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A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love.

The nearby households of Olivia and Orsino are overrun with passion. Even Olivia's upright housekeeper Malvolia is swept up in the madness. Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible.

Simon Godwin (NT Live: Man and Superman, NT Live: The Beaux’ Stratagem) directs this joyous new production with Tamsin Greig (Friday Night Dinner, Black Books, Episodes) as a transformed Malvolia. an ensemble cast that includes Daniel Rigby (Flowers, Jericho), Tamara Lawrence (Undercover), Doon Mackichan (Smack the Pony) and Daniel Ezra (The Missing, Undercover).

 

Directed by:
Simon Godwin
Starring:
Tamsin Greig; Daniel Rigby; Tamara Lawrence; Doon Mackichan; Daniel Ezra
Distributor:
National Theatre Live
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
210 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Theatre;

Release Date:
6 April 2017

Next Performance:
4 May 2017 19:00

"Zubin Mehta conducts a cast led by Fabio Sartori and Julianna Di Giacomo in the acclaimed Don Carlo, Verdi’s opera about love, ambition and intrigue in 16th-century Spain, based upon the life of Carlos, Prince of Asturias (1545-1568). Carlos was betrothed to Elizabeth of Valois (1545-1568), the daughter of France’s King Henry II but for political reasons, Elizabeth was ultimately married to Carlos’ father Philip II of Spain.

Based on the 1787 dramatic poem by Friedrich Schiller, Don Carlo was rst performed at the Paris Opeìra in 1867 where politics and religion were dangerously entwined. Verdi made extensive revisions to the opera over the following 20 years, and this production follows the four-act 1886 version performed at one of the newest Opera Houses in the world, the Opera di Firenze. The Opera di Firenze has pioneeredtheperceptionofoperaworldwide, demonstratingitcan be both traditional and innovative. Their blend of the classic and contemporary puts Opera di Firenze at the centre of opera, guiding its future for years to come."
 

Conductor:
Zubin Mehta
Performers
Fabio Sartori; Julianna Di Giacomo
Themselves:
Orchestra and Choir of the Annual Music Festival in Florence.
Distributor:
Soda Pictures Ltd
Country:
Italy
Length:
220 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Opera;

Release Date:
5 May 2017

Next Performance:
5 May 2017 19:00

National Theatre Live - Obsession

Jude Law (The Young Pope, Closer, The Talented Mr Ripley) stars in the stage production of Obsession, broadcast live from the Barbican Theatre in London. Ivo van Hove (NT Live: A View from the Bridge, Hedda Gabler) directs this new stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti’s 1943 film.

Gino is a drifter, down-at-heel and magnetically handsome. At a road side restaurant he encounters husband and wife, Giuseppe and Giovanna. Irresistibly attracted to each other, Gino and Giovanna begin a fiery affair and plot to murder her husband. But, in this chilling tale of passion and destruction, the crime only serves to tear them apart.

The stage production of Obsession is produced by Barbican Theatre Productions Limited, London and Toneelgroep Amsterdam; co-commissioned by Wiener Festwochen and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg; co-produced by Holland Festival and David Binder Productions; and supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
 

Directed by:
Ivo van Hove
Performers
Jude Law
Distributor:
National Theatre Live
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
120 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Theatre;

Release Date:
11 May 2017

Next Performance:
11 May 2017 19:00

Sonia Friedman Productions present Imelda Staunton (Gypsy, Vera Drake, the Harry Potter films), Conleth Hill (Game Of Thrones, The Producers), Luke Treadaway (A Street Cat Named Bob, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Hollow Crown) and Imogen Poots (A Long Way Down, Jane Eyre) in James Macdonald’s critically acclaimed, 5 star production of Edward Albee’s landmark play, broadcast live to cinemas from the Harold Pinter Theatre, London.

In the early hours of the morning on the campus of an American college, Martha, much to her husband George’s displeasure, has invited the new professor and his wife to their home for some after-party drinks. As the alcohol flows and dawn approaches, the young couple are drawn into George and Martha’s toxic games until the evening reaches its climax in a moment of devastating truth-telling. 
 

Directed by:
James MacDonald
Starring:
Imelda Staunton; Conleth Hill; Imogen Poots; Luke Treadaway
Distributor:
National Theatre Live
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
150 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Theatre;

Release Date:
18 May 2017

Next Performance:
18 May 2017 19:00

Iqbal Khan directs Shakespeare’s tragedy of love and duty, picking up the story where Julius Caesar ends.

