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Journey inside the minds of GRAMMY Award winning duo Twenty One Pilots, as the epic Scaled And Icy album release celebration from 2021 comes to cinemas worldwide on May 19 with encores in select cinemas on May 22.Experience the psychedelic reimagined take on live theater and performance again, but this time on a massive scale. With the audio and video remastered for the big screen, and the addition of never-before-seen content, theTwenty One Pilots Cinema Experience immerses you deep into the eclectic catalog and imagination of one of the most creative acts in music.

Directed by:
Jason Zada
Themselves:
Tyler Joseph; Josh Dun
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Length:
85 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Concert;

Release Date:
19 May 2022

Next Performance:
19 May 2022 19:00

SWAN LAKE
Thursday 19 May 2022, 7.15pm
The Royal Ballet | LIVE

Running times: 3 hours and 20 minutes (including two intervals).

This classic fairy tale represents the battle between good and evil, and the attempt of love to conquer all. The magic of the lakes, forests and palaces is brought to life with glittering designs by John Macfarlane and a sublime score by Tchaikovsky. The Royal Ballet’s sumptuous production of Swan Lake returns to the Royal Opera House stage after its 2020 revival was interrupted by the pandemic’s closure of theatres. This classic of the repertory is testament to the late choreographer Liam Scarlett’s abiding love of classicism and innate musicality, which shine through this production.



 

Cast:
Lauren Cuthbertson (Odette/Odile); William Bracewell (Prince Siegfried)
Orchestra:
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Choreography:
Marius Petipa; Lev Ivanov
Music:
Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
Production:
Liam Scarlett
Distributor:
Royal Opera House Enterprises Ltd
Country:
United Kingdom
Length:
200 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Ballet;

Release Date:
19 May 2022

Next Performance:
19 May 2022 19:15

A-Ha’s hit Take On Me is still one of the most played songs of the last millennium. This documentary follows the band over a period of four years, sharing the full story of how three young men followed their impossible dream of making it big. When Take On Me reached number 1 on Billboard in the US in 1985 that dream came true.

Almost 35 years after their breakthrough, A-Ha still creates magic on stage with their melancholic and timeless music. They tour the world but drive in separate cars and stay apart backstage. They only meet on stage, while doing the one thing they love.

The film closely portrays the challenging creative and personal dynamics of a group of three strong individuals. This is a story of great music, big ambitions, broken friendship – and maybe forgiveness.
 

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Directed by:
Thomas Robsahm
Themselves:
A-Ha; Morten Harket; Pal Waaktaar
Distributor:
Modern Films
Country:
Norway, Germany
Language:
English, Norwegian
Length:
108 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Documentary; Music;

Release Date:
20 May 2022

Without Camille Pissarro, there is no Impressionist movement. He is rightfully known as the father of Impressionism.

It was a dramatic path that Pissarro followed, and throughout it all he wrote extensively to his family. It is through these intimate and revealing letters that this gripping film reveals Pissarro’s life and work.

Born in the West Indies, Pissarro found his passion in paint as a young man in Paris, and by the age of 43 had corralled a group of enthusiastic artists into a new collective. Their first show was scorned by the critics, but the group had acquired a new name: the Impressionists. For the next 40 years Pissarro was the driving force behind what has today become the world’s favourite artistic movement.

The Ashmolean Museum has a long tradition of excellence. As the UK’s first ever public museum (it opened its doors in May 1683) it houses a wonderfully rich collection, including the remarkable Pissarro archive. With exclusive access to most extensive archive of any Impressionist painter, and to the first major Pissarro retrospective in four decades, this film explores and highlights the enthralling and hugely important biography and output of an incredible artist.

Directed by David Bickerstaff


 

Directed by:
David Bickerstaff
Distributor:
Seventh Art Production
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
94 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Exhibition;

Release Date:
24 May 2022

Next Performance:
24 May 2022 19:00

National Theatre Live

Straight Line Crazy
a new play by David Hare
directed by Nicholas Hytner

Ralph Fiennes (Antony & Cleopatra) leads the cast in David Hare’s (Skylight) blazing account of the most powerful man in New York, a master manipulator whose legacy changed the city forever.

For forty uninterrupted years, Robert Moses exploited those in office through a mix of charm and intimidation. Motivated at first by a determination to improve the lives of New York City’s workers, he created parks, bridges and 627 miles of expressway to connect the people to the great outdoors.
Faced with resistance by protest groups campaigning for a very different idea of what the city should become, will the weakness of democracy be exposed in the face of his charismatic conviction?

Broadcast live from the Bridge Theatre in London, Nicholas Hytner directs this exhilarating new play.

This production will include an interval.


 

Writer:
David Hare
Directed by:
Nicholas Hytner
Cast:
Ralph Fiennes; Samuel Barnett; Alisha Bailey; David Bromley; Al Coppola; Siobhan Cullen; Ian Kirkby; Alana Maria; Dani Moseley; Guy Paul; Helen Schlesinger; Mary Stillwaggon Stewart; Danny Webb
Distributor:
National Theatre Live
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
180 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Theatre;

Release Date:
26 May 2022

Next Performance:
26 May 2022 19:00

George Michael Freedom Uncut focuses on the formative period in the late Grammy®Award winner’s life and career, leading up to and following the making of his acclaimed, best-selling album 'Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1' and his subsequent, infamous High Court battle with his record label that followed, while also becoming poignantly personal about the death of his first love, Anselmo Feleppa. Filmed before Michael’s untimely passing, the documentary is narrated by the singer, who was heavily involved in the making of the film that serves as his final work.

