At a top secret research facility in the 1960s, a lonely janitor forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity.
Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor
Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon
A couple going through a divorce must team up to find their son who has disappeared during one of their bitter arguments.
Oleg Negin, Andrey Zvyagintsev
Maryana Spivak, Aleksey Rozin, Matvey Novikov
Set in 1950's London, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover.
Paul Thomas Anderson
Paul Thomas Anderson
Vicky Krieps, Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville
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.
Mark Watson and Impatient Productions host a night of incredible comedy and variety talent!
The award winning Mark Watson brings his second Wangabout to the good people of Crouch End. This months funfest will include
Chortle award winner and Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Adam Hess.
As seen on Live at the London Palladium, Live From The BBC, Count Arthur Strong and many more.
“For good quality gags per minute, there is no better comedian” The
"Relentlessly entertaining, full of beautiful imagery' Time Out
The phenomenal, Chortle award nominee Lolly Adefope.
As seen on Dara O'Briain's Go 8 Bit, Taskmaster, Plebs, QI and many more.
"Hugely entertaining...pin-sharp characterisation" The Standard
"Versatile and gifted" The Scotsman
Plus, Sofie Hagen, London-based Danish comedian and podcaster, adds a short spot to the nights roster! She's won all the awards, Best newcomer; Chortle, Fosters, Leicester Square, Laughing Horse, hosts the incredible Comedians Telling Stuff and Made of Human Podcast. Find out more about Sofie here after you've bought a ticket!
“A dark story told lightly and honestly, and with plenty of wry wit… filthy and graphic, but somehow polite” TIME OUT
And our incredible headliner this month is the Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Sara Pascoe.
As seen on Have I Got News For You, The Thick Of It, Mock The Week, Live At The Apollo, W1A, Stand Up For The Week and many more.
"Stand-up at its most polished" Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
"Whipsmart...and winningly funny" The Guardian
"Frank, funny and opinionated...handled with a deft comic touch" Chortle
Tennessee Williams’ twentieth century masterpiece Cat on a Hot Tin Roof played a strictly limited season in London’s West End in 2017. Following his smash hit production of A Streetcar Named Desire, Benedict Andrews’ ‘thrilling revival’ (New York Times) stars Sienna Miller alongside, Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney.
On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. Brick and Maggie dance round the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real – and which will win out?
In 2002, an artistically inclined seventeen-year-old girl comes of age in Sacramento, California.
Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts
Join us for an evening of soulful Fado music from one of its most exciting young singers.
Fado lies at the heart of the Portuguese soul, deeply expressive yet highly lyrical. Its themes are constant – destiny, betrayal in love, loss, longing and yearning that can’t be satisfied
Voice - Claudia Aurora
Spanish Guitar - Javier Moreno
Brazilian guitar - Andres Garcia
Cello - Kate Shortt
“Haunting Portuguese fado, heartbreakingly poignant”
Christopher Wheeldon, Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet, created his adaptation of Shakespeare’s late great romance The Winter’s Tale for The Royal Ballet in 2014. Building on the success of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Winter’s Tale received ecstatic praise at its premiere, acclaimed by critics and audiences alike for its intelligent, distinctive and emotionally powerful story, told through exquisite dance. It is now widely judged to be a modern ballet classic.
The story follows the destruction of a marriage through consuming jealousy, the abandonment of a child and a seemingly hopeless love. Yet, through remorse and regret – and after a seemingly miraculous return to life – the ending is one of forgiveness and reconciliation. With powerful designs by Bob Crowley and atmospheric music by Joby Talbot, The Winter’s Tale is a masterful modern narrative ballet.
Choreography by Christopher Wheeldon
Music by Joby Talbot
Marina, a waitress who moonlights as a nightclub singer, is bowled over by the death of her older boyfriend.
Sebastián Lelio (screenplay), Gonzalo Maza (screenplay)
Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco
Carmen is the best-known work by French composer Georges Bizet, and one of the most famous operas in the entire art form – numbers such as the Habanera and the Toreador Song have permeated the popular consciousness as little else has. The opera’s heady combination of passion, sensuality and violence initially proved too much for the stage, and it was a critical failure on its 1875 premiere. Bizet died shortly after, and never learned of the spectacular success his Carmen would achieve: the opera has been performed more than five hundred times at Covent Garden alone.
