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BELIFF Session 1 (18)

BELIFF Session 1
Come join us for a highly artistic, ambitious and captivating selection of short films. In this screening:

Directed By Jean Julien (44 min France, Republic of Korea, 2017) Documentary

Directed By Rob Francis Muller (15 min, United Kingdom, 2016) Drama, History, Social, Student

Directed By Luz Olivares Capelle (30 min, Germany, 2016) Drama,Mystery, Horror, Student

Directed By Artem Makarevich (6 min, Russia, 2017) Drama, Fantasy

SEND IN THE SUN Directed By Nicolas Jackson (12 min, USA, 2017) Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Student

For full details of each film please see the full BELIFF Programme here

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Friday 8 Sep 201712:00

BELIFF Session 2 (18)

BELIFF Session 2
Come join us for a highly accomplished, gripping and surprising selection of short films. In this screening:

Directed By Corey Sevier (20 min, Canada, 2016) Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Student

Directed By Josef Brandl (16 min, Germany, 2017) Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Directed By Luigi Abanto Varese (18 min, Spain, 2016) Drama, Horror

Directed By Micah Perta (14 min, USA, 2016) Comedy, Life

Directed By Brenna Baines (6 min, Canada, 2017) Animation, Student

Directed By Vladimir Kudryashov (19 min, Russia, 2017) Drama,Thriller, Student

Directed By Vladimir Todorov (10 min, USA, 2016) Animation

Directed By Gilbert Matthijs (6 min, Netherlands, 2017) Experimental

Directed By Samuel Siegel (8 min, United Kingdom, 2017) Experimental, Drama, Social

Directed By Johny Morgue (4 min, United Kingdom, 2016) Drama, Social

Directed By Sophia Banks (46 s, USA, 2017) Commercial

For full details of each film please see the full BELIFF Programme here

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Friday 8 Sep 201720:30

BELIFF Session 3 (18)

BELIFF Session 3
Come join us for a highly accomplished, gripping and surprising selection of short films and a feature. In this screening:

Directed By Guillaume de Ginestel ( 23 min, France, 2015) Comedy, Drama, Romance, Crime

Directed By Ronen Eldar (14 min, United Kingdom, 2016) Comedy, Fantasy, Student

Directed By Cheryl Allison (17 min, USA, 2017) Drama

Directed By Lee Whittaker (11 min, USA, 2017) Drama, Action

Directed By Vanya Gostev (2 min, United Kingdom, 2016) Commercial, Crime, Action

Directed By Benjamin Diouris (91 min, France, 2017) Drama

For full details of each film please see the full BELIFF Programme here

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Saturday 9 Sep 201717:00

BELIFF Session 4 (18)

BELIFF Session 4
Come join us for selection of films filled with charm and personality along with an eye opening documentary. In this screening:

Directed By Marnix Ruben (23 min, Belgium, Netherlands 2015) Drama, Comedy, Social

Directed By Madeline Rozwat ( 20 min, USA, 2016) Drama, Student

Directed By Neil Jackson (20 min, USA, 2017) Drama

Directed By Al Bernstein (9 min, USA, 2017) Drama

Directed By Keely Shaye Smith (60 min, USA, 2017) Documentary

For full details of each film please see the full BELIFF Programme here

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Sunday 10 Sep 201713:30

BELIFF Session 5 (18)

BELIFF Session 5
Come join us for selection of films filled with enchanting stories and brave cinematography. In this screening:

Directed By Michael Flume (30 min, Switzerland, 2017) Silent Film, Comedy

Directed By Audrey Chevrier (13 min, Canada,2016) Comedy, Social

Directed By Ilina Perianova (20 min, Bulgaria, Estonia 2016) Musical, Comedy, Student

Directed By Price Arana and Adam Rothlein (16 min, USA, 2016) Documentary

Directed By Tammes Bernstein (23min, Denmark, 2016) Comedy, Drama

Directed By Carlo De Agostini (1 min Brazil, Italy, 2017) Commercial

For full details of each film please see the full BELIFF Programme here

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Sunday 10 Sep 201716:00

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: 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 201716:00

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

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (PG)

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
Two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking he's a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.

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Saturday 30 Sep 201712:00 (KIDS CLUB)

Cars 3 (U)

Cars 3

Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez (voice of Cristela Alonzo), with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn't through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing's biggest stage!

