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Agents of Change + Discussion (18)

Agents of Change + Discussion
Agents of Change is a powerful documentary about the black student-led protest movement on college campuses in the late 1960s, and its connection to the Black Lives Matter movement and campus protests of today.

From the well-publicized events at San Francisco State in 1968 to the image of black students with guns emerging from the takeover of the student union at Cornell University in April, 1969, the struggle for a more relevant and meaningful education, including demands for black and ethnic studies programs, became a clarion call across the country in the late 1960's. Through the stories of these young men and women who were at the forefront of these efforts, Agents of Change examines the untold story of the racial conditions on college campuses and in the country that led to these protests. The film’s characters were caught at the crossroads of the civil rights, black power, and anti-Vietnam war movements at a pivotal time in America’s history. Today, over 45 years later, many of the same demands are surfacing in campus protests across the country, revealing how much work remains to be done.

Agents of Change links the past to the present and the present to the past--making it not just a movie but a movement.

After the screening there will be a panel discussion with Dr Michelle Asantewa, Shani Page Muir and Rianna Raymond-Williams.

This event is an extension of the BFI African Odysseys programme in association with the Phoenix Cinema: Inspirational films by and about the people of Africa, from archive classics to new cinema. Explore the African roots of World Cinema through our monthly programme of Sunday screenings.
Supported by Black History Walks

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Sunday 19 Nov 201713:00

Antonio das Mortes (15)

Antonio das Mortes

Antonio (Maurício do Valle) is a once-great assassin of populist and revolutionary leaders in Brazil whom old age and a lack of work have reduced to a life of idleness and self-doubt. When he gets a new contract, however, Antonio is suddenly energized, only to find that his latest target, Coirana (Lorival Pariz), is a charismatic and engaging young leader with meaningful ideas. Antonio fulfills the contract, only to have a change of heart and begin a new life as a revolutionary leader himself.

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Thursday 23 Nov 201710:30 (FILM STUDIES)

Barren Lives (18)

Barren Lives

Based on a revered novel by Graciliano Ramos, this drama depicts the lives of a poor family in the dry northeastern region of Brazil.

Focusing on Fabiano and his wife, Sinha Vitoria (Maria Ribeiro), and their two boys and cherished dog, the film follows them as they move around in search of work that will allow them to survive in the harsh, unforgiving environment.

The movie is widely regarded as a classic of Brazil's Cinema Novo movement.

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Thursday 2 Nov 201710:30 (FILM STUDIES)

Blood of the Condor (18)

Blood of the Condor

Ignacio (Marcelino Yanahuaya), the proud chief of a tribe of Quechua natives in remote Andean Bolivia, discovers that his wife cannot bear children. Like the other women of their village, she has been secretly sterilized against her will at an obstetric clinic operated by a purportedly beneficial aid group from the United States, with the covert help of the Bolivian government. Ignacio gathers the men of his tribe to exact revenge and bring justice to his people.

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Thursday 30 Nov 201710:30 (FILM STUDIES)

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 201816:00

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 201814:00

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 201815:00

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 201815:00

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 201713:15

Cinememories: My Fair Lady (U)

Cinememories: My Fair Lady

In this beloved musical, pompous phonetics professor Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison) is so sure of his abilities that he takes it upon himself to transform a Cockney working-class girl into someone who can pass for a cultured member of high society. His subject turns out to be the lovely Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn), who agrees to speech lessons to improve her job prospects. Higgins and Eliza clash, then form an unlikely bond -- one that is threatened by an aristocratic suitor (Jeremy Brett).

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Tuesday 24 Oct 201712:00 (CINEMEMORIES)

Cover Girl (U)

Cover Girl

John Coudair (Otto Kruger) was wounded long ago when his fiancée called off their engagement, and when he spots the woman's granddaughter, comely stage performer Rusty Parker (Rita Hayworth), he's reminded of what he lost.

A publishing mogul, he decides to put the naive young beauty on the cover of his magazine. Although he might lose her, Rusty's boyfriend, Danny McGuire (Gene Kelly), refuses to interfere with her path to success.

Ultimately, she must decide between riches and romance.

