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A Christmas Carol with Simon Callow (TBC)

A Christmas Carol with Simon Callow

Based on Dickens’ own performance adaptation, Simon Callow and director-designer Tom Cairns have created a one-man theatrical extravaganza of festive story-telling that is both heart-warming and deeply moving. A Christmas must see!


Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is one of the most beloved books in the English language. It has become a classic Christmas tale for generations of grown-ups and children alike. This treasured story offers a celebration of goodness, a plea for justice and the promise of redemption.


Following critically acclaimed, sold-out theatre seasons in 2011, 2012 and again in 2016, Simon Callow (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love) returns to wow audiences with this tour de force performance.


"Warm-hearted. Enthralling. Reminds us what a true Christmas might be."

- WhatsOnStage

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Tuesday 11 Dec 201818:45

Berliner Philharmoniker Live: New Year's Eve Concert (TBC)

Berliner Philharmoniker Live: New Year's Eve Concert

Celebrate the end of 2018 with the Berliner Philharmoniker’s glittering New Year’s Eve Concert.  The only live cinema broadcast of the 2018/19 Berliner Philharmoniker Concert season, this fantastic event will be conducted by Daniel Barenboim, and broadcast live from Berlin.


Daniel Barenboim, one of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s oldest friends, also takes on the role of soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 26 - a work of sparkling beauty and nuanced expression. There are also four famous works by Maurice Ravel, which create an impressive synthesis of elegance and originality. The final highlight is the Boléro, perhaps the most stunning crescendo in music history.


The cinema broadcast will feature exclusive interviews and programme insights.


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Monday 31 Dec 201816:00

Bolshoi: Carmen Suite/Petrushka (TBC)

Bolshoi: Carmen Suite/Petrushka

Carmen is as passionate and free-spirited as ever as she finds herself caught in a love triangle.


The passionate one act ballet by Cuban choreographer Alberto Alonso originally conceived for legendary Bolshoi prima ballerina Maya Plisetskaya will captivate audiences alongside Petrushka, a new creation for the Bolshoi by contemporary choreographer Edward Clug, in an evening encapsulating the soul of Russian Ballet.

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Sunday 19 May 201916:00

Bolshoi: La Bayadère (TBC)

Bolshoi: La Bayadère

The temple dancer Nikiya and the warrior Solor fall deeply in love, giving way to heated passions, and murderous intrigues when the Rajah and his daughter Gamzatti discover their forbidden love.


La Bayadere is one of the greatest works classical ballet history – a story of love, death and vengeful judgement set in India. Dazzling sets, costumes, and one of the most iconic scenes in ballet, the “Kingdom of the Shades,” illuminate the tragic tale of the temple dancer Nikiya’s doomed love for the warrior Solor, and their ulimate redemption. Simply a must-see.

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Sunday 20 Jan 201915:00

Bolshoi: The Golden Age (TBC)

Bolshoi: The Golden Age

In the 1920’s, The Golden Age cabaret is a favorite nightly haunt. The young fisherman Boris falls in love with Rita. He follows her to the cabaret and realizes that she is the beautiful dancer “Mademoiselle Margot,”, but also the love interest of the local gangster Yashka…


With its jazzy score by Shostakovich and its music-hall atmosphere featuring beautiful tangos, The Golden Age is a refreshing and colorful dive into the roaring 20’s. A historic ballet that can be seen only at the Bolshoi!



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Sunday 7 Apr 201914:00

Bolshoi: The Nutcracker (TBC)

Bolshoi: The Nutcracker

On Christmas Eve, Marie’s Nutcracker doll magically transforms into a prince and their wonderful adventure begins.


The holiday classic returns to the majestic Bolshoi stage for a live broadcast of a timeless story, The Nutcracker, taking audiences of all ages on a magical journey through a world of enchantment complete with dancing snowflakes and dolls that have come to life, accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s beloved score.

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Sunday 23 Dec 201815:00

Bolshoi: The Sleeping Beauty (TBC)

Bolshoi: The Sleeping Beauty

The Princess Aurora falls under the curse of the Evil Fairy Carabosse on her sixtenth birthday, falling into a deep slumber of one hundred years. Only the kiss of a prince could break the spell.


