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Churchill (PG)

Tensions mount for the beleaguered British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in Normandy, France in June, 1944. Fearful of repeating his deadly mistakes from World War I in the Battle of Gallipoli, exhausted by years of war, plagued by depression and obsessed with his historical destiny, Churchill is reluctant to embark on the large-scale campaign, one that the entire war effort hinges upon. Clashing with his Allied political opponents U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower and British Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, the troubled Churchill receives support and devotion from his wife, the brilliant and unflappable Clementine Churchill. With her strength and shrewdness, "Clemmie" halts Winston's physical, mental spiritual collapse and inspires him on to greatness.

Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky

Starring Brian Cox, Miranda Richardson, John Slattery, Ella Purnell, Julian Wadham

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Thursday 22 Jun 20174:00pm9:20pm
Friday 23 Jun 20179:00pm
Saturday 24 Jun 20171:00pm
Sunday 25 Jun 20175:45pm

The Red Turtle (PG)

The latest film from Studio Ghibli. Through the story of a man shipwrecked on a tropical island inhabited by turtles, crabs and birds, The Red Turtle recounts the milestones in the life of a human being.

Directed by Michael Dudok de Wit

" Dudok de Wit modulates our emotions in sophisticated ways, first accessing the awe of The Black Stallion, then straight-up guilt and, finally, an evolution that can't be explained by anything other than hope " - Time Out

"This is a quiet little masterpiece of images, each one rich with meaning, that collectively speak to a universal process" IndieWire

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Thursday 22 Jun 20174:20pm

My Cousin Rachel (12A)

A young Englishman plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms.

Directed by Roger Michell

Starring  Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin, Holliday Grainger

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Thursday 22 Jun 20176:25pm8:50pm
Saturday 24 Jun 20173:30pm
Sunday 25 Jun 201712:45pm (BABES IN ARMS)8:10pm
Tuesday 27 Jun 20173:30pm

NT Live: Salomé (15)

The story has been told before, but never like this. An occupied desert nation. A radical from the wilderness on hunger strike. A girl whose mysterious dance will change the course of the world. This charged retelling turns the infamous biblical tale on its head, placing the girl we call Salomé at the centre of a revolution.

Internationally acclaimed theatre director Yaël Farber (Les Blancs) draws on multiple accounts to create her urgent, hypnotic production which will be broadcast live from the stage of the National Theatre. ‘Epic. A near-perfect production.’ - Guardian (on Les Blancs )

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Thursday 22 Jun 20177:00pm (LIVE VIA SATELLITE)

Hampstead (12A)

An American widow finds unexpected love with a man living wild on Hampstead Heath when they take on the developers who want to destroy his home.

Directed by Joel Hopkins

Starring Diane Keaton, Brendan Gleeson, James Norton

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Friday 23 Jun 20173:45pm8:45pm
Saturday 24 Jun 20171:20pm6:15pm9:00pm
Sunday 25 Jun 201712:30pm5:30pm8:00pm
Monday 26 Jun 20173:45pm6:20pm8:45pm
Tuesday 27 Jun 20174:00pm6:40pm8:45pm
Wednesday 28 Jun 20174:00pm (SUBTITLED)6:35pm
Thursday 29 Jun 20174:00pm8:00pm

The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger (12A)

The Seasons in Quincy is the result of a five-year project by Tilda Swinton, Colin MacCabe and Christopher Roth to produce a portrait of the intellectual and storyteller John Berger. It was produced by the Derek Jarman Lab, an audio-visual hub for graduate filmmaking based at Birkbeck, University of London, in collaboration with the composer Simon Fisher Turner.

Directed by Tilda Swinton,Bartek Dziadosz,Colin MacCabe,Christopher Roth

Starring John Berger, Tilda Swinton

"An essential document of an exemplary intellect." - Glenn Kenny, New York Times

"As a collection, The Seasons in Quincy certainly hangs together; it's also an absolutely inspired way of approaching its subject." - Andrew Pulver, The Guardian

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Friday 23 Jun 20174:15pm
Saturday 24 Jun 20176:45pm
Sunday 25 Jun 20173:00pm
Monday 26 Jun 20179:30pm
Tuesday 27 Jun 20176:30pm
Wednesday 28 Jun 20179:00pm
Thursday 29 Jun 20174:20pm

Whitney "Can I Be Me" (15)

Whitney Houston was the epitome of superstar, an American Princess, the most awarded female artist ever.

