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Bolshoi: Giselle (Live) (TBC)

Bolshoi: Giselle (Live)

The young peasant girl Giselle dies when she learns that the man she loves, Albrecht, has betrayed her. Against her own will, she joins the Wilis, vengeful spirits of jilted brides who condemn Albrecht to dance until he dies of exhaustion...


Giselle touches upon great and universal romantic themes. In this brand new production, renowned choreographer Alexei Ratmansky brings a fresh perspective to one of the oldest and greatest works of classical dance, giving the audience an opportunity to discover this iconic ballet anew.

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Sunday 26 Jan 202015:00

Bolshoi: Jewels (Live) 2020 (TBC)

Bolshoi: Jewels (Live) 2020

This opulent triptych was inspired by Balanchine’s visit to the famous jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels on New York’s Fifth Avenue, celebrating the cities and dance schools of Paris, New York and St. Petersburg, each bound to its own precious stone: emerald, ruby and diamond.


Balanchine built an homage of captivating beauty to the three dance schools that had forged his style, each represented by a contrasting gemstone. Jewels offers a unique occasion to enjoy the genius of choreographer’s visually captivating work performed by some of the world’s most dazzling dancers.

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Sunday 19 Apr 202016:00

Bolshoi: Le Corsaire 2019 (TBC)

Bolshoi: Le Corsaire 2019

On the bazaar square of Andrinopolis, the Pachais struck by the beauty of Medora and tries to buy her, but the lovely young woman is not for sale. As the transaction is about to come to a close, Medora is kidnaped by Conrad, a charming corsair who catches her eye...


Bolshoi Prima Ballerina, the “mesmerizing” Ekaterina Krysanova and Leading Soloist Igor Tsvirko ignite Medora and Conrad’s passion with undeniable intensity. Le Corsaireremains a breathtaking production reworked by Alexei Ratmansky, who has created enough dancing for nearly the entire troupe, along with luxurious cinematic sets and a shipwreck, bringing the magic of this company to life.

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Sunday 17 Nov 201915:00

Bolshoi: Raymonda (Live) (TBC)

Bolshoi: Raymonda (Live)

Raymondais betrothed to Jean de Brienne, a gallant knight who pledged to go on a crusade led by the King of Hungary. When her beloved leaves, Abderakhman, a foreign knight,  makes a bid for the hand of Raymonda and threatens her fate when she rejects him...


Raymonda is a must-see of the Bolshoi, a work of living dance history. Being one of legendary choreographer Marius Petipa’s final works, he fully armed this ballet with beautiful court scenes, romantic corps de ballet dances, Hungarian czardas and a title role suited for the most outstanding ballerina.

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Sunday 27 Oct 201915:00

Bolshoi: Romeo & Juliet 2020 (TBC)

Bolshoi: Romeo & Juliet 2020

In spite of each of their families being merciless enemies, Romeo and Juliet are deeply in love. The rivalry between the Capulets and the Montagues will cost Mercutio’s life, causing Romeo a desire of vengeance for the loss of his friend...


Thestar-crossed lovers’ tragic fate inspired Prokofiev a remarkable cinematic score, from the delicate theme of Juliet to the ominous Dance of the Knights. Bolshoi stars Ekaterina Krysanova and Vladislav Lantratov wholly embody the two eternal lovers in Alexei Ratmansky’s stunning evocation of love at first sight.

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Sunday 29 Mar 202014:00

Bolshoi: Swan Lake (Live) (TBC)

Bolshoi: Swan Lake (Live)

Prince Siegfried is summoned by his parents to choose a bride. However, he encounters a mysterious swan-woman by the lake, Odette, and is captivated by her. His vow of eternal love to her will have irreversible consequences.


Tchaikovsky’s essential masterpiece returns with a new cast for the most beloved ballet in the classical canon. Technically challenging and filled with vibrant emotion, with a stunning and world-famous corps de ballet in perfect unison, the legendary love story between Prince Siegfried and the dual personalities Odette/Odile, born at the Bolshoi Theatre, is a must-see.