A resplendent fairytale ballet perfomed by the Bolshoi, The Sleeping Beauty features scores of magical characters including fairies, the Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots, and a beautiful young Princess Aurora performed by Olga Smirnova, a “truly extraordinary talent” (The Telegraph). This is classical ballet at its finest.


Captured live on Jan. 22, 2017



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Sunday 10 Mar 201914:00

Disobedience (15)

Disobedience

From Sebastián Lelio, writer-director of the Academy Award-winning A Fantastic Woman, Disobedience is a timely and emotionally powerful tale set at the crossroads of tradition and modernity, of personal desires and the demands of faith.


When her estranged rabbi father suddenly passes away, Ronit (played by Oscar-winner and co-producer Rachel Weisz) returns from New York to the north London Orthodox Jewish community that rejected her years previously after a scandalous transgression.


Ronit’s presence immediately courts further controversy when she runs into Esti (Rachel McAdams), the wife of her strictly religious cousin Dovid (Alessandro Nivola) and the woman for whom she shared an illicit attraction in their childhood. This happy reunion soon reignites the two women’s burning, long-unrequited passions, an act of defiance that could alter the course of their lives forever.


Based on the provocative novel by bestselling author Naomi Alderman and co-written by Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Disobedience is a critically acclaimed romantic drama that explores the fraught boundaries between spiritual devotion and sexuality.


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Monday 10 Dec 201815:4018:15
Tuesday 11 Dec 201816:15
Wednesday 12 Dec 201815:50 (Relaxed Screening)20:30
Thursday 13 Dec 201813:1518:20 (Film Group)

Gilda Live - We Love Gilda! (12A)

Gilda Live - We Love Gilda!

Gilda Live will be introduced by season curator Rebecca Nicole Williams, aka The Celluloid Sorceress.


In 1979 legendary director Mike Nichols (The Graduate, Working Girl) captured this permanent record of Gilda Radner’s sold-out show at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre: Gilda Radner Live from New York.


A perfect portrait of Gilda at the peak of her superstardom, Gilda Live features many of her best loved characters from Saturday Night Live, including Lisa Loopner, Emily Litella, Judy Miller and Roseanne Roseannadanna.


SNL bandleader Paul Shaffer brings musical numbers including "Let's Talk Dirty to The Animals", "I Love to Be Unhappy" and "Touch Me with My Clothes On". Gilda also showcases her classic roles Candy Slice (a satire on Patti Smith) and Vegas lounge act Rhonda Weiss and the Rhondettes.


With the added grace of Don Novello as Father Guido Sarducci, rock critic and gossip columnist for The Vatican Enquirer, Gilda Live was never released theatrically in the UK and is a must see in this rare big screen presentation!




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Sunday 6 Jan 201914:00

Hanky Panky 35mm - We Love Gilda! (15)

Hanky Panky 35mm - We Love Gilda!

Hanky Panky will be introduced by season curator Rebecca Nicole Williams, aka The Celluloid Sorceress.


Innocent architect Michael (Gene Wilder) is drawn into a web of government secrets when Sara (Kathleen Quinlan), a woman with a mysterious package, gets into a New York cab with him. When Sara is murdered Michael becomes a suspect, pursued by the cops and government man Ransom (Richard Widmark).

On the run, he meets Kate (Gilda Radner), who believes her brother's death was somehow connected to the package. Kate helps Michael evade the cops, but Ransom is harder to shake, taking them across the country for the exciting showdown.


Gilda shines in her first major film and against her future husband Gene Wilder. The couple fell in love on the set of this hilarious Hitchcockian spoof and went on to make two more films together. In Hanky Panky Wilder is reunited with Sidney Poitier, director of the smash hit Stir Crazy, for another comedy classic.




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Sunday 27 Jan 201914:00

Haunted Honeymoon 35mm - We Love Gilda! (PG)

Haunted Honeymoon 35mm - We Love Gilda!

Haunted Honeymoon will be introduced by season curator Rebecca Nicole Williams, aka The Celluloid Sorceress.


Radio personality Larry (Gene Wilder) proposes to his “Manhattan Mystery Theatre” co-star Vickie (Gilda Radner) and develops a curious speech impediment and has on-air panic attacks that threaten to get them both fired. Looking for a cure Larry takes Vickie home to his family mansion to get married.


Larry's doctor uncle decides to treat him with a form of shock therapy to scare him out of his condition. Unfortunately, something more sinister lurks at the Abbot mansion and the wedding party becomes a real-life version of Larry and Vickie's radio murder mysteries, werewolves and all.