Even though Whitney had made millions of dollars, had more consecutive number ones than The Beatles, and became recognized as having one of the greatest voice of all time, she still wasn’t free to be herself and died at just 48 years old.

Made with largely never-seen before footage and exclusive live recordings, WHITNEY CAN I BE ME tells Whitney Houston’s incredible and poignant life story with insights from those closest to her.

Directed by Nick Broomfield & Rudi Dolezal

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Friday 23 Jun 20176:20pm
Saturday 24 Jun 20178:45pm
Sunday 25 Jun 20173:20pm
Monday 26 Jun 20174:20pm
Tuesday 27 Jun 20179:00pm
Wednesday 28 Jun 20174:40pm
Thursday 29 Jun 20176:30pm

Johogoi Aiyy (Johogoi God) (TBC)

Border Crossings’ ORIGINS FESTIVAL 2017

Every year the Sakha people celebrate the festival of summer – Ysekh. This ethnic holiday celebrates the Aiyy deities and the revival of nature; it embraces ritual prayers, dancing, and horse races.

JOHOGOI AIYY is a serene deity worshipped by people. He gave horses to humans, and now is the heavenly patron of horse rearing.

This film tells the story of a boy called Johogoi, who came to Ysekh on his horse. It is his first time to attend a big festival, where he will meet different people, see amazing horses and hear delightful singing. And it is here, at the Ysekh, where he will meet the one who seems to have emerged from his dreams.

Another stunning UK premiere at ORIGINS followed by a Q&A with Graham Harvey, Professor of Religious Studies at the Open University.

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Friday 23 Jun 20176:30pm (ORIGINS FESTIVAL)

Q&A (Unrated)

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Friday 23 Jun 20177:50pm (Not Open for Sale)
Saturday 24 Jun 20175:40pm (Not Open for Sale)
Monday 26 Jun 20178:30pm (Not Open for Sale)

Angry Inuk (TBC)

Border Crossings’ ORIGINS FESTIVAL 2017

Seal hunting is integral to Inuit culture, not only is it important for food supplies and material necessities; it also plays a central role in social life and identity. Monetary income is indispensable for survival in the contemporary world and as such, profits from sealskin sales have become essential for many Inuit families serving as a sustainable means of participating in the global economy. However, intense anti-sealing activism undertaken by high profile NGOs and celebrities since the 1960s have promoted an indiscriminately negative image of this industry. As a result, consequent bans on sealskin products implemented by the EU caused the sealskin market to collapse, which had devastating effects on Inuit communities.

By portraying the quiet anger of Inuit hunters and artisans, as well as the engagement of younger generations, Alethea Arnaquq-Baril raises her voice through filmmaking and social media to confront the preconceptions around Inuit sealing that are affecting her people’s very subsistence and to gain back their place in the global economy.

Screening followed by a Skype Q&A with filmmaker Alethea Arnaquq-Baril

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Saturday 24 Jun 20174:00pm (ORIGINS FESTIVAL)

Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle (TBC)

For some people, a housing crisis means not getting planning permission for a loft conversion. For others it means, quite simply, losing their home.

Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle is a feature documentary from Velvet Joy Productions, directed by Paul Sng (Sleaford Mods – Invisible Britain) and narrated by Maxine Peake, exploring the catastrophic failures that have led to a chronic shortage of social housing in Britain.

Dispossession is the story of people fighting for their communities, of people who know the difference between a house and a home, and who believe that housing is a human right, not an expensive luxury.

Q&A guests: James Mercer (The Red Pill, host), Paul Sng (Director), Pam Douglas (Save Cressingham Gardens), Simon Elmer (ASH), & Jamie Burton (Doughty St Chambers)

7pm start (no adverts/trailers).

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Monday 26 Jun 20177:00pm

ROH LIVE: Otello (12A)

Jonas Kaufmann makes his role debut as Otello in Verdi's passionate retelling of Shakespeare's great tragedy of jealousy, deception and murder, conducted by Antonio Pappano.

