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A Man Called Ove (15)

A Man Called Ove

Meet Ove (Rolf Lassgård), an isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse - the quintessential angry old man next door. Having entirely given up on life, his days are spent in a constant monotony of enforcing housing association rules and visiting his beloved wife Sonja’s grave.

Ove’s somewhat contend existence is disrupted, however, with the arrival of a boisterous young family who move in next door. Heavily pregnant Parvaneh (Bahar Pars) and her lively children are the complete antithesis of what ill-tempered Ove thinks he needs. Yet, from this unhappy beginning an unlikely friendship blooms and Ove’s past happiness and heartbreaks come to light.

Based on the international bestselling novel by Fredrik Backman, the award-winning A Man Called Ove is a wistful, heartwarming tale of unreliable first impressions and a wonderful reminder that life is sweeter when it’s shared.

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Friday 30 Jun 201721:00
Saturday 1 Jul 201716:10
Sunday 2 Jul 201717:50
Monday 3 Jul 201718:00
Tuesday 4 Jul 201715:30
Wednesday 5 Jul 201711:00 (Bringing Up Baby)20:30
Thursday 6 Jul 201715:00

Alone in Berlin (12A)

Alone in Berlin

Berlin 1940. The city is paralysed by fear.

Otto and Anna Quangel are a working-class couple living in a shabby apartment block trying, like everyone else, to stay out of trouble under Nazi rule. But when their only child is killed fighting at the front, their loss drives them to an extraordinary act of resistance. They start to drop anonymous postcards all over the city attacking Hitler and his regime. If caught, it means certain execution.

Soon their campaign comes to the attention of the Gestapo inspector Escherich and a murderous game of cat-and-mouse begins. But the game serves only to strengthen Otto and Anna’s sense of purpose and renewed love for each other. Slowly their drab lives and marriage are transformed as they unite in their quiet but profound rebellion.

Over 60 years after its initial publication, Hans Fallada’s novel - written directly after the Second World War - became a worldwide bestseller. Based on a true story, the powerful and redemptive novel was described by Primo Levi as "the greatest book ever written about German resistance to the Nazis."

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Friday 30 Jun 201714:0018:40
Saturday 1 Jul 201713:5021:00
Sunday 2 Jul 201720:30
Monday 3 Jul 201713:2015:40
Tuesday 4 Jul 201720:20
Wednesday 5 Jul 201713:3018:10
Thursday 6 Jul 201712:55

Beauty and the Beast (PG)

Beauty and the Beast

Disney’s animated classic takes on a new form, with an all-star cast.

After leaving her small provincial village to find her missing father, the beautiful, independent Belle encounters a large, horrifying Beast living inside a dark, forbidding castle with living antiques as his only companions. As Belle stays more with the Beast, she learns that true beauty is found within.

An energetic and hugely entertaining adventure for both children and adults alike.

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Saturday 15 Jul 201712:00 (KIDS CLUB)

Bolshoi: Coppélia (TBC)

Bolshoi: Coppélia

Swanhilda notices her fiancee Franz is infatuated with the beautiful Coppélia who sits reading on her balcony each day. Nearly breaking up the two sweethearts, Coppelia is not what she seems and Swanhilda decides to teach Franz a lesson...

The Bolshoi’s unique version of Coppélia exhibits a fascinating reconstruction of the original 19th century choreography of this ebullient comedy involving a feisty heroine, a boyish fiancee with a wandering eye, and an old dollmaker. The company’s stunning corps de ballet shines in the divertissements and famous “dance of the hours,” and its principals abound in youthful energy and irresistible humor in this effervescent production.

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Sunday 10 Jun 201817:00

Bolshoi: Giselle (TBC)

Bolshoi: Giselle

When Giselle learns that her beloved Albrecht is promised to another woman, she dies of a broken heart in his arms. While Albrecht grieves, she returns from the dead as a Wili, a vengeful spirit meant to make unfaithful men dance until death...

Prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova personifies this ultimate ballerina role in the classical repertoire, alongside the sensational Sergei Polunin as Albrecht, in this chilling, yet luminous ballet that continues to captivate audiences for over 150 years at the Bolshoi.

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Sunday 8 Apr 201817:00

Bolshoi: Le Corsaire (TBC)

Bolshoi: Le Corsaire

Amidst a bustling market, the pirate Conrad falls in love at first sight with the beautiful Medora, the ward of the slave merchant Lankedem’s bazaar. Conrad kidnaps Medora when Lanquedem decides to sell her to the Pasha.

Inspired by Lord Byron’s epic poem and reworked by Alexei Ratmansky from Petipa’s exotic 19th century classic, this miracle of the repertoire is one of the Bolshoi’s most lavish productions. Complete with a magnificent awe-inspring shipwreck and dramatic scenery, this grand romance allows enough dancing for nearly the entire company and made especially for those who seek miracles in theatre.

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Sunday 22 Oct 201717:00

Bolshoi: Romeo and Juliet (TBC)

Bolshoi: Romeo and Juliet

In Verona, Romeo and Juliet fall madly in love while their respective families, the Montagues and the Capulets, are caught in a bitter rivalry ending in heart-wrenching tragedy...

Alexei Ratmansky, former artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet, stages the company’s premiere of his production with dramatic urgency and a fresh re-telling of Shakespeare’s beloved classic. His brilliant and detailed adaptation set to Prokofiev’s romantic and cinematic score, reignites the story of literature’s most celebrated star-crossed lovers like no other classical ballet choreographer today.

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Sunday 21 Jan 201816:00

Bolshoi: The Flames of Paris (TBC)

Bolshoi: The Flames of Paris

In the era of the French Revolution, Jeanne and her brother Jérôme leave Marseille for Paris in support of the revolutionary effort that is taking over the capital. While fighting for freedom, they both encounter love along the way...

Very few ballets can properly depict the Bolshoi’s overflowing energy and fiery passion as can Alexei Ratmansky’s captivating revival of Vasily Vainonen’s The Flames of Paris. With powerful virtuosity and some of the most stunning pas de deux, the Bolshoi Ballet displays an exuberance almost too enormous for the Moscow stage.

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Sunday 4 Mar 201816:00

Bolshoi: The Taming of the Shrew (TBC)

Bolshoi: The Taming of the Shrew

Baptista struggles to marry off his tempestuous daughter Katharina, a shrew who denies that any man could possibly be her match. However when she meets Petruchio, who is as ill-tempered as she, the two forces of nature ignite an unexpected and explosive encounter.

Acclaimed choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot brings out the wit, fast-paced athleticism and vibrancy from the Bolshoi Ballet dancers in Shakespeare’s rowdy comedy. Principals Ekaterina Krysanova and Vladislav Lantratov clash, challenge and eventually give themselves to one another in a wonderfully entertaining production that can only be seen at the Bolshoi!

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Sunday 26 Nov 201716:00

Churchill (PG)

Churchill

23rd May, 1944.

As tensions mount in the 48 hours preceding D-Day, the nowbeleaguered Prime Minister Winston Churchill, played by Brian Cox (Match Point, Coriolanus, Hidden Agenda), must prepare a final attempt to crush Hitler’s encroaching army. With the entire War effort ultimately hinging on this decision, the stakes have never been higher.

As the Wartime leader clashes with his generals, tension builds with the Americans, and Churchill must wrestle his inner demons in order to navigate the Allies to victory.

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Thursday 29 Jun 201718:15

Cinememories: Oklahoma! (U)

Cinememories: Oklahoma!
In the Oklahoma territory at the turn of the twentieth century, two young cowboys vie with a violent ranch hand and a traveling peddler for the hearts of the women they love.

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Tuesday 4 Jul 201712:00 (CINEMEMORIES)

Cinememories: Yentl (PG)

Cinememories: Yentl

Rebbe Mendel is a single father who teaches the Talmud, a sacred text of Judaism, to the boys of his small Polish town. Behind closed doors, he also instructs his daughter, Yentl, despite the fact that girls are forbidden to study religious scripture.