Gilda's last film was a surprising flop but has gathered a large cult following among fans of the stars, spooky comedies and Wilder’s other horror themed favourite Young Frankenstein. We end our season We Love Gilda! with a rare 35mm revival of a forgotten family favourite.

       



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Sunday 24 Feb 201914:00

It's a Wonderful Life + Festive Fundraiser (PG)

It's a Wonderful Life + Festive Fundraiser

The perennial Christmas favourite, It's a Wonderful Life is still a staple of the festive season.

This ultimate feel-good favourite, from Oscar-winning director Frank Capra, stars James Stewart as despairing businessmen George Bailey. One fateful Christmas Eve, George receives a visit from Clarence, a celestial messenger, who prevents him from jumping into a freezing river. The pair travel together through moments in George’s life to show him what the world would be like if he had never existed.

A genuinely tender and enduring piece of yuletide cinema.

This screening will be held as a special fundraising event for the Phoenix with mince pies and sherry.

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Sunday 16 Dec 201817:45

Mary Poppins Returns (U)

Mary Poppins Returns

Nearly three decades after her first visit to London, the enigmatic Mary Poppins (Blunt) soars back into the capital to look after the Banks children in their time of need.


The now grown-up Jane (Mortimer) and Michael Banks (Whishaw) are living in the same house on Cherry Tree Lane, along with Michael’s three children and their housekeeper Ellen (Walters).


The family are in danger of losing their home, and Michael is struggling after a personal loss, but the practically perfect nanny returns just in time to rekindle the fun and wonder missing from their lives – with a little help from street lamplighter Jack (Miranda) and her eccentric cousin Topsy (Streep).


Boasting wonderful songs, classic 2D animation and cameos from some familiar faces, this is a delightful reunion for all to enjoy, whether you grew up with the magic or are discovering it for the first time.

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Friday 21 Dec 201812:3015:1518:0020:45
Saturday 22 Dec 201814:3017:3020:20
Sunday 23 Dec 201817:4020:30
Monday 24 Dec 201813:3016:30
Wednesday 26 Dec 201814:0017:0020:00
Thursday 27 Dec 201814:30 (Relaxed Screening)17:30 (Hard of Hearing Subtitles)20:20

National Theatre Live: Allelujah! (15)

National Theatre Live: Allelujah!

‘Leaves you bobbing on a wave of happiness’  - The Independent


Alan Bennett’s sharp and hilarious new play is ‘just what the doctor ordered’ (Daily Telegraph). Filmed live at London’s Bridge Theatre during its limited run, don’t miss this ‘rousing chorus line for the NHS’ (Observer).


The Beth, an old fashioned cradle-to-grave hospital serving a town on the edge of the Pennines, is threatened with closure as part of an efficiency drive. A documentary crew, eager to capture its fight for survival, follows the daily struggle to find beds on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward, and the triumphs of the old people’s choir.


Alan Bennett’s celebrated plays include The History Boys, The Lady in the Van and The Madness of George III, all of which were also seen on film. Allelujah! is his tenth collaboration with award-winning director Nicholas Hytner.


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Monday 17 Dec 201812:00 (Encore)

National Theatre Live: Antony and Cleopatra (12A)

National Theatre Live: Antony and Cleopatra

Broadcast live from the National Theatre, Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power.


Caesar and his assassins are dead. General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome. But at the fringes of a war-torn empire the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love. In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war.


Director Simon Godwin returns to National Theatre Live screens with this hotly anticipated production, following previous broadcasts of Twelfth Night, Man and Superman and The Beaux’ Stratagem.

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Monday 7 Jan 201912:00

National Theatre Live: I'm Not Running (12A)

National Theatre Live: I'm Not Running

I’m Not Running is an explosive new play by David Hare, premiering at the National Theatre and broadcast live to Phoenix Cinema.


Pauline Gibson has spent her life as a doctor, the inspiring leader of a local health campaign. When she crosses paths with her old boyfriend, a stalwart loyalist in Labour Party politics, she’s faced with an agonising decision.


What’s involved in sacrificing your private life and your piece of mind for something more than a single issue? Does she dare?

