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Shakespeare’s glorious comedy of love and change comes to the National Theatre for the first time in over 30 years, with Rosalie Craig (London Road, Macbeth at MIF) as Rosalind.
With her father the Duke banished and in exile, Rosalind and her cousin Celia leave their lives in the court behind them and journey into the Forest of Arden.
There, released from convention, Rosalind experiences the liberating rush of transformation. Disguising herself as a boy, she embraces a different way of living and falls spectacularly in love.
|Thursday 25 Feb 2016||19:00|
Enjoy four short ballets in one evening with this quadruple programme from The Royal
Carlos Acosta focuses on the dramatic essentials of love, jealousy and revenge in his new
production of Carmen. As well as choreographing the production, Acosta will dance the
Liam Scarlett has used Lowell Liebermann’s thrilling Piano Concerto No.1 as the inspiration
for his similarly audacious choreography in Viscera.
Debussy’s evocative score is the inspiration for Jerome Robbins’s Afternoon of a Faun,
which depicts two ballet dancers as absorbed by their own reflections as they are
attracted to each other.
George Balanchine’s Tchaikovsky pas de deux uses a fragment of music composed for the
1877 production of Swan Lake for an eight-minute display of ballet bravura and technique.
|Thursday 12 Nov 2015||19:15|
National Theatre Live’s 2014 broadcast of the Donmar Warehouse’s production of Coriolanus returns to cinemas by popular demand.
Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge, Coriolanus features an Evening Standard Award-winning performance from Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, War Horse (film), BBC's The Hollow Crown) in the title role, directed by the Donmar's Artistic Director Josie Rourke. The full company includes Jacqueline Boatswain, Peter De Jersey, Alfred Enoch, Deborah Findlay, Hadley Fraser, Mark Gatiss, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Elliot Levey, Rochenda Sandall, Helen Schlesinger, Mark Stanley and Dwane Walcott.
When an old adversary threatens Rome, the city calls once more on her hero and defender: Coriolanus. But he has enemies at home too. Famine threatens the city, the citizens’ hunger swells to an appetite for change, and on returning from the field Coriolanus must confront the march of realpolitik and the voice of an angry people.
|Thursday 24 Sep 2015||19:00|
An assassin teams up with a woman to help her find her father and uncover the mysteries of her ancestry. Together, they aim to take down the leader of Syndicate International, a terrorist group based in Singapore.
INSIDE OUT is an animated feature about the emotions inside an 11-year-old girl's head - Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger - and how they work together to help her negotiate moving house and starting at a new school.
Almost 170 years on, Charlotte Brontë’s story of the trailblazing Jane is as inspiring as ever. This bold and dynamic production uncovers one woman’s fight for freedom and fulfilment on her own terms.
From her beginnings as a destitute orphan, Jane Eyre’s spirited heroine faces life’s obstacles head-on, surviving poverty, injustice and the discovery of bitter betrayal before taking the ultimate decision to follow her heart.
This acclaimed re-imagining of Brontë's masterpiece was first staged by Bristol Old Vic last year, when the story was performed over two evenings. Director Sally Cookson now brings her celebrated production to the National, presented as a single, exhilarating performance.
Focusing on the life of Reggie Kray, as he seeks to control the psychotic tendencies of his twin, Ronald Kray.
|Wednesday 9 Sep 2015||20:00|
|Thursday 10 Sep 2015||20:00|
In this next chapter of the “Maze Runner” saga, Thomas and his fellow Gladers face their greatest challenge yet: searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD. Their journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles. Teaming up with resistance fighters, the Gladers take on WCKD’s vastly superior forces and uncover its shocking plans for them all.
|Thursday 10 Sep 2015||19:45|
Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC's Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare's great tragedy.
Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, National Theatre Live will broadcast this eagerly awaited production live to cinemas.
As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father's death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.
|Thursday 15 Oct 2015||19:00|
The hit Broadway production Of Mice and Men, filmed on stage in New York by National Theatre Live, comes to UK cinemas.
Golden Globe® winner and Academy Award® nominee James Franco (127 Hours, Milk) and Tony Award® nominee Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, Girls) star in the highly-anticipated screenings of this ‘riveting, powerful production’ (Independent).
This landmark revival of Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck's play is a powerful portrait of the American spirit and a heartbreaking testament to the bonds of friendship.
