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In 2018, Sir Cliff Richard was joined by 100,000 fans in cinemas worldwide to celebrate 60 years in the music industry. This October he invites you all to be part of the most fabulous big screen party of the year! The Great 80 Tour will be broadcast LIVE from the Royal Albert Hall to your local cinema on Wednesday 27 October 2021, with special encore screenings on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 October. Featuring a selection of his greatest hits, this will be Cliff Richard's most exciting tour yet. His incredible energy and passion on stage will sweep you off your feet and be sure to have you swaying in the aisles.

Himself:
Cliff Richard
Distributor:
CinemaLive
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
150 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Concert; Music;

Release Date:
27 October 2021

Next Performance:
27 October 2021 19:45

Ready to thrill you with fun and naughty moments, Richard O’Brien’s legendary rock ‘n’ roll musical, The Rocky Horror Show, comes to the big screen near you. This special Halloween live performance will be broadcast from the Sadler’s Wells Peacock Theatre in London’s West End.

Starring Strictly Come Dancing winner Ore Oduba as Brad and directed by Christopher Luscombe, the Rocky Horror Show is a guaranteed party and features timeless classics, including Sweet Transvestite, Damn it Janet, and of course, the pelvic-thrusting, show-stopping Time Warp.

The Rocky Horror Show is the story of two squeaky clean college kids  - Brad and his fiancée Janet. When by a twist of fate, their car breaks down outside a creepy mansion whilst on their way to visit their former college professor, they meet the charismatic Dr Frank’n’Furter.It is an adventure they’ll never forget, filled with fun, frolics, frocks, and frivolity.

Directed by:
Christopher Luscombe
Producer:
Daniel Brodie; Matt Parritt
Cast:
Ore Oduba; Stephen Webb; Philip Franks; Haley Flaherty; Kristian Lavercombe
Production:
Trafalgar Theatre Productions
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
135 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Musical; Theatre;

Release Date:
28 October 2021

Next Performance:
28 October 2021 19:45

On July 5th, 1968, The Doors lit up the storied stage of the Hollywood Bowl with a legendary performance that is widely considered to be the band’s finest captured on film. Performing on the back of their 3rd album release 'Waiting For The Sun' and the US #1 single 'Hello, I Love You', the quartet had been honing their live performances over the previous 2 years and were in absolute peak form.

Now, on November 4th, 2021, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Doors final studio album L.A. WOMAN (1971), 'The Doors: Live At The Bowl ’68 Special Edition' will transform movie theaters into concert venues, giving Doors fans around the world the closest experience to being there live alongside Jim Morrison, John Densmore, Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger, who stated, 'the magic that has been done to enhance the picture and sound quality of this show will make everyone feel as though they have a front row seat at the Hollywood Bowl.'

In celebration of L.A. WOMAN, this special event includes a brand-new musical performance and a conversation with John Densmore, Robby Krieger and Doors Manager, Jeff Jampol, filmed exclusively for the big screen.

This theatrical 'Special Edition' release creates an in-cinema experience for fans like no other. The film has now been remastered in stunning Dolby ATMOS® (where available) and 5.1 surround sound by Bruce Botnick, the original engineer & mixer for The Doors who recorded the live performance at the Hollywood Bowl in 1968 and co-produced L.A. WOMAN. Meticulously restored from original camera negatives and remixed and mastered using original multi-track tapes, 'The Doors: Live At The Bowl ’68 Special Edition' features the concert in its entirety, including 'Hello, I Love You', 'The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)', 'Light My Fire' and 'The End'. 
 

Directed by:
Ray Manzarek
Himself:
Jim Morrison; John Densmore; Robby Krieger; Ray Manzarek
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Length:
92 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Concert;

Release Date:
4 November 2021

Next Performance:
4 November 2021 19:00

In Imperial Rome led by Crassus, Spartacus and his wife Phrygia are reduced to slavery and are separated by slave dealers. His love for her and his desire for freedom lead him to revolt against the Roman army with the help of the other captives. But the treacherous Aegina, who seeks to conquer Crassus and gain power, will get in the way of Spartacus’s plan.

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Music:
Aram Khachaturian
Choreography:
Yuri Grigorovich
Libretto:
Yuri Grigorovich
Performers:
The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Length:
170 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Ballet;

Release Date:
7 November 2021

Don't miss Anything Goes, 'the show of the year' (★★★★★ The Telegraph) and a 'fizzing tonic for our times' (★★★★★ The Guardian) when it sails into cinemas nationwide. Filmed live at the Barbican in London, this new 5-star production of the classic musical comedy features an all-star cast led by renowned Broadway royalty Sutton Foster as Reno Sweeney, alongside Robert Lindsay (My Family), Felicity Kendal (The Good Life) and Gary Wilmot (Chicago). A heart-warming romance with spectacular dance routines and some of theatre's most memorable songs, Anything Goes is 'a joyously shipshape revival' (★★★★★ The Observer).

