In 2002, an artistically inclined seventeen-year-old girl comes of age in Sacramento, California.
Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts
A prestigious Stockholm museum's chief art curator finds himself in times of both professional and personal crisis as he attempts to set up a controversial new exhibit.
Director: Ruben Östlund (Force Majeure)
Writer: Ruben Östlund
Stars: Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West
A traumatized veteran, unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe's nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening.
Director: Lynne Ramsay
Writers: Jonathan Ames (book), Lynne Ramsay (written for the screen by)
Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Dante Pereira-Olson, Larry Canady
THE ICE KING is the searing documentary of a lost cultural icon, a story of art, sport, sexuality, and rebellion. Including incredible unseen footage of some of his mort remarkable performances and with access to Curry's letters, archive interviews, and interviews with his family, friends and collaborators, this is a portrait of the man who turned ice-skating from a dated sport into an exalted art form. Watch any figure skating and it falls into two possible camps: before and after John Curry. From what was a macho, technical sport whose judges punished deviation blossomed - through John Curry's stubborn beauty - ice-dancing. This was no Holiday on Ice, but a new artistic medium. After winning gold at the Winter Olympics for a rebelliously balletic routine, Curry saw the world's stages sheeted with ice. Audiences and reviewers alike were enthralled by his genius. But Curry's story is about more than skating. On the night of the final, Curry became the first openly gay Olympian at a time when homosexuality was barely legal. From bullying and prejudice, to relief in the gay underworld, to his untimely death from AIDS, Curry's story dovetails with the experiences of a generation. Tortured by demons, Curry was forever on the run. Never owning a home, he lived on the favours of those who loved him. The only place he found true freedom was the ice. This is the story of a man whose body was a battleground. From love affairs, to violence in sex clubs, to its 'unmanly' elegance on the ice, every act was rebellion.
John Curry was no activist, but an artist expressing his authentic self - yet in a world where his existence was taboo, his life was unavoidably political.
The life and career of the hailed Hollywood movie star and underappreciated genius inventor, Hedy Lamarr.
Director: Alexandra Dean
Writer: Alexandra Dean
Narrator: Susan Sarandon
Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes.
Director: Craig Gillespie
Writer: Steven Rogers
Stars: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney
Australian western set on the Northern Territory frontier in the 1920s, where justice itself is put on trial when an aged Aboriginal farmhand shoots a white man in self defense and goes on the run as posse gathers to hunt him down.
Steven McGregor, David Tranter
Hamilton Morris, Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Matt Day
Hear PJ Harvey's stunning 'Let England Shake' loud, in full, in the dark at Pitchblack Playback's first listening session at ArtHouse.
No distractions: just you and the music.
As recommended by The Guardian, Metro, GQ, New Statesman, Metro and Newsweek.
Ticket price includes Pitchblack Playback blindfold for extra darkness.
This event is not affiliated with PJ Harvey and is an album listening session, not a live performance.
IMPORTANT: Latecomers will need to wait for the intermission or hope for a seat upstairs. As fun as it is to have you wander in and get heckled, out of respect for the comedians and our audience we will not be admitting latecomers downstairs! Thank you for your understanding.
7:30pm Doors. 8PM Show
Mark Watson and Impatient Productions host a night of incredible comedy and variety talent!
The award winning Mark Watson brings his third Wangabout to the good people of Crouch End. This months funfest will include
Chortle award winner GLENN WOOL as seen on Russell Howard's Good News, The BBC Stand Up Show, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and many more
“Effortlessly funny with an affability that other comics can only dream of – You have to go and see Glenn Wool. ” The Guardian.
“The funniest and most sharply observed comedy at this years festival” Skinny Fest
Seeing Glenn Wool perform should be made compulsory for the melancholy. There’s no way you won’t feel a bit better about the world afterwards. Lethally funny” ★★★★ Metro
“Absolutely hilarious” Independent
We also have the Winner of The English Comedian of the Year 2017 JOSH PUGH
“Impressive debut… Go see him” ★★★★ One4Review
“instantly likeable… flashes of genius” Ticketmaster
“consistently funny” ★★★★ EdFestMagazine
Pus So You Think You're Funny? Finalist and winner of Comedian of the Year in 2015 TOM TAYLOR
"Excellent … beautifully daft"
The Sunday Times
"His brand of nervous, neurotic musical comedy – coupling deliberately simplistic tunes on an old Casio keyboard with cleverly constructed lyrics and smart wordplay – is an absolute delight"
And our incredible headliner this month is the BBC New Comedy Award winner and host of Newsjack ANGELA BARNES.
As seen on Mock The Week, Live At The Apollo, Stand Up for the Week and Russell Howard's Good News
"Angela Barnes is the best mainstream female comedian I’ve seen since Sarah Millican... I can't be any clearer than that can I?" Evening Standard
“A beautifully paced performance that was aided by the consistent quality of her jokes, many of which showed a great skill with self-deprecation.”