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Sunday 23 Feb 202015:00

Cinememories: The Sound of Music (U)

Cinememories: The Sound of Music
One of the most successful of musicals of all time, and one of the best loved from Rodgers and Hammerstein (Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I). Julie Andrews plays Maria, a young woman who leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a widowed naval captain with seven children, and brings a new love of life and music into the home. The film is based on the real life story of the Von Trapp Family singers, one of the world's best-known concert groups in the era immediately preceding World War II.

Our Cinememories dementia friendly screenings are free for anyone over 60 and two guests of any age, such as friends, family or carers. The screenings will be shown with brighter lighting, quieter sound and an interval in the middle of the film for a sing-a-long and comfort break. This is included in the running time above.

A Dementia Adviser for the borough of Barnet (representing the Alzheimer's Society) will be present at the screenings, offering information on how to live well with dementia and the support available for carers for someone living with the condition.

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Tuesday 24 Sep 201912:00 (Cinememories)

Downton Abbey (PG)

Downton Abbey

Intrigue, pageantry, romance, skulduggery, zingers from Maggie Smith – the big screen bow of Downton Abbey takes all the things you love about the TV show and rolls them out on a much grander scale.


The beloved upstairs-downstairs story continues in 1927, as the Crawleys and their intrepid staff prepare for the most important moment of their lives: a royal visit. Naturally the impending arrival of King George V and Queen Mary causes quite the stir in the community, and prompts a flurry of silver-polishing, meal-planning and spring-cleaning in the household to ensure everything is in ship-shape.


But with the Great Depression looming and fewer servants to run the estate, all hands on deck might not be enough. Faced with the exacting demands of the overbearing royal butler and his staff, Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) reaches out to the now-retired butler Carson (Jim Carter) to help restore a little sense of Downton’s former glory.

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Sunday 22 Sep 201912:30 (Hard of Hearing)15:0017:30
Monday 23 Sep 201914:00 (Relaxed)17:45
Tuesday 24 Sep 201916:0018:3021:00
Wednesday 25 Sep 201911:00 (Bringing up Baby)14:0017:00
Thursday 26 Sep 201913:1516:15

EF Arts Festival: Bonnie & Clyde (15)

EF Arts Festival: Bonnie & Clyde

Bonnie Parker, a bored waitress falls in love with an ex-con named Clyde Barrow and together they start a violent crime spree through the country, stealing cars and robbing banks.

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Monday 30 Sep 201915:30

EOS: Leonardo: The Works (TBC)

EOS: Leonardo: The Works

Leonardo da Vinci is acclaimed as the world’s favourite artist. Many TV shows and feature films have showcased his extraordinary genius, but often not examined closely enough is the most crucial element of all: his art.


Leonardo’s peerless paintings and drawings will be the focus of LEONARDO: THE WORKS, which presents every single attributed painting in Ultra HD quality – something never seen before on the big screen. Key works include ‘The Mona Lisa’, ‘The Last Supper’, ‘Lady with an Ermine’, ‘Ginevra de’ Benci’, ‘Madonna Litta’, ‘Virgin of the Rocks’ and more than a dozen others.


This film also looks afresh at Leonardo’s life – his inventiveness, his sculptural skills, his military foresight and his ability to navigate the treacherous politics of the day – through the prism of his art. To be released on the 500th anniversary of his death, this is the definitive film about Leonardo – the first to truly tell the whole story.

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Tuesday 29 Oct 201913:00

Gauguin From The National Gallery (TBC)

Gauguin From The National Gallery

This fascinating cinema event opens with a brand-new documentary about the life and work of Paul Gauguin, one of the world’s most popular and important artists. Filmed in Tahiti, France, the Marquesas Islands and the UK, this cinematic film will explore Gauguin’s extraordinary – and at times controversial – artistic achievement, with commentary from his descendants, artists and world experts. It will be followed by an exclusive private view of the National Gallery exhibition Gauguin Portraits, just after it opens in London. Exhibition curators and guest contributors will take cinema audiences on a lively and engaging guided tour, bringing this first ever exhibition of Gauguin’s portraits to the big screen with stunning close-ups and illuminating insights.