Directed by:
Kathleen Marshall
Starring:
Sutton Foster; Robert Lindsay; Felicity Kendal; Gary Wilmot; Samuel Edwards; Nicole-Lily Baisden; Carly Mercedes Dyer; Haydn Oakley
Music:
Cole Porter
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
155 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Musical; Theatre;

Release Date:
28 November 2021

Next Performance:
28 November 2021 14:00

For many years no-one was interested in the art of the Impressionists. Artists like Monet, Degas and Renoir were vilified, attacked, and left penniless as a result.

Then, something remarkable happened. A new breed of collectors emerged and, before long, they were battling to acquire any work by these new, radical artists that they could find. Amongst them was the visionary Danish businessman Wilhelm Hansen. It was an extraordinary moment in art history; full of drama, intrigue and subterfuge.

Some collectors we may recognise and some we may not, but Hansen amassed a remarkable collection housed at his summer home, Ordrupgaard, on the outskirts of Copenhagen. Exhibition on Screen tells his fascinating story and, with exclusive access to a sell-out exhibition at London’s Royal Academy, brings the extraordinary collection to the big-screen in glorious high-definition.

From Hansen’s beautiful house and gardens at Ordrupgaard to the streets of bohemian Paris, this film takes you on a journey to discover some of the best examples of 19th-century French art ever collected.

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

Release Date:
30 November 2021

Next Performance:
30 November 2021 19:00

Immerse yourself in the spirit of the season while singing and dancing away to lovely Christmas carols, romantic waltzes and beautiful melodies like Jingle Bells, O Holy Night, Hallelujah, a show-stopping performance of Walking in the Air and many more! Marvel at the magnificent palace decorations including 150 beautiful chandeliers, over 50 Venetian candelabras and huge arched windows revealing a joyous wintery landscape including ice rinks and ice skaters.

Christmas with André is guaranteed to warm your hearts and get you in the festive spirit. 

Join André for his inaugural Christmas concert all from the comfort of your local cinema. An unforgettable festive treat for the whole family.

Bring your loved ones and enjoy this spectacular musical event on the big screen. Accompanying
classic Christmas tunes and some incredible surprises, cinema audiences will also enjoy exclusive
backstage access, and cinema host Charlotte Hawkins will be speaking with André about the creation of his musical winter wonderland.

It’s the perfect festive gift.

Himself:
André Rieu
Distributor:
Piece Of Magic
Country:
Netherlands
Language:
English, Dutch
Length:
150 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Music;

Release Date:
4 December 2021

Next Performance:
4 December 2021 14:00

THE NUTCRACKER
Thursday 9 December 2021, 7.15pm
The Royal Ballet | LIVE

Running time: 2 hours and 40 minutes.

The Nutcracker is a family favourite at Christmas time and is one of the most delightful ways to discover the enchantment of ballet. The story of Clara, a girl on a magical Christmas Eve adventure, is accompanied by sparkling music and even dancing sweets! Watch the full company of The Royal Ballet in this much-loved ballet classic.

Choreography:
Peter Wright After Lev Ivanov
Music:
Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
Orchestra:
Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House
Conductor:
Koen Kessels
Distributor:
Royal Opera House Enterprises Ltd
Country:
United Kingdom
Length:
160 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Ballet;

Release Date:
9 December 2021

Next Performance:
9 December 2021 19:30

TOSCA
Wednesday 15 December 2021, 7.15pm
The Royal Opera | LIVE

Running time: 3 hours and 25 minutes (including two intervals).
Language: Sung in Italian with English subtitles.

Into the romantic world of an idealistic painter Cavaradossi and his sensuous lover Tosca comes the malevolence of Baron Scarpia, Chief of Police, with fatal results. Elena Stikina, Bryan Hymel and Alexey Markov bring to life one of the best loved operas in The Royal Opera repertory: Puccini’s Tosca. From the demonic chords with which it famously begins to the violent twist of the opera’s shock ending, the tension never lets up for a moment. Love and evil come –t hrillingly – face to face in Jonathan Kent’s intense production.