‘Like all the best comics, she manages to articulate a singular perspective while making it seem like a universal truth. And then she put jokes in it. Harder than it looks’ – The Guardian
Ben Whishaw (The Danish Girl, Skyfall, Hamlet) and Michelle Fairley (Fortitude, Game of Thrones) play Brutus and Cassius, David Calder (The Lost City of Z, The Hatton Garden Job) plays Caesar and David Morrissey (The Missing, Hangmen, The Walking Dead) is Mark Antony. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London.
Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital.
Nicholas Hytner’s production will thrust the audience into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake.
Aurore, separated from her husband, has just lost her job and been told that she is going to be a grandmother. She is slowly being pushed to the outskirts of society, but when she accidentally runs into the great love of her youth, she puts her foot down and refuses to be relegated to the scrap yard.
What if now was the time to start over?
A engrossing film about the world’s first all-girl punk band, who formed in London in 1976. Contemporaries of The Clash and The Sex Pistols, The Slits are the pioneering godmothers of punk. Fronted by the irrepressible and iconoclastic Ari Up, the band has inspired generations of artists, from Sonic Youth to Sleater Kinney.
Drawing on stunning personal archives and including interviews with key surviving band members Tessa Pollitt, Viv Albertine and original drummer Paloma McLardy (aka Palmolive).
"AMAZING! AMAZING! AMAZING!" - Kathleen Hanna
There will be a Q&A following this screening.
Tessa Pollitt & director William Badgley will be in attendance.
Part of the The Sound Screen Music & Film Festival 2018.
The Royal Ballet celebrates the centenary of Leonard Bernstein's birth with an all-Bernstein programme from choreographers Wayne McGregor, Liam Scarlett and Christopher Wheeldon.
Leonard Bernstein was one of the first classical composers in America to achieve both popular and critical acclaim. He was eclectic in his sources – drawing on jazz and modernism, the traditions of Jewish music and the Broadway musical – and many of Bernstein’s scores are remarkably well suited to dance. He was particularly associated with Jerome Robbins, their credits together including Fancy Free and West Side Story. To celebrate the centenary year of the composer’s birth, The Royal Ballet has united all three of its associate choreographers to celebrate the dynamic range and danceability of Bernstein’s music.
The programme includes two world premieres by Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor and Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon, marking each artist’s first foray into Bernstein. At the heart of the programme is the first revival of Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett’s The Age of Anxiety, created in 2014 to Bernstein’s soul-searching Second Symphony. Both symphony and ballet are inspired by W.H. Auden’s masterful modernist poem, itself written in response to the atmosphere of disillusionment and uncertainty that followed the end of World War II.
Choreography by Wayne McGregor, Liam Scarlett, Christopher Wheeldon
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Set in Japan, Isle of Dogs follows a boy's odyssey in search of his dog.
Director: Wes Anderson
Stars: Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton
Verdi’s life-long love affair with Shakespeare’s works began with Macbeth, a play he considered to be ‘one of the greatest creations of man’. With his librettist, Francesco Maria Piave, Verdi set out to create ‘something out of the ordinary’. Their success is borne out in every bar of a score that sees Verdi at his most theatrical: it bristles with demonic energy.
The warrior Macbeth fights on the side of the King of Scotland – but when a coven of witches prophesy that he shall become king himself, a ruthless ambition drives Macbeth and his wife to horrific acts.
Murder makes Macbeth king, and intrigue and butchery are the hallmarks of his brief, doomed reign. The witches make another prediction, which also comes true: Macbeth and his lady lose their lives, and justice is restored.
Phyllida Lloyd’s 2002 production for The Royal Opera is richly hued, shot through with black, red and gold. The witches – imagined by designer Anthony Ward as strange, scarlet-turbaned creatures – are ever-present agents of fate. Lloyd depicts the Macbeths’ childlessness as the dark sadness lurking behind their terrible deeds. The Royal Opera’s production uses Verdi’s 1865 Paris revision of the opera, which includes Lady Macbeth’s riveting aria ‘La luce langue’.
Directed by Phyllida Lloyd
Starring Anna Netrebko, Željko Lucic, Ildebrando D’Arcangelo
Conductor Antonio Pappano
Serve. Defend. Disobey.
This major new investigative documentary by one of Britain's leading woman filmmakers explores and exposes the decades of militarism, gun culture, toxic masculinity and social unrest that led to the age of Trump.
'Bo' Gritz is one of America's highest decorated Vietnam veterans and the media turned him into the real life inspiration behind Rambo. He also killed 400 people, turned against Washington and moved to the Nevada desert where he now sleeps with many weapons. Filmed over ten years using impressive visual material, Zimmerman's portrait of Bo embodies contemporary American society in all its dizzying complexity and contradictions.
We are delighted to be joined by director Andrea Luka Zimmerman for an on stage Q&A after the film.
Director: Andrea Luka Zimmerman
Writers: Taina Galis, Andrea Luka Zimmerman
Stars: Bo Gritz
‘Something wicked this way comes’
Returning home from battle, the victorious Macbeth meets three witches on the heath. Driven by their disturbing prophecies, he sets out on the path to murder.
This contemporary production of Shakespeare’s darkest psychological thriller marks both Christopher Eccleston’s RSC debut and the return of Niamh Cusack to the Company.