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Thursday 31 Jan 201919:00

National Theatre Live: The Madness of George III (12A)

National Theatre Live: The Madness of George III

Multi-award-winning drama The Madness of George III will be broadcast live to in National Theatre Live’s first ever broadcast from Nottingham Playhouse.


Written by one of Britain’s best-loved playwrights Alan Bennett (The History Boys, The Lady in the Van), this epic play was also adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film following its premiere on stage in 1991.


The cast of this new production includes Olivier Award-winners Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Wolf Hall, NT Live Coriolanus) in the title role, and Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey, Upstairs Downstairs, After the Dance).


It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy. With the King’s mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown, and expose the fine line between a King and a man.


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Monday 10 Dec 201812:00 (Encore)

National Theatre Live: The Tragedy of King Richard the Second (12A)

National Theatre Live: The Tragedy of King Richard the Second

Simon Russell Beale plays William Shakespeare’s Richard II, broadcast live from the stage of the Almeida Theatre in London to cinemas.

 

This visceral new production about the limits of power will be directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins, whose previous plays include Little Revolution at the Almeida and Absolute Hell at the National Theatre.

 

Richard II, King of England, is irresponsible, foolish and vain. His weak leadership sends his kingdom into disarray and his court into uproar. Seeing no other option but to seize power, the ambitious Bolingbroke challenges the throne and the king’s divine right to rule. 

 

Simon Russell Beale returns to National Theatre Live screens following broadcasts of Timon of Athens and King Lear, and his recent role in the National Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of The Lehman Trilogy


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Tuesday 15 Jan 201918:50

RSC Live: As You Like It (12A)

RSC Live: As You Like It

Come into the forest; dare to change your state of mind.


Rosalind is banished, wrestling with her heart and her head. With her cousin by her side, she journeys to a world of exile where barriers are broken down and all can discover their deeper selves.


Director Kimberley Sykes (Dido, Queen of Carthage) directs a riotous, exhilarating version of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy


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Wednesday 17 Apr 201919:00

RSC Live: Measure for Measure (12A)

RSC Live: Measure for Measure

"To whom should I complain?"


When a young novice nun is compromised by a corrupt official, who offers to save her brother from execution in return for sex, she has no idea where to turn for help. When she threatens to expose him, he tells her that no one would believe her. Shakespeare wrote this play in the early 1600s, yet it remains astonishingly resonant today.


Artistic Director, Gregory Doran, directs this new production.



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Wednesday 31 Jul 201919:00

RSC Live: The Taming of the Shrew (12A)

RSC Live: The Taming of the Shrew

In a reimagined 1590, England is a matriarchy. Baptista Minola is seeking to sell off her son Katherine to the highest bidder. Cue an explosive battle of the sexes in this electrically charged love story.


Justin Audibert (Snow in Midsummer, The Jew of Malta) turns Shakespeare’s fierce, energetic comedy of gender and materialism on its head to offer a fresh perspective on its portrayal of hierarchy and power.



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Wednesday 5 Jun 201919:00

Rembrandt

Rembrandt

From the National Gallery, London and Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam


Every Rembrandt exhibition is eagerly anticipated but this major show hosted by London’s National Gallery and Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum was an event like no other. Given privileged access to both galleries the film documents this landmark exhibition, whilst interweaving Rembrandt’s life story, with behind-the-scenes preparations at these world famous institutions.


Exploring many of the exhibition’s key works, through contributions from specially invited guests including curators and leading art historians, this Exhibition on Screen favourite makes a welcome return to the big screen marking the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt's death. For many, Rembrandt is the greatest artist that ever lived and this deeply moving film seeks to explore the truth about the man behind the legend.


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Monday 15 Apr 201912:00

Royal Opera House: Don Quixote (TBC)

Royal Opera House: Don Quixote

Cervantes’s story of the bumbling knight Don Quixote has inspired countless artistic interpretations. Marius Petipa choreographed this sparkling ballet about the encounters of the man from La Mancha and his faithful squire Sancho Panza. At its heart are virtuoso roles for the lovers Basilio and Kitri.


Carlos Acosta chose this joyful classic for his first production for The Royal Ballet. His vibrant staging brings together the whole Company in such roles as exuberant villagers, passionate gypsies and even fantasy flowers. The story follows Don Quixote’s picaresque journey to do deeds in honour of his imaginary noble lady, Dulcinea.


