night.

Swan Lake

was

Tchaikovsky

’s fi rst ballet

score. 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.

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Tuesday 12 Jun 201819:15

ROH Live: The Magic Flute (12A)

ROH Live: The Magic Flute

Mozart’s glorious opera

The Magic Flute

is brought enchantingly to life in

David

McVicar

’s production with beautiful sets

by

John Macfarlane

.

Prince Tamino promises the Queen of the

Night that he will rescue her daughter Pamina

from the enchanter Sarastro. He begins his

quest, accompanied by the bird-catcher

Papageno – but all is not as it seems...

David McVicar’s classic production

embraces both the seriousness and comedy

of Mozart’s work. The audience is transported

to a fantastical world of dancing animals,

flying machines and dazzlingly starry skies.

The setting provides a wonderful backdrop

for Mozart’s kaleidoscopic score, from the

Queen of the Night’s coloratura fireworks to

Tamino and Pamina’s lyrical love duets and

Papageno’s hearty, folksong-like arias.

As well as being a comedy

The Magic

Flute

is an expression of Mozart’s profound

spiritual beliefs: Enlightenment concerns with

the search for wisdom and virtue are at the

heart of this enchanting tale.

The Magic Flute

was an instant success with audiences and

Mozart’s supposed rival Salieri described it

as an ‘operone’ – a great opera.

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Wednesday 20 Sep 201719:15

ROH Live: The Nutcracker (12A)

ROH Live: 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.

Book Tickets

Tuesday 5 Dec 201719:15

ROH Live: The Winter's Tale (12A)

ROH Live: 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.

Book Tickets

Wednesday 28 Feb 201819:15

ROH Live: Tosca (12A)

ROH Live: 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.

Book Tickets

Wednesday 7 Feb 201819:15

RSC Live - Coriolanus (12A)

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 the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 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.


Book Tickets

Wednesday 11 Oct 201719:00

RSC Live - Titus Andronicus (12A)

RSC Live - Titus Andronicus
The decay of Rome reaches violent depths in Shakespeare's most bloody play. Titus is a ruler exhausted by war and loss, who relinquishes power but leaves Rome in disorder. Rape, cannibalism and severed body parts fill the moral void at the heart of this corrupt society. Shakespeare's gory revenge tragedy presents us with murder as entertainment, and, as the body count piles up, poses questions about the nature of sexuality, family, class and society. Blanche McIntyre returns to the RSC to direct Shakespeare's brutal revenge tragedy after her debut directing The Two Noble Kinsmen (2016).

Book Tickets

Wednesday 9 Aug 201719:00

Spider-Man Home Coming (12A)

Spider-Man Home Coming

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING is a superhero fantasy action adventure in which a high-schooler with super powers attempts to prove himself worthy of a position on the 'Avengers' team by foiling an arms dealer.

Book Tickets

Saturday 22 Jul 201716:30
Sunday 23 Jul 201716:30
Monday 24 Jul 201719:40
Tuesday 25 Jul 201719:40
Wednesday 26 Jul 201719:40
Thursday 27 Jul 201719:40

War for the Planet of the Apes (12A)

War for the Planet of the Apes

WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES is an action sci-fi sequel in which the leader of the ape rebellion attempts to rescue his son from a labour camp

Book Tickets

Saturday 22 Jul 201719:30
Sunday 23 Jul 201719:30
Monday 24 Jul 201719:30
Tuesday 25 Jul 201719:30
Wednesday 26 Jul 201719:30