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Wednesday 28 Jun 20177:15pm (LIVE VIA SATELLITE)

Signwriting, Past & Present: A Short Double Bill

Signwriting, Past & Present: A Short Double Bill

Everyone Back to Joby's: An Abnormal Letterheads Meet

When Better Letters Met...Cliff Headford

These two short films offer a rare glimpse into distinct eras of the signwriting craft, with directors, producers and stars in attendance to introduce the films and participate in a Q+A afterwards.

Everyone Back to Joby’s lifts the lid on a 'Letterheads' meet - periodic events hosted by signwriters around the world to nurture the craft and pass on skills to the next generation. The meets are 'organised' in an anarchic fashion, and Joby Carter raised his hand and held an 'abnormal' one at Carter's Steam Fair yard in November 2016.

When Better Letters Met... is the story of the late Bristol signwriter, Cliff Headford, told in his own words. Having learned that Cliff was responsible for one of Bristol's surviving 'ghost' signs (fading painted wall advertisements), Better Letters set off West to meet him and capture his life and times in the signwriting game.

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Thursday 29 Jun 20176:45pm

Wattstax (15)

This 1973 documentary film by Mel Stuart focuses on the 1972 Wattstax music festival. Organised by the Memphis-based label Stax Records to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the Watts riots, it took place at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and entry was virtually free – tickets cost just $1 – allowing as many people as possible to attend. The acts included Stax artists Rufus Thomas, The Staple Singers, William Bell, Kim Weston and Isaac Hayes among others as well as an invocation by the Reverend Jesse Jackson.

Nominated for a Golden Globe for the Best Documentary Film in 1974.

All tickets £5.

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Thursday 29 Jun 20179:00pm

Alone in Berlin (12A)

This true-life tale of courage unfolds against the tumultuous backdrop of Berlin in 1940. Otto and Anna Quangel are a working class husband and wife doing their best to ride out the war. When their son is killed fighting on the frontlines, however, everything changes. They begin pouring their rage and grief into postcards emblazoned with anti-Nazi slogans, risking everything to disseminate their messages of protest across the city. But this seemingly small act of subversion rattles the regime, including a police inspector who will not rest until the culprits have been caught.

Directed by Vincent Perez

Starring Emma Thompson, Daniel Brühl, Brendan Gleeson

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Friday 30 Jun 20176:00am (Not Open for Sale)

A Man Called Ove (15)

Stepping from the pages of Fredrik Backman's international best-selling novel, Ove is the quintessential angry old man next door. An isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, who spends his days enforcing block association rules that only he cares about, and visiting his wife's grave, Ove has given up on life. Enter a boisterous young family next door who accidentally flattens Ove's mailbox while moving in and earning his special brand of ire. Yet from this inauspicious beginning an unlikely friendship forms and we come to understand Ove's past happiness and heartbreaks. What emerges is a heartwarming tale of unreliable first impressions and the gentle reminder that life is sweeter when it's shared.

Directed by Hannes Holm

Starring Rolf Lassgård, Bahar Pars, Filip Berg

"A darkly funny, tragic, and ultimately heartwarming tearjerker about the life of one lonely but extraordinary man" - Entertainment Weekly

"Holm tweaks expectations with the way he presents the material, and his grip on the film's tricky, tragicomic tone is masterful"  -

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Friday 30 Jun 20178:05am (Not Open for Sale)


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Sunday 2 Jul 201710:00am (Not Open for Sale)

La Boheme: Live from Taormina (TBC)

Every summer, the spectacular Teatro Antico di Taormina attracts legions of opera fans with its 2000-year-old stage and its breathtaking Mt. Etna backdrop. On July 5th, fall in love with La bohème – Puccini’s tragic love story between a young poet and a seamstress, broadcast live to cinemas from this ancient Greek theatre in Taormina, Sicily!

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Wednesday 5 Jul 20177:30pm (LIVE VIA SATELLITE)

Glyndebourne: Hamlet (TBC)

Be part of a major new operatic work – join us for the world premiere of Brett Dean’s new opera based on Shakespeare’s best-known tragedy.

Brett Dean’s colourful, energetic, witty and richly lyrical music expertly captures the modernity of this timeless tale, while Matthew Jocelyn’s libretto is pure Shakespeare.