Sunny, charming, funny and touching – Don Quixote is a ballet as full of uplifting emotion as it is of astonishing ballet technique.

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Tuesday 19 Feb 201919:15

Royal Opera House: Faust (TBC)

Royal Opera House: Faust

There are many versions of the story of Faust, who trades his soul with the Devil for

youth and power, but Gounod’s opera remains one of the most constantly enthralling.


Michael Fabiano stars as Faust, with Diana Damrau as his beloved Marguerite and Erwin Schrott as the diabolical Méphistophélès. Virtuoso leading roles, a large chorus, sensational sets, ballet and an ecstatic finale make this the epitome of theatrical spectacle – the lavish scale of French grand opera is wonderfully in evidence in this production by David McVicar, set in 1870s Paris.


Above all, the music includes several of popular opera’s most recognizable numbers, performed by a cast of great international singers and the Royal Opera Chorus.

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Tuesday 30 Apr 201918:45

Royal Opera House: La Traviata (TBC)

Royal Opera House: La Traviata

From the thrill of unexpected romance to a heartbreaking reconciliation that comes too late – Verdi’s La traviata is one of the most popular of all operas.


Alfredo falls in love in with the courtesan Violetta in glamorous Paris society, but underneath the surface run darker undercurrents, leading to a tragic ending. The opera’s wealth of melodies includes the famous Brindisi and the exuberant ‘Sempre libera’ – both showing the lyricism of Italian opera at its most immediately appealing.


Richard Eyre’s production for The Royal Opera brings out all the emotional colour, from the giddy discovery of love, through painful confrontation to the inevitable conclusion. Lavish period sets and costumes enhance the reality of a moving story based on true life.

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Wednesday 30 Jan 201918:45

Royal Opera House: La forza del destino (TBC)

Royal Opera House: La forza del destino

Leonora falls in love with Don Alvaro, but when her father forbids their marriage, a fatal accident triggers a drama of obsession, vengeance and tragedy.


Jonas Kaufmann and Anna Netrebko star in Verdi’s epic La forza del destino (The Force of Destiny) an opera which demands the very best of singers for its powerful music and the fullest theatrical treatment for its story of bitter revenge pursued across miles and years.


The production comes to The Royal Opera in a sensational staging from Amsterdam packed with colour and action. It is directed by Christof Loy and conducted by Antonio Pappano, Music Director of The Royal Opera.

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Tuesday 2 Apr 201918:15

Royal Opera House: Romeo and Juliet (TBC)

Royal Opera House: Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare’s enduring love story is known the world over. Since its 1965 premiere with The Royal Ballet, Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet has become a modern ballet classic. The choreography captures the emotions of the young couple as they fall in love, despite the barriers that finally bring about the story’s tragic end.


Each revival gives opportunities for new dancers to interpret the doomed lovers. The whole Company brings the colour and action of Renaissance Verona, where a busy market all too quickly bursts into sword fighting, and a family feud leads to tragedy for both the Montagues and Capulets.

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Tuesday 11 Jun 201919:15

Royal Opera House: The Queen of Spades (TBC)

Royal Opera House: The Queen of Spades

In Tchaikovsky’s intense opera of obsession and the supernatural, Gherman is caught between the woman he loves and a destructive fixation.


The Queen of Spades is based on a short story by Pushkin, and comes to the Royal Opera House in a new production that has already garnered five star reviews in Amsterdam. The production is set in 1890, the year of the opera’s premiere.


In his study, Tchaikovsky imagines the opera into life as his own story, its characters giving voice to his unfulfilled desires. Aleksandrs Antonenko and Eva-Maria Westbroek head the cast and Royal Opera Chorus, conducted by Antonio Pappano, Music Director of The Royal Opera.


This is an engrossing portrayal of a tortured creative artist and a gripping piece of gothic storytelling.

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Tuesday 22 Jan 201918:45

Royal Opera House: Within The Golden Hour/Flight Pattern (TBC)

Royal Opera House: Within The Golden Hour/Flight Pattern

The contemporary face of The Royal Ballet is shown in works from three of today’s leading choreographers.


Christopher Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour is based around seven couples separating and intermingling, to music by Vivaldi and Bosso and lit with rich colours suggested by sunset.


Crystal Pite’s Flight Pattern, revived for the first time, uses a large dance ensemble and Górecki’s familiar music from his Symphony of Sorrowful Songs for a poignant and passionate reflection on migration.