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Tuesday 15 Oct 201913:00
Monday 21 Oct 201918:00

Judy (12A)

Judy

Winter 1968 and showbiz legend Judy Garland (Renée Zellweger) arrives in Swinging London to perform in a sell-out run at The Talk of the Town.


It is 30 years since she shot to global stardom in THE WIZARD OF OZ, but if her voice has weakened, its dramatic intensity has only grown.

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Saturday 5 Oct 201915:30

LFF Closing Night Gala: The Irishman (15)

LFF Closing Night Gala: The Irishman

LFF CLOSING NIGHT GALA: THE IRISHMAN


The BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express is delighted to present a live satellite broadcast of the Festival’s Closing Night Gala, The Irishman, with thanks to distributor Netflix.


Audiences around the UK have the exclusive chance to see Closing Night red carpet footage from Leicester Square and interviews with the film’s creators, beamed by satellite into your local cinema and followed by a special preview of THE IRISHMAN.



“Sooner or later everybody put here has a date when he’s gonna go’'


Martin Scorsese’s ninth collaboration with Robert De Niro finds the master filmmaker returning to the genre he has helped define, with a mystery that has never been solved.


'Who killed Jimmy Hoffa? A labour leader and the infamous head of the Teamsters union, whose connections with organised crime were wide ranging, his career ended with a conviction for jury tampering, attempted bribery and fraud, but he was pardoned by President Nixon in 1971. Not long after, he disappeared. Declared legally dead in 1982, various theories have circulated as to what happened to him. Few are as convincing as that told by Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran. The account he revealed to journalist Charles Brandt and published in the 2004 book I Heard You Paint Houses, is the basis of this riveting, epic crime drama. Written by GANGS OF NEW YORK collaborator Steven Zaillian (SCHINDLER’S LIST), Scorsese’s THE IRISHMAN weaves an engrossing and intricate web of connected events, audaciously cutting back and forth across decades.


Presented through the prism of Sheeran’s (De Niro) memories of his criminal past, the film uses state-of-the-art visual effects to ‘de-age’ the cast from their 70s through their 30s. The seamless (and astonishing) post-production allows Scorsese to bring together a favoured megawatt cast, all on exceptional form: the former GOODFELLAS pairing of De Niro and Joe Pesci (out of retirement here for Scorsese), alongside Harvey Keitel, Stephen Graham, Anna Paquin, Jesse Plemons, Bobby Cannavale and Ray Romano. Al Pacino, appearing for the first time in a Scorsese film, gives a performance as Jimmy Hoffa so good you’ll want to watch scenes again straight away, not least the many two-handers with Pacino’s Hoffa and De Niro’s Irishman Sheeran, whose friendship forms the heart of the film.'

LFF Programme Note

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Sunday 13 Oct 201919:00

LKFF: A Story of Hong Gil-Dong (U)

LKFF: A Story of Hong Gil-Dong

Just over fifty years ago, South Korea released its first feature-length animated film. A Story of Hong Gil Dong (Shin Dong-hun, 1967) is based on a nationally famed hero story, dating back centuries. This cartoon version was specifically adapted from a 1960s comic-strip retelling, written by the director’s brother.

Hong Gil-dong is the illegitimate son of a nobleman who’s cast out of his home and vows to fight injustice. He’s joined by a pint-sized tearaway thief, Chadol Bawi, and together they face evil officials who exploit poor people. The story has obvious parallels to Britain’s Robin Hood legends, but there are also magic monsters, an archetypal sage-teacher, and sly references to Disney animation (watch out for a wonderful mini-parody of the early Disney film, Skeleton Dance, 1929). The film’s design style is close to contemporary Japanese animated features of the 1950s and 1960s, but it also features outrageously wacky cartoon movements and jokes.

