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National Theatre Live - Yerma (Encore)

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 production does not have an interval.

Please note that the performance of Yerma includes strobe lighting.

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

Release Date:
31 August 2017

Next Performance:
25 September 2017 19:00

CANALETTO & THE ART OF VENICE - at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace.

Directed by David Bickerstaff
Running time: 85 minutes.

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN open its fifth season with Canaletto & the Art of Venice, an immersive journey into the life and art of Venice’s famous view-painter. No artist better captures the essence and allure of Venice than Giovanni Antonio Canal, better known as Canaletto.

The remarkable group of over 200 paintings, drawings and prints on display offer unparalleled insight into the artistry of Canaletto and his contemporaries, and the city he became a master at capturing. The film also offers the chance to step inside two official royal residences - Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle – to learn more about the artist, and Joseph Smith, the man who introduced Canaletto to Britain.

Cinema-goers will embark on their very own 21st century Grand Tour, visiting the sites enjoyed by their 18th century counterparts and immortalised in Canaletto’s views - from the Rialto Bridge to the Piazza San Marco, and the Palazzo Ducale to the Church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo. Guided by Royal Collection Trust curators and the world’s leading experts in Venetian history, the film is not only a wonderful way to see the exhibition, but an opportunity to get closer to Canaletto and the city that inspired him.


 

Directed by:
David Bickerstaff
Distributor:
Seventh Art Production
Country:
US/UK co-production
Language:
English
Length:
87 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Exhibition;

Release Date:
26 September 2017

Next Performance:
26 September 2017 19:00

The End of The End chronicles the final tour from the band who forged the sound of metal - Black Sabbath. On 4th February, 2017, the band took to the stage in Birmingham, the city where it all began, to play the 81st and final gig of The End tour - bringing down the curtain on a career that spanned almost half a century.

The sold out show marked the culmination of a tour that had seen them play to well over a million fans in arenas across the globe. Since their beginnings in 1968, they created a sound that would form the basis of heavy metal, going on to influence bands all over the world – an influence which is still felt to this day.

The End of The End is the story of that final, emotionally-charged concert. Fans are taken into the heart of the action, up close and personal with the band on stage as they perform genre-defining hits, from Iron Man to Paranoid to War Pigs, amongst others. Sabbath also took the opportunity to spend some time in the studio, delivering a unique performance of some of their favourite songs.

This film gives fans an intimate glimpse into the band’s relationships and their banter with each other, with both individual and group recollections from Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler.

The band’s loyal following spans generations and this is the opportunity for fans, young and old, to come together and see the boys from Birmingham doing what they do best, almost 50 years after they started. This is the final word from the greatest metal band of all time.
 

Themselves:
Black Sabbath
Directed by:
Dick Curruthers
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
124 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Music;

Release Date:
28 September 2017

Next Performance:
28 September 2017 20:00

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, stylized designs.

Puccini’s romantic depiction of bohemian Paris, with wonderful 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. It was first performed in Covent Garden in 1897 and has had more than five hundred performances here since.
 

Directed by:
Richard Jones
Cast:
Nicole Car; Michael Fabiano and Mariusz Kwiecie
Distributor:
Royal Opera House Enterprises Ltd
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
155 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Opera;

Release Date:
3 October 2017

Next Performance:
3 October 2017 19:15

National Theatre Live - Hamlet (Encore).

Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy.

Now seen by over 750,000 people worldwide, the original 2015 NT Live broadcast returns 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. Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions.
 

Starring:
Benedict Cumberbatch
Directed by:
Lyndsey Turner
Producer:
Sonia Friedman Productions
Distributor:
National Theatre Live
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
205 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Theatre;

Release Date:
5 October 2017

Next Performance:
5 October 2017 19:00

The season opens with a new production of Bellini’s bel canto tragedy Norma, starring Sondra Radvanovskyin the title role, which she has sung to acclaim at the Met in 2013, as well as at the Canadian Opera Company, San Francisco Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu, and Lyric Opera of Chicago—making her one of the world’s leading interpreters of the iconic title character. Joyce DiDonatoco-stars as Norma’s colleague and rival, Adalgisa, opposite Joseph Callejaas Pollione and Matthew Roseas Oroveso. Carlo Rizziconducts and Sir David McVicardirects the new production.

