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EMPIRE Extra: BALLET, DOCUMENTARIES, SPORT, OPERA, THEATRE, MUSIK, EXHIBITIONS

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After Johnathan is diagnosed with a terminal heart condition and given one year to live, he’s forced to retire his act. Cut to three years later: Johnathan is not dead, much to everyone’s amazement, and documentarian Ben Berman films the illusionist on an epic comeback tour. But as their mutual journey kicks off, Johnathan drops a bombshell that sends the film spiraling into uncertainty. Embracing this unforeseen obstacle, Ben delves deeper to determine what is truth and what is illusion. Built into the heart of this quick-witted and highly meta story is an indelible commentary on the process and ethics of making a documentary today. Issues of negotiation and access become the central threads that reveal, and further cloud, our understanding of this elusive protagonist. This debut feature is a wild ride that careens off the rails in highly entertaining and unexpected ways.

Directed by:
Benjamin Berman
Himself:
The Amazing Johnathan
Distributor:
Dogwoof
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Length:
121 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Documentary;

Release Date:
19 November 2019

Next Performance:
19 November 2019 18:15

In a world driven by greed, what do we truly value? Timon has it all –money, influence, friends. But when the money runs out, Timonsoon finds her influence and friends have also gone. Left alone, she flees Athens to take refuge in the woods, cursing the city she once loved. Featuring a “searing central performance” (Guardian) from award-winning actor, Kathryn Hunter,Timon of Athensis a glittering and biting satire on whether money truly buys happiness.

Directed by:
Simon Godwin
Performers:
Kathryn Turner; Debbie Korley; Rosy McEwen; Sam Pay; Riad Richie; Imogen Slaughter
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
158 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Theatre;

Release Date:
20 November 2019

Next Performance:
20 November 2019 19:00

Across 2017/2018 Depeche Mode embarked on their Global Spirit Tour, in which theyperformed to more than 3 million fans at 115 shows across the globe. This new visually-striking film,directed by award-winning filmmaker and longtime artistic collaborator Anton Corbijn,captures the energy and spectacle of the band’sperformance from the tour along with a deeper look into how theirmusic and showshave been woven into the fabric of their fans’ lives.

Through thedeeply emotional stories of six special Depeche Mode fans, the film shows not only how and why the band’s popularity and relevance has continued to grow over the course of their career, but provides a unique look into music’s incredible power to build communities, enable people to overcome adversity, and create connections across the boundaries of language, location, gender, age, and circumstance.

Artfully shot and expertly edited, Depeche Mode: SPIRITS in the Forestgoes beyond the typical concert film, weaving together exhilarating musical performances, filmed at the final shows of the Global Spirit Tourin Berlin’s famed Waldbühne (“Forest Stage”), with intimate documentary footage filmed infans’hometowns across the globe.

Directed by:
Anton Corbijn
Themselves:
Depeche Mode; David Gahan; Martin Gore; Andrew Fletcher; Daniel Cassus, Bismarck
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Length:
83 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Concert;

Release Date:
21 November 2019

Next Performance:
21 November 2019 20:00

Director Phelim McDermott tackles another one of Philip Glass’s modern masterpieces, with star countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo as the revolutionary title ruler who transformed ancient Egypt—in cinemas November 23. To match the opera’s hypnotic, ritualistic music, McDermott offers an arresting vision that includes a virtuosic company of acrobats and jugglers. Karen Kamensek conducts. This live cinema transmission is part of the Met’s award-winning Live in HD series, bringing opera to more than 2,200 theaters in more than 70 countries worldwide.

This production was originally created by English National Opera and LA Opera.

Cast and running time subject to change.

See this film at:

Swindon (Greenbridge) 
Composer:
Philip Glass
Conductor:
Karen Kamensek
Production:
Phelim McDermott
Performers:
Zachary James; Richard Bernstein; Will Liverman; Aaron Blake; Anthony Roth Costanzo; Dísella Lárusdóttir
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Country:
United States
Length:
221 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Opera;

Release Date:
23 November 2019

Next Performance:
23 November 2019 17:55

Present Laughter
by Noël Coward

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.


 

Directed by:
Matthew Warchus
Starring:
Andrew Scott
Distributor:
National Theatre Live
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
176 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Theatre;

Release Date:
28 November 2019

Next Performance:
28 November 2019 19:00

LES MISÉRABLES - THE STAGED CONCERT

CAMERON MACKINTOSH presents BOUBLIL & SCHÖNBERG’S legendary musical LES MISÉRABLES – THE STAGED CONCERT. Based on the novel by VICTOR HUGO Music by CLAUDE-MICHEL SCHÖNBERG Lyrics by HERBERT KRETZMER Original French Text by ALAIN BOUBLIL and JEAN-MARC NATEL.