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Tuesday 7 Nov 201712:00 (CINEMEMORIES)

Cézanne: Portraits of a Life (TBC)

Cézanne: Portraits of a Life

From the National Portrait Gallery London, Musée d’Orsay Paris & National Gallery of Art Washington DC.

Exhibition On Screen is thrilled to present one of the most talked about exhibitions of the year. Dedicated to the portrait work of Paul Cézanne, the exhibition opens in Paris before traveling to London and Washington.

One can’t appreciate 20th century art without understanding the significance and genius of Paul Cézanne. Featuring interviews with curators and experts from the National Portrait Gallery London, MoMA New York, National Gallery of Art Washington, and Musée d’Orsay Paris, and correspondence from the artist himself, the film takes audiences beyond the exhibition to the places Cézanne lived and worked and sheds light on an artist who is perhaps the least known of all the impressionists – until now.

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Monday 29 Jan 201812:00

Entranced Earth (18)

Entranced Earth

Eldorado, a fictitious country in Latin America, is sparkling with the internal struggle for political power. In the eye of this social convulsion, the jaded journalist Paulo Martins opposes two equally corrupt political candidates: a pseudopopulist and a conservative. In this context, Paulo is torn between the madness of the elite and the blind submission of the masses. But, in this complex tropical reality, nothing really is what it seems to be.

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Thursday 9 Nov 201710:30 (FILM STUDIES)

Frozen (PG)

When their kingdom becomes trapped in perpetual winter, fearless Anna joins forces with mountaineer Kristoff and his reindeer sidekick to find Anna's sister, Snow Queen Elsa, and break her icy spell. Although their epic journey leads them to encounters with mystical trolls, a comedic snowman, harsh conditions, and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff bravely push onward in a race to save their kingdom from winter's cold grip.

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Saturday 25 Nov 201712:00 (KIDS CLUB)

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (PG)

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter learns on his eleventh birthday that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards and possesses unique magical powers of his own. He is summoned from his life as an unwanted child to become a student at Hogwarts, an English boarding school for wizards. There, he meets several friends who become his closest allies and help him discover the truth about his parents' mysterious deaths.

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Saturday 18 Nov 201712:00 (KIDS CLUB)

Hockney at The Royal Academy (TBC)

Hockney at The Royal Academy

David Hockney at the Royal Academy of Arts: A Bigger Picture 2012 & 82 Portraits and One Still Life 2016

Widely considered Britain’s most popular artist, David Hockney is a global sensation with exhibitions in London, New York, Paris and beyond, attracting millions of visitors worldwide. Now entering his 9th decade, Hockney shows absolutely no evidence of slowing down or losing his trademark boldness.

Featuring intimate and in-depth interviews with Hockney, this revealing film focuses on two blockbuster exhibitions held in 2012 and 2016 at the Royal Academy of Art in London. Director Phil Grabsky secured privileged access to craft this cinematic celebration of a 21st century master of creativity.

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Monday 27 Nov 201712:00

I, Claude Monet (TBC)

I, Claude Monet

From award-winning director Phil Grabsky comes this fresh new look at arguably the world's favourite artist - through his own words.

Using letters and other private writings I, Claude Monet reveals new insight into the man who not only painted the picture that gave birth to impressionism but who was perhaps the most influential and successful painter of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Despite this, and perhaps because of it, Monet's life is a gripping tale about a man who, behind his sun-dazzled canvases, suffered from feelings of depression, loneliness, even suicide. Then, as his art developed and his love of gardening led to the glories of his garden at Giverney, his letters reveal his humour, insight and love of life.

Shot on location in Paris, London, Normandy and Venice I, Claude Monet is a cinematic immersion into some of the most loved and iconic scenes in Western Art.

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Monday 28 May 201812:00

London Korean Film Festival Kids Club: Franky and Friends (U)

London Korean Film Festival Kids Club: Franky and Friends

Teaching kids the perils of wastefulness, this big screen version of the popular TV cartoon follows Franky and Friends on an adventure to save the Tree of Life after he and the two buddies he lives with, Kwon and Pong, create havoc by asking for more food than they can eat.

Screening as part of the London Korean Film Festival 2017.