Conductor:
Carlo Rizzzi
Cast:
Sondra Radvanovsky (Norma); Joyce DiDonato (Adalgisa); Joseph Calleja (Pollione); Matthew Rose (Oroveso)
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Country:
United States
Language:
Italian
Length:
184 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Opera;

Release Date:
7 October 2017

Next Performance:
7 October 2017 17:55

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

Met Music Director Emeritus James Levineconducts Tony Award winner Julie Taymor’sproduction of Mozart’s masterpiece, Die Zauberflöte. Golda Schultz makes her Met debut as Pamina with Kathryn Lewekas the Queen of the Night, Charles Castronovoas the fairy tale prince Tamino, Markus Werbaas the bird-catching Papageno, Christian Van Hornas Sprecher, and René Papeas Sarastro. The holiday presentation of The Magic Flute, an abridged staging sung in English for families, was the first Live in HDperformance to be transmitted. This is the first time the full-length German opera will be seen in the series.
 

Conductor:
James Levine
Cast:
Golda Schultz (Pamina); Kathryn Lewek (Queen of the Night); Charles Castronovo (Tamino); Markus Werba (Papageno); Christian Van Horn (Sprecher); Sarastro (Ren Pape)
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Country:
United States
Language:
German
Length:
189 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Opera;

Release Date:
14 October 2017

Next Performance:
14 October 2017 17:55

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.

Alice encounters a cast of extraordinary and instantly recognizable characters, from the highly strung Queen of Hearts – who performs a hilarious send-up of The Sleeping Beauty’s famous Rose Adage – to a playing card corps de ballet, a sinuous caterpillar and a tap-dancing Mad Hatter. But the ballet does not avoid the darker undercurrents of Lewis Carroll’s story: a nightmarish kitchen, an eerily disembodied Cheshire Cat and the unhinged tea party are all here in vivid detail. The delicious result shows The Royal Ballet at its best, bringing together world-class dance with enchanting family entertainment.
 

Directed by:
TBC
Cast:
TBC
Distributor:
Royal Opera House Enterprises Ltd
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
170 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Ballet;

Release Date:
23 October 2017

Next Performance:
23 October 2017 19:15

Grace Jones and Friends Live promises to be thrilling and enlightening evening with the inimitable icon, as she discusses her life and work with some of her closest collaborators, from the worlds of music, fashion, art and film, following an exclusive preview of Sophie Fiennes’ highly anticipated new film Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami.

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami takes the viewer on an intimate and electrifying journey that moves between four cinematic layers – performance, family, artist and gypsy – to explore the fascinating world of this pop cultural phenomenon. Here we see her behind the mask as a daughter, mother, sister and grandmother, alongside taking to the stage for a specially commissioned performance, with legendary hits including Pull Up to the Bumper and Slave to the Rhythm showcased in full. Larger than life, bordering on cartoon, wild, scary and androgynous – Grace Jones plays all these parts.
 

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Directed by:
Sophie Fiennes
Herself:
Grace Jones
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
180 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Interview / Q&A; Music;

Release Date:
25 October 2017

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.
 

Directed by:
Dominic Cooke
Designer:
Vicki Mortimer
Choreography:
Bill Deamer
Performers
Tracie Bennett; Janie Dee; Imelda Staunton
Distributor:
National Theatre Live
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
210 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Theatre;

Release Date:
16 November 2017

Next Performance:
16 November 2017 19:00

The Exterminating Angelhas its Met premiere this season, conducted by the composer, Thomas Adès.The 2016 opera, co-commissioned by the Met and sung in English, is based on the screenplay by Luis Buñuel and Luis Alcoriza for the acclaimed 1962 Buñuel film. Directed by the librettist Tom Cairns, the ensemble cast features Audrey Lunaas Leticia Maynar; Amanda Echalazas Lucia de Nobile; Sally Matthewsas Silvia de Ávila and Sophie Bevanas Beatriz,both in Met debuts; Alice Coote as Leonora Palma; Christine Riceas Blanca Delgado; Iestyn Daviesas Francisco de Ávila; Joseph Kaiseras Edundo de Nobile; Frédéric Antounin his Met debut as Raúl Yebenes; David Portilloas Edmundo; David Adam Moorein his Met debut as Col. Álvaro Gómez; Rod Gilfryas Alberto Roc; Kevin Burdetteas Señor Russell; Christian Van Hornas Julio; and John Tomlinsonas Dr Carlos Conde. The Exterminating Angelis a co-commission and co-production with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Royal Danish Theatre; and Salzburg Festival, where the production premiered in 2016.