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Saturday 9 Nov 201912:00

LKFF: Astro Gardener (U)

LKFF: Astro Gardener

This new CG animated film is a cosmic fantasy, but it’s also grounded firmly in the real world. Suha is a girl just entering her teens, and she’s not happy. She’s mourning her father who died a year ago, she’s having constant arguments with her mum, and she’s terrified of the dark. While staying at her grandma’s country home, Suha encounters a squat little man in a spacesuit, called Omu. He’s the Astro Gardener, a single-minded celestial caretaker, who protects the “dark” of the galaxies from the handsome but dangerous galactic pirate Pluto.


Suha embarks on an often funny space adventure, featuring a super-cute puppy (who later becomes two super-cute puppies), a scary hulking henchman who has a marshmallow heart, and a baseball game to save the universe. But Won Jong-shik’s Astro Gardener also explores a troubled adolescent girl’s dreams, which are sometimes joyful, sometimes dark, but finally empowering.

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Saturday 2 Nov 201912:00

Matthew Bourne's Romeo + Juliet (TBC)

Matthew Bourne's Romeo + Juliet

Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet is a passionate and contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic love story. Confined against their will by a society that seeks to divide, our two young lovers must follow their hearts as they risk everything to be together.


Bursting with youth, vitality and Matthew Bourne’s trademark storytelling, the UK’s brightest young dance talent join the New Adventures company, with direction and choreography by Matthew Bourne, design by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Paul Groothuis and new orchestrations of the Prokofiev score by Terry Davies, played live by the New Adventures Orchestra conducted by Brett Morris.

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Tuesday 22 Oct 201918:30

Met Opera: Agrippina (TBC)

Met Opera: Agrippina

In the Met’s first-ever performances of Agrippina, Handel’s satire of sex and power politics, Sir David McVicar reconceives a production evoking a scandalous world in which the Roman Empire never fell but simply kept going right up to the present. Joyce DiDonato stars as the power-hungry empress.

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Saturday 29 Feb 202017:55
Sunday 1 Mar 202012:00

Met Opera: Akhnaten (TBC)

Met Opera: Akhnaten

Phelim McDermott returns to the Met with a new staging

of Glass’s Akhnaten, originally created by LA Opera, Improbable, and English National Opera,

where it premiered, winning the 2017

Olivier Award for Best New Opera Production.

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Saturday 23 Nov 201917:55
Sunday 24 Nov 201912:00

Met Opera: Der Fliegende Hollander (TBC)

Met Opera: Der Fliegende Hollander

For the first time at the Met, Sir Bryn Terfel sings the role of the mysterious Dutchman, condemned to roam the seas for eternity, with Anja Kampe as the devoted Senta, whose love can set him free.

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Saturday 14 Mar 202016:55
Sunday 15 Mar 202012:00

Met Opera: Madama Butterfly (2019) (TBC)

Met Opera: Madama Butterfly (2019)

Hui He stars as the devoted geisha who gives everything for the American naval officer, sung by Andrea Carè.

Plácido Domingo adds another role to his remarkable repertoire, singing Sharpless for the first time.

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Saturday 9 Nov 201917:55
Monday 11 Nov 201912:00

Met Opera: Manon (2019) (TBC)

Met Opera: Manon (2019)

Lisette Oropesa stars as the irresistible title character, the tragic beauty who yearns for the finer things in life, in Laurent Pelly’s revealing production. Michael Fabiano is the besotted Chevalier des Grieux, whose desperate love for Manon proves their undoing.

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Saturday 26 Oct 201917:55
Wednesday 30 Oct 201912:00

Met Opera: Maria Stuarda (2020) (TBC)

Met Opera: Maria Stuarda (2020)

Donizetti’s drama, focused on the political and personal rivalry between two queens, returns to the Met with Diana Damrau as the doomed Mary, Queen of Scots, and Jamie Barton as her rival, Queen Elizabeth I.