Seen by over 120 million people worldwide, LES MISÉRABLES is undisputedly one of the world’s most popular musicals. Coinciding with its 35th triumphant year in London’s West End, Cameron Mackintosh produced a spectacular sell-out staged concert version at the Gielgud Theatre featuring an all-star cast including Michael Ball, Alfie Boe, Carrie Hope Fletcher, Matt Lucas and John Owen Jones. Now cinema audiences can experience a live broadcast (2nd December ONLY) of the musical phenomenon which broke box office records and sold out its entire 16 week season. Featuring a cast and orchestra of over 65 and including the songs I Dreamed A Dream, Bring Him Home, One Day More and On My Own this sensational staged concert is not to be missed - an absolute must-see for any fans of musical theatre or live event cinema.

PLEASE NOTE
Where advertised the screenings on Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th December are ENCORE (Recorded) performances.


 

Producer:
Cameron Mackintosh
Starring:
Alfie Boe; Michael Ball; Carrie Hope Fletcher; Katy Seacombe; Matt Lucas
Distributor:
Universal Pictures
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
170 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Concert; Theatre;

Release Date:
2 December 2019

Next Performance:
2 December 2019 19:00

THIS IS AN ENCORE PERFORMANCE.

Due to phenomenal demand, The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare's timeless tragicomedy of obsession and redemption, returns to cinemas this festive season. This beautifully reimagined production, co-directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh, features a remarkable cast including Dame Judi Dench as Paulina, alongside Tom Bateman, Jessie Buckley, Hadley Fraser, Miranda Raison and Sir Kenneth Branagh as Leontes.

King Leontes appears to have everything: power, wealth, a loving family and friends. But sexual jealousy sets in motion a chain of events with tragic consequences...

This critically acclaimed production was the first in the hugely successful Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company Live season that was broadcast to cinemas from London’s Garrick Theatre over the course of a year in 2015.

 

Directed by:
Rob Ashford; Kenneth Branagh; Benjamin Caron (For Cinema)
Producer:
Kenneth Branagh; Tamar Thomas; Edward Snape; Marilyn Eardley; Jon Bath
Starring:
Kenneth Branagh; Judi Dench
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
184 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Theatre;

Release Date:
4 December 2019

Next Performance:
4 December 2019 19:00

COPPÉLIA
LIVE IN CINEMAS TUESDAY 10 DECEMBER 2019

A CLASSIC REURNS TO THE ROYAL BALLET WITH NINETTE DE VALOIS' CHARMING AND FUNNY BALLET OF LOVE, MISCHIEF AND MECHANICAL DOLLS.

Toy maker Dr Coppélius seems to have a beautiful young woman in his house: Coppélia, who sits and reads on his balcony. Franz and his fellow young villagers are curious about her and how she ignores them all. Franz’s fiancée Swanilda is not pleased by Franz’s interest in another woman, but equally curious. When Dr Coppélius goes to the local tavern, the young villagers slip into his house to introduce themselves to the strangely silent young woman.

Cast include;
Swanilda Marianela Nuñez
Franz Vadim Muntagirov
Dr Coppélius Gary Avis

APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES, INCLUDING INTERVALS. 

Choreography:
Ninette de Valois; Lev Ivanov; Enrico Cecchetti
Music:
Léo Delibes
Designer:
Osbert Lancaster
Distributor:
Royal Opera House Enterprises Ltd
Country:
United Kingdom
Length:
150 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Ballet;

Release Date:
10 December 2019

Next Performance:
10 December 2019 19:15

In this timeless story accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, rising star Soloist Margarita Shrainer perfectly embodies Marie’s innocence and enchantment along with the supremely elegant Principal Dancer Semyon Chudin as The Nutcracker, captivating audiences of all ages and bringing them on an otherworldly journey.

See this film at:

High Wycombe  Swindon (Greenbridge) 
Music:
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography:
Yuri Grigorovich
Libretto:
Yuri Grigorovich (after E.T.A. Hoffmann and Marius Petipa)
Cast:
Margarita Shrainer (Marie); Semyon Chudin (The Nutcracker); Denis Savin (Drosselmeyer); Alexandre Vodopetov (The Mouse King) and the Corps de Ballet.
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Length:
150 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Ballet;

Release Date:
15 December 2019

Next Performance:
15 December 2019 15:00

THE NUTCRACKER (2016)
IN CINEMAS 17 DECEMBER 2019

THE NUTCRACKER IS A LIVE RECORDING OF A BALLET PERFORMANCE AT THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, LONDON.