The film features George’s incredible, unseen archival and private home-footage, giving viewers a first-person account of this dramatic period in his life, revealing how he became one of the most influential recording artists of all time, who alone fought a corner for all artists by challenging the standard recording contract helping to rewrite the rules of the music industry. He talks about why he stepped out of the lime light and turned his back on celebrity.
 
The feature documentary includes the original five supermodels from Oscar®-nominated director David Fincher's 'Freedom! '90' video - Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Tatjana Patitz and Linda Evangelista - who come together for the first time to discuss their experience on the iconic music video. The film also features interviews with some of Michael’s most famous friends and music legends, including Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Ricky Gervais, Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson, Tracey Emin, Liam Gallagher, Mary J. Blige, Jean Paul Gaultier, James Corden and TonyBennett.

Themselves:
George Michael; Elton John; Ricky Gervais; Stevie Wonder; Nile Rodgers; James Corden
Directed by:
George Michael; David Austin
Producer:
Lisa Johnson; David Austin
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
120 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Documentary; Music;

Release Date:
22 June 2022

Next Performance:
22 June 2022 19:00

Sir Ranulph Fiennes is credited as being the World’s Greatest Living Explorer. Among his extraordinary achievements he was the first to circumnavigate the world from pole to pole, crossed the Antarctic on foot, broke countless world records and discovered a lost city in Arabia. He has travelled to the most dangerous places on Earth, lost half his fingers to frostbite, raised millions of pounds for charity and was nearly cast as James Bond. But who is the man who prefers to be known as just ‘Ran’?

With exclusive access to Ran, his incredible film archive covering decades of expeditions and contributions from life-long friends and colleagues, EXPLORER tells the definitive story of an inspirational leader but it goes beyond a simple retrospective, ultimately revealing the man behind the myth.

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Birmingham Great Park  Sutton (Surrey) 
Directed by:
Matthew Dyas
Himself:
Ranulph Fiennes
Distributor:
Piece Of Magic
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
143 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Documentary;

Release Date:
14 July 2022

Next Performance:
14 July 2022 19:00

Jodie Comer (Killing Eve) makes her West End debut in the UK premiere of Suzie Miller’s award-winning play.

Tessa is a young, brilliant barrister. She has worked her way up from working class origins to be at the top of her game; defending; cross examining and winning. An unexpected event forces her to confront the lines where the patriarchal power of the law, burden of proof and morals diverge.

Prima Facie takes us to the heart of where emotion and experience collide with the rules of the game.

Justin Martin directs this solo tour de force, captured live from the intimate Harold Pinter Theatre in London’s West End. 

Includes sensitive subject matter including reference to sex, violence and rape.

Writer:
Suzie Miller
Directed by:
Justin Martin
Designer:
Miriam Buether; Natasha Chivers (Lighting)
Composer:
Rebecca Lucy Taylor
Cast:
Jodie Comer - Tessa
Distributor:
National Theatre Live
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
120 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Theatre;

Release Date:
21 July 2022

Next Performance:
21 July 2022 19:00

National Theatre Live

Much Ado About Nothing
by William Shakespeare
directed by Simon Godwin

Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd) and John Heffernan (Dracula) lead the cast in Shakespeare’s romcom of sun, sea and mistaken identity.

The legendary family-run Hotel Messina on the Italian Riveria has been visited by artists, celebrities and royalty. But when the owner’s daughter weds a dashing young soldier, not all guests are in the mood for love.

A string of scandalous deceptions soon surround not only the young couple, but also the adamantly single Beatrice and Benedick.

Following the award-winning success of National Theatre Live’s Romeo & Juliet, Twelfth Night and Antony and Cleopatra, director Simon Godwin returns with this irresistible comedy, broadcast live from the National Theatre stage.

Directed by:
Simon Godwin
Starring:
Katherine Parkinson; John Heffernan
Distributor:
National Theatre Live
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
180 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Theatre;

Release Date:
8 September 2022

Next Performance:
8 September 2022 19:00

National Theatre Live

Jack Absolute Flies Again
by Richard Bean and Oliver Chris
based on Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s The Rivals

This show has been filmed in front of a live audience.

A rollicking new comedy by Richard Bean (One Man, Two Guvnors) and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night).

After an aerial dog fight, Pilot Officer Jack Absolute flies home to win the heart of his old flame, Lydia Languish. Back on British soil, Jack’s advances soon turn to anarchy when the young heiress demands to be loved on her own, very particular, terms.

Emily Burns directs this spectacularly entertaining new version of Sheridan’s The Rivals. Featuring a cast including Caroline Quentin, Laurie Davidson, Natalie Simpson and Kelvin Fletcher.

‘One of the funniest productions in the National’s history.’ Guardian on One Man, Two Guvnors. 

Producer:
Richard Bean; Oliver Chris
Directed by:
Emily Burns
Starring:
Caroline Quentin; Laurie Davidson; Natalie Simpson; Kelvin Fletcher
Distributor:
National Theatre Live
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
180 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Theatre;

Release Date:
6 September 2022

Next Performance:
6 October 2022 19:00