When Yentl's father dies, she still has a strong desire to learn about her faith - so she disguises herself as a male, enrolls in a religious school, and unexpectedly finds love along the way.

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Tuesday 18 Jul 201712:00 (CINEMEMORIES)

Glyndebourne: Hamlet (TBC)

Glyndebourne: Hamlet

Be part of a major new operatic work - join us for the world premiere of Brett Dean’s new opera based on Shakespeare’s best-known tragedy.

Brett Dean’s colourful, energetic, witty and richly lyrical music expertly captures the modernity of this timeless tale, while Matthew Jocelyn’s libretto is pure Shakespeare.

A cast of some of the finest singing actors of the moment will bring Hamlet to life. British tenor and Glyndebourne favourite Allan Clayton will play Hamlet. British mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly will play Gertrude and Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan will make her Glyndebourne debut as Ophelia. Legendary British bass John Tomlinson plays The Ghost of Old Hamlet.

Hamlet will be conducted by Vladimir Jurowski, Glyndebourne’s former Music Director.

Sung in English with English supertitles.

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Thursday 6 Jul 201718:00

Glyndebourne: La Clemenza Di Tito (TBC)

Glyndebourne: La Clemenza Di Tito

Spurned by Tito, Vitellia seeks revenge. Besotted Sesto agrees to avenge her as a token of his love, but all does not go to plan. A brand new take on one of Mozart’s final works.

Vitellia’s path to the throne is thwarted by the man who deposed her father, so she presses her admirer Sesto to murder him. Driven by love, Sesto does his worst. But in return, receives a lesson in forgiveness.

Conducted by Robin Ticciati and directed by Claus Guth, Mozart’s opera delivers all of the sublime musical beauty and heart-tugging humanity we expect of him.

Loosely based on the life of the Roman Emperor Titus, La clemenza di Tito distills the suspense of Don Giovanni, the warmth of The Marriage of Figaro, and the nobility of The Magic Flute into one powerful parable of love and friendship, vengeance and mercy.

Australian tenor Steve Davislim makes his Glyndebourne debut as Tito, with Alice Coote as Vitellia and Kate Lindsey as Sesto.

Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

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Tuesday 15 Aug 201718:00

Hampstead (12A)

Hampstead

Inspired by a true story, Hampstead follows an American widow (Diane Keaton) who finds unexpected love with a man living wild on Hampstead Heath when they take on the developers who want to destroy his home.

With a stellar British supporting cast including James Norton, Lesley Manville, Simon Callow and Jason Watkins, this charming and funny life-affirming tale proves love can be found in the most unexpected places and that age is no barrier to second chances.

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Thursday 29 Jun 201713:0015:3020:30
Friday 30 Jun 201716:20
Saturday 1 Jul 201718:40
Monday 3 Jul 201720:30
Tuesday 4 Jul 201718:00
Wednesday 5 Jul 201715:50

Howards End (PG)

Howards End

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A special event celebrating our loyal members and the Phoenix Cinema Trust with a screening of the newly restored 1992 British romantic drama Howards End.

This adaptation of E.M. Forster’s classic 1910 novel is a saga of class relations and changing times in Edwardian England.

Margaret Schlegel (Emma Thompson) and her sister Helen (Helena Bonham Carter) become involved with two couples: a wealthy, conservative industrialist (Anthony Hopkins) and his wife (Vanessa Redgrave), and a working-class man and his mistress. The interwoven fates and misfortunes of these three families and the diverging trajectories of the two sisters’ lives are connected to the ownership of Howards End, a beloved country home.

A compelling, brilliantly acted study of one woman’s struggle to maintain her ideals and integrity in the face of Edwardian society’s moribund conformist values.

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Sunday 30 Jul 201714:00

John le Carré - An Evening with George Smiley (TBC)

John le Carré - An Evening with George Smiley

An appearance at The Royal Festival Hall, broadcast live.