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 Drosselmeyer the magician sweeps young Clara away on a fantasy adventure in which time is suspended, the family livingroom 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.

APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 2 HOURS 15 MINUTES, INCLUDING INTERVALS.

Directed by:
Peter Wright
Conductor:
Boris Gruzin
Music:
Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
Starring:
Lauren Cuthbertson; Federico Bonelli; Francesca Hayward; Alexander Campbell; Gary Avis
Distributor:
Royal Opera House Enterprises Ltd
Country:
United Kingdom
Length:
135 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Ballet;

Release Date:
17 December 2019

Next Performance:
17 December 2019 19:15

70 YEARS YOUNG is André Rieu’s ultimate concert featuring musical highlights chosen by the maestro himself from his illustrious career so far. This unique commemorative celebration will take you on an unbelievable journey around the world to André Rieu’s most amazing concert locations, including
Schönbrunn Vienna, Radio City Music Hall New York and the Coronation Concert in Amsterdam.

As part of the celebration, André Rieu reminisces with cinema host Charlotte Hawkins about his life, love and music, while taking his cinema audience on an exclusive tour of his home in Maastricht.

Bring your friends and kick off the New Year together in style, in the comfort of the cinema, with the most wonderful music from the birthday boy – the King of Waltz! Hip hip hooray!

Himself:
André Rieu
Music:
Johann Strauss Orchestra
Hosted By:
Charlotte Hawkins
Distributor:
Piece Of Magic
Country:
Netherlands
Language:
English, Dutch
Length:
150 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Concert; Music;

Release Date:
4 January 2020

Next Performance:
4 January 2020 19:00

After wowing audiences with his astounding production of Lulu in 2015, South African artist William Kentridge now focuses his extraordinary visual imagination on Berg’s other operatic masterpiece, which comes to cinemas for the first time on January 11. Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin is on the podium for this important event, with baritone Peter Mattei as the disturbed title character. Soprano Elza van den Heever is Wozzeck’s unfaithful mate, alongside a commanding cast that also includes tenor Christopher Ventris, bass-baritone Christian Van Horn, and tenor Gerhard Siegel. This live cinema transmission is part of the Met’s award-winning Live in HD series, bringing opera to more than 2,200 theaters in more than 70 countries worldwide.

A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera; Salzburg Festival; the Canadian Opera Company, Toronto; and Opera Australia.

Cast and running time subject to change.

See this film at:

Swindon (Greenbridge) 
Composer:
Alban Berg
Conductor:
Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Production:
William Kentridge
Performers:
Peter Mattei; Elza van den Heever; Tamara Mumford; Christopher Ventris; Gerhard Siegel; Andrew Staples; Christian Van Horn
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Country:
United States
Language:
German
Length:
102 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Opera;

Release Date:
11 January 2020

Next Performance:
11 January 2020 17:55

Exploring one of the most highly original and popular artists of recent years - the grandson of Sigmund Freud - who was a key figure in London’s radical post-war art scene.

For the first time in history the Royal Academy of Arts in London, in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, is bringing together Lucian Freud’s self-portraits. The exhibition will display more than 50 paintings, prints and drawings in which this modern master of British art turned his unflinching eye firmly on himself.

One of the most celebrated painters of our time, Lucian Freud is also one of very few 20th-century artists who portrayed themselves with such consistency. Spanning nearly seven decades his self-portraits give a fascinating insight into both his psyche and his development as a painter, from his earliest
portrait painted in 1939 to the final one executed 64 years later. When seen together, his portraits represent an engrossing study into the dynamic of ageing and the process of selfrepresentation.

This intensely compelling exhibition creates a unique opportunity for EXHIBITION ON SCREEN to reveal the life’s work of a master in one show.

A must-see for anyone interested in 20th-century and 21st-century art.

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

Release Date:
14 January 2020

Next Performance:
14 January 2020 19:00

THE SLEEPING BEAUTY
LIVE IN CINEMAS THURSDAY 16 JANUARY 2020

JOURNEY WITH THE ROYAL BALLET TO AN ENCHANTED WORLD OF PRINCESSES, FAIRY GODMOTHERS AND MAGICAL SPELLS IN THIS LANDMARK PRODUCTION OF PETIPA'S CLASSIC BALLET, TO TCHAIKOVSKY'S GLORIOUS MUSIC.

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.

APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 3 HOURS, INCLUDING INTERVALS.

Choreography:
Marius Petipa;Frederick Ashton; Anthony Dowell;  Christopher Wheeldon
Production:
Monica Mason; Christopher Newton; Ninette de Valois; Nicholas Sergeyev
Music:
Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
Performers:
Lauren Cuthbertson (Princess Aurora); Federico Bonelli (Prince Florimund)
Distributor:
Royal Opera House Enterprises Ltd
Country:
United Kingdom
Length:
180 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Ballet;

Release Date:
16 January 2020

Next Performance:
16 January 2020 19:15

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.

See this film at:

High Wycombe  Swindon (Greenbridge) 
Music:
Adolphe Adam
Choreography:
Alexei Ratmansky
Libretto:
Théophile Gautier; Jean-Henry Saint-Georges
Cast:
The Bolshoi Principals; Soloists and Corps de Ballet
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Length:
150 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Ballet;

Release Date:
26 January 2020

Next Performance:
26 January 2020 15:00

LA BOHÉME
LIVE IN CINEMAS WEDNESDAY 29 JANUARY 2020

PUCCINI'S MUSIC AND RICHARD JONES'S PRODUCTION CAPTURE THE JOY AND HEARTACHE OF YOUNG LOVE IN PARIS

Puccini’s opera of young love in 19th-century Paris is packed with beautiful music, including lyrical arias, 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.

Sung in Italian with English subtitles

APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES, INCLUDING INTERVALS.

Music:
Giacomo Puccini
Libretto:
Giuseppe Giacosa; Luigi Illica
Directed by:
Richard Jones
Designer:
Stewart Laing
Distributor:
Royal Opera House Enterprises Ltd
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
Italian
Length:
150 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Opera;

Release Date:
29 January 2020

Next Performance:
29 January 2020 19:45

One of America’s favorite operas takes the big screen on February 1. James Robinson’s stylish production transports audiences to Catfish Row on the Charleston waterfront, vibrant with the music, dancing, emotion, and heartbreak of its inhabitants. “If you’re going to stage Gershwin’s opera, this is how,” raved the Guardian when the new production premiered in London in 2018. David Robertson conducts a dynamic cast, featuring the sympathetic duo of Eric Owens and Angel Blue in the title roles and an all-star ensemble that includes Golda Schultz, Latonia Moore, Denyce Graves, Frederick Ballentine, and Alfred Walker. This live cinema transmission is part of the Met’s award-winning Live in HD series, bringing opera to more than 2,200 theaters in more than 70 countries worldwide.

A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera; Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam; and English National Opera.

Cast and running time subject to change.

See this film at:

Swindon (Greenbridge) 
Composer:
George Gershwin
Conductor:
David Robertson
Production:
James Robinson
Performers:
Eric Owens; Angel Blue; Elizabeth Llewellyn; Golda Schultz; Janai Brugger; Latonia Moore; Denyce Graves; Frederick Ballentine; Kevin Short; Alfred Walker; Ryan Speedo Green; Donovan Singletary
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Length:
205 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Opera;

Release Date:
1 February 2020

Next Performance:
1 February 2020 17:55

Kinky Boots The Musical, filmed live at the Adelphi Theatre in the heart of London’s West End, is strutting onto the big screen! With songs from Grammy and Tony award winning pop icon Cindy Lauper, book by legendary Broadway playwright Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles), and direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde, Hairspray), the musical is based on the film written by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth.

Inspired by true events, this huge-hearted hit tells the story of two people with nothing in common – or so they think. Charlie (Killian Donnelly) is a factory owner struggling to save his family business, and Lola (Matt Henry) is a fabulous entertainer with a wildly exciting idea. With a little compassion and a lot of understanding, this unexpected pair learn to embrace their differences and create a line of sturdy stilettos unlike any the world has ever seen! But in the end, their most sensational achievement is their friendship. This unmissable musical theatre event celebrates a joyous story of British grit transforming into a high-heeled hit as it takes you from the factory floor of Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan!
 

Directed by:
Brett Sullivan; Jerry Mitchell
Cast:
Matt Henry; Killian Donnelly; Natalie McQueen; Sean Needham; Cordelia Fansworth; Antony Reed
Distributor:
More2Screen
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
132 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Musical; Theatre;

Release Date:
4 February 2020

Next Performance:
4 February 2020 19:00

National Theatre Live
Cyrano de Bergerac

By Edmond Rostand, in a new version by Martin Crimp
Directed by Jamie Lloyd

James McAvoy (X-Men, Atonement) returns to the stage in an inventive new adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, broadcast live to cinemas from the West End in London.
 