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Saturday 9 May 202017:55
Sunday 10 May 202012:00

Met Opera: Porgy and Bess (TBC)

Met Opera: Porgy and Bess

The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess returns to the Met for the first time since 1990, in a new co-production with English National Opera and Dutch National Opera, hailed as a triumph at its premiere in London earlier this year.

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Saturday 1 Feb 202017:55
Sunday 2 Feb 202012:00

Met Opera: Tosca (TBC)

Met Opera: Tosca

Sir David McVicar’s bold staging of Puccini’s operatic thriller returns with star soprano Anna Netrebko as the passionate title diva, opposite Brian Jagde as her lover, the idealistic painter Mario Cavaradossi.

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Saturday 11 Apr 202017:55
Sunday 12 Apr 202012:00

Met Opera: Turandot (TBC)

Met Opera: Turandot

Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Franco Zeffirelli’s celebrated production of Turandot, which

stars Christine Goerke in the title role of the icy Chinese

princess who has renounced all men.

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Saturday 12 Oct 201917:55
Monday 14 Oct 201912:00

Met Opera: Wozzeck (TBC)

Met Opera: Wozzeck

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts William

Kentridge’s new production of Alban Berg’s

expressionistic masterpiece Wozzeck, regarded for its

intense emotional power and brilliant score as

one of the most significant operas of the 20th century.

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Saturday 11 Jan 202017:55
Sunday 12 Jan 202012:00

NT Encore: Fleabag (15)

NT Encore: Fleabag

See the award-winning one-woman show that inspired the BBC’s hit TV series Fleabag, broadcast live to cinemas from London’s West End.


Written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (TV's Fleabag, Killing Eve) and directed by Vicky Jones, Fleabag is a rip-roaring look at some sort of woman living her sort of life.


Fleabag may seem oversexed, emotionally unfiltered and self-obsessed, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. With family and friendships under strain and a guinea pig café struggling to keep afloat, Fleabag suddenly finds herself with nothing to lose.


“Witty, filthy and supreme.” – The Guardian


Encore screenings are available for this popular show. Please check cinema listings for details.

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Saturday 28 Sep 201920:30
Monday 28 Oct 201921:15

NT Live: A Midsummer Night's Dream (TBC)

NT Live: A Midsummer Night's Dream

'The course of true love never did run smooth.’


A feuding fairy King and Queen of the forest cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play. As their dispute grows, the magical royal couple meddle with mortal lives leading to love triangles, mistaken identities and transformations… with hilarious, but dark consequences.


Shakespeare’s most famous romantic comedy will be captured live from the Bridge Theatre in London. Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Oliver Chris (Green Wing, NT Live: Young Marx), David Moorst (NT Live: Allelujah!) and Hammed Animashaun (The Barber Shop Chronicles) lead the cast as Titania, Oberon, Puck and Bottom.


Directed by Nicholas Hytner, this production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will build on the success of his immersive staging of Julius Caesar (NT Live 2018). The Bridge Theatre will become a forest – a dream world of flying fairies, contagious fogs and moonlight revels, surrounded by a roving audience following the action on foot.

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Thursday 17 Oct 201919:00

NT Live: Hansard (TBC)

NT Live: Hansard

Hansard; noun.


The official report of all parliamentary debates.


See two-time Olivier Award winners, Lindsay Duncan (Birdman, About Time) and Alex Jennings (The Lady in the Van, The Queen), in this brand-new play by Simon Wood, broadcast live from the National Theatre in London.


It’s a summer’s morning in 1988 and Tory politician Robin Hesketh has returned home to the idyllic Cotswold house he shares with his wife of 30 years, Diana. But all is not as blissful as it seems. Diana has a stinking hangover, a fox is destroying the garden, and secrets are being dug up all over the place. As the day draws on, what starts as gentle ribbing and the familiar rhythms of marital scrapping quickly turns to blood-sport.