Music:
Giacomo Puccini
Libretto:
Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica
Directed by:
Jonathan Kent
Themselves:
The Royal Opera Chorus; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Cast:
Elena Stikina; Bryan Hymel; Alexey Markov; Hubert Francis; Yuriy Yurchuk; Jeremy White; Jihoon Kim
Distributor:
Royal Opera House Enterprises Ltd
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
Italian
Length:
205 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Opera;

Release Date:
15 December 2021

Next Performance:
15 December 2021 19:30

On Christmas eve, Marie and her whole family are gathered around the tree in celebration of the holiday. She receives a magical gift from her godfather Drosselmeyer and soon enough this Christmas eve will take an unexpected turn for her. Marie's new doll comes alive and carries her into a whirlwind adventure.

About the ballet
The exceptional score by Tchaikovsky, brought to life by the Bolshoi Ballet dancers in The Nutcracker, delights the hearts and ears of all generations of music lovers. Experience this holiday classic with the whole family through the eyes of Marie and her Nutcracker Prince on the big screen.

Captured live in Moscow December 23, 2018.
 

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Music:
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography:
Yuri Grigorovich
Libretto:
Yuri Grigorovich (after E.T.A. Hoffmann and Marius Petipa)
Cast:
Margarita Shrayner (Marie); Semyon Chudin (The Nutcracker Prince); Denis Savin (Drosselmeyer); Alexander Vodopetov (The Mouse King); Bolshoi Corps de Ballet
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Length:
135 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Ballet;

Release Date:
19 December 2021

Emeralds for the elegance and sophistication of Paris, rubies for the speed and modernity of New York, and diamonds for an imperial St. Petersburg. Three sparkling scenes accompanied by the music of three essential composers, feature the styles of the three dance schools that have contributed to making George Balanchine a legend of modern ballet.

About the ballet
This glamorous triptych was inspired by Balanchine’s visit to the famous jeweller Van Cleef & Arpels on New York’s Fifth Avenue, and created as an homage to the cities and dance schools of Paris, New York and St. Petersburg that made a vital impact on the revered choreographer’s career.

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Music:
Gabriel Faure; Igor Stravinsky; Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography:
George Balanchine
Cast:
The Bolshoi Principals; Soloists and Corps de Ballet
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Length:
140 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Ballet;

Release Date:
23 January 2022

On a glorious Greek evening, screen legend Bill Murray and world renowned cellist Jan Vogler rock the Acropolis with a timeless mix of music, literature and poetry. Captured on film by director Andrew Muscato, Murray and Vogler are joined by the dazzling Mira Wang (violin) and dynamic Vanessa Perez (piano). The international quartet enchants the Athenian audience from the 2,000 year old stage of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus with musical reflections on love, hope and heartbreak. Spanning from Bach to Van Morrison, Whitman to West Side Story, the wildly entertaining, humorous and deeply touching program is infused with the one-of-a-kind charm of Bill Murray.

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Distributor:
CinemaLive
Language:
English
Length:
102 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Event Cinema;

Release Date:
2 February 2022

ROMEO AND JULIET
Monday 14 February 2022, 7.15pm
The Royal Ballet | SPECIAL SCREENING (performed 3rd February 2022)

Running times: 3 hours and 25 minutes (including two intervals).

Romeo and Juliethas become a great modern ballet classic of the ballet repertory since its creation by Royal Ballet Director Kenneth MacMillan and its premiere in 1965. In this special screening on Valentine’s Day, the doomedlovers attempt to find their way through the colour and action of Renaissance Verona, where a busy market all too quickly bursts into sword fighting and a family feud leads to tragedy for both the Montagues and the Capulets.

Cast:
Marcelino Sambe (Romeo), Anna-Rose O’Sullivan (Juliet)
Orchestra:
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Choreography:
Kenneth MacMillan
Music:
Sergey Prokofiev
Designer:
Nicholas Georgiadis
Distributor:
Royal Opera House Enterprises Ltd
Country:
United Kingdom
Length:
205 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Ballet;

Release Date:
14 February 2022

Next Performance:
14 February 2022 19:15

Lured to the banks of a mysterious lake by his alter-ego, the Evil Genius, Prince Siegfried encounters the most beautiful swan Odette and swears his love to her. At the castle, prospective brides try to entertain the distracted Prince, but it is the ravishing swan Odile who threatens the promise Siegfried made to Odette.

About the ballet
The legend of the enigmatic swan-woman set to Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece of a score is ballet’s most beloved production in the classical canon. The Bolshoi Ballet’s Swan Lake exemplifies the dramatic tension and heart-stopping beauty of motion with prima ballerina Olga Smirnova leading the cast, as sensational as the black swan as she is poignant as white swan.

Captured live in February 23, 2020.