Fierce with a pen and notorious in combat, Cyrano almost has it all -if only he could win the heart of his true loveRoxane. There’s just one big problem: he has a nose as huge as his heart. Will asociety engulfed by narcissism get the better of Cyrano -or can his mastery of language set Roxane’s world alight?

Edmond Rostand’smasterwork is adapted by Martin Crimp, with direction by Jamie Lloyd(Betrayal). This classic play will be brought to lifewith linguistic ingenuity to celebrate Cyrano’s powerful and resonant resistance against overwhelming odds.

See this film at:

Directed by:
Jamie Lloyd
Starring:
James McAvoy
Distributor:
National Theatre Live
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Length:
180 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Theatre;

Release Date:
20 February 2020

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.

See this film at:

High Wycombe  Swindon (Greenbridge) 
Music:
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography:
Yuri Grigorovich
Libretto:
Yuri Grigorovich
Cast:
The Bolshoi Principals; Soloists and Corps de Ballet
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Length:
165 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Ballet;

Release Date:
23 February 2020

Next Performance:
23 February 2020 15:00

THE CELLIST / DANCES AT A GATHERINGARSTON & SCARLETT WORLD PREMIERES 
LIVE IN CINEMAS TUESDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2020

Cathy Marston has previously been an Associate Artist of the Royal Opera House and Director of Bern
Ballett, and is 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. Jerome Robbins’s elegant and elegiac classic forms the second part of the programme. This exercise in pure dance for five couples, set to music by Chopin, is a masterpiece of subtlety and invention.

APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES, INCLUDING INTERVALS. 

Choreography:
Cathy Marston; Jerome Robbins
Music:
Philip Feeney; Fryderk Chopin
Designer:
Hildegard Bechtler
Costume Designer:
Bregje van Balen; Joe Eula
Conductor:
Andrea Molino
Distributor:
Royal Opera House Enterprises Ltd
Country:
United Kingdom
Length:
150 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Ballet;

Release Date:
25 February 2020

Next Performance:
25 February 2020 19:15

Handel’s tale of intrigue and impropriety in ancient Rome receives its first Met performances, with star mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato as the controlling, power-hungry Agrippina and Harry Bicket conducting. Sir David McVicar’s production ingeniously reframes the action of this black comedy about the abuse of power to “the present,” where it should loudly resonate. The all-star cast features mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey as Agrippina’s son and future emperor Nerone, soprano Brenda Rae as the seductive Poppea, countertenor Iestyn Davies as the ambitious officer Ottone, and bass Matthew Rose as the weary emperor Claudius.

A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera; Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam; and English National Opera.

Cast and running time subject to change.

See this film at:

Swindon (Greenbridge) 
Composer:
George Frideric Handel
Conductor:
Harry Bicket
Production:
Sir David McVicar
Performers:
Joyce DiDonato; Kate Lindsey; Brenda Rae; Iestyn Davies; Duncan Rock; Matthew Rose
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Length:
250 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Opera;

Release Date:
29 February 2020

Next Performance:
29 February 2020 17:55

The great bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel brings his acclaimed portrayal of the doomed title sea captain to cinemas for the first time on March 14. Valery Gergiev conducts a new production by François Girard, whose visionary 2013 take on Parsifal set the recent Met standard for Wagner stagings. With sweeping sets by John Macfarlane, Girard’s new production turns the Met stage into a rich, layered tableau reminiscent of a vast oil painting. The gifted German soprano Anja Kampe, in her Met debut run, is the devoted Senta, whose selfless love is what the Dutchman seeks, with bass Franz-Josef Selig as her father, Daland, and tenor Sergey Skorokhodov as her deserted former lover, Erik. This live cinema transmission is part of the Met’s award-winning Live in HD series, bringing opera to more than 2,200 theaters in more than 70 countries worldwide.

A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera; L’Opéra de Québec; and Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam.

Cast and running time subject to change.

See this film at:

Swindon (Greenbridge) 
Composer:
Richard Wagner
Conductor:
Valery Gergiev
Performers:
Anja Kampe; Mihoko Fujimura; Sergey Skorokhodov; David Portillo; Alok Kumar; Sir Bryn Terfel; Franz-Josef Selig
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Country:
United States
Language:
German
Length:
149 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Opera;

Release Date:
14 March 2020

Next Performance:
14 March 2020 16:55

FIDELIO
LIVE IN CINEMAS TUESDAY 17 MARCH 2020

ANTONIO PAPPANO CONDUCTS LISE DAVIDSEN AND JONAS KAUFMANN IN A NEW PRODUCTION OF BEETHOVEN'S ONLY OPERA.