Between them, a new work by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, created on The Royal Ballet has its premiere to bring the contemporary truly up-to-date.

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Thursday 16 May 201919:15

Shoplifters (15)

Shoplifters

Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes 2018, Hirokazu Kore-eda’s (After Life; Still Walking; Like Father, Like Son) new film Shoplifters is a complex, profoundly moving drama about the forces holding a struggling family together. It’s being hailed as among the very best in the celebrated writer-director’s career and has inspired rave reviews.


Osamu (Lily Franky), his wife Nobuyu (Sakura Andô) and grandma Hatsue (played by veteran Japanese character actress Kirin Kiki) head the Shibatas. A poverty-stricken family living in a ramshackle Tokyo bungalow, they routinely turn to petty thieving to make ends meet. After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and son Shota (Kairi Jyo) happen upon Yuri (Miyu Sasaki), a little girl foraging for scraps in the freezing cold, and take her in. Despite the continued hardships of their existence, this newly modified family lives happily – until an unforeseen incident begins to test their bond.


By shining the spotlight on an unconventional domestic unit with insight, compassion and humour, Kore-eda gives rare prominence to Japanese society’s urban underclass and questions the possibilities of survival within life on the margins. An incredibly satisfying film made up of delicate brushstrokes, Shoplifters charms while eschewing overt sentimentality and is full of the director’s trademark subtlety and nuanced moral inquiry.


"Hirokazu Kore-eda reaffirms himself as one of the world’s best auteurs with this drama about a different kind of family" - Indiewire


"A rich, satisfying film" - The Guardian

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Wednesday 12 Dec 201813:15
Thursday 13 Dec 201815:45

The Met Opera Live in HD: Adriana Lecouvreur (TBC)

The Met Opera Live in HD: Adriana Lecouvreur

For the first time at the Met, soprano Anna Netrebko sings the role of Adriana Lecouvreur, the eighteenth-century actress whose real-life intrigues inspired Cilea’s tragic opera.


Adriana is adored by many but loves only Maurizio, sung by tenor (Piotr Beczała), who adores her in return. Maurizio desperately tries to extricate himself from his previous lover, the Princess deof Bouillon (mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili). When the princess discovers that Adriana is her rival, she takes desperate measures of her own.


In this new production directed by Sir David McVicar, the action is partially set in a working replica of a baroque theatre. Gianandrea Noseda conducts the riveting score.

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Saturday 12 Jan 201917:55
Sunday 13 Jan 201912:00 (ENCORE)

The Met Opera Live in HD: Carmen (TBC)

The Met Opera Live in HD: Carmen

Don’t miss this revival of Sir Richard Eyre’s dynamic production.


Mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine plays opera’s ultimate seductress, while Roberto Alagna returns to the role of Don José, the good-hearted soldier in whom she unleashes an uncontrollable passion. Don José breaks the law, goes to prison, deserts the army and loses everything to be with Carmen. But the capricious Carmen gypsy soon tires of him and takes up instead with the bullfighter Escamillo (bass Alexander Vinogradov). She has ruined his life, but still Don José adores her, with a fierceness that can only lead to catastrophe.


Composer Bizet died just three months after Carmen’s disastrous premiere, never knowing that his creation would become one of the most popular operas of all time.

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Saturday 2 Feb 201917:55
Monday 4 Feb 201912:00 (ENCORE)

The Met Opera Live in HD: Dialogues des Carmélites (TBC)

The Met Opera Live in HD: Dialogues des Carmélites

Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads Poulenc’s masterpiece.


As the French Revolution begins, shy Blanche, sung by mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, becomes a novice nun under an elderly prioress, Met legend Karita Mattila. Blanche’s aristocratic family flee the Terror, but she remains behind, struggling between her fear of the guillotine and her duty to the convent. When the nuns are expelled from the convent and threatened with death, Blanche must make an agonising decision. In the shattering final scene, the nuns walk towards the guillotine singing Salve Regina: their voices are cut off, one by one, with each stroke of the blade, until all are silenced.


Poulenc’s devastating portrayal of faith and martyrdom is live in HD for the first time.