A cast of some of the finest singing actors of the moment will bring Hamlet to life. British tenor and Glyndebourne favourite Allan Clayton will play Hamlet. British mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly will play Gertrude and Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan will make her Glyndebourne debut as Ophelia. Legendary British bass John Tomlinson plays The Ghost of Old Hamlet.

Hamlet will be conducted by Vladimir Jurowski, Glyndebourne’s former Music Director.

Neil Armfield has directed numerous productions for Opera Australia, including their first full-length presentation of The Ring Cycle. He is the director of the acclaimed films Candy and Holding the Man.

‘The themes of life and death, love and betrayal have opera written all over them.’  - Brett Dean, Composer

Sung in English with English supertitles

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Thursday 6 Jul 20176:00pm (LIVE VIA SATELLITE)

Risk (15)

How much of your own life are you willing to risk? Laura Poitras, Academy Award winning director of CITIZENFOUR, returns with her most personal and intimate film to date. Filmed over six years Poitras gains unprecedented access to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. RISK is a complex and volatile character study that collides with a high stakes election year and its controversial aftermath. Cornered in a tiny building for half a decade, Julian Assange is undeterred even as the legal jeopardy he faces threatens to undermine the organization he leads and fracture the movement he inspired. Poitras finds herself caught between the motives and contradictions of Assange and his inner circle. In a new world order where a single keystroke can alter history, Risk is a portrait of power, betrayal, truth, and sacrifice.

Directed by Laura Poitras

Starring Julian Assange, Sarah Harrison, Jacob Appelbaum

"Another fascinating piece of cinema-as-history that reminds us that Laura Poitras remains one of our most original, courageous and valuable filmmakers" -

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Friday 7 Jul 20176:00am (Not Open for Sale)

Sofia Coppola's La Traviata (TBC)

This is a recording of a previously Live performance

A collaboration between American film-maker Sofia Coppola and Italian haute couture king Valentino comes in the form of a revival of Giuseppe Verdi’s classic opera, La Traviata.

Violetta Valéry is a well-known courtesan in Paris whose life appears to be glamorous, but who also suffers from a serious illness. She lives on the money given to her by her male patrons. But when she meets Alfredo Germont, a young man from a good family, they fall in love and move to the country.

Alfredo’s father disapproves of their relationship and comes to tell Violetta that her involvement with Alfredo will ruin his family’s reputation. Out of her love for Alfredo, Violetta agrees to leave him and returns to Paris. Thinking she has betrayed him, Alfredo is heartbroken. He follows her to a party and publicly insults her. A few months later, Violetta is close to death.

Alfredo, who has learned why Violetta left him, returns to her. He is shocked by her weakness as she strains to get to her feet. They vow to be together forever, but she soon collapses and breathes her last.

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Sunday 9 Jul 20172:00pm (RECORDED)

Solo Cellist Recital

LIVE ON STAGE Nathaniel Boyd performs Bach's first suite and Kodaly's Sonata for Solo Cello

As an internationally recognised chamber musician and soloist, Nathaniel Boyd has appeared at the world's leading concert halls, including the Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw, Berlin Konzerthaus and the Paris Opera. Described as an 'exceptionally gifted' recitalist by Musical Opinion following a concert with duo partner Alexander Boyd at the Purcell Room in 2013, Nathaniel is a laureate of numerous prizes for his work with the Navarra String Quartet, including the MIDEM Outstanding Young Artist Award, Cannes (2008), Florence International Chamber Music competition, First Prize (2005) and a Borletti Buitoni Fellowship (2007) as well as being selected for representation by YCAT and as a soloist, by the Tillett Trust (2009). His recordings of Vasks' Quartets and Haydn's Seven Last Words, with the Navarra Quartet, both received 5 star reviews from BBC Music Magazine.

Nathaniel has appeared as Principal Cellist with major UK orchestras including the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of Opera North, Manchester Camerata, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Aurora Orchestra. Chamber music highlights last season included recitals at the Esterhazy Palace, Hungary, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Purcell Room.

Recently Nathaniel was resident at the North York Moors Chamber Music Festival, the Southwell Festival and the Roman River Festival and is delighted, together with violinists Tamsin Waley- Cohen and Emma Parker and violist Rosalind Ventris, to be a member of the newly- formed Albion Quartet. Forthcoming concerts with the group include recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw and at the Aldeburgh Festival. In 2018 the group will record two discs of Dvorak's String Quartets for Signum Records as part of an ongoing collaboration with the label.