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 counterpoint are 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.

Sung in German with English subtitles

APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES, INCLUDING INTERVALS. 

Music:
Ludwig van Beethoven
Directed by:
Tobias Kratzer
Set Designer:
Rainer Sellmaier
Costume Designer:
Rainer Sellmaier
Distributor:
Royal Opera House Enterprises Ltd
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
German
Length:
150 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Opera;

Release Date:
17 March 2020

Next Performance:
17 March 2020 19:15

The star-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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High Wycombe  Swindon (Greenbridge) 
Music:
Sergei Prokofiev
Choreography:
Alexei Ratmansky
Libretto:
Sergei Prokofiev; Sergei Radlov and Adrian Piotrovsky (after William Shakespeare)
Cast:
Ekaterina Krysanova (Juliet); Vladislav Lantratov (Romeo); Igor Tsvirko (Mercutio); Dmitry Dorokhov (Benvolio); Vitaly Biktimirov (Tybalt); and the Corps de Ballet
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Length:
185 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Ballet;

Release Date:
29 March 2020

Next Performance:
29 March 2020 15:00

SWAN LAKE
LIVE IN CINEMAS WEDNESDAY 1 APRIL 2020

THE ROYAL BALLET REVIVES FOR THE FIRST TIME THE RECENT NEW PRODUCTION OF TCHAIKOVSKY'S MAGNIFICENT CLASSICAL BALLET. PRODUCTION AND ADDITIONAL CHOREOGRAPHY BY LIAM SCARLETT AND DESIGNS BY JOHN MACFARLANE

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 ballet. 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.

APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 3 HOURS, INCLUDING INTERVALS.

Choreography:
Liam Scarlett; Marius Petipa; Lev Ivanov; Frederick Ashton
Music:
Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
Production:
Liam Scarlett
Designer:
John Macfarlane
Distributor:
Royal Opera House Enterprises Ltd
Country:
United Kingdom
Length:
180 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Ballet;

Release Date:
1 April 2020

Next Performance:
1 April 2020 19:15

Displaying some of the greatest artworks ever produced representing the words of the gospels.

Highlighting artists such as Caravaggio, Michelangelo, Leonardo, El Greco, and many more including contemporary artists Mark Wallinger and Sam Taylor-Wood.

The story of Christ’s death and resurrection has dominated western culture for the past 2000 years. It is perhaps the most significant historical event of all time, as recounted by the gospels but, equally, as depicted by the greatest artists in history.

From the triumphant to the savage, the ethereal to the tactile, some of western civilization’s greatest artworks focus on this pivotal moment. This beautifully crafted film explores the Easter story as depicted in art, from the time of the early Christians to the present day.

Shot on location in Jerusalem, United States and throughout Europe, the film explores the different ways artists have depicted the Easter story through the ages and thus depicts the history of us all.

Directed by:
Phil Grabsky
Distributor:
Seventh Art Production
Language:
English
Length:
85 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Exhibition;

Release Date:
7 April 2020

Next Performance:
7 April 2020 19:00

Soprano Anna Netrebko, whom the New York Times hailed as “magnificent” when she made her role debut as Tosca in 2018, returns to cinemas on April 11 as Puccini’s explosive diva. Tenor Brian Jagde is the idealistic painter Cavaradossi, and baritone Michael Volle completes the opera’s fatal love triangle as the sinister Scarpia. Bertrand de Billy conducts Sir David McVicar’s stunning production. This live cinema transmission is part of the Met’s award-winning Live in HD series, bringing opera to more than 2,200 theaters in more than 70 countries worldwide.

Cast and running time subject to change.

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Swindon (Greenbridge) 
Composer:
Giacomo Puccini
Conductor:
Bertrand de Billy
Production:
Sir David McVicar
Performers:
Anna Netrebko; Jennifer Rowley; Najmiddin Mavlyanov; Brian Jagde; George Gagnidze; Michael Volle; Patrick Carfizzi; Philip Cokorinos
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Country:
United States
Language:
Italian
Length:
187 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Opera;

Release Date:
11 April 2020

Next Performance:
11 April 2020 17:55

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.