Conductor:
Thomas Ads
Cast:
Audrey Luna (Leticia Maynar); Amanda Echalaz (Lucia de Nobile); Sally Matthews (Silvia de vila); Sophie Bevan (Beatriz); Alice Coote (Leonora Palma); Christine Rice (Blanca Delgado); Iestyn Davies (F
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Country:
United States
Language:
Italian
Length:
147 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Opera;

Release Date:
18 November 2017

Next Performance:
18 November 2017 17:55

DAVID HOCKNEY AT THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS: A Bigger Picture 2012 & 82 Portraits and One Still Life 2016

Directed by Phil Grabsky and presented by Tim Marlow
Running time: 85 minutes

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

Featuring intimate and in-depth interviews with Hockney, this revealing film focuses on two blockbuster exhibitions held in 2012 and 2016 at the Royal Academy of Art in London.

Director Phil Grabsky secured privileged access to craft this cinematic celebration of a 21st century master of creativity.
 

Directed by:
Phil Grabsky
Presented By:
Tim Marlow
Distributor:
Seventh Art Production
Country:
US/UK co-production
Language:
English
Length:
85 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Exhibition;

Release Date:
21 November 2017

Next Performance:
21 November 2017 19:00

Oscar Wilde Season LIVE: A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE
Broadcast live from the Vaudeville Theatre, London Tuesday 28 November 2017, 7.15pm.
Running time: 150 minutes (12AL TBC)

Olivier award-winner Eve Best (A Moon for the Misbegotten and Hedda Gabler) and BAFTAnominated actress Anne Reid (Last Tango in Halifax) star in this new classically staged production of Oscar Wildes comedy directed by Dominic Dromgoole, former Artistic Director of Shakespeares Globe. The first play from the Classic Spring Theatre Companys Oscar Wilde Season, A Woman of No Importance will be broadcast live to cinemas from the Vaudeville Theatre in Londons West End.

An earnest young American woman, a louche English lord, and an innocent young chap join a house party of fin de siècle fools and grotesques. Nearby a woman lives, cradling a long-buried secret. First performed in 1893, Oscar Wildes marriage of glittering wit and Ibsenite drama satirised the socially conservative world of the Victorian upper-class, creating a vivid new theatrical voice which still resonates today.

Directed by:
Dominic Dromgoole
Starring:
Eve Best; Anne Reid; Eleanor Bron; William Gaunt
Distributor:
More2Screen
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
150 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Theatre;

Release Date:
28 November 2017

Next Performance:
28 November 2017 19:15

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.

Choreography:
Peter Wright; Lev Ivanov
Music:
Pyotr Il'Yich Tchaikovsky
Distributor:
Royal Opera House Enterprises Ltd
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
135 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Ballet;

Release Date:
5 December 2017

Next Performance:
5 December 2017 19:15

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.
 

Distributor:
National Theatre Live
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
220 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Theatre;

Release Date:
7 December 2017

Next Performance:
7 December 2017 19:00

Giuseppe Verdi wrote in 1855 that Rigoletto, based on Victor Hugo’s play Le Roi s’amuse, was his ‘best opera’. He had had to overcome state censorship to stage it – the censors objected to its depiction of an immoral ruler – but he was vindicated by the premiere’s huge success in 1851. Rigoletto was performed 250 times in the next 10 years and has remained one of the most popular of all operas.

David 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.
 

Directed by:
David McVicar
Cast:
Dimitri Platanias; Lucy Crowe and Michael Fabiano
Distributor:
Royal Opera House Enterprises Ltd
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
165 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Opera;

Release Date:
16 January 2018

Next Performance:
16 January 2018 19:15

CÉZANNE - PORTRAITS OF A LIFE
From the National Portrait Gallery London, Musée d’Orsay Paris & National Gallery of Art Washington DC.
Directed by Phil Grabsky
Running time: 85 minutes

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

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

Directed by:
Phil Grabsky
Distributor:
Seventh Art Production
Country:
US/UK co-production
Language:
English
Length:
85 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Exhibition;

Release Date:
23 January 2018

Next Performance:
23 January 2018 19:00

Andris Nelsons conducts a new staging of Puccini’s dramatic tragedy, directed by Sir David McVicar. Kristine Opolais and Vittorio Grigolo star as the heroine Tosca and her lover Cavaradossi, with Bryn Terfel as the villainous Scarpia.

