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THURSDAY 23rd JANUARY ONLY
Special Preview Presentation including a pre-recorded Q&A With Director Terry Gilliam.

Once upon a time, Toby was an idealistic young film student. His great achievement, a lyrical re-working of the Don Quixote story, set in a quaint old Spanish village. But that was then; these days he is a jaded, arrogant and over-sexed commercials director. Money and glamour have derailed him, and now he juggles his boss’s wife Jacqui, a biblical storm and his own ego, as he tries to complete a new commercial shoot in Spain.

Until a mysterious Gypsy approaches him with an ancient copy of Toby’s student film: Toby is moved and sets off to find the little village where he made his primary opus all those years ago. To Toby’s horror, his little film has had a terrible effect on the sleepy village; Angelica, the young girl who was innocence personified, now works as a high-class call-girl, and the old man who played Quixote has gone completely mad, believing he really is the ‘Knight of the Mournful Countenance’.
A series of accidents leads to a fire that threatens to destroy the village. The police come for Toby, but he is ‘rescued’ by the deluded old man, who, mistaking him for his loyal squire Sancho, leads Toby away into the countryside, on the quest for his perfect lady, Dulcinea.

On their quest, Toby comes face-to-face with demons, both real and imagined, modern and medieval. Damsels are rescued, jousts are fought, giants are slain and women have beards! Reality and fantasy blur on this bizarre road trip which leads to a phantasmagorical finale.
 

Directed by:
Terry Gilliam
Starring:
Adam Driver; Jason Watkins; José Luis Ferrer; Ismael Fritzi; Juan López Tagle; Paloma Bloyd
Distributor:
Other Independents
Country:
Spain , United Kingdom
Language:
English, Spanish
Length:
155 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Comedy; Drama;

Release Date:
31 January 2020

Next Performance:
23 January 2020 19:00

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.

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

Award-winning director Damon Gameau (That Sugar Film) embarks on a journey to explore what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them rapidly into the mainstream. Structured as a visual letter to his 4-year-old daughter, Damon blends traditional documentary with dramatised sequences and high-end visual effects to create a vision board of how these solutions could regenerate the world for future generations.
 

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Directed by:
Damon Gameau
Distributor:
Other Independents
Country:
Australia
Language:
English
Length:
92 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Documentary;

Release Date:
30 January 2020

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

FEBRUARY 3rd ONLY - select Cinemas.
For one night only, join us for a special preview screening followed by satellite Q&A with  Writer and director Bong Joon Ho.

The Kim family are close. All four live in a tiny basement flat and all four are unemployed. But when the son, Ki-woo, is recommended by his friend to take a well-paid tutoring job, hopes of a regular income blossom on the horizon. There’s only one small issue - he’s not a qualified teacher and has to fake it. Carrying the expectations of all his family, Ki-woo heads to the extravagant Park family home for an interview and after securing the job discovers they also need an art tutor for their son, something he thinks his sister could pretend to do… if they don’t know she’s his sister. Soon the whole family has infiltrated the Park home but as their deception unravels events begin to get increasingly out of hand in ways you simply cannot imagine.

Winner of the Palme d’Or, Bong Joon-ho reminds us that he is one of the world’s most exciting, talented and entertaining directors with the hilarious, scathing, thrilling and utterly unique Parasite.
 

See this film at:

High Wycombe  Walthamstow 
Starring:
Bong Joon-ho; Kang-ho Song; Sun-kyun Lee; Yeo-jeong Jo; Woo-sik Choi; Hyae Jin Chang; So-dam Park
Distributor:
StudioCanal
Country:
South Korea
Language:
Korean, English
Length:
132 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Comedy; Thriller;

Release Date:
7 February 2020

Next Performance:
3 February 2020 18:00

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.

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

Next Performance:
20 February 2020 19:00

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

The international migration crisis is shown in intimate, stark detail in this new documentary from Afghan filmmaker Hassan Fazili. The film starts in 2015, when the Taliban placed a bounty on Fazili’s head. Forced to flee with his wife and two young daughters, this incredible film captures their uncertain journey, showing first hand the dangers facing refugees seeking asylum, and the strong bond of love shared between a family on the run.

In English and Persian, Turkish and Bulgarian with English subtitles.