Following Caesar’s assassination, Mark Antony has reached the heights of power. Now he has neglected his empire for a life of decadent seduction with his mistress, Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. Torn between love and duty, Antony’s military brilliance deserts him, and his passion leads the lovers to their tragic end.

Iqbal Khan returns to the RSC to direct, following his critically acclaimed productions of Othello (2015) and Much Ado About Nothing (2012).
 

Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Country:
United Kingdom
Length:
180 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Theatre;

Release Date:
24 May 2017

Next Performance:
22 May 2017 19:00

This fascinating new cinema event, British Museum presents: Hokusai, is a groundbreaking documentary and exclusive private view of the forthcoming British Museum exhibition Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave. Filmed in Japan, the US and the UK, the film focuses on Hokusai’s work, life and times in the great, bustling metropolis of Edo, modern Tokyo. Introduced by arts presenter Andrew Graham-Dixon, and featuring artists David Hockney, Grayson Perry and Maggi Hambling, this is the first UK biography of Japan’s greatest artist. Using extraordinary close-ups and pioneering 8K Ultra HD video technology, Hokusai’s paintings and prints are examined by world experts who are at the forefront of digital art history. Hokusai spent his life studying and celebrating our common humanity as well as deeply exploring the natural and spiritual worlds, using the famous volcano Mount Fuji as a protective presence and potential source of immortality. He knew much tragedy, was struck by lightning and lived for years in poverty, but never gave up his constant striving for perfection in his art. Hokusai is an artist who influenced Monet, Van Gogh and other Impressionists, is the father of manga and the only painter with his own emoji.

Distributor:
More2Screen
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
90 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Exhibition;

Release Date:
4 June 2017

Next Performance:
4 June 2017 16:00

This gorgeous mixed programme demonstrates the great creative vision of Frederick Ashton, Founder Choreographer of The Royal Ballet. The Dream is Ashton's adaptation of Shakespeare's riotous comedy in which a forest sprite plays havoc, armed with a love potion. Symphonic Variations was Ashton's first work after World War II, and one of the Company's first to be performed on the huge main stage of the Royal Opera House, in 1946. With six dancers performing a series of quartets, duets, sextets and solos to Franck’s brooding Variations symphoniques, this seminal masterpiece celebrates the pure beauty of movement. Marguerite and Armand is Ashton's beautiful and emotional retelling of a well-known story, familiar to us through Verdi's opera La traviata. Ashton famously created this poignant ballet on Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev in 1963.

Choreography:
Frederick Ashton
Conductor:
Emmanuel Plasson
Distributor:
Royal Opera House Enterprises Ltd
Country:
United Kingdom
Length:
170 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Ballet;

Release Date:
7 June 2017

Next Performance:
7 June 2017 19:15

Celebrating the release of their eighth studio album Wonderland, Take That invite you to experience their highly anticipated 2017 concert LIVE at your local cinema on Friday 9th of June!

For one night only, cinema audiences will be able to experience this show up close and personal, from the best seats in the house. For the first time ever, Gary, Mark and Howard will perform in the round at the O2 arena, giving fans a unique and unbeatable cinematic experience.

Walls of water, enormous holograms, circus performers, aerialists, a custom made flying machine and a huge ball of fire have all graced their stages and the Wonderland Live concert will be no less spectacular - get ready for it!
 

Themselves:
Take That
Distributor:
CinemaLive
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
150 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Concert;

Release Date:
9 June 2017

Next Performance:
9 June 2017 20:00

All children, except one, grow up…

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

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.

A recorded performance of this classic family tale screens in cinemas.
 

Directed by:
Sally Cookson
Performers
Madeleine Worrall; Anna Francolini; Saikat Ahamed; Suzanne Ahmet; Marc Antolin; Will Bower
Distributor:
National Theatre Live
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
152 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Theatre;

Release Date:
10 June 2017

Next Performance:
10 June 2017 15:00

"Die Entführung aus dem Serail was written at the order of the Austrian Emperor Joseph II. For source material, Mozart turned to a popular farce of his day about two pairs of European lovers, one noble and the other their servants, who are trying to escape from the harem of a Turkish pasha and his amusingly sleazy overseer. The work uses spoken dialogue and separate musical numbers in the form of a Singspiel, or “sung play.”