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Thursday 24 Aug 201711:00

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (U)

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
A down-on-his-luck inventor turns a broken-down Grand Prix car into a fancy vehicle for his children, and then they go off on a magical fantasy adventure to save their grandfather in a far-off land.

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Tuesday 29 Aug 201712:00 (CINEMEMORIES)

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (PG)

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
When hard times hit Swallow Falls, its townspeople can only afford to eat sardines. Flint Lockwood, a failed inventor, thinks he has the answer to the town's crisis. He builds a machine that converts water into food, and becomes a local hero when tasty treats fall from the sky like rain. But when the machine spins out of control and threatens to bury the whole world under giant mounds of food, Flint finds he may have bitten off more than he can chew.

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Saturday 9 Sep 201712:00 (KIDS CLUB)

Detroit (15)


From the Academy Award winning director of The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, Detroit tells the gripping true story of one of the most terrifying moments during the civil unrest that rocked Detroit in the summer of ‘67.

Amidst the chaos of the Detroit Rebellion, with the city under curfew and as the Michigan National Guard patrolled the streets, three young African American men were murdered at the Algiers Motel. 50 years after the events of July 25th, 1967, the question remains: what happened at the motel?

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Friday 25 Aug 201714:0017:1520:15
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Thursday 31 Aug 201715:45

East Finchley Arts Festival: The Ladykillers (U)

East Finchley Arts Festival: The Ladykillers

A music professor, Professor Marcus, rents a London flat from sweet old lady, Mrs Wilberforce. He tells her that, from time to time, several other musicians will visit in order to rehearse. In truth, he can't play a note, nor can his visitors: he's a criminal mastermind, holding court over a gang of thieves, including the likes of punkish Harry, homicidal Louis and punchdrunk One-Round.

The gang uses Marcus' flat as headquarters as they conceive a daring 60,000 pound robbery. After pulling off the job, the gang stuffs the loot in a railway station locker. To avoid detection, Marcus convinces the ever-trusting Mrs Wilberforce to pick up the money. Through a series of comic complications, she returns home with a police escort, with neither the woman nor the bobbies suspecting that she's carrying a fortune in her suitcase. Mistakenly believing that she has ratted on them, the gang reluctantly plan to eliminate her.

The Ladykillers won an Oscar nomination for William Rose's screenplay, and a BFA award for veteran character actress Katie Johnson.

East Finchley Arts Festival 7-15 October. A celebration of Art, Music, Drama, Film & Opera.

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Sunday 15 Oct 201716:15

Final Portrait (15)

Final Portrait

Paris, 1964.

Alberto Giacometti, the famous artist, bumps into his old friend, the American critic, James Lord, and begs that he sits for a portrait because he has an interesting face. It'll just take a couple of days in his studio. Lord is flattered by the request and as the days go by and turn into weeks and weeks seemingly with no end in sight he realises his entire life has been hijacked by this erratic genius. Veering between frustration and joy, Lord ultimately sees logic in the artist's chaotic mind and together we witness a genius complete one of his last masterpieces.

"A highly entertaining portrait of the two men, and Tucci’s own directorial brush strokes are bold and invigorating." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

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Wednesday 23 Aug 201717:30
Thursday 24 Aug 201716:0020:50
Sunday 27 Aug 201714:30
Wednesday 30 Aug 201714:30
Thursday 31 Aug 201713:30

Hello, Dolly! (U)

Hello, Dolly!

In 1890s New York City, the bold and enchanting widow Dolly Levi (Barbra Streisand) is a socialite-turned-matchmaker. Her latest clients seeking assistance are the cantankerous "half-a-millionaire" Horace Vandergelder (Walter Matthau) and a young artist named Ambrose (Tommy Tune/), who is in love with Horace's niece, Ermengarde (Joyce Ames). Dolly's scheming soon involves Horace's employees as well as a New York hatmaker, as she tries to cover up her own secret romantic designs.

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Tuesday 12 Sep 201712:00 (CINEMEMORIES)

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

Jonas Kaufmann: My Italy (U)

Jonas Kaufmann: My Italy

Jonas Kaufmann, the celebrated German tenor, presents his personal tribute to Italian music and culture in this special concert documentary film "My Italy".