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High Wycombe  Swindon (Greenbridge) 
Music:
Gabriel Fauré, Igor Stravinsky; Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography:
George Balanchine
Cast:
The Bolshoi Principals; Soloists and Corps de Ballet
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Length:
165 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Ballet;

Release Date:
19 April 2020

Next Performance:
19 April 2020 16:00

CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA / PAGLIACCI
LIVE IN CINEMAS TUESDAY 21 APRIL 2020

DAMIANO MICHIELETTO'S OLIVER AWARD-WINNING PRODUCTION OF MASCAGNI AND LEONCAVALLO'S ONE-ACT OPERAS IS A THRILLING, CINEMATIC EXPERIENCE.

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.

Sung in Italian with English subtitles

APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 3 HOURS, INCLUDING INTERVALS. 

Music:
Pietro Mascagni
Libretto:
Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti; Guido Menasci
Directed by:
Damiano Michieletto
Set Designer:
Paolo Fantin
Costume Designer:
Carla Teti
Distributor:
Royal Opera House Enterprises Ltd
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
Italian
Length:
180 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Opera;

Release Date:
21 April 2020

Next Performance:
21 April 2020 19:00

A MAD WORLD OF MAD KINGS, TEETERING ON THE BRINK OF DISASTER.
Richard the Lionheart is dead. His brother John is King of England. Threatened from all sides by Europe, the English noblemen and even his own family, King John will stop at nothing to keep hold of his crown.

Shakespeare’s rarely performed tale of a nation in turmoil vibrates with modern resonance in this vivid new production by Director Eleanor Rhode in her debut at the RSC.

 

Directed by:
Eleanor Rhode
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
210 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Theatre;

Release Date:
29 April 2020

Next Performance:
29 April 2020 19:00

Soprano Diana Damrau, following her triumph as Violetta in last season’s new production of Verdi’s La Traviata, returns to cinemas on May 9 as the martyred Mary, Queen of Scots, in Donizetti’s bel canto showcase. Star mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton is her imperious rival Queen Elizabeth I, and the silken-voiced tenor Stephen Costello is the noble Earl of Leicester. Maurizio Benini conducts Sir David McVicar’s handsome production. This live cinema transmission is part of the Met’s award-winning Live in HD series, bringing opera to more than 2,200 theaters in more than 70 countries worldwide.

Cast and running time subject to change.

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Swindon (Greenbridge) 
Composer:
Gaetano Donizetti
Conductor:
Maurizio Benini
Production:
Sir David McVicar
Performers:
Diana Damrau; Jamie Barton; Stephen Costello; Andrzej Filonczyk; Michele Pertusi
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Country:
United States
Language:
Italian
Length:
176 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Opera;

Release Date:
9 May 2020

Next Performance:
9 May 2020 17:55

National Theatre Live
The Welkin

a new play by Lucy Kirkwood

One life in the hands of 12 women.

Rural Suffolk in England, 1759. As the country waits for Halley’s comet, a young woman is sentenced to hang for a heinous murder.

When she claims to be pregnant, a jury of 12 matrons are taken from their housework to decide whether she’s telling the truth, or simply trying to escape the noose. With only midwife Lizzy Luke prepared to defend the girl, and a mob baying for blood outside, the matrons wrestle with their new authority, and the devil in their midst.

James Macdonald (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) directs Maxine Peake (The Theory of Everything, Funny Cow) and Ria Zmitrowicz (Three Girls, Mr. Selfridge) in this bold and gripping thriller from Tony Award-nominated writer Lucy Kirkwood (Chimerica, Skins). Broadcast live from the National Theatre in London.
 

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Directed by:
James Macdonald
Writer:
Lucy Kirkwood
Starring:
Maxine Peake; Ria Zmitrowicz
Distributor:
National Theatre Live
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
180 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Theatre;

Release Date:
21 May 2020

THE DANTE PROJECT
LIVE IN CINEMAS THURSDAY  28 MAY 2020 

WAYNE MCGREGOR COLLABORATES WITH AN AWARD-WINNING TEAM – CONTEMPORARY COMPOSER THOMAS ADÈS, ARTIST TACITA DEAN, LIGHTING DESIGNER LUCY CARTER AND DRAMATURG UZMA HAMEED – TO BRING US CLOSER TO DANTE'S VISION.

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

APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 3 HOURS, INCLUDING INTERVALS. 

Choreography:
Wayne McGregor
Music:
Thomas Adès
Designer:
Tacita Dean
Distributor:
Royal Opera House Enterprises Ltd
Country:
United Kingdom
Length:
180 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Ballet;

Release Date:
28 May 2020

Next Performance:
28 May 2020 19:15

Leontes rips his family apart with his jealousy but grief opens his heart. Will he find the child he abandoned before it is too late?

