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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.

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

Release Date:
7 April 2020

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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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

One man has seen more of the natural world than any other. This unique feature documentary is his witness statement. In his 93 years, David Attenborough has visited every continent on the globe, exploring the wild places of our planet and documenting the living world in all its variety and wonder. Now, for the first time he reflects upon both the defining moments of his lifetime as a naturalist and the devastating changes he has seen. Honest, revealing and urgent, DAVID ATTENBOROUGH: A LIFE ON OUR PLANET is a powerful first-hand account of humanity’s impact on nature and a message of hope for future generations.

The film will be followed by a Q&A with Sir David Attenborough and Sir Michael Palin live from the World Premiere at the iconic Royal Albert Hall.

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Himself:
Sir David Attenborough
Directed by:
Alastair Fothergill; Jonnie Hughes; Keith Scholey
Distributor:
Altitude Film Distribution
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
130 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Documentary;

Release Date:
16 April 2020

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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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

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. 

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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

To celebrate 85 years of Elvis Presley and 50 years since the film’s original 1970 release, the King returns to cinemas–remastered -with Elvis: That’s The Way It Is, an unmissable event for fans around the world.

On July 31, 1969, in Las Vegas, Nevada, Elvis Presley staged a triumphant return to the concert stage from which he had been absent for almost a decade. His series of concerts broke all box office records and completely reenergised the career of the King of Rock 'n' Roll.

This feature-length documentary and concert filmfeatures performances including Love Me Tender,Sweet Caroline, Heartbreak Hotel and Suspicious Minds. Crossingthe footlights, revealing the legendary singer as a man preparing for an emotional career comeback, the fans who travelled from all over the world for this history-making event.... and the electrifying live performance of the man who gave us rock 'n' roll.

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Himself:
Elvis Presley
Directed by:
Dennis Sanders
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Length:
95 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Concert; Music;

Release Date:
22 April 2020

42nd Street, the legendary Broadway musical theatre classic, is a ‘glorious’ (Express) and ‘utterly moreish extravaganza of glitz’ (Times). Telling the story of Peggy Sawyer, a talented young performer with stars in her eyes who gets her big break on Broadway, this is the largest ever staging of the Tony® Award-winning musical and it was filmed live at the magnificent Theatre Royal in the heart of London’s West End. Starring national treasure Bonnie Langford as Dorothy Brock and featuring iconic songs 42nd Street, We’re In The Money and Lullaby Of Broadway, this is pure musical magic on the big screen.

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Directed by:
Mark Bramble
Set Designer:
Douglas W. Schmidt
Costume Designer:
Roger Kirk
Starring:
Bonnie Langford; Tom Lister; Clare Halse; Philip Bertioli; Jasnar Ivir
Distributor:
Trafalgar Releasing
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
144 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Musical; Theatre;

Release Date:
28 April 2020

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.

 

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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

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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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

Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes, ‘a gorgeous take on the film classic’, comes to cinemas for the first time. Winner of two Olivier Awards, The Red Shoes is an ‘utterly enthralling’ tale of obsession, possession and one girl's dream to be the greatest dancer in the world. Victoria Page lives to dance but her ambitions become a battleground between the two men who inspire her passion.

Matthew Bourne’s magical adaptation of the classic Powell and Pressburger film is set to the achingly romantic music of golden-age Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann, the production is orchestrated by Terry Davies, with stunning designs by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Paul Groothuis and projection design by Duncan McLean.

Filmed live at Sadler’s Wells in London especially for cinemas, Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes stars Ashley Shaw as Victoria Page, Adam Cooper as Boris Lermontov and Dominic North as Julian Craster. This ‘cinematic masterpiece re-Bourne on stage’ will dazzle your senses and break your heart.

Based on the film by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger and the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale.

Music by Bernard Herrmann.
Orchestrations by Terry Davies.

 

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Directed by:
Matthew Bourne
Performers:
Adam Cooper; Ashley Shaw; Dominic North; Michela Meazza
Distributor:
More2Screen
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
97 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Ballet;

Release Date:
19 May 2020

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. 

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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

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.

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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

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. 

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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

National Theatre Live

Filmed live on stage in London’s West End, ‘Tom Stoppard’s masterpiece is magnificent’ (Independent) and should not be missed.

Leopoldstadt
A new play by Tom Stoppard
Directed by Patrick Marber

Regarded as ‘Britain’s greatest living playwright’ (Times), Academy and Tony Award-winner Tom Stoppard’s critically acclaimed new play Leopoldstadt is a passionate drama of love, family and endurance.

At the beginning of the 20th century, Leopoldstadt was the old, crowded Jewish quarter of Vienna, Austria. But Hermann Merz, a factory owner and baptised Jew now married to Catholic Gretl, has moved up in the world.

We follow his family’s story across half a century, passing through the convulsions of war, revolution, impoverishment, annexation by Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. A company of 40 actors represent each generation of the family in this epic, but intimate play. 

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Directed by:
Patrick Marber
Writer:
Tom Stoppard
Distributor:
National Theatre Live
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
180 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Theatre;

Release Date:
25 June 2020

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"

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

Release Date:
6 July 2020

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.

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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

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

A riotous new comedy.

From the writer of One Man, Two Guvnors comes a hilarious new play, set in 1940s British summertime.

After an aerial dog fight, Pilot Officer Jack Absolute flies home to rejoin his fearless young Hurricane squadron at RAF Fontwell. Once back on British soil, Jack is shocked to find his old flame, Lydia, on the base. He sets his sights on winning her heart, but with turbulence and hilarity never far away, his advances quickly turn to anarchy.

Thea Sharrock (Me Before You) directs a cast including Caroline Quentin and Richard Fleeshman in this joyous farce.

‘The funniest show on the planet.’ Daily Mail on One Man, Two Guvnors
 

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

Release Date:
23 July 2020

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).

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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