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Saturday 4 Nov 201712:00 (KIDS CLUB)

London Korean Film Festival Kids Club: Lost in the Moonlight (U)

London Korean Film Festival Kids Club: Lost in the Moonlight

13-year-old Hyunjuli has been cast in the very uninspiring role of a tree in a traditional children's musical about to be staged at Changdeok Palace. She dreams of the spotlight and feels ridiculous standing at the back of the chorus. Hyunjuli finally gets to take centre stage during the dress rehearsal, when she's sucked into a fantasy world after picking up a tag dropped by a run-away Rat God, finding herself fighting conspiracies led by the mysterious Lady Blossom and looking for a way to get home again.

Screening as part of the London Korean Film Festival 2017.

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Saturday 28 Oct 201712:00 (KIDS CLUB)

London Korean Film Festival: Coin Locker Girl (18)

London Korean Film Festival: Coin Locker Girl

Veteran South Korean star Kim Hye-soo plays the psychotic crime-boss, known as ‘Mom’, whose unsavoury trade includes organ-trafficking and loan-sharking. Former street kid Kim Ko-eun plays the tomboy protégée Il-young who suddenly turns soft and can’t bring herself to kill a trainee chef as commanded - much to Mom’s cold fury. By the end we’ve been on quite the ride, which begins and more or less concludes in the station transit locker where Il-young was first found as an abandoned baby.

Screening as part of the London Korean Film Festival 2017.

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Sunday 5 Nov 201715:00

Memories of Underdevelopment (15)

Memories of Underdevelopment

In the aftermath of the Bay of Pigs Invasion, Sergio (Sergio Corrieri), an affluent writer, chooses to stay behind in Cuba while his wife and family escape to neighboring Miami. Sergio is pessimistic about the revolution's promise to bring sweeping change to his country, and he squanders his days prowling the streets of Havana looking for female companionship. Trouble erupts when his fling with chaste Elena (Daysi Granados) nearly ruins him after her family accuses Sergio of rape.

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Thursday 16 Nov 201710:30 (FILM STUDIES)

Moana Sing-A-Long (PG)

Moana Sing-A-Long
Moana doesn’t need an introduction and this is your chance to be part of the magic with the Moana sing-a-long! The songs were written by broadway playwright, songwriter and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, composer Mark Mancina and Tokelauan singer-songwriter Opetaia Foa’l.

Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. From Disney comes Moana, about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana meets the mighty demigod Maui, who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder and together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds.

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Thursday 26 Oct 201711:00

Monsters, Inc. (U)

Monsters, Inc.
Monsters Incorporated is the largest scare factory in the monster world, and James P. Sullivan is one of its top scarers. Sullivan is a huge, intimidating monster with blue fur, large purple spots and horns. His scare assistant, best friend and roommate is Mike Wazowski, a green, opinionated, feisty little one-eyed monster. Visiting from the human world is Boo, a tiny girl who goes where no human has ever gone before.

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Saturday 11 Nov 201712:00 (KIDS CLUB)

National Theatre Live: Follies (12A)

National Theatre Live: Follies
Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre. Please note this is a recording from the live broadcast.

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

Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, it’s directed by Dominic Cooke (The Comedy of Errors).

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

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Thursday 30 Nov 201719:00 (Encore)

National Theatre Live: Young Marx (12A)

National Theatre 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

Pal Joey (PG)

Pal Joey

Joey Evans (Frank Sinatra) is a philandering San Francisco-based singer with big dreams of starting his own night club, "Chez Joey," but chasing women keeps him even more occupied. Despite making a meaningful connection with lovely chorus girl Linda English (Kim Novak), it doesn't stop him from seducing the wealthy widow, and ex-burlesque dancer, Vera Simpson (Rita Hayworth), who he hopes will bankroll his club.

Ultimately, Joey has to decide who -- and what -- he most wants in life.

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Tuesday 21 Nov 201712:00 (CINEMEMORIES)

Pandora's Box with live piano (PG)

Pandora's Box with live piano
A free-loving, status-climbing dancer takes up with a succession of lovers, gradually descending to the life of a streetwalker, and thus, her own doom. Lulu (Louise Brooks) lives beyond the constraints of time - she is a radiant, outrageous icon of modernity. In challenging moral conventions with depth and complexity, she has become a screen seductress like no other. Directed by G.W. Pabst in 1929, Pandora's Box is an acknowledged masterpiece of sensual imagery and remains an astonishingly modern work of art.