Set across a 16-year span fromMadMento the moon landings, this new production of Shakespeare’sTheWinter’sTaleimagines a world where the ghosts of fascist Europe collide with horrors of The Handmaid’s Tale, before washing up on a joyful seashore.

King Leontes rips his family apart with his jealousy but grief opens his heart. Will he find the child he abandoned before it is too late?

A moving new production directed by Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman.

Directed by:
Erica Whyman
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
180 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Theatre;

Release Date:
10 June 2020

Next Performance:
10 June 2020 19:00

ELEKTRA
LIVE IN CINEMAS THURSDAY 18 JUNE 2020

STRAUSS’S THRILLING AND AUDACIOUS ADAPTATION OF GREEK TRAGEDY RECEIVES A NEW STAGING BY THE AWARD-WINNING DIRECTOR CHRISTOF LOY WITH NINA STEMME IN THE TITLE ROLE.

Strauss’s thrilling and audacious adaptation of Greek tragedy receives a new staging by the awardwinning 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 (Brünnhilde in last Season’s Der Ring des Nibelungen) in the title role, and Karita Mattila in her role debut as the haunted queen Klytämnestra.

Sung in German with English subtitles

APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 2 HOURS, INCLUDING INTERVALS. 

Music:
Richard Strauss
Directed by:
Christof Loy
Designer:
Johannes Leiacker
Distributor:
Royal Opera House Enterprises Ltd
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
German
Length:
120 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Opera;

Release Date:
18 June 2020

Next Performance:
18 June 2020 19:45

Made in collaboration with those who knew Frida Kahlo and have both studied and curated her work.

This highly engaging film takes us on a journey through the life of one of the most prevalent female icons: Frida Kahlo.  She was a prolific self-portraitist, using the canvas as a mirror through all stages of her turbulent and, at times, tragic life. Guided with interview, commentary and Frida’s own words,
EXHIBITION ON SCREEN uncovers that this, however, was not a life defined by tragedy.

Featuring key exhibitions and interviews with world-renowned Kahlo curators, EXHIBITION ON SCREEN explores the extraordinary symbolism and themes in these personal canvases to seek a deeper understanding of the real Frida Kahlo.

Using cinema to take an up-close and intimate look at her works we examine how great an artist she can be considered. Displaying a treasure trove of colour and a feast of vibrancy on screen, this personal and intimate film offers privileged access to her works and highlights the source of her feverish creativity,
her resilience and her unmatched lust for life, men, women, politics and her cultural heritage.

We might think we already know Frida Kahlo – the image of floral crowns, big brows and folk style clothing have made her a muse to generations – but what lies beneath the surface of this
intensely passionate woman?

Filmed extensively in Mexico, the USA and Europe – this film will attract an enormous audience of
all ages.

“I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality"

Directed by:
Ali Ray
Distributor:
Seventh Art Production
Language:
English
Length:
90 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Exhibition;

Release Date:
6 July 2020

Next Performance:
7 July 2020 19:00

A man arrives in a strange town only to find that everyone knows his name, but thinks he’s someone else.

“So I to find a mother and a brother
In quest of them, unhappy, lose myself”

How do any of us really know who we are? A man arrives in a strange town only to find that everyone knows his name, but thinks he’s someone else. A woman wonders why her husband is not the man he was, but starts to rather like it. Confusion mounts as everyone uncouples from themselves. Will they ever find themselves again? And do they really want to?

Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, a fairytale farce of everyday miracles, mistaken identity and double vision, is directed by comedy master Phillip Breen (The Provoked Wife 2019, The Hypocrite 2017, The Merry Wives of Windsor 2012).

Miles Jupp will make his RSC debut as Antipholus of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors.

Directed by:
Phillip Breen
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
180 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Theatre;

Release Date:
15 July 2020

Next Performance:
15 July 2020 19:00

Shakespeare’s touching and hopeful tale of loss and reconciliation located in a familiar world of precarious journeys.

Forced to flee his native land, Pericles becomes a refugee at the mercy of sea and strangers. Scarred by the heart-breaking loss of family and home, he submits to the rhythms of the ocean in the hope of a miracle. Located in a familiar world of precarious journeys and treacherous alliances, this is Shakespeare’s touching and hopeful tale of loss and reconciliation.

Director Blanche McIntyre returns to the RSC after her acclaimed Titus Andronicus (2017) and The Two Noble Kinsmen (2016).

Directed by:
Blanche McIntyre
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
180 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Theatre;

Release Date:
23 September 2020

Next Performance:
23 September 2020 19:00