Twenty years on since the death of the great director, who from 1951 staged legendary operas at La Scala, such as Macbeth, Le nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni, to name but a few, Teatro alla Scala is proposing new staging, yet calling to the podium the man who conducted it the rst time round - the great Zubin Mehta. The dizzying role of Konstanze is sung by Lenneke Ruiten, much applauded in Lucio Silla in 2015, with the emerging Mozart tenor Mauro Peter in the role of Belmonte."
 

Conductor:
Zubin Mehta
Performers
Lenneke Ruiten; Sabine Devieilhe; Mauro Peter; Maximilian Schmitt; Tobias Kehrer; Cornelius Obonya
Themselves:
La Scala Chorus and Orchestra
Distributor:
Soda Pictures Ltd
Country:
Italy
Length:
160 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Opera;

Release Date:
19 June 2017

Next Performance:
19 June 2017 19:00

National Theatre Live - Salomé

The story has been told before, but never like this. An occupied desert nation. A radical from the wilderness on hunger strike. A girl whose mysterious dance will change the course of the world.
This charged retelling turns the infamous biblical tale on its head, placing the girl we call Salomé at the centre of a revolution.

Internationally acclaimed theatre director Yaël Farber (Les Blancs) draws on multiple accounts to create her urgent, hypnotic production which will be broadcast live from the stage of the National Theatre. ‘Epic. A near-perfect production.’ Guardian (on Les Blancs )
 

Directed by:
Yal Farber
Distributor:
National Theatre Live
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
200 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Theatre;

Release Date:
22 June 2017

Next Performance:
22 June 2017 19:00

World-famous tenor Jonas Kaufmann makes his role debut as Otello in Verdi's passionate retelling of Shakespeare's great tragedy of jealousy, deception and murder. Soprano Maria Agresta will be his Desdemona and baritone Ludovic Tézier his nemesis Iago in a new production by Olivier Awardwinning director Keith Warner. A major work of the opera repertory, Verdi's Otello draws on the full forces of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, the Royal Opera Chorus and this stellar line-up of principal singers, with exquisite duets, emotionally potent solo numbers and thrilling choruses. Particular highlights include Otello and Desdemona's rapturous love duet and Desdemona's poignant 'Willow Song'. Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts this Italian masterpiece.

Directed by:
Keith Warner
Conductor:
Antonio Pappano
Music:
Giuseppe Verdi
Distributor:
Royal Opera House Enterprises Ltd
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
Italian
Length:
165 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Opera;

Release Date:
28 June 2017

Next Performance:
28 June 2017 19:15

Perched high above the picturesque coast of Sicily and sitting under the shadow of Mt. Etna, Teatro Antico di Taormina has inspired artists for over 2000 years - from the ancient Greeks and Romans to Woody Allen and today’s opera stars.

Every summer, this romantic and dramatic setting welcomes opera lovers from all over the world. 2017 is no exception, with the staging of Puccini’s La bohème - the tragic love story between a young poet and a seamstress. Directed by Enrico Castiglione, this retelling of the timeless classic will enchant cinema audiences with its intense melodic lyrics, original and refined harmony, instrumental light feel and nuances which are all unmistakable and unique.

For one night only, come and experience this spectacular opera on the big screen, live from Taormina, Sicily!
 

Directed by:
Enrico Castiglione
Distributor:
CinemaLive
Country:
Italy
Language:
Italian
Length:
145 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Opera;

Release Date:
5 July 2017

Next Performance:
5 July 2017 19:30

America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell.

'Angels In America' stars Andrew Garfield ('Silence', 'Hacksaw Ridge') as Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough ('People, Places and Things'), Nathan Lane ('The Producers'), James McArdle ('Star Wars: The Force Awakens') and Russell Tovey (The Pass).

This new staging of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play, 'Angels In America, is directed by Olivier and Tony award winning director Marianne Elliott ('The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' and 'War Horse').

ENCORE SCREENING
Please note where advertised the screening on Monday 7th August is an ENCORE performance.