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Directed by:
Hassan Fazili
Starring:
Hassan Fazili; Nargis Fazili; Zahra Fazili; Fatima Hossaini
Distributor:
Other Independents
Country:
Qatar, US/UK co-production
Language:
English, Turkish
Length:
88 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Documentary; War;

Release Date:
27 February 2020

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 new 25th Anniversary show catapults Riverdance into the 21st century and will completely immerse you in the extraordinary and elemental power of its music and dance. 25 years ago, 7 minutes changed the face of Irish dancing forever. The Eurovision interval act performance gave millions of people a new and exciting glimpse of the future of Irish dance. Now 25 years later, composer Bill Whelan has rerecorded his mesmerising soundtrack while producer Moya Doherty and director John McColgan have completely reimagined the ground-breaking show with innovative and spectacular lighting, projection, stage and costume designs. This powerful and stirring reinvention of the beloved family favourite is celebrated the world over for its Grammy Award-winning music and the thrilling energy of its Irish and international dance. Filmed live at the 3Arena Dublin, the exact spot where it all began, the 25th Anniversary Gala Performance will bring Riverdance to the big screen for the very first time!

Distributor:
More2Screen
Country:
Ireland
Language:
English
Length:
120 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Dance;

Release Date:
3 March 2020

Next Performance:
3 March 2020 19:00

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

Jonas Kaufmann My Vienna is a deeply personal tribute by the star tenor to the world-famous melodies from the birthplace of waltz and operetta. Filmed live in the magical setting of the Wiener Konzerthaus, the concert features popular Viennese music from Die Fledermaus and Wienerblut by Johann Strauss and Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow, plus many of the classic songs inspired by the city of Vienna. Jonas Kaufmann performs with the Prague Philharmonia orchestra under the baton of Maestro Jochen Rieder and is joined by the internationally acclaimed soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen.

Jonas Kaufmann has always had a special rapport with Austria and Vienna. His grandmother had a fondness for the light classics and was happy to sing the evergreens of Johann Strauss, Franz Lehár and Robert Stolz – a nice contrast to his grandfather’s passion for Wagner. As a child, Jonas spent much of his free time on his grandparents’ farm in Tyrol. Austrian television was almost more familiar to him than its German counterpart. Since then he has had a deep love for Viennese songs and operetta. "The music always put me in a good mood", he recalls. "When I had unlikeable things to do as a student, like cleaning or vacuuming, all I had to do was play Carlos Kleiber’s Fledermaus recording, and in no time at all I had a grin on my face."


Read more at https://www.showcasecinemas.co.uk/film-info/jonas-kaufmann-my-vienna#70Zw1JCfgB0rd3Ad.99

Themselves:
Jonas Kaufmann; Rachel Willis-Sorensen
Distributor:
More2Screen
Language:
English
Length:
90 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Concert;

Release Date:
24 March 2020

Next Performance:
24 March 2020 19:00

The world’s ultimate musical duo, Michael Ball and Alfie Boe are ‘Back Together’ and set to delight cinema audiences up and down the country with the final show of their sold-out tour.

Hot on the heels of their star turns in the West End’s phenomenally successful staged concert of Les Misérables, Ball and Boe will reunite to tour their third album 'Back Together' following the number one best-selling hits ‘Together’ and ‘Together Again’.

The superstar pair will take on their favourite musical theatre, pop and rock tracks at the O2 Arena, performing songs such as 'The Greatest Show' 'Something Inside so Strong' and a brilliantly arranged 'Queen Medley'. Showcasing their phenomenal voices and undeniable on-stage chemistry, Ball and Boe’s irresistible charm will undoubtedly light up the big screen.

Themselves:
Michael Ball; Alfie Boe
Distributor:
CinemaLive
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
150 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Concert;

Release Date:
28 March 2020

Next Performance:
28 March 2020 19:30

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.

See this film at:

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.

See this film at:

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

In his 93 years on our planet, David Attenborough has visited every continent, explored hundreds of habitats and studied countless species – in his own words he has lived ‘a blessed life’. Throughout the decades David has spent bringing the natural world to the homes of audiences worldwide he has also played witness to the monumental scale of environmental change caused by human actions.

ATTENBOROUGH: A LIFE ON OUR PLANET is David’s witness statement; for the first time sharing his views direct to his global audience and calling for mankind to urgently act on the truth many are starting to accept: that the time to save humanity and the planet that has fostered our development is now.

After the film audiences around the world will hear from the great man himself live via satellite from the iconic Royal Albert Hall.

Himself:
Sir David Attenborough
Distributor:
Altitude Film Distribution
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
130 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Documentary;

Release Date:
16 April 2020

Next Performance:
16 April 2020 19:25

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.

See this film at:

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.

See this film at:

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.
 

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

Next Performance:
21 May 2020 19:00

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