Of Mice and Men is directed by Tony Award®, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circles award winner Anna D. Shapiro (Broadway’s August: Osage County) and features Leighton Meester (Country Strong, Gossip Girl) and Tony Award® winner Jim Norton (The Seafarer).
|Thursday 19 Nov 2015||19:00|
When aliens misinterpret video feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth in the form of the video games.
Ricki chased her dreams of becoming a famous rock star by abandoning her family. She gets a chance to put things right when her ex-husband Pete asks her to visit Indianapolis and help their estranged daughter Julie through a difficult time.
STRANGE MAGIC is an animated fairy tale musical in which an elf is tasked with acquiring a magic love potion from the Sugar Plum Fairy, who is being held captive by the Bog King in the dark Forest.
Live from the London Coliseum in stunning HD, The Barber of Seville will have you smiling from the moment it begins. Filled with fun and farce, English NationalOpera’s classic staging of this sunny adventure follows the escapades of the barber Figaro as he assists Count Almaviva to prise the beautiful yet feisty Rosina away from her lecherous guardian Dr Bartolo. Sung in English with subtitles.
Five high school students, all different stereotypes, meet in detention, where they pour their hearts out to each other, and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.
|Wednesday 9 Mar 2016||19:30|
Broadcast live from the London Coliseum in stunning HD, English National Opera’s spectacular production of The Mikado is a popular hit with audiences of all ages. Experience the irresistible combination of wonderful wit, memorable melodies and hilarious antics in this much-loved production from Jonathan Miller. Sung in English with subtitles.
Come and join Richard O’Brien and some very special guests for a guaranteed party, live in cinemas for one night only. Still the world’s favourite rock ’n’ roll musical 40 years on, the sensational Rocky Horror Show is hailed by critics and adored by fans around the world, and still has audiences rolling in the aisles (Daily Telegraph). For this exclusive event, O’Brien returns to the cast for the first time in more than 20 years.
On the way to visit an old college professor, two clean-cut kids, Brad Majors and his fiancée Janet Weiss, run into tyre trouble and seek help at the site of a light down the road. It’s coming from the Frankenstein place, where Dr Frank N. Furter is in the midst of one of his maniacal experiments
Ready to thrill you with its frothy, fun and naughty moments, this is the boldest bash of them all, so sharpen those stilettos for the rockiest ride of your life! Get ready for a night of frolics, bursting at the seams with timeless classics including Sweet Transvestite and Dammit Janet and join us for the largest pelvic-thrusting worldwide Time Warp ever to make Rocky history! Don’t Dream It Be It.
|Thursday 17 Sep 2015||18:45|
Giselle is the quintessential Romantic classic, a love affair that begins in the real world and
continues beyond the grave. The ballet’s title role also offers one of the great challenges of
the ballet repertory, as Giselle transforms from an innocent peasant girl, duped into love,
to a forgiving spirit who saves her lover from death. For the ballerina this is a role of two
contrasting halves: in Act I she must appear naïve and artless, her dancing alive with an
earthy enthusiasm; in Act II she transforms into light and air, her dancing so ethereal as to
seem weightless. In Peter Wright’s production, the dual aspect of the ballet is perfectly
achieved: the first act dramatized in rich, naturalistic detail and the second with a spectral,
|Wednesday 6 Apr 2016||19:15|
This delightful Frederick Ashton double bill opens with his setting of Rachmaninoff’s
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, using the music’s dark turbulence and brilliance to
inspire some of his most thrilling choreography. Witty, impassioned and sublime this ballet
was the pinnacle of Ashton’s romantic style.
The second half of the programme features Ashton’s delicate, deceptively comic The Two
Pigeons - a work rarely performed and a real treat for ballet fans everywhere.
Kenneth MacMillan’s famous version of Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy set to Prokofiev’s
magnificent score returns to open the 2015/16 Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season.
This Romeo and Juliet is rich in the swaggering colour of Verona street life and in sword
fights and celebrations, but MacMillan’s focus is always on the complex emotions of the
young lovers – especially on Juliet as she journeys through the delirious happiness of first
love to a shocked, adult perception of her fate. Juliet is one of the most coveted of all
ballerina roles, and as MacMillan’s ballet enters its 50th year it resonates as deeply with
audiences today as when it was first seen half a century ago.