Featuring songs from sold-out concerts in Turin and Milan, the star tenor’s stunning performances are interwoven with short films exploring his love of Italy, all set against a backdrop of breathtaking landscapes and evocative scenes of Italian life.

Music includes popular and familiar songs like Parla più piano from The Godfather soundtrack, Caruso by Lucio Dalla and the international hit Volare, performed at the Teatro Carignano in Turin. In addition fans will be able to relive some of opera’s most famous arias from Kaufmann’s ‘An Evening with Puccini’ concert at La Scala, Milan, including Lucevan le stelle from Tosca and Nessun Dorma from Turandot.

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Sunday 17 Sep 201714:00

MET Summer Encore: Les Pêcheurs de Perles (TBC)

MET Summer Encore: Les Pêcheurs de Perles

Soprano Diana Damrau stars as Leïla, the beautiful priestess pursued by rival pearl divers competing for her affection. Tenor Matthew Polenzani and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien are her suitors, who sing the rapturous duet “Au fond du temple saint,” adored by opera fans worldwide.

Director Penny Woolcock explores enduring themes of love, betrayal, and vengeance in a production that vividly depicts the mystical wonder of Southeast Asia, and conductor Gianandrea Noseda breathes new life into Bizet’s lush score.

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Monday 28 Aug 201712:00

Molly Monster: the Movie (U)

Molly Monster: the Movie

Molly Monster is the deeply-loved only-monster of Popo and Etna Monster. She spends her days in familiar surroundings playing with her best friend Edison, a clockwork toy with a life of his own. But when Mama gives birth to an egg (which Papa must hatch) Molly sets out on a journey to find her new place in the family. The journey takes her far away from home and over the Wild Hills to Egg Island, where she is reunited with her Mama and her Papa, and her new mini-monster sibling.

"Molly Monster" deals with the theme of becoming a sister of a brother and the excitement that comes with it from the point of view of a small child. Enchanting and entertaining - a universal preschool adventure.

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Saturday 23 Sep 201712:00 (KIDS CLUB)

NT Live: Follies (12A)

NT Live: Follies
Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas.

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

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.

Please also note that Yerma contains a sequence of flashing lights which might affect customers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy.

"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 (Sold Out)
Monday 4 Sep 201712:00 (ENCORE)

NT Live: Young Marx (12A)

NT Live: Young Marx
Rory Kinnear (The Threepenny Opera, Penny Dreadful, Othello) is Marx and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night, Green Wing) is Engels, in this new comedy written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman.

Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London, the production is directed by Nicholas Hytner and reunites the creative team behind Broadway and West End hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors. 1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Broke, restless and horny, the thirty-two-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy.

Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures. His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair at his wasted genius, his only hope is a job on the railway.

But there’s still no one in the capital who can show you a better night on the piss than Karl Heinrich Marx.

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Thursday 7 Dec 201719:00

National Theatre Encore: Hamlet (12A)

National Theatre Encore: Hamlet
Another chance to see Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC's Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) take on the title role of Shakespeare's great tragedy. Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, the National Theatre brings this very popular adaptation back to cinemas.

As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father's death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.

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Thursday 5 Oct 201719:00

National Theatre: Peter Pan (PG)

National Theatre: Peter Pan

All children, except one, grow up...

Captured live at the National Theatre, a recorded performance of JM Barrie’s much-loved tale.

When Peter Pan, leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow, headstrong Wendy helps him to reattach it. In return, she is invited to Neverland, where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook await. A riot of magic, music and make-believe ensues.

A delight for children and adults alike, Sally Cookson (NT Live: Jane Eyre) directs this wondrously inventive production, a co-production with Bristol Old Vic theatre.

‘Spellbindingly imaginative. A dazzling production.’- Radio Times

Captured live in front of an audience.

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Saturday 2 Sep 201712:00 (KIDS CLUB)

Phoenix Tour

Phoenix Tour
We're delighted to be participating in Open House London again this year. There will be 4 guided tours of our historic building and projection room.

Tours are free but must be booked in advance. Tours are in high demand so if you can no longer attend please let our box office know on 020 8444 6789.