Conductor:
James Levine
Cast:
Kristine Opolais (Tosca); Vittorio Grigolo (Cavaradossi); Bryn Terfel (Scarpia); Patrick Carfizzi (Sacristan)
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Country:
United States
Language:
Italian
Length:
173 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Opera;

Release Date:
27 January 2018

Next Performance:
27 January 2018 17:55

 Drama, passion and fabulous music – Puccini’s operatic thriller is one of the great opera experiences. Dan Ettinger conducts a star cast led by Adrianne Pieczonka, Joseph Calleja and Gerald Finley.

Directed by:
Jonathan Kent
Cast:
Adrianne Pieczonka; Joseph Calleja and Gerald Finley
Distributor:
Royal Opera House Enterprises Ltd
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
180 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Opera;

Release Date:
7 February 2018

Next Performance:
7 February 2018 19:15

Donizetti’s comic gem L’Elisir d’Amore, staged by Bartlett Sher and conducted by Domingo Hindoyan, stars Pretty Yende as the spirited Adina, with Matthew Polenzanias Nemorino, the simple peasant who falls in love with her. Davide Luciano makes his Met debut as the role of Adina’s arrogant fiancé, Belcore and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo sings the role of the magic potion-peddling Doctor Dulcamara. Domingo Hindoyan makes his company debut conducting.

Conductor:
Domingo Hindoyan
Cast:
Pretty Yende (Adina); Matthew Polenzani (Nemorino); Davide Luciano (Belcore); Ildebrando DArcangelo (Dulcamara)
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Country:
United States
Language:
Italian
Length:
159 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Opera;

Release Date:
10 February 2018

Next Performance:
10 February 2018 17:00

'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

National Theatre Live - Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
By Tennessee Williams
Directed by Benedict Andrews

Tennessee Williams’ twentieth century masterpiece Cat on a Hot Tin Roof played a strictly limited season in London’s West End in 2017. Following his smash hit production of A Streetcar Named Desire, Benedict Andrews’ ‘thrilling revival’ (New York Times) stars Sienna Miller alongside, Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney.

On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. Brick and Maggie dance round the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real – and which will win out?

Please note this is a RECORDING of the Young Vic’s production captured live in front of an audience during it’s successful run in the West End.

Directed by:
Benedict Andrews
Starring:
Brian Gleeson; Richard Hansell; Colm Meaney; Sienna Miller; Jack OConnell; Lisa Palfrey; Michael J. Shannon; Hayley Squires
Distributor:
National Theatre Live
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
185 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Theatre;

Release Date:
22 February 2018

Next Performance:
22 February 2018 19:00

An exciting young cast stars in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production of La Bohème,the most-performed opera in Met history. Sonya Yonchevastars as Mimì opposite Michael Fabianoas the passionate writer Rodolfo. Susanna Phillipsreprises the role of the flirtatious Musetta and Lucas Meachemsings the role of her lover, the painter Marcello. The cast also features Alexey Lavrovand Matthew Roseas Rodolfo and Marcello’s friends Schaunard and Colline and Paul Plishka as Benoit and Alcindoro in this performance, led by Marco Armiliato.

Conductor:
Marco Armiliato
Cast:
Sonya Yoncheva (Mim);Susanna Phillips (Musetta);Michael Fabiano (Rodolfo);Lucas Meachem (Marcello);Alexey Lavrov (Schaunard);Matthew Rose (Colline);Paul Plishka (Benoit/Alcindoro)
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Country:
United States
Language:
Italian
Length:
175 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Opera;

Release Date:
24 February 2018

Next Performance:
24 February 2018 17:30

 Shakespeare’s tale of love and loss becomes compelling dance drama in Christopher Wheeldon’s ballet adaptation, with music by Joby Talbot.

Distributor:
Royal Opera House Enterprises Ltd
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
180 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Ballet;

Release Date:
28 February 2018

Next Performance:
28 February 2018 19:15

Bizet’s classic French opera stars Anna Goryachova in Barrie Kosky’s intense production.