Comedian & Cartoonist Mike Capozzola’s multimedia comedy show for fans of Superheroes, Sci-Fi & Monsters!
This show has appeared at museums, theatres, comedy clubs, comic book shops, museums and comic conventions in the USA and the U.K.
Recently imported from California, Mike has performed at comedy clubs performed in much of the U.S. as well as Canada, The U.K., Germany, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Israel
His cartoon work has appeared in TEDxSiliconValley, WIRED, The Humor Times, McSweeney's and Mad Magazine in the U.S. and in Private Eye and Prospect here in the U.K.
Join Darren Walsh (UK's first Pun Champion, BBC's iWonder, Dave's Joke of the Edinburgh Fringe) for an onslaught of video sketches, sound effects, 1-liners, jingles and general nonsense.
★★★★★ The Mirror.
"Unstoppable tsunami of stupid puns" Chortle.
"Top 40 funniest blokes of the year" Zoo Magazine.
"A tall guy with a big talent for short jokes" The Stage.
“Evil Cyborg Sea Monsters” Prior shows:
East Bay Comic Con
BayCon – San Mateo, CA
Berkeley Comic Festival
San Francisco Comic Con
Cinemapolis - Ithaca, NY
York, England GeekFest 2016
The Cartoon Museum of London
The Nantucket Comedy Festival
Fantom Comics - Washington, DC
The Sacramento Comedy Festival
Fantom Comics - Washington, D.C.
The Guild Cinema - Albuquerque, NM
InterGalactic Expo – Sacramento, CA
South City Comic Con – So. San Francisco, CA
The Chabot Space & Science Museum in Oakland, CA
The Arlington Cinema and Draft House Arlington, VA
Manon’s brother Lescaut is offering her to the highest bidder when she meets Des Grieux and falls in love. They elope to Paris, but when Monsieur G.M. offers Manon a life of luxury as his mistress she can’t resist. With the Lescauts’ encouragement Des Grieux cheats at cards in an attempt to win Monsieur G.M.’s fortune. They are caught. Manon is arrested as a prostitute and deported to New Orleans, followed by Des Grieux. On the run, Manon dies from exhaustion.
Kenneth MacMillan’s source for Manon was the 18th-century French novel already adapted for opera by Massenet and Puccini. The premiere was given on 7 March 1974, with the lead roles danced by Antoinette Sibley and Anthony Dowell. The ballet quickly became a staple of The Royal Ballet’s repertory, and a touchstone of adult, dramatic dance.
MacMillan found new sympathy with the capricious Manon and her struggle to escape poverty. Designs by his regular collaborator Nicholas Georgiadis reflect this, depicting a world of lavish splendour polluted by miserable destitution. MacMillan’s spectacular ensemble scenes for the whole Company create vivid, complex portraits of the distinct societies of Paris and New Orleans. But it is Manon and Des Grieux’s impassioned pas de deux – recalling the intensity of MacMillan’s earlier Romeo and Juliet – that drive this tragic story, and make Manon one of MacMillan’s most powerful dramas.
Choreography by Kenneth MacMillan
Music by Jules Massenet
Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedy, directed by Rufus Norris (The Threepenny Opera, London Road), will see Rory Kinnear (Young Marx, Othello) and Anne-Marie Duff (Oil, Suffragette) return to the National Theatre to play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.
The ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war. Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are propelled towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness.
Swan Lake has had a special role in the repertory of The Royal Ballet since 1934. This Season The Royal Ballet creates a new production with additional choreography by Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett. While remaining faithful to the Petipa-Ivanov text, Scarlett will bring fresh eyes to the staging of this classic ballet, in collaboration with his long-term designer John Macfarlane.
Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful woman, Odette, he is enraptured. But she is under a spell that holds her captive, allowing her to regain her human form only at night.
Swan Lake was Tchaikovsky’s first ballet score. Given its status today as arguably the best loved and most admired of all classical ballets, it is perhaps surprising that at its premiere in 1877 Swan Lake was poorly received. It is thanks to the 1895 production by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov that Swan Lake has become part of not only ballet consciousness but also wider popular culture. That success is secured not only by the sublime, symphonic sweep of Tchaikovsky’s score, but also by the striking choreographic contrasts between Petipa’s royal palace scenes and the lyric lakeside scenes created by Ivanov.
Choreography by Liam Scarlett after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov
Music by Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
What if your first true love was someone you’d been told you must hate?
Set in a world very like our own, this Romeo & Juliet is about a generation of young people born into violence and ripped apart by the bitter divisions of their parents.
The most famous story of love at first sight explodes with intense passion and an irresistible desire for change, but leads all too quickly to heartbreaking consequences.
RSC Live: The Merry Wives of Windsor
Down on his luck in the suburbs, John Falstaff plans to hustle his way to a comfortable retirement by seducing the wives of two wealthy men.
Unknown to him, it’s the women of Windsor who really pull the strings, orchestrating Falstaff’s comeuppance amidst a theatrical smorgasbord of petty rivalries, jealousies and over-inflated egos.
For a fat Englishman, a Welshman and a Frenchman, the only way is Windsor…