Christmas simply wouldn’t be Christmas without The Royal Ballet’s classic production of
The Nutcracker. Loosely based on a story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, it opens with the Christmas
festivities of little Clara and her family and progresses through a sequence of dreams and
enchantments that take Clara on her magical journey to the Land of Snow and the
Kingdom of the Sweets. Peter Wright’s enchanting production with its wondrously
growing Christmas tree and a rousing battle between the villainous Mouse King and an
army of toy soldiers, mines the colour of Tchaikovsky’s score, retaining exquisite surviving
fragments of the original Ivanov choreography, including the beautiful pas de deux for the
Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier.
|Wednesday 16 Dec 2015||19:15|
Royal Ballet Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett has chosen Mary Shelley’s gothic classic
Frankenstein as the basis for his first full-length narrative ballet for the Covent Garden
Main Stage. A story of betrayal, curiosity, life, death and, above all, love, it inspires Scarlett
to explore the very depths of human nature and our need to find acceptance and a place
in the world.
For this exciting new ballet Scarlett returns to the music of Lowell Liebermann, from
whom he has commissioned a brand new score.
|Wednesday 18 May 2016||19:15|
Richard Jones and Antonio Pappano renew their creative collaboration with this new
production of Musorgsky’s historical masterpiece, here seen in its compact 1869 first
version in seven scenes. The originality of the composer’s vision of Pushkin’s play about
Tsar Boris Godunov – who reigned over Russia between 1598 and 1605 – was too much
for the management of the Imperial Theatres, who demanded changes that were
incorporated in the second version of the opera, in which Boris finally had its premiere in
1874. Many commentators, nevertheless, prefer the integrity of the original, which makes
few concessions to operatic conventions. Keenly awaited will be Bryn Terfel’s assumption
of the title role – one of the most complex characters in opera – while John Graham-Hall
appears as the crafty Prince Shuisky and John Tomlinson as the vagabond monk Varlaam.
These two short Italian operas are each regarded as the composers’ masterpiece, and are
brought together in a new staging by award-winning director Damiano Michieletto, who
sets both operas in a poverty stricken village in 1980s southern Italy, where the Mafia has a
hold. The Royal Opera’s Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts a cast that includes
charismatic Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek, exciting Italian soprano Carmen
Giannattasio and the thrilling Latvian tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko.
|Thursday 10 Dec 2015||19:15|
La traviata is regarded as one of Verdi’s finest operas, and Richard Eyre’s traditional
staging, is one of The Royal Opera’s most popular productions. The opera tells the story of
the Parisian courtesan Violetta Valéry, one of opera’s greatest heroines, based on the reallife
courtesan Marie Duplessis, who died in 1847 aged just 23. In this revival, Violetta is
sung by Russian soprano Venera Gimadieva in her debut with The Royal Opera, following
her successful appearance as Violetta at the Glyndebourne Festival.
Often considered a perfect opera, Le nozze di Figaro represents Mozart’s genius at its
most lively and delightful. Based on a play that was originally banned for its political
content, the fast-moving libretto creates realistic characters made even more human by
Mozart’s outstanding music. David McVicar’s popular staging of this comedy returns in the
hands of the leading British conductor Ivor Bolton. The cast is led by the star bass Erwin
Schrott, who has sung the role to great acclaim at Covent Garden before, partnered with
star Romanian soprano Anita Hartig in the role of Susanna.
Lucia di Lammermoor tells the story of an ongoing feud between two families in 17thcentury
Scotland that has terrible consequences for two young lovers.. It contains what is
undoubtedly one of opera’s most poignant and gripping mad scenes, and is regarded as
one of Donizetti’s finest works. The opera has not been seen at the Royal Opera House in
more than a decade, so this new production by Katie Mitchell will be a particularly
important and exciting event. The title role will be sung by Diana Damrau,, an expert in the
coloratura repertory, while American tenor Charles Castronovo takes on that of her secret
lover, the reckless and passionate Edgardo.
Based on Goethe’s novel The Sorrows of Young Werther,, Massenet’s opera tells the story
of the poet Werther’s hopeless love for Charlotte, who is committed to another man.. The
music is full of lyrical beauty, passion and emotional fervour, – small wonder that Werther
is often considered to be the composer’s finest work. The Royal Opera’s Music Director
Antonio Pappano returns to conduct film, theatre and opera director Benoît Jacquot’s
classic production. Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo stars as Werther, alongside Joyce
DiDonato, who sings her first Charlotte (one of the great French mezzo roles) in this
THE TRANSPORTER REFUELLED is an action thriller about a getaway driver who becomes embroiled in a former prostitute's quest for revenge.