Distributor:
Royal Opera House Enterprises Ltd
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
200 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Opera;

Release Date:
6 March 2018

Next Performance:
6 March 2018 18:45

Angela Meade makes her Met role debut as the title character in Semiramide. Rossini’s opera, which has not been seen at the Met in 25 years, will be conducted by Maurizio Beniniand feature Elizabeth DeShongas the Commander of the Assyrian army Arsace, Javier Camarenaas an Indian king Idreno, Ildar Abdrazakovas the prince Assur, and Ryan Speedo Greenas the high priest Oroe.

Conductor:
Maurizio Benini
Cast:
Angela Meade (Semiramide); Elizabeth DeShong (Arsace); Javier Camarena (Idreno); Ildar Abdrazakov (Assur); Ryan Speedo Green (Oroe)
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Country:
United States
Language:
Italian
Length:
240 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Opera;

Release Date:
10 March 2018

Next Performance:
10 March 2018 17:55

VINCENT VAN GOGH: A NEW WAY OF SEEING - From the Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam.
Directed by David Bickerstaff
Running time: 90 minutes

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

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

‘Discover the real Van Gogh’
Institut Van Gogh

‘Paintings shown in breath-taking detail’
Daily Mail

‘Splendid, impressive, emotional’
Oxford Times
 

Directed by:
David Bickerstaff
Distributor:
Seventh Art Production
Country:
US/UK co-production
Language:
English
Length:
90 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Exhibition;

Release Date:
20 March 2018

Next Performance:
20 March 2018 19:00

Oscar Wilde Season LIVE: LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN
Broadcast live from the Vaudeville Theatre, London Tuesday 20 March 2018, 7.15pm.
Running time: 150 minutes (12AL TBC)

A new production of Oscar Wildes social comedy, Lady Windermere’s Fan, directed by award-winning writer, actor and director Kathy Burke, will be broadcast live to cinemas from the Vaudeville Theatre in Londons West End. This is the second play from the Oscar Wilde Season, a year-long celebration of the brilliant Victorian playwright being staged by Classic Spring, a new theatre company led by Dominic Dromgoole, former Artistic Director of Shakespeares Globe.

The day of Lady Windermeres birthday party, and all is perfectly in order. Until her friend Lord Darlington plants a seed of suspicion. Is her husband having an affair? And will the other woman really attend the party? First performed in 1892, Lady Windermere’s Fan explores the ambiguity of upper class morality and the fragile position of women in society in the late Victorian era in one of Wildes most popular and witty plays.

Directed by:
Kathy Burke
Starring:
To Be Confirmed
Distributor:
More2Screen
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
150 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Theatre;

Release Date:
20 March 2018

Next Performance:
20 March 2018 19:15

Ben Whishaw (The Danish Girl, Skyfall, Hamlet) and Michelle Fairley (Fortitude, Game of Thrones) play Brutus and Cassius, David Calder (The Lost City of Z, The Hatton Garden Job) plays Caesar and David Morrissey (The Missing, Hangmen, The Walking Dead) is Mark Antony. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London.

Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital.

Nicholas Hytner’s production will thrust the audience into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake.
 

Distributor:
National Theatre Live
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
180 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Theatre;

Release Date:
22 March 2018

Next Performance:
22 March 2018 19:00

The Royal Ballet celebrates the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with an all-Bernstein programme from Wayne McGregor, Liam Scarlett and Christopher Wheeldon.

Distributor:
Royal Opera House Enterprises Ltd
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
180 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Ballet;

Release Date:
27 March 2018

Next Performance:
27 March 2018 19:15

Phelim McDermott returns to the Met staging Mozart’s comedy Così fan tutte,led by David Robertson.Set in the 1950s on Coney Island, the cast features Amanda Majeskias the conflicted Fiordiligi; Serena Malfi as her sister, Dorabella; Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara as their feisty maid, Despina; Ben Bliss and Adam Plachetka as the sisters’ fiancés, Ferrando and Guglielmo; and Christopher Maltman as the cynical Don Alfonso. Così fan tutteis a co-production with the English National Opera.

Conductor:
David Robertson
Cast:
Amanda Majeski (Fiordiligi); Serena Malfi (Dorabella); Kelli OHara (Despina); Ben Bliss (Ferrando); Adam Plachetka (Guglielmo); Christopher Maltman (Don Alfonso)
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Country:
United States
Language:
Italian
Length:
211 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Opera;

Release Date:
31 March 2018

Next Performance:
31 March 2018 17:55

Verdi’s opera inspired by Shakespeare’s tragedy is conducted by Antonio Pappano, with a magnificent cast including Anna Netrebko, eljko Luèiæ and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo.