Join us for a unique celebration of one of the world’s greatest writers, as he shares the secrets behind the creation of his most beloved character.

From his extraordinary Cold War novels - such as The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - to his powerful descriptions of the arms trade in The Night Manager, and the War on Terror in A Most Wanted Man, the writing of John le Carré has come to define the last half century.

In this one-off event, the author discusses the full breadth of his career, and reflects on the continuing story of his most famous creation, the tubby, bespectacled spy, George Smiley.

Coinciding with the publication date of his new novel, A Legacy of Spies, the event will include readings from the book by the author. The novel sees the return of some of le Carré’s most iconic Cold War characters, including George Smiley and his trusted lieutenant, Peter Guillam, as their past comes back to claim them in the present. With a rare question and answer session, this will be an unmissable opportunity to experience one of the foremost chroniclers of our age, direct and in his own words.

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Thursday 7 Sep 201719:45

LIAF (U)

LIAF
A selection of enchanting animated short films from the London International Animation Festival.

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Saturday 29 Jul 201712:00 (KIDS CLUB)

NT Live: Angels in America - Part One: Millennium Approaches (15)

NT Live: Angels in America - Part One: Millennium Approaches

PART ONE: MILLENNIUM APPROACHES

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) as Harper Pitt, Nathan Lane (The Producers) as Roy Cohn, James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as Louis Ironson and Russell Tovey (The Pass) as Joe Pitt.

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).

Tickets are on sale now to Phoenix membership holders with general sale going live on Monday 6 February at 10am.

Part Two: Perestroika, will also be broadcast as an encore screening.

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Thursday 20 Jul 201719:00

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

NT Live: Angels in America - Part Two: Perestroika

PART TWO: 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) as Harper Pitt, Nathan Lane (The Producers) as Roy Cohn, James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as Louis Ironson and Russell Tovey (The Pass) as Joe Pitt.

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).

Tickets are on sale now to Phoenix membership holders with general sale going live on Monday 6 February at 10am.

Part One: Millennium Approaches will be broadcast live on 20 July 2017 and is on sale now.

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Thursday 10 Aug 201719:00

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. 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

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.

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Wednesday 11 Oct 201719:00

RSC Live: Titus Andronicus (TBC)

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.

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Wednesday 9 Aug 201719:00

RSC Live: Twelfth Night (12A)

RSC Live: Twelfth Night

'I am all the daughters of my father's house, And all the brothers too.'

Twelfth Night is a tale of unrequited love - hilarious and heartbreaking. Two twins are separated in a shipwreck, and forced to fend for themselves in a strange land. The first twin, Viola, falls in love with Orsino, who dotes on OIivia, who falls for Viola but is idolised by Malvolio. Enter Sebastian, who is the spitting image of his twin sister...

Christopher Luscombe returns to the Royal Shakespeare Company to tackle Shakespeare’s greatest comedy, a brilliantly bittersweet account of "the whirligig of time".

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Wednesday 14 Feb 201819:00

Royal Opera House: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (TBC)

Royal Opera House: 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.

The Royal Ballet at its best, bringing together world-class dance with enchanting family entertainment.

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Sunday 29 Oct 201714:00

Royal Opera House: Bernstein Centenary (TBC)

Royal Opera House: Bernstein Centenary

Leonard Bernstein was one of the first classical composers in America to achieve both popular and critical acclaim. He was eclectic in his sources - drawing on jazz and modernism, the traditions of Jewish music and the Broadway musical - and many of Bernstein’s scores are remarkably well suited to dance. He was particularly associated with Jerome Robbins, their credits together including Fancy Free and West Side Story.

To celebrate the centenary year of the composer’s birth, The Royal Ballet has united all three of its associate choreographers to celebrate the dynamic range and danceability of Bernstein’s music.