Don’t miss this witty and devastating portrait of the governing class, directed by Simon Godwin (NT Live: Antony & Cleopatra, Twelfth Night) and part of National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday season.

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Thursday 7 Nov 201919:00

NT Live: One Man, Two Guvnors (Encore 2019) (12A)

NT Live: One Man, Two Guvnors (Encore 2019)

Featuring a Tony Award-winning performance from host of the The Late Late Show, James Corden, the hilarious West End and Broadway hit One Man, Two Guvnors returns to cinemas to mark National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday.


Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancée’s dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers.


Holed up at The Cricketers’ Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be re-united with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple.

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Thursday 26 Sep 201919:00
Sunday 29 Sep 201913:30

NT Live: Present Laughter (TBC)

NT Live: Present Laughter

Matthew Warchus directs Andrew Scott (BBC’s Sherlock, Fleabag) in Noël Coward’s provocative comedy Present Laughter.


As he prepares to embark on an overseas tour, star actor Garry Essendine’s colourful life is in danger of spiralling out of control. Engulfed by an escalating identity crisis as his many and various relationships compete for his attention, Garry’s few remaining days at home are a chaotic whirlwind of love, sex, panic and soul-searching.


Captured live from The Old Vic in London, Present Laughter is a giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, desire and loneliness.

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Thursday 28 Nov 201919:00

Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (18)

Once Upon a Time In Hollywood

The ninth film from writer-director Quentin Tarantino is a sprawling fairy-tale tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age. The year is 1969, and fading actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his long-time stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) are struggling to keep up with the changing times. When Rick’s western TV show ‘Bounty Law’ is cancelled, the former teenage heartthrob sees his career and youth slipping away. The changing of the guard seems to have no effect on Cliff, but the same can’t be said for his counterpart. This is until Rick notices he has a very famous new next-door neighbour: Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie). Charles Manson’s cult of followers serves as a worrying backdrop for Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood – one that Los Angeles will never forget.


**Please note that the screening on Wednesday 14 August at 4.45pm will be followed by a free film discussion in the cafe with David Gritten.**

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Sunday 22 Sep 201920:00
Monday 23 Sep 201920:20
Wednesday 25 Sep 201919:40

Open House London 2019

Open House London 2019
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.

When you book a tour, receive a £2 discount for tickets to see a film at the Phoenix between Sunday 23 September and Thursday 27 September. Present your tour ticket at the box office on the day of the screening to claim your discount for the film.

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 22 Sep 201910:00 (Closed)10:30 (Closed)11:00 (Closed)11:30 (Closed)

ROH Live: Concerto/Enigma/Raymonda (TBC)

ROH Live: Concerto/Enigma/Raymonda

From The Royal Ballet’s classical origins in the works of Marius Petipa, to the home-grown choreographers who put British ballet on the world stage, this mixed programme highlights the versatility of the Company. Petipa’s Raymonda Act III is Russian classical ballet summarized in one act, full of sparkle and precise technique, while Ashton’s Enigma Variations is quintessentially British in every way – from its score by Elgar and period designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman, to Ashton’s signature style, the essence of British ballet.

Concerto, MacMillan’s fusion of classical technique with a

contemporary mind, completes a programme that shows the breadth of The Royal Ballet’s heritage.

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Tuesday 5 Nov 201919:15

ROH Live: Coppelia (TBC)

ROH Live: Coppelia

A classic returns to The Royal Ballet repertory with Ninette de Valois’ charming and funny Coppélia – a story of love, mischief and mechanical dolls. The intricate choreography is set to Delibes’ delightful score and shows off the technical precision and comedic timing of the whole Company. Osbert Lancaster’s designs bring a colourful storybook world to life in this Christmas treat for the whole family.