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Sunday 9 Jul 20177:30pm (LIVE ON STAGE)

The Donmar Presents: Julius Caesar (12A)

This is a recording of a previously live performance.

Originally staged in the West End in 2012 and then revived in 2016, this all- female production has been widely credited as one of the most original and ground­breaking of recent Shakespeare productions. Forming part of a trilogy, the production was met with superlative reviews and sell out audiences across the board.

Director Phyllida Lloyd captured this stunning production in front of a live audience during the play's revival at the Donmar, which we are hugely excited to now bring to cinemas.

Directed by Phyllida Lloyd

Starring Harriet Walter

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Wednesday 12 Jul 20176:45pm (RECORDED)

A Family Affair (12A)

Directed by Angeliki Aristomenopoulou, the film follows three generations of musicians of the family who uphold and pass on the vibrant tradition of Cretan music, performing ceaselessly to followers across the world.

From the legendary Antonis Xylouris- widely known as Psarantonis- to his son, the famous lute player and singer George Xylouris -nicknamed Psarogiorgis- and his three children Nikos Antonis and Apollonia studying in Australia, the film follows Greece’s most famous musical clan, to discover the electrifying power of their music and the sacred ties that hold the family together.

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Sunday 16 Jul 20178:00pm

NT LIVE: Angels In America 1 (15)

NT Live: Angels In America Millenium Approaches

America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell.

Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) plays Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough (People, Places and Things), Nathan Lane (The Producers), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Russell Tovey (The Pass).

This new staging of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play, Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, is directed by Olivier and Tony award winning director Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse). Part One: Millennium Approaches was first performed at the National Theatre in 1992 and was followed by Part Two: Perestroika the following year.

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Thursday 20 Jul 20177:00pm (LIVE VIA SATELLITE)
Monday 31 Jul 20177:00pm (ENCORE)

NT LIVE: Angels In America 2 (15)

NT Live: Angels In America Part Two, Perestroika.

America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell.

Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) plays Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough (People, Places and Things), Nathan Lane (The Producers), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Russell Tovey (The Pass).

This new staging of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play, Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, is directed by Olivier and Tony award winning director Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse). Part One: Millennium Approaches was first performed at the National Theatre in 1992 and was followed by Part Two: Perestroika the following year.

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Thursday 27 Jul 20177:00pm (LIVE VIA SATELLITE)
Tuesday 1 Aug 20177:00pm (ENCORE)

Glyndebourne: La clemenza di Tito (TBC)

Spurned by Tito, Vitellia seeks revenge. Besotted Sesto agrees to avenge her as a token of his love, but all does not go to plan. A brand new take on one of Mozart’s final works.

Vitellia’s path to the throne is thwarted by the man who deposed her father, so she presses her admirer Sesto to murder him. Driven by love, Sesto does his worst. But in return, receives a lesson in forgiveness.

Conducted by Robin Ticciati and directed by Claus Guth, Mozart’s opera delivers all of the sublime musical beauty and heart-tugging humanity we expect of him.

Loosely based on the life of the Roman Emperor Titus, La clemenza di Tito distills the suspense of Don Giovanni, the warmth of The Marriage of Figaro, and the nobility of The Magic Flute into one powerful parable of love and friendship, vengeance and mercy.

Australian tenor Steve Davislim makes his Glyndebourne debut as Tito, with Alice Coote as Vitellia and Kate Lindsey as Sesto.

Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

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Thursday 3 Aug 20176:00pm (LIVE VIA SATELLITE)

RSC LIVE: Titus Andronicus (TBC)

RSC Live: Titus Andronicus

The decay of Rome reaches violent depths in Shakespeare’s most bloody play.

Titus is a ruler exhausted by war and loss, who relinquishes power but leaves Rome in disorder. Rape, cannibalism and severed body parts fill the moral void at the heart of this corrupt society.

Shakespeare’s gory revenge tragedy presents us with murder as entertainment, and, as the body count piles up, poses questions about the nature of sexuality, family, class and society.

Blanche McIntyre returns to the RSC to direct Shakespeare’s brutal revenge tragedy after her debut directing The Two Noble Kinsmen (2016).