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Sunday 17 Sep 201710:3011:1512:0012:45

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: 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

Ratatouille (U)

A scrawny rat named Remy finds his dreams of culinary superstardom stirring up sizable controversy in the kitchen of a fine French restaurant.

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Saturday 26 Aug 201712:00 (KIDS CLUB)

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: 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

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (U)

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

During the 1850s, Milly (Jane Powell), a pretty young cook, marries Adam (Howard Keel), a grizzled woodsman, after a brief courtship. When the two return to Adam's farm, Milly is shocked to meet his six ill-mannered brothers, all of whom live in his cabin. She promptly begins teaching the brothers proper behavior, and most importantly, how to court a woman. But after the brothers kidnap six local girls during a town barn-raising, a group of indignant villagers tries to track them down.

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Tuesday 26 Sep 201712:00 (CINEMEMORIES)

Spark: A Space Tail (PG)

Spark: A Space Tail
Spark is a wisecracking teenage monkey living on an abandoned planet with his friends Chunk and Vix. Thirteen years ago the power-hungry General Zhong seized control of their planet Beta, wiping out Spark's family and sending him into hiding. But now they've learned of Zhong's plan to wipe out the entire universe using the deadly space Kraken, and no one but Spark can stop him.

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Saturday 16 Sep 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
Sunday 15 Oct 201712:00

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)

The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature (U)

The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature

Surly and his friends, Buddy, Andie and Precious discover that the mayor of Oakton City is cracking one big hustle to build a giant amusement park in place of their home, the city park. It's up to them and the rest of the park animals to stop the mayor, along with his daughter and a mad animal control officer from getting away with his scheme, and take back the park.

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Friday 25 Aug 201711:30
Monday 28 Aug 201714:35
Tuesday 29 Aug 201714:35
Wednesday 30 Aug 201711:30
Thursday 31 Aug 201711:15

The Odyssey (PG)

The Odyssey


Jacques-Yves Cousteau, his wife and son live in paradise in a house overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. But Cousteau dreams of adventure. With his new invention he can breathe underwater, and discover a new world. Now he wants to explore this world. And for that, he is ready to sacrifice everything.

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Wednesday 23 Aug 201714:3020:00
Thursday 24 Aug 201713:2018:10

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 29 Aug 201711:00 (TIMMY TIME)
Tuesday 5 Sep 201711:00 (RASTAMOUSE)
Tuesday 12 Sep 201711:00 (SARAH AND DUCK)
Tuesday 19 Sep 201711:00 (EVERYTHING'S ROSIE)

UKJF: Let Me Go + Q&A (15)

UKJF: Let Me Go + Q&A
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Polly Steele and producer Lizzie Pickering.

A gripping drama, based on the true story of German-born Helga Schneider (wonderful Juliet Stevenson), whose mother, an SS member, left her at the age four for a job as a camp guard in Auschwitz. Decades after starting a new life in the UK a letter received from a relative in Austria prompts Helga, now a mother and a grandmother herself, to travel there and face her war criminal mother and her own demons, once and for all.

The film running time is 101 minutes.

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Tuesday 12 Sep 201720:30

UKJF: The Exception (15)

UKJF: The Exception
Christopher Plummer (The Sound of Music) is back in uniform in this captivating thriller as Kaiser Wilhelm II, exiled in Holland following Germany’s defeat in the Great War. It’s 1941 and the SS sends wounded officer Brandt (Jai Courtney) to protect the Kaiser’s life. There he falls for pretty maid Mieke (Lily James), a Jewish spy in disguise, passing intel to the Brits. An original take on the Second World War, where opposition to Hitler is expressed not only by the Führer’s obvious enemies but also by his own people.

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Sunday 24 Sep 201717:30

Victoria & Abdul (PG)

Victoria & Abdul

The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s (Academy Award winner Judi Dench) remarkable rule.

When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favour with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity.

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Friday 15 Sep 201713:0015:3018:2020:50
Saturday 16 Sep 201715:0017:4520:30
Sunday 17 Sep 201718:1020:40
Monday 18 Sep 201713:0015:3018:2020:50
Tuesday 19 Sep 201713:0015:3018:2020:50
Wednesday 20 Sep 201711:00 (Bringing Up Baby)14:0016:30
Thursday 21 Sep 201713:0015:3018:0020:30