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Tuesday 10 Dec 201919:15

ROH Live: Don Giovanni (TBC)

ROH Live: Don Giovanni

Sexual intrigue, jealousy, wit, anger... and retribution! The new Royal Opera Season begins with Mozart’s engaging masterpiece, which follows Don Giovanni, the women he serially seduces, and the vengeance that finally catches up with him. The opera is renowned for its ever-shifting portrayals of complex characters, fast-moving action and mix of the comic

and the heartfelt. A cast of international singers both familiar and making Royal Opera debuts – under conductor Hartmut Haenchen perform the glorious arias and ensembles of this opera favourite.

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Tuesday 8 Oct 201918:45

ROH Live: Don Pasquale (TBC)

ROH Live: Don Pasquale

Royal Opera favourite Bryn Terfel heads the cast for this new production of Donizetti’s comedy of domestic drama across two generations. The witty story of a middle-aged man whose supposed young wife runs rings around him – with her own ulterior romantic purpose in mind – has long delighted and surprised audiences, not least as presented with the sparkle

of its music and the virtuoso skill of its performers. Damiano Michieletto’s exhilarating production shows how contemporary the characters still are and how immediate and touching the story remains

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Thursday 24 Oct 201919:30

ROH Live: Elektra (TBC)

ROH Live: Elektra

Strauss’s thrilling and audacious adaptation of Greek tragedy receives a new staging by the award-winning director Christof Loy. This uncompromising opera, about a daughter intent on bloody revenge and a mother driven to madness, has provoked critics to lively debate and both shocked and excited audiences

since its 1909 premiere. Antonio Pappano conducts music that combines violence with moments of exquisite tenderness in his first Strauss interpretation for The Royal Opera since 2002. The outstanding cast includes Nina Stemme (Brunnhilde in last Season’s Der Ring des Nibelungen) in the title role, and Karita Mattila in her role debut as the haunted queen Klytämnestra.

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Thursday 18 Jun 202019:45

ROH Live: Fidelio (TBC)

ROH Live: Fidelio

Beethoven’s only opera is a masterpiece, an uplifting story of risk and triumph. In this new production, conducted by Antonio Pappano, Jonas Kaufmann plays the political prisoner Florestan, and Lise Davidsen his wife Leonore (disguised as ‘Fidelio’) who daringly sets out to rescue him. Set in strong counterpointare the ingredients of domestic intrigue, determined love and the cruelty of an oppressive regime. The music is transcendent throughout and includes the famous Act I Quartet, the Prisoners’ Chorus and Florestan’s impassioned Act II cry in the darkness and vision of hope. Tobias Kratzer’s new staging brings together the dark reality of the French Revolutionary ‘Terror’ and our own time to illuminate Fidelio’s inspiring message of shared humanity.

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Tuesday 17 Mar 202019:15

ROH Live: La Boheme (TBC)

ROH Live: La Boheme

Puccini’s opera of young love in 19th-century Paris is packed with beautiful music, including lyricalarias, celebratory choruses for Act II’s evocation of Christmas Eve in the Latin Quarter and a poignant final scene over which the composer himself wept. Richard Jones’s character-led production perfectly captures La bohème’s mixture of comedy, romance and tragedy, with striking designs by Stewart Laing. The cast features some of the greatest interpreters of Puccini’s bohemian lovers performing today, as well as former members of The Royal Opera’s Jette Parker Young Artists Programme.

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Wednesday 29 Jan 202019:45

ROH Live: Marston & Starlett (TBC)

ROH Live: Marston & Starlett

Choreographer Cathy Marston is previously an Associate Artist of the Royal Opera House and Director of Bern Ballett, and much in demand internationally. The inspiration for her first work for The Royal Ballet Main Stage is the momentous life and career of the cellist Jacqueline du Pré. A new work by Liam Scarlett, The Royal Ballet’s Artist in Residence, provides the second part of the programme.

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Tuesday 25 Feb 202019:15

ROH Live: Pagliacci (TBC)

ROH Live: Pagliacci

Two opera classics are drawn together in this wonderfully observed re-creation of life in a south Italian village as a travelling theatre visits and emotions erupt. The award-winning production by Damiano Michieletto presents vividly the fast-moving, shocking events brought about by secret love and uncontrollable jealousy. The music is full of Italianate melody in the great choruses that bring the villagers together in celebration and revelry, alongside the solo arias and tense confrontations that provoke violence and tragedy. With thrilling singing and intense drama, ‘Cav and Pag’ distils into one

wonderful night out, the enduring appeal of Italian opera in its most familiar form.