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Wednesday 9 Aug 20177:00pm (LIVE VIA SATELLITE)

NT LIVE: Yerma (15)

The incredible Billie Piper (Penny Dreadful, Great Britain) returns in her Evening Standard Best Actress award-winning role. A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in Simon Stone’s radical production of Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece. The unmissable theatre phenomenon sold out at the Young Vic and critics call it ‘an extraordinary theatrical triumph’ (The Times) and ‘stunning, searing, unmissable’ (Mail on Sunday). Billie Piper’s lead performance is described as ‘spellbinding’ (The Evening Standard), ‘astonishing’ (iNews) and ‘devastatingly powerful’ (The Daily Telegraph). Set in contemporary London, Piper’s portrayal of a woman in her thirties desperate to conceive builds with elemental force to a staggering, shocking, climax. Please note that this broadcast does not have an interval.

***** "Brutal yet ferociously funny"- Metro

***** "Billie Piper makes a shattering Yerma in Simon Stone’s inspired reworking of Lorca" - The Observer

***** "A shatteringly powerful reinvention of a familiar classic" - The Independent

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Thursday 31 Aug 20177:00pm (LIVE VIA SATELLITE)
Tuesday 5 Sep 20178:00pm (ENCORE)

John le Carré - An Evening with George Smiley (12A)

Broadcast live from London's Royal Festival Hall, join us for a unique celebration of John le Carré’s work as he discusses the full breadth of his career, and reflects on the continuing story of his most famous creation, the tubby, bespectacled spy, George Smiley.

Featuring readings from his new novel A Legacy of Spies, and a rare question and answer session, this will be an unmissable opportunity to experience the author direct and in his own words.

With a rare question and answer session, this will be an unmissable opportunity to experience one of the foremost chroniclers of our age, direct and in his own words.

In support of MSF, the leading emergency medical humanitarian aid organisation, John le Carré is donating his speaker’s fee, and the producers of the live cinema broadcast, The Ink Factory, are donating their share of the profits to the charity.

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Thursday 7 Sep 20177:45pm (LIVE VIA SATELLITE)

David Gilmour Live at Pompeii

45 years after Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour filmed ‘Live At Pompeii’ in the legendary Roman Amphitheatre there, he returned for two spectacular shows, part of his year-long tour in support of his No.1 album ‘Rattle That Lock’. The performances were the first-ever rock concerts for an audience in the stone Roman amphitheatre, and, for two nights only, the 2,600 strong crowd stood exactly where gladiators would have fought in the first century AD.

‘David Gilmour Live At Pompeii’ is an audio-visual spectacle, featuring lasers, pyrotechnics and a huge circular screen on which specially-created films complement selected songs, but paramount above all is the astonishing music and stellar performances from an all-star band. The show includes songs from throughout David's career, as well as many Pink Floyd classics, including 'One Of These Days', the only song that was also performed at the band’s 1971 show.

Both concerts also saw very special performances of 'The Great Gig In The Sky' from 'The Dark Side Of The Moon', which David rarely plays as a solo artist. This concert performance film includes highlights from both shows, filmed in 4k by director Gavin Elder.  ‘David Gilmour Live At Pompeii’ shows an artist at the top of his artistic game, performing incredible material with his world-class band, in a unique setting, on one very special occasion.

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Wednesday 13 Sep 20178:30pm

Carmen on the Lake (12A)

On 14 September, experience Carmen like never before – recorded live on the floating stage of Lake Constance in Bregenz, Austria. Bizet’s classic tale of passion, obsession and destiny is sure to captivate your heart with its beautiful Spanish melodies, spectacular staging and innovative use of the lake’s water as an extension of the stage.

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Thursday 14 Sep 20177:00pm (LIVE VIA SATELLITE)

ROH LIVE: The Magic Flute (12A)

Sung in German with English subtitles

Mozart’s glorious opera The Magic Flute is brought enchantingly to life in David McVicar’s production with beautiful sets by John Macfarlane.

Prince Tamino promises the Queen of the Night that he will rescue her daughter Pamina from the enchanter Sarastro. He begins his quest, accompanied by the bird-catcher Papageno but all is not as it seems...

David McVicar’s classic production embraces both the seriousness and comedy of Mozart’s work. The audience is transported to a fantastical world of dancing animals, flying machines and dazzlingly starry skies. The setting provides a wonderful backdrop for Mozart’s kaleidoscopic score, from the Queen of the Night’s coloratura fireworks to Tamino and Pamina’s lyrical love duets and Papageno’s hearty, folksong-like arias.