Directed by:
Marianne Elliott
Performers
Andrew Garfield; Denise Gough; Nathan Lane; James McArdle; Russell Tovey
Distributor:
National Theatre Live
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
225 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Theatre;

Release Date:
20 July 2017

Next Performance:
20 July 2017 19:00

Known to millions as ‘The King of Waltz’, André Rieu is one of the world’s most popular music artists. His legendary annual Maastricht concert is the most eagerly anticipated cinema event of the year, last year setting new box office records in several countries.

Set against the stunning medieval backdrop of the town square in André’s Dutch hometown, the spectacular Maastricht concert features the maestro in his element, along with his
60-piece Johann Strauss Orchestra, sopranos, tenors and very special guests. André delivers an unforgettable musical experience full of humor, fun and emotion for all ages.

This presentation of André Rieu’s 2017 Maastricht Concert in Cinemas features host Charlotte Hawkins, who conducts an interview with André Rieu the moment he steps off stage, exclusively
for cinema audiences.

This year is a very special year because it is exactly 30 years ago that André Rieu started his Johann Strauss Orchestra in his home town of Maastricht. From a small group of musicians rehearsing in the classroom of André’s son’s primary school to stadiums and concert halls around the world - what a journey it has been!

Take a front row seat and experience this spectacular musical event on the big screen. Enjoy backstage access, interviews with André and his special guests, musical favourites and much, much more, exclusive to cinema.

For a truly unforgettable cinematic experience, join André and his Orchestra in their hometown of Maastricht for 2 days only on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd July at the ‘2017 Maastricht Concert’ to ‘Celebrate 30 years of André and his Johann Strauss Orchestra’.

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Himself:
Andr Rieu
Hosted By:
Charlotte Hawkins
Distributor:
Piece Of Magic
Country:
Netherlands
Language:
English, Dutch
Length:
185 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Music;

Release Date:
22 July 2017

America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell.

 'Angels In America' stars Andrew Garfield ('Silence', 'Hacksaw Ridge') as Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough ('People, Places and Things'), Nathan Lane ('The Producers'), James McArdle ('Star Wars: The Force Awakens') and Russell Tovey (The Pass).
 
This new staging of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play, 'Angels In America, is directed by Olivier and Tony award winning director Marianne Elliott ('The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' and 'War Horse').

ENCORE SCREENING
Please note where advertised the screening on Monday 14th August is an ENCORE performance.
 

Directed by:
Marianne Elliott
Performers
Andrew Garfield; Denise Gough; Nathan Lane; James McArdle; Russell Tovey
Distributor:
National Theatre Live
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
240 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Theatre;

Release Date:
27 July 2017

Next Performance:
27 July 2017 19:00

The decay of Rome reaches violent depths in Shakespeare’s most bloody play.

Titus is a ruler exhausted by war and loss, who relinquishes power but leaves Rome in disorder. Rape, cannibalism and severed body parts fill the moral void at the heart of this corrupt society.

Shakespeare’s gory revenge tragedy presents us with murder as entertainment, and, as the body count piles up, poses questions about the nature of sexuality, family, class and society.

Blanche McIntyre returns to the RSC to direct Shakespeare’s brutal revenge tragedy after her debut directing The Two Noble Kinsmen (2016).
 

Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Country:
United Kingdom
Length:
180 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Theatre;

Release Date:
9 August 2017

Next Performance:
9 August 2017 19:00

National Theatre 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. The unmissable theatre phenomenon sold out at the Young Vic and critics call it ‘an extraordinary theatrical triumph’ (The Times) and ‘stunning, searing, unmissable’ (Mail on Sunday). Billie Piper’s lead performance is described as ‘spellbinding’ (The Evening Standard), ‘astonishing’ (iNews) and ‘devastatingly powerful’ (The Daily Telegraph). 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.

Directed by:
Simon Stone
Performers
Billie Piper
Distributor:
National Theatre Live
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Length:
120 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Theatre;

Release Date:
31 August 2017

Next Performance:
31 August 2017 19:00

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.
 

Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Country:
United Kingdom
Length:
180 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Theatre;

Release Date:
11 October 2017

Next Performance:
11 October 2017 19:00

'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, Director of the ‘glorious’ (Daily Telegraph) Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing (2014 and 2016), returns to the Royal Shakespeare Company to tackle Shakespeare’s greatest comedy, a brilliantly bittersweet account of "the whirligig of time".
 

Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Country:
United Kingdom
Length:
180 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Theatre;

Release Date:
14 February 2018

Next Performance:
14 February 2018 19:00