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

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Sunday 1 Apr 201814:00

Royal Opera House: Carmen (TBC)

Royal Opera House: 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. 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

Royal Opera House: La bohème (TBC)

Royal Opera House: La bohème

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 fringes of Paris. Jones brings his characteristically acute insight to this much-loved classic, visualized in Stewart Laing’s spectacular 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.

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Tuesday 3 Oct 201719:15

Royal Opera House: Macbeth (TBC)

Royal Opera House: 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.

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Wednesday 4 Apr 201819:15

Royal Opera House: Manon (TBC)

Royal Opera House: 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 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

Royal Opera House: Otello

Royal Opera House: Otello
World-famous tenor Jonas Kaufmann makes his role debut as Otello in Verdi's passionate retelling of Shakespeare's great tragedy of jealousy, deception and murder. Soprano Maria Agresta will be his Desdemona and baritone Ludovic Tézier his nemesis Iago in a new production by Olivier Award-winning director Keith Warner.

A major work of the opera repertory, Verdi's Otello draws on the full forces of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, the Royal Opera Chorus and this stellar line-up of principal singers, with exquisite duets, emotionally potent solo numbers and thrilling choruses. Particular highlights include Otello and Desdemona's rapturous love duet and Desdemona's poignant 'Willow Song'. Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts this Italian masterpiece.

APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME 2 HOURS 45 MINUTES, INCLUDING ONE INTERVAL. SUNG IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

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Sunday 2 Jul 201714:00 (ENCORE)

Royal Opera House: Rigoletto (TBC)

Royal Opera House: 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...

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.

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Tuesday 16 Jan 201819:15

Royal Opera House: Swan Lake (TBC)

Royal Opera House: 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 flock 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 first ballet score. Arguably the best loved and most admired of all classical ballets, 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

Royal Opera House: The Magic Flute (TBC)

Royal Opera House: 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.

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Wednesday 20 Sep 201719:15

Royal Opera House: The Nutcracker (TBC)

Royal Opera House: 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

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Sunday 10 Dec 201714:00

Royal Opera House: The Winter's Tale (TBC)

Royal Opera House: 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.

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Wednesday 28 Feb 201819:15

Royal Opera House: Tosca (TBC)

Royal Opera House: 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.

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Wednesday 7 Feb 201819:15

Smurfs: The Lost Village (PG)

Smurfs: The Lost Village
In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting race through the Forbidden Forest leading to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history.

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Saturday 1 Jul 201712:00 (KIDS CLUB)

The Boss Baby (PG)

The Boss Baby
A suit-wearing, briefcase-carrying baby pairs up with his seven-year old brother to stop the dastardly plot of the CEO of Puppy Co.

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Saturday 8 Jul 201712:00 (KIDS CLUB)

The Donmar presents: Julius Caesar (12A)

The Donmar presents: Julius Caesar

Described by The Observer as 'One of the most important theatrical events of the last twenty years', the Donmar Warehouse presents the first part of Phyllida Lloyd's Shakespeare Trilogy in cinemas.

Julius Caesar depicts the catastrophic consequences of a political leader's extension of his powers beyond the remit of the constitution. As Brutus (Harriet Walter) wrestles with his moral conscience over the assassination of Julius Caesar (Jackie Clune), Mark Antony (Jade Anouka) manipulates the crowd through his subtle and incendiary rhetoric to frenzied mob violence.

Phyllida Lloyd takes her tense, arresting production of Shakespeare’s famous discourse on power, loyalty, and tragic idealism into a gripping version for screen.

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Wednesday 12 Jul 201718:20

The Jungle Book (U)

The Jungle Book

The original Disney animated musical comedy film based on Rudyard Kipling's stories following Mowgli, the man cub.

Raised by a family of wolves after an accident that left him on his own, Mowgli is having a hard time believing that he should leave the jungle for Human civilisation. Baloo the bear thinks Mowgli will make a darn good bear. Shere Khan the tiger thinks he'll make a darn good meal.