Directed by David McVicar

Starring Roderick Williams, Siobhan Stagg, Mauro Peter

Conductor Julia Jones

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Wednesday 20 Sep 20177:15pm (LIVE VIA SATELLITE)

ROH LIVE: La Bohème (2017) (12A)

Sung in Italian with English subtitles

When Rodolfo, a penniless poet, meets Mimì, a seamstress, they fall instantly in love. But their happiness is threatened when Rodolfo learns that Mimì is gravely ill.

Acclaimed director Richard Jones (Boris Godunov, Il trittico) directs a new production of Puccini’s La bohème. Irresistible in its witty, passionate blend of comedy and tragedy, the opera focusses on the lives of a group of young artists as they eke out an existence on the bohemian fringes of Paris, the capital of the 19th century. Jones brings his characteristically acute insight to this much-loved classic, visualized in Stewart Laing’s spectacular, stylized 1850s setting.

Puccini’s romantic depiction of bohemian Paris, with memorable music and a love story drawn from everyday life, has captivated audiences around the world, making La bohème one of the best-loved of all operas. It was first performed in Covent Garden in 1897 and has had more than five hundred performances there since.

Directed by Richard Jones

Starring Nicole Car, Michael Fabiano, Mariusz Kwiecien

Conductor Antonio Pappano

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Tuesday 3 Oct 20177:15pm (LIVE VIA SATELLITE)

RSC LIVE: Coriolanus

Broadcast live from RSC.

A full-throttle war play that revels in the sweat of the battlefield, Coriolanus transports us back to the emergence of the republic of Rome.

Caius Martius Coriolanus is a fearless soldier but a reluctant leader. His ambitious mother attempts to carve him a path to political power, but he struggles to change his nature and do what is required to achieve greatness. In this new city state struggling to find its feet, where the gap between rich and poor is widening every day, Coriolanus must decide who he really is and where his allegiances lie.

Rome Season Director, Angus Jackson, completes the Royal Shakespeare Company’s collection of Shakespeare’s Roman plays with a visceral production which sees Sope Dirisu (One Night in Miami, Donmar Warehouse, 2016) take on the title role.

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Wednesday 11 Oct 20177:00pm (LIVE VIA SATELLITE)

ROH LIVE: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (12A)

Live Ballet broadcast via satellite from the ROH

At a garden party on a sunny afternoon, Alice is surprised to see her parents’ friend Lewis Carroll transform into a white rabbit. When she follows him down a rabbit hole events become curiouser and curiouser... As Alice journeys through Wonderland, she encounters countless strange creatures. She’s swept off her feet by the charming Knave of Hearts, who’s on the run for stealing the tarts. Confusion piles upon confusion. Then Alice wakes with a start. Was it all a daydream?

Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland burst onto the stage in 2011 in an explosion of colour, stage magic and inventive, sophisticated choreography. Joby Talbot’s score combines contemporary soundworlds with sweeping melodies that gesture to ballet scores of the 19th century. Bob Crowley’s wildly imaginative, eye-popping designs draw on everything from puppetry to projections to make Wonderland wonderfully real.

Choreography by Christopher Wheeldon

Music by Joby Talbot

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Monday 23 Oct 20177:15pm (LIVE VIA SATELLITE)

ROH LIVE: The Nutcracker (2017) (12A)

Live ballet broadcast via satellite from the ROH

The young Clara creeps downstairs on Christmas Eve to play with her favourite present a Nutcracker doll. But the mysterious magician Drosselmeyer is waiting to sweep her off on a magical adventure. After defeating the Mouse King, the Nutcracker and Clara travel through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy treats them to a wonderful display of dances. Back home, Clara thinks she must have been dreaming – but doesn’t she recognize Drosselmeyer’s nephew?

Peter Wright’s nigh-on definitive production for The Royal Ballet ranks as one of the most enduring and enchanting versions of The Nutcracker. With its festive period setting, dancing snowflakes and enchanting stage magic, Lev Ivanov’s 1892 ballet has become the perfect Christmas entertainment, with Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous, sugar-spun music the most recognizable of all ballet scores.