Distributor:
Royal Opera House Enterprises Ltd
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
200 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Opera;

Release Date:
4 April 2018

Next Performance:
4 April 2018 19:15

Met Music Director Emeritus James Levine conducts a revival of Luisa Miller,which has not been seen at the Met since 2006.Starring Sonya Yonchevaas a peasant girl Luisa opposite Piotr Beczalaas Rodolfo in Verdi’s tragedy about a young woman who sacrifices her own happiness in an attempt to save her father’s life. The cast also stars Plácido Domingoas Luisa’s father Miller, with Olesya Petrova as Federica, and Alexander Vinogradov in his Met debut and Dmitry Belosselskiy as Walter and Wurm respectively, the ruthless men determined to tear Luisa and Rodolfo apart.

Conductor:
James Levine
Cast:
Sonya Yoncheva (Luisa); Olesya Petrova (Federica); Piotr Beczala (Rodolfo); Plcido Domingo (Miller); Alexander Vinogradov (Walter); Dmitry Belosselskiy (Wurm)
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Country:
United States
Language:
Italian
Length:
218 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Opera;

Release Date:
14 April 2018

Next Performance:
14 April 2018 17:30

Massenet’s enchanting opera Cendrillon,based on Cinderella, premieres at the Met conducted by Bertrand de Billy and directed by Laurent Pelly, whose Met credits include staging Donizetti’s La Fille du Régimentand Massenet’s Manon.Joyce DiDonatoadds another role to her Met repertory as the title character, a role she has sung to acclaim at the Grand Teatre del Liceu, Santa Fe Opera, and Royal Opera, Covent Garden. The cast also stars Alice Cooteas Prince Charmant, Stephanie Blytheas the evil stepmother Madame de la Haltière, Kathleen Kimas the Fée, and Laurent Naourias Pandolfe. Cendrillonis produced in association with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London; Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona; Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie, Brussels; and Opéra de Lille. This production was first performed at The Santa Fe Opera.

Conductor:
Bertrand de Billy
Cast:
Joyce DiDonato (Cendrillon); Alice Coote (Le Prince Charmant); Stephanie Blythe (Madame de la Haltire); Kathleen Kim (La Fe); Laurent Naouri (Pandolfe)
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Country:
United States
Language:
French
Length:
167 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Opera;

Release Date:
28 April 2018

Next Performance:
28 April 2018 17:55

 Kenneth MacMillan’s powerful telling of Manon and Des Grieux’s tragic love is a masterpiece of modern ballet, set to music by Massenet.

Distributor:
Royal Opera House Enterprises Ltd
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
155 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Ballet;

Release Date:
3 May 2018

Next Performance:
3 May 2018 19:15

I, CLAUDE MONET
Directed by Phil Grabsky
Running time: 87 minutes

After premiering in Season 4 of EXHIBITION ON SCREEN, I, Claude Monet is back by popular demand, revealing the heart and soul of arguably the world’s most loved artist.

Monet’s life is a gripping tale about a man who, behind his sun-dazzled canvases, suffered from feelings of depression, loneliness, even suicide. However, as his art developed and his love of gardening led to the glories of his Giverny garden, his humour, insight and love of life are revealed.

Told through Monet’s own words and shot on location at the very spots he painted, the film features his most loved paintings in an unforgettable, immersive art experience.

‘Remarkable attention to detail’
France Magazine

‘Elegantly made and thoroughly informative’
The Guardian

‘Intense and intimate, pulling you into the artist’s world – offering rare insight’
The Observer
 

Directed by:
Phil Grabsky
Distributor:
Seventh Art Production
Country:
US/UK co-production
Language:
English
Length:
85 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Exhibition;

Release Date:
22 May 2018

Next Performance:
22 May 2018 19:00

 The Royal Ballet presents a new production of Tchaikovsky’s magnificent classical ballet, with additional choreography by Liam Scarlett and designs by John Macfarlane.

Distributor:
Royal Opera House Enterprises Ltd
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
180 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Ballet;

Release Date:
12 June 2018

Next Performance:
12 June 2018 19:15