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Tuesday 21 Apr 202019:15

ROH Live: Swan Lake (TBC)

ROH Live: Swan Lake

Liam Scarlett’s glorious production of Swan Lake, new in 2018, returns for its first revival. While remaining faithful to the Marius Petipa/Lev Ivanov text, Scarlett’s additional choreography and John Macfarlane’s magnificent designs breathe new life into what is arguably the best-known and most-loved classical bal

let. The entire Company shines in this eternal tale of doomed love, a masterpiece filled with iconic moments. Tchaikovsky’s first score for ballet soars with its symphonic sweep and combines perfectly with exquisite choreography from the grand pas de deux of Prince Siegfried and Odile to the swans at the lakeside. An intoxicating mix of spectacle and intimate passion, the overall effect is irresistible.

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Wednesday 1 Apr 202019:15

ROH Live: The Dante Project (TBC)

ROH Live: The Dante Project

Dante’s Divine Comedy is an epic journey through the afterlife: it encompasses the horrifying drama of Inferno and its damned, the lyrical mysticism of pilgrims on mount Purgatorio and the dazzling spheres of Paradiso with their endless configurations of light. The poem was inspired by the agony of Dante’s own

exile, and traces his path from crisis to revelation guided by his literary hero Virgil and his lost love Beatrice. In this new work, The Royal Ballet’s trailblazing Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor collaborates with an award-winning team – contemporary composer Thomas Adès, artist Tacita Dean,

lighting designer Lucy Carter and dramaturg Uzma Ha

meed – to bring us closer to Dante and his extraordinary vision.

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Thursday 28 May 202019:15

ROH Live: The Nutcracker (TBC)

ROH Live: The Nutcracker

The Royal Ballet's glorious production of The Nutcracker, created by Peter Wright in 1984, is the production par excellence of an all-time ballet favourite. It is Christmas Eve and Herr Drosselmeyer the magician sweeps young Clara away on a fantasy adventure in which time is suspended, the family

living-room becomes a great battlefield, and a magical journey takes them through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets. Tchaikovsky's glittering score, the gorgeous festive stage designs, and The Royal Ballet's captivating dancing including an exquisite pas de deux between the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince, make this Nutcracker the quintessential Christmas experience.

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Tuesday 17 Dec 201919:15

ROH Live: The Sleeping Beauty (TBC)

ROH Live: The Sleeping Beauty

This production of The Sleeping Beauty has been delighting audiences in Covent Garden since 1946. A classic of Russian ballet, it established The Royal Ballet both in its new home after World War II and as a world-class company. Sixty years later, in 2006, the original staging was revived, returning Oliver Messel’s wonderful designs and glittering costumes to the stage. Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score and Marius Petipa’s original choreography beautifully combine with sections created for The Royal Ballet by Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell and Christopher Wheeldon. This ballet is sure to cast its spell over anyone who sees it.

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Thursday 16 Jan 202019:15

Who Will Write Our History + Q&A (TBC)

Who Will Write Our History + Q&A

Led by historian Emanuel Ringelblum and known by the code name Oyneg Shabes, a clandestine group of journalists, scholars, and community leaders in the Warsaw Ghetto

vowed to defeat Nazi lies and propaganda not with guns or fists but with pen and paper.


Now, for the first time, their story is told in the documentary featuring the voices of threetime Academy Award® nominee Joan Allen and Academy Award® winner Adrien Brody.


Followed by a Q&A with Professor Antony Polonsky, Emeritus Professor of Holocaust Studies at Brandeis University, and Chief Historian of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw.


Presented by the Institute for Polish-Jewish Studies.

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Sunday 27 Oct 201911:00