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Saturday 22 Jul 201712:00 (KIDS CLUB)

The Met Live in HD: Cendrillon (TBC)

The Met Live in HD: 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
Sunday 29 Apr 201813:30 (Encore)

The Met Live in HD: Così fan tutte (TBC)

The Met Live in HD: Così 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

The Met Live in HD: Die Zauberflöte (TBC)

The Met Live in HD: Die Zauberflöte

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 James Levine conducts a cast of rising young stars.

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Saturday 14 Oct 201717:55

The Met Live in HD: L'Elisir d'Amore (TBC)

The Met Live in HD: 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
Sunday 11 Feb 201813:30 (Encore)

The Met Live in HD: La Bohème (TBC)

The Met Live in HD: La Bohème

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
Sunday 25 Feb 201813:30 (Encore)

The Met Live in HD: Luisa Miller (TBC)

The Met Live in HD: 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 Beczala as Rodolfo, with Domingo as Luisa’s stern-yet-loving father.

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Saturday 14 Apr 201817:30
Sunday 15 Apr 201812:00 (Encore)

The Met Live in HD: Norma (TBC)

The Met Live in HD: Norma

Bellini’s masterpiece boasts one of the most famous arias in all of opera, the beautiful “Casta diva.”

Directed by Sir David McVicar, this evocative new production sets the action deep in a Druid forest, where nature and ancient ritual rule. The priestess Norma is torn between loyalty to her oppressed people and love for a Roman soldier. On the eve of a Druid revolt, she must choose between two agonising betrayals - only to learn that she herself has already been betrayed.

Sondra Radvanovsky as Norma and Joyce DiDonato as her rival Adalgisa lead a cast of bel canto heavyweights, with Joseph Calleja as Norma’s unfaithful lover, Pollione, and British favourite Matthew Rose returning to the Met as Norma’s father, Oroveso.

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Saturday 7 Oct 201717:55
Sunday 8 Oct 201712:00 (Encore)

The Met Live in HD: Semiramide (TBC)

The Met Live in HD: 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
Sunday 11 Mar 201812:00 (Encore)

The Met Live in HD: The Exterminating Angel (TBC)

The Met Live in HD: 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, Leystn Davies and John Tomlinson.

“Inventive and audacious… a major event” - New York Times

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Saturday 18 Nov 201717:55

The Met Live in HD: Tosca (TBC)

The Met Live in HD: 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
Sunday 28 Jan 201813:30 (Encore)

Toddler Time (U)

Toddler Time
Do you remember the magic of your first cinema visit and the excitement of the big screen? Toddler Time aims to introduce some of our youngest audience members to the world of film.

Every Tuesday at 11am we screen a 30 minute film or series of shorts that have been specially selected for little ones.

What's more there is a fun activity and a chance to meet other parents and carers before the screening.

Free Activity at 10:30am.
As places are limited, book your spot as early as possible, in person or by telephone on 020 8444 6789. An on-line ticket purchase will not book a place.

Film at 11am
Ages 2-4. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Tickets £3 for child plus 1 FREE accompanying adult. (Please order 1 child and 1 adult ticket, discount will then be applied.)

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Tuesday 4 Jul 201711:00 (RASTAMOUSE)
Tuesday 11 Jul 201711:00 (SARAH AND DUCK)
Tuesday 18 Jul 201711:00 (EVERYTHING'S ROSIE)
Tuesday 25 Jul 201711:00 (HOPSTER SHOWTIME)
Tuesday 1 Aug 201711:00 (MESSY GOES TO OKIDO)

UKJF: Pawn Sacrifice (12A)

UKJF: Pawn Sacrifice

American Chess legend Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) faces Soviet grandmaster Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber) at the height of the Cold War in an attempt to end decades of Soviet domination of the World Chess Championship.

Directed by Edward Zwick (Defiance and The Last Samurai), Pawn Sacrifice is an enthralling biopic that chronicles the rise and fall of the Jewish boy from Brooklyn who captured the imagination of millions in America and beyond.

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Sunday 6 Aug 201717:00