This ever-popular opera is given a fresh point of view in Barrie Kosky’s highly physical production, originally created for Frankfurt Opera. The Australian director is one of the world’s most sought-after opera directors, whose Royal Opera debut with Shostakovich’s The Nose in 2016 was greeted with delight. For Carmen he has devised a far-from-traditional version, incorporating music written by Bizet for the score but not usually heard, and giving a new voice to the opera’s endlessly fascinating central character.
Directed by Barrie Kosky
Starring Anna Goryachova, Francesco Meli, Anett Fritsch
Condcutor Jakub Hruša
Fusing Gypsy-swing with chanson favourites and swing standards from the 30s-40s, Nell Greco & The Hot House Duo love causing a foot stomping hot club stir.
Nell Greco found her voice while amongst friends, singing and dancing nights away in London’s secret salons, to some of the hottest gypsy swing in town. Now, she leads the Hot House Duo through manouche-inspired jazz and (emotionally) chic French numbers, to not only entertain, but also energise audiences with their joie de vivre!
Accompanying Nell’s lofty and soul-swooning vocals will be the virtuosic Harry Diplock on guitar, and Eleazar Ruiz Spreafico on double bass. We think you’ll find c’est magnifique!
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
Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas.
New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves.
Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, it’s directed by Dominic Cooke (The Comedy of Errors).
Winner of Academy, Tony, Grammy and Olivier awards, Sondheim’s previous work includes A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd and Sunday in the Park with George.
VOICES FROM GREECE: an evening of poetry and music.
With Plastikes Karekles
An evening of the most beautiful poetry from Greece set to music. Poetry of protest, rebellion, love and hope. With the album “Epitpahios” where Theodorakis set the heart breaking poetry of Ritsos to music using musicians and instruments born from the rebetiko era the barrier between underground music and “high art poetry” was broken. The collaborations that then followed between composers such as Markopoulos, Hadjidakis, Moutsis, Andrionopoulos, Tranoudakis and poets like Seferis, Elytis, Cavafy, Ritsos, Kazandzakis, set in motion a body of song that has become a treasure of Greek musical and literary culture. Tonight Plastikes Karekles perform a selection of songs from many composers and poets, with a recitation in English of the poems.
Spiros Bolovinis-voice,bouzouki, percussion
Pavlos Carvalho-cello, bouzouki
We are overjoyed to have singer/songwriter Diana Jones appear live on our stage this March.
Book now to avoid dissapointment.
"Diana Jones is one the best songwriters I have heard in a long, long time." --Steve Earle
"Diana Jones' "voice", both as a singer and a songwriter, is completely her own--a rarity in today's wold."--Janis Ian
“Songs come in a flurry of inspiration. I don’t understand it but I’m grateful.” American singer-songwriter Diana Jones has been called the “Emily Dickinson of song” and “the female Johnny Cash” in reviews and rightfully so. But a journey of adoption and reunion as mysterious as her songwriting led to the gritty, authentic, Americana storytelling that has become her life’s work and her live show. Adopted as an infant Diana grew up in suburban Long Island feeling an unexplained attraction to rural Southern music. “My brother had Johnny Cash’s live ‘At Folsom Prison’ album, and I stole it from his room,” Jones recalls. “Whenever I heard that or someone like Emmylou Harris, I’d think, ‘Wow, that’s beautiful.’ I just didn’t know where to find more of it.” In her twenties the attraction was explained when Jones met her biological grandfather, a singer and guitar player, who introduced her to the folk songs her ancestors had been singing for generations. Gradually she discovered an uncanny affinity for Appalachian music and began claiming it as her own as she discovered her true artistic calling.
Joan Baez, in an interview for the New Your Times, said that writers of Ms. Jones’s caliber come along only every so often. “There’s some kind of channeling from some other lifetime going on, I don’t know the answer to these things, but all I can think of is that it must come from some mysterious part of her soul.”
Photo credit: Renee Monrose
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
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.
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
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.
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…