Loosely based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, the ballet opens with a lively Christmas party, its Victorian setting captured in opulent detail by Julia Trevelyan Oman’s designs. Wright’s choreography ingeniously incorporates surviving fragments of the ballet’s original material, including the sublime pas de deux for the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince. But in emphasizing the relationship between Clara and the Nutcracker Prince, the production also gains a touching subtext of first love.

Choreography by Peter Wright and Lev Ivanov

Music by Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky

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Tuesday 5 Dec 20177:15pm (LIVE VIA SATELLITE)

ROH LIVE: Rigoletto (12A)

Sung in Italian with English subtitles

The corruption of innocence is at the heart of Verdi’s potent tragedy in David McVicar’s production for The Royal Opera.

Rigoletto, court jester to the libertine Duke of Mantua, is cursed by the father of one of the Duke’s victims for his irreverent laughter. When the Duke seduces Rigoletto’s daughter Gilda, it seems the curse is taking effect...

David McVicar’s production highlights the cruelty at the heart of the court of Mantua. Richly dressed courtiers engage in orgies and revelries to Verdi’s heady, spirited dances. The opera’s many musical highlights include the ebullient ‘La donna è mobile’, in which the Duke boasts of his disregard for women; Gilda’s exquisite, plangent duets with Rigoletto and the Duke; and the gorgeous Act III quartet that beautifully weaves the voices together as the story quickens to its shattering conclusion.

Giuseppe Verdi wrote in 1855 that Rigoletto was his ‘best opera’. He had had to overcome state censorship to stage it the censors objected to its depiction of an immoral ruler but he was vindicated by the premiere’s huge success in 1851. Rigoletto was performed 250 times in the next 10 years and has remained one of the most popular of all operas.

Directed by David McVicar

Starring Dimitri Platanias, Lucy Crowe, Michael Fabiano

Conductor Alexander Joel

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Tuesday 16 Jan 20187:15pm (LIVE VIA SATELLITE)

ROH LIVE: Tosca (12A)

Sung in Italian with English subtitles

Tosca is one of the great evenings of opera, and from its strident opening chords conjures up a world of political instability and menace.

Jonathan Kent’s production for The Royal Opera captures the dangerous political turbulence of Rome in 1800. The Chief of Police, Scarpia – one of the most malevolent villains in opera – ruthlessly pursues and tortures enemies of the state. His dark, demonic music contrasts with the expansive melodies of the idealistic lovers, Tosca and Cavaradossi, who express their passion in sublime arias, including ‘Vissi d’arte’ and ‘E lucevan le stelle’. Giacomo Puccini’s dramatic work was a hit with audiences on its 1900 premiere and it remains one of the most performed of all operas – with its gripping plot and glorious music, it’s easy to see why.

A candle-lit church, Scarpia’s gloomy study with its hidden torture chamber and the false optimism of a Roman dawn: this handsome production throws into relief the ruthlessly taut drama, as the tension is wound up towards a fateful conclusion. Puccini’s meticulously researched score is infused with the same authentic detail, from distant cannon fire during the Act I Te Deum to tolling church bells and the sounds of a firing squad.

Directed by Jonathan Kent

Starring Adrianne Pieczonka, Joseph Calleja, Gerald Finley

Conductor Dan Ettinger

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Wednesday 7 Feb 20187:15pm (LIVE VIA SATELLITE)

ROH LIVE: The Winter's Tale (12A)

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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

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Wednesday 28 Feb 20187:15pm (LIVE VIA SATELLITE)

ROH LIVE: Carmen (12A)

Sung in French with English subtitles

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

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Tuesday 6 Mar 20186:45pm (LIVE VIA SATELLITE)

ROH Live: Bernstein Centenary (12A)

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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

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Tuesday 27 Mar 20187:15pm (LIVE VIA SATELLITE)

ROH LIVE: Macbeth (12A)

Sung in Italian with English subtitles

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

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Wednesday 4 Apr 20187:15pm (LIVE VIA SATELLITE)

ROH LIVE: Manon (12A)

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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

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Thursday 3 May 20187:15pm (LIVE VIA SATELLITE)

ROH LIVE: Swan lake (2018) (12A)

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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

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Tuesday 12 Jun 20187:15pm (LIVE VIA SATELLITE)