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Saturday 11 May 201917:00
Sunday 12 May 201913:30 (ENCORE)

The Met Opera Live in HD: Die Walküre (TBC)

The Met Opera Live in HD: Die Walküre

Featuring some of the most glorious music ever written - including, of course, the Ride of the Valkyries - Die Walküre is the second of the four operas that comprise Wagner’s Ring Cycle, a story of monsters, gods, and humans on a superhuman scale.


When twins Siegmund and Sieglinde find each other at last, Siegmund promises to release Sieglinde from her forced marriage by killing her husband, Hunding. The god Wotan instructs Valkyrie warrior Brünnhilde to defend Hunding. But, moved by the twins’ mutual devotion, Brünnhilde refuses to obey, forging an alliance with Sieglinde that has far-reaching consequences for them both.


Soprano Christine Goerke sings Brünnhilde, tenor Stuart Skelton and soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek are the love-struck twins, and Ring Cycle veteran Philippe Jordan conducts.

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Saturday 30 Mar 201917:00
Sunday 31 Mar 201913:30 (ENCORE)

The Met Opera Live in HD: La Fille du Régiment (TBC)

The Met Opera Live in HD: La Fille du Régiment

Full of wit and invention, Donizetti’s comic opera is a delight. The famous aria “Ah,  Mes Amis,” with its nine high Cs, is one of opera’s most show-stopping numbers. Bel canto stars Pretty Yende and Javier Camarena take on the challenging vocal fireworks in Laurent Pelly’s hilarious staging.


Orphaned as a small child and raised by an entire army regiment, the spirited Marie has grown up as the regiment’s ‘daughter’, raising morale and spreading joy. Tonio, a local man, falls in love with her and even joins the army for her sake. But a chance encounter with a noblewoman sparks a sudden revelation, and a tale unfolds of secret identities, long-lost family, and murky pasts.

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Saturday 2 Mar 201917:55
Sunday 3 Mar 201913:30 (ENCORE)

The Met Opera Live in HD: La traviata (TBC)

The Met Opera Live in HD: La traviata

New Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin launches his tenure by conducting Verdi’s timeless tragedy.


Worldly courtesan Violetta, sung by soprano Diana Damrau, has grown tired of her dissolute life. When the pure-hearted Alfredo - tenor Juan Diego Flórez - declares his love for her, she leaves everything behind to live with him. But his family’s reputation is ruined by his association with her, and Violetta is torn between her feelings for Alfredo and her desire to protect him from scandal. Urged by the young man’s father, she tears herself away and returns to her old life. Alfredo, not knowing the real reason for her apparent betrayal, is heartbroken - and bent on revenge.


Directed by Michael Mayer, this new production features a dazzling eighteenth-century setting that changes with the seasons.

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Saturday 15 Dec 201817:55
Sunday 16 Dec 201813:30 (Encore)

The Woman in Red 35mm - We Love Gilda! (15)

The Woman in Red 35mm - We Love Gilda!

The Woman in Red will be introduced by season curator Rebecca Nicole Williams, aka The Celluloid Sorceress.


San Francisco ad-man Teddy Pierce (Gene Wilder) is happily married until he becomes infatuated with Charlotte (Kelly LeBrock), the woman in the red dress he notices on a chance encounter. In his desperate attempts to get to know Charlotte, Teddy accidentally asks out the sterner Ms. Milner (Gilda Radner), a misunderstanding with hilarious consequences.


As Teddy does get to know Charlotte his friends (Charles Grodin, Joseph Bologna) egg him towards his unprecedented infidelity while dealing with relationship crises of their own, but the closer Teddy gets the more he may start to wish he’d never thought of cheating.


Gilda stands out in a terrific supporting turn as the woman scorned in an unfortunate case of mistaken identity. Wilder's remake of Yves Robert’s César Award winning farce Un éléphant ça trompe énormément was a worldwide hit. Stevie Wonder's soundtrack scored a massive UK #1 and an Academy Award with the song "I Just Called to Say I Love You".




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Sunday 10 Feb 201914:00

Three Identical Strangers (12A)

Three Identical Strangers

Three Identical Strangers tells the astonishing story of three men who make the chance discovery, at the age of 19, that they are identical triplets, separated at birth and adopted to different parents. The trio’s joyous reunion in 1980 catapults them to fame but it also sets in motion a chain of events that unearths an extraordinary and disturbing secret that goes far beyond their own lives – a secret that might one day answer key questions at the heart of all human behaviour.