The Phoenix is very pleased to be welcoming film historian and author Pamela Hutchinson, who has recently written a book on Pandora’s Box for the BFI Film Classics series:
Die Büchse der Pandora (Pandora’s Box, 1929), starring Hollywood icon Louise Brooks, is an established classic of the silent era. Pamela Hutchinson revisits and challenges many assumptions made about the film, its lead character and its star. Putting the film in historical and contemporary contexts, Hutchinson investigates how the film speaks to new audiences.

She will be with us to introduce the film and will remain after the screening for an exclusive book signing. More about the book.

With live musical accompaniment by Stephen Horne.

Film running time is 130 minutes.

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Sunday 3 Dec 201714:00

RSC Live: Macbeth (TBC)

RSC Live: Macbeth

‘Something wicked this way comes’

Returning home from battle, the victorious Macbeth meets three witches on the heath. Driven by their disturbing prophecies, he sets out on the path to murder.

Our contemporary production of Shakespeare’s darkest psychological thriller marks both Christopher Eccleston’s RSC debut and the return of Niamh Cusack to the Company.

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Wednesday 11 Apr 201819:00

RSC Live: Romeo and Juliet (TBC)

RSC Live: Romeo and Juliet

What if your first true love was someone you’d been told you must hate?

Set in a world very like our own, this Romeo and Juliet is about a generation of young people born into violence and ripped apart by the bitter divisions of their parents.

The most famous story of love at first sight explodes with intense passion and an irresistible desire for change, but leads all too quickly to heartbreaking consequences.

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Wednesday 18 Jul 201819:00

RSC Live: The Merry Wives of Windsor (TBC)

RSC Live: The Merry Wives of Windsor

Down on his luck in the suburbs, John Falstaff plans to hustle his way to a comfortable retirement by seducing the wives of two wealthy men.

Unknown to him, it’s the women of Windsor who really pull the strings, orchestrating Falstaff’s comeuppance amidst a theatrical smorgasbord of petty rivalries, jealousies and over-inflated egos.

For a fat Englishman, a Welshman and a Frenchman, the only way is Windsor...

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Wednesday 12 Sep 201819:00

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

Reece Shearsmith presents: Häxan + Live Accompaniment (15)

Reece Shearsmith presents: Häxan + Live Accompaniment
A witches’ brew of the scary, the grotesque, and the darkly humorous - Benjamin Christensen’s legendary 1922 film uses a series of dramatic vignettes to explore the history of witchcraft, demonology and Satanism through the ages.

For this special Hallowe’en screening we are delighted to be welcoming Reece Shearsmith (The League of Gentlemen, High Rise, A Field in England), who will be reading out live translation with world class musical accompanist, Stephen Horne.

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Tuesday 31 Oct 201719:00

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: 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: 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 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

Spark: Man With a Movie Camera (U)

Spark: Man With a Movie Camera
The manifesto at the start of Vertov’s most famous documentary describes it as ‘an experiment in the cinematic communication of visible events.’ Vertov, his brother Mikhail Kaufman and wife Elizaveta Svilova, known collectively as the kinoks (‘cine-eyes’), rejected the narrative conventions of fictional cinema. In this visual study of everyday life in a Soviet city, the cameraman Kaufman records what is happening around him, and also appears onscreen as a protagonist. Svilova is likewise seen at work editing the film. Filmed in Moscow, Kiev and Odessa, Vertov’s film presents the Soviet Union of the 1920s as a modern, industrious and creative society with everyday life transformed by technical innovation.

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Sunday 5 Nov 201713:00

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (12A)

Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Picking up right where The Force Awakens left off, Star Wars: The Last Jedi finds Rey, after finally discovering Luke Skywalker, beginning her training in the ways of the Force.

Starkiller Base may have been destroyed, but the First Order are far from defeated and the war between them and the Resistance grows ever more fierce. The Resistance need a Jedi Knight on their side but Skywalker has decided that it’s time for the Jedi to end.