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Music:
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography:
Yuri Grigorovich
Libretto:
Yuri Grigorovich
Cast:
Olga Smirnova (Odette/Odile); Jacopo Tissi (Prince Siegfried); Egor Gerashchenko (the Evil Genius); Alexei Putinsev (the Fool) and the Bolshoi Corps de Ballet.
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Length:
155 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Ballet;

Release Date:
6 March 2022

Who was Frida Kahlo? Everyone knows her, but who was the woman behind the bright colours, the big brows, and the floral crowns? Take a journey through the life of a true icon, discover her art, and uncover the truth behind her often turbulent life.

Making use of the latest technology to deliver previously unimaginable quality, we take an in-depth look at key works throughout her career. Using letters Kahlo wrote to guide us, this definitive film reveals her deepest emotions and unlocks the secrets and symbolism contained within her art.

Exhibition on Screen’s trademark combination of interviews, commentary and a detailed exploration of her art delivers a treasure trove of colour and a feast of vibrancy. 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, politics, men and women.

Delving deeper than any film has done before, engaging with world-renowned Kahlo experts, exploring how great an artist she was, discover the real Frida Kahlo.
 

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

Release Date:
8 March 2022

Next Performance:
8 March 2022 19:00

RIGOLETTO
Thursday 10 March 2022, 7.15pm
The Royal Opera | ANNIVERSARY SCREENING (performed in September 2021)

Running times: 3 hours (including one interval).
Language: Sung in Italian with English subtitles.

In a pitiless world of luxurious decadence, corruption and social decay, Director of The Royal Opera Oliver Mears sets his scene. In his first work for his own Company, Mears brings Verdi’s masterpiece into the modern world. Verdi’s thrilling Rigoletto pits power against innocence, beauty against ugliness, conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano. This special anniversary screening of Verdi’s Rigoletto celebrates 171 years since its premiere in 1851.

 

Cast:
Carlos Alvarez; Liparit Avetisyan; Lisette Oropesa; Brindley Sherratt;  Ramona Zaharia; Eric Greene; Kseniia Nikolaieva; Dominic Sedgwick; Egor Zhuravskii; Blaise Malaba
Themselves:
The Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra:
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Music:
Giuseppe Verdi
Directed by:
Oliver Mears
Distributor:
Royal Opera House Enterprises Ltd
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
Italian
Length:
180 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Opera;

Release Date:
10 March 2022

Next Performance:
10 March 2022 19:15

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:
86 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Exhibition;

Release Date:
5 April 2022

Next Performance:
5 April 2022 19:00

LA TRAVIATA
Wednesday 13 April, 6.45pm
The Royal Opera | LIVE

Running time: 3 hours and 40 minutes (including two intervals).
Language: Sung in Italian with English subtitles.

19th-century Paris is a place of contrasts; glamour and superficiality, love and lust, life and death. Courtesan Violetta sings some of Verdi’s most acclaimed arias including the joyous ‘Sempre libera’, in her poignant and passionate encounters with Alfredo and Germont. Richard Eyre’s production for The Royal Opera recently celebrated 25 years on the Royal Opera House stage and this year returns with acclaimed opera star Pretty Yende as Violetta.

 

Cast:
Pretty Yende; Stephen Costello; Dimitri Platanias; Kseniia Nikolaieva; David Shipley; Angela Simkin; German E. Alcantara; Andres Presno; Jeremy White
Themselves:
The Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra:
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Music:
Giuseppe Verdi
Directed by:
Richard Eyre
Distributor:
Royal Opera House Enterprises Ltd
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
Italian
Length:
220 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Opera;

Release Date:
13 April 2022

Next Performance:
13 April 2022 18:45

While traveling in Egypt, Lord Wilson is caught in a sandstorm and finds refuge in the nearest pyramid where Aspicia, the daughter of one of Egypt’s most powerful pharaohs, lies entombed. When he falls asleep, lulled by the haze of opium, Aspiciacomes to life and his passion for her will take him on a fantastic journey.

About the ballet
French choreographer Pierre Lacotte brilliantly resurrected a forgotten masterpiece exclusively for the Bolshoi Ballet nearly twenty years ago -Marius Petipa’s The Pharaoh’s Daughter. With its exotic setting, spectacular dancing and scenes choreographed for nearly the entire Bolshoi troupe, this stunning Egyptian fresco is one of the most remarkable productions in the company’s repertoire.

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Music:
Cesare Pugni
Choreography:
Pierre Lacotte
Libretto:
Jean-Henry Saint-Georges and   Marius Petipa (after the novel Le roman delamomie by Théophile Gautier)
Cast:
he Bolshoi Principals; Soloists and Corps de Ballet
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Length:
170 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Ballet;

Release Date:
1 May 2022

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

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:
90 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Exhibition;

Release Date:
24 May 2022

Next Performance:
24 May 2022 19:00