Book Tickets

Monday 10 Dec 201820:40
Tuesday 11 Dec 201812:0014:05
Wednesday 12 Dec 201811:00 (Bringing Up Baby)18:20
Thursday 13 Dec 201820:40

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 11 Dec 201811:00 (Messy Goes to Okido: Christmas)

Tulip Fever + Q&A (15)

Tulip Fever + Q&A

We're delighted to welcome author Deborah Moggach for a Q&A after the screening.


Based on the novel by Deborah Moggach (author of These Foolish Things, which was made into the film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), and written for the screen by Moggach and Tom Stoppard, Tulip Fever is a lavish period drama set in the ‘Golden Age’ of seventeenth-century Amsterdam with rapturous costumes and all the beauty of a Vermeer painting.


A young orphan girl named Sophia (Vikander) finds herself betrothed against her will to the demanding merchant Cornelis Sandvoort (Christoph Waltz), who’s focused only on her producing a male heir. But when Cornelis calls upon the artistic eye of a struggling young portraitist named Jan Van Loos (DeHaan) to paint his dear wife, a red-hot affair begins to unfold.


With the help of the Sandvoorts' colourful maid, Maria (Holliday Grainger), and her fishmonger lover, William (O'Connell), Sophia and Jan risk everything in the hope of making a fortune on the soaring tulip market and escaping to the New World.


Film running time 105 mins.

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Friday 14 Dec 201818:10

UKJF Preview: Can You Ever Forgive Me? (15)

UKJF Preview: Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Academy Award nominee Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) is wonderful as Lee Israel, the acerbic New York author, who, falling on hard times in the early 1990s, starts forging letters by literary giants with the support of her drunkard, egotistical friend (Richard E. Grant, also fabulous). Being a better Dorothy Parker than Dorothy Parker herself, as Israel puts it, proves to be a lucrative business and a satisfying creative outlet, until the FBI gets involved. Based on Israel’s memoir about her felonious career, Can You Ever Forgive Me? is a thrilling crime comedy-drama and a profound study of loneliness, friendship and success.



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Sunday 6 Jan 201916:15

Van Gogh & Japan

Van Gogh & Japan

"I envy the Japanese" Van Gogh


In the exhibition on which this film is based - Van Gogh & Japan at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam - one can see why. Though Vincent van Gogh never visited Japan it is the country that had the most profound influence on him and his art. One cannot understand Van Gogh without understanding how Japanese art arrived in Paris in the middle of the 19th century and the profound impact it had on artists like Monet, Degas and, above all, Van Gogh.


Visiting the new galleries of Japanese art in Paris and then creating his own image of Japan – through in-depth research, print collecting and detailed discussions with other artists – Van Gogh’s encounter with Japanese artworks gave his work a new and exciting direction. After leaving Paris for the south of France – to what he thought of as near to a kind of Japan as he could find - the productive and yet troubled years that followed must all be seen in the context of Van Gogh bending Japanese influences to his will and defining himself as a modern artist with clear Asian precursors. In this little known story of Van Gogh’s art we see just how important his study of Japan was. The film travels not only to France and the Netherlands but also to Japan to further explore the remarkable heritage that so affected Van Gogh and made him the artist we know of today.


Book Tickets

Monday 10 Jun 201912:00

Young Picasso (TBC)

Young Picasso

Pablo Picasso is one of the greatest artists of all time - and right up until his death in 1973 he was the most prolific of artists. Many films have dealt with these later years - the art, the affairs and the wide circle of friends. But where did this all begin? What made Picasso in the first place?  Too long ignored, it is time to look at the early years of Picasso; the upbringing and the learning that led to his extraordinary achievements.  


Three cities play a key role: Malaga, Barcelona and Paris. Young Picasso visits each and explores their influence on Picasso, focusing on specific artworks from these early years. The film thus explains how this young artist acquired his craft. Looking carefully at two key early periods - the so-called Blue Period and Rose Period - the film takes us all the way to 1907 and the creation of a critical painting in the history of art - Les Demoiselles d'Avignon.  It was a painting that shocked the art world but changed it irrevocably. Picasso was only 25 years old.  Working closely with all three Picasso Museums in Malaga, Barcelona and Paris this film explains how he rose to great heights.


Book Tickets

Monday 11 Feb 201912:00