Feel the Force once again in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, as heroes and villains old and new collide with the fate of the entire galaxy at stake

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Wednesday 13 Dec 201723:59 (STARTS 12:01AM)
Thursday 14 Dec 201713:4517:0020:10
Friday 15 Dec 201714:3017:4521:00
Saturday 16 Dec 201714:3017:4521:00
Sunday 17 Dec 201713:4517:0020:10
Monday 18 Dec 201713:4517:0020:10
Tuesday 19 Dec 201714:3017:4521:00
Wednesday 20 Dec 201711:0014:1517:3020:40
Thursday 21 Dec 201713:4517:0020:10
Friday 22 Dec 201714:3017:4521:00
Saturday 23 Dec 201714:1517:3020:40
Sunday 24 Dec 201712:0015:15
Tuesday 26 Dec 201716:0019:30
Wednesday 27 Dec 201714:1517:3020:40
Thursday 28 Dec 201714:1517:3020:40

The Death of Stalin (15)

The Death of Stalin

The internal political landscape of 1950s Soviet Russia takes on darkly comic form in a new film by Emmy award-winning and Oscar-nominated writer/director Armando Iannucci (The Thick of It, In the Loop).

In the days following Stalin’s collapse, his core team of ministers tussle for control; some want positive change in the Soviet Union, others have more sinister motives. Their one common trait? They’re all just desperately trying to remain alive.

A film that combines comedy, drama, pathos and political manoeuvring.

"The Death Of Stalin is superbly cast, and acted with icy and ruthless force by an A-list lineup."

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

- Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

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Monday 23 Oct 201713:1515:4518:2020:45
Tuesday 24 Oct 201716:0018:20 (Hard of Hearing Subtitles)20:45
Wednesday 25 Oct 201713:0015:3018:0020:20
Thursday 26 Oct 201713:3015:5018:2020:45

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: 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: 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)

Thomas & Friends: Journey Beyond Sodor (U)

Thomas & Friends: Journey Beyond Sodor
Determined to prove his importance on Sodor, Thomas takes James’ trucks and sets off on a big adventure to the Mainland. On the way he makes friends with the cheerful and helpful “Experimental Engines” but, after a wrong turn, finds himself lost in the steelworks. There, Thomas encounters two mysterious engines who instantly make him feel welcome but who aren’t what they first seem... After Thomas fails to return, James sets off to the Mainland but runs into trouble himself and it is up to Thomas and the Experimental Engines to save the day. Join Thomas in a tale of daring escapes, heroic rescues and discover that true friendship comes in all shapes and sizes.

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Monday 23 Oct 201711:00
Wednesday 25 Oct 201711:00

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 24 Oct 201711:00 (TRACTOR TED)
Tuesday 31 Oct 201711:00 (ROOM ON THE BROOM)
Tuesday 7 Nov 201711:00 (TIMMY TIME)
Tuesday 14 Nov 201711:00 (RASTAMOUSE)
Tuesday 21 Nov 201711:00 (SARAH AND DUCK)
Tuesday 28 Nov 201711:00 (MESSY GOES TO OKIDO)

UK Jewish Film Post-Festival Preview: Menashe (U)

UK Jewish Film Post-Festival Preview: Menashe

A special preview screening of one of the most eagerly anticipated films of the year.

The first Yiddish-language film in many decades, Mensahe is a rare and sensitive portrayal of the Orthodox community in Brooklyn.

When his wife dies, sales assistant Menashe (wonderful first-timer Menashe Lustig) tries to follow the rabbi’s decree which obliges him to remarry in order to get custody of his young son Rieven. A series of unsuccessful dates leaves him torn between his commitment to faith and community, and his love for his child.

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Wednesday 29 Nov 201720:30

UKIJFF 2017: Scaffolding (TBC)

UKIJFF 2017: Scaffolding

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Saturday 11 Nov 201718:30 (Closed)

Vincent Van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing (TBC)

Vincent Van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing

Perhaps more than any other artist, Van Gogh's life has long captured the imagination of storytellers. Delving deep into his fascinating and sometimes deeply troubled world comes this definitive, award-winning documentary directed by David Bickerstaff.

Showcasing Van Gogh's iconic works like never before and featuring exclusive interviews with the curatorial team at the Van Gogh Museum, this Exhibition On Screen favourite from Season 2 makes a welcome return to the big screen.

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Monday 26 Mar 201812:00