Juliette Binoche stars as Isabelle, a divorced single mother and artist looking for true love, in the new romantic comedy directed by Claire Denis (Beau Travail, White Material), adapted from Roland Barthes' 'A Lover's Discourse'.
Lily James plays free-spirited writer Juliet Ashton, who forms a life-changing bond with the delightful and eccentric Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, when she decides to write about the book club they formed during the occupation of Guernsey in WWII.
Directed by Mike Newell, the film also stars Glen Powell (Everybody Wants Some, Hidden Figures), Matthew Goode (The Imitation Game, Downton Abbey), Jessica Brown Findlay (Victor Frankenstein, Downton Abbey) and Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd, The Boat That Rocked) with Tom Courtenay (45 Years, Doctor Zhivago) and Penelope Wilton (The BFG, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel).
When a young widow is raped and and her cattle are stolen, she fights back and kills several of her attackers. She embarks on a journey of redemption and empowerment, but the ghost of one of the men she killed returns to haunt her.
Director: Mouly Surya
Writers: Rama Adi, Garin Nugroho
Stars: Egy Fedly, Dea Panendra, Yoga Pratama
When Rio de Janeiro Meets Bahia
A NIGHT DEDICATED TO COMPOSERS FROM RIO DE JANEIRO AND BAHIA
Mario Bakuna and his trio will show you on this night aspects and peculiarities between these two historical and very important places. In Brazil there was always this question: and the samba, was born in Bahia or Rio de Janeiro?
Mario Bakuna - Acoustic Guitar, Trumpet and Vocal
Felippe Oliveira - Bass
Tristan Banks - Drums
Mario Bakuna is a London-based Brazilian composer, singer and guitar player, with over fiftteen years of professional experience. He is a graduate of the Free University of Music in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Whilst there he studied with musicians such as: Olmir Stocker, Roberto Sion and Roberto Bomilcar (pianist who played with Frank Sinatra during his visit to Brazil).
Mario has worked alongside the trombonist Itacir Bocato, guitarist Renato Consorte, and other big names from the São Paulo music scene.
His study focusses on the development of an instrumental music repertoire; inspired by the greats of Jazz and Bossa Nova.
In addition to developing new arrangements of music by enshrined Brazilian artists as Tom Jobim, Paulo Moura, and João Donato, in recent years he has been focussing to reinterpretations of Samba Jazz - a music that emerged in Rio de Janeiro in the 50s and was pioneered by musicians like Luiz Eça, Tamba Trio, Edson Machado, among others. Their repertoire was based on Brazilian standards with more sophisticated harmonies, inspired on the post-Bossa Nova movement.
Recently, he travelled to Europe to expand his research, and since moving to London, he has been performing alongside musicians such as: Jean Toussaint, Liam Noble, Roberto Manzin, Ricardo dos Santos, Edmundo Carneiro, Cacau Queiroz, Alain Jean Marie, Filó Machado, and Andrew McCormack.
A group of German construction workers start a tough job at a remote site in the Bulgarian countryside. The foreign land awakens the men's sense of adventure, but they are also confronted with their own prejudice and mistrust due to the language barrier and cultural differences. The stage is quickly set for a showdown when men begin to compete for recognition and favor from the local villagers.
"One of the films of the year has arrived – maybe the best of the year – a work of unmatched subtlety, complexity and artistry. It is about tension and transgression, and yet also succeeds in evoking a pure and miraculous calm."
Director: Valeska Grisebach
Writer: Valeska Grisebach
Stars: Meinhard Neumann, Reinhardt Wetrek, Syuleyman Alilov Letifov
Moll (Jessie Buckley, TABOO, WAR AND PEACE) is 27 and still living at home, stifled by the small island community around her and too beholden to her family to break away. When she meets Pascal, a free-spirited stranger, a whole new world opens up to her and she begins to feel alive for the first time, falling madly in love. Finally breaking free from her family, Moll moves in with Pascal (Johnny Flynn, CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA, LOVESICK) to start a new life. But when he is arrested as the key suspect in a series of brutal murders, she is left isolated and afraid.
Choosing to stand with him against the suspicions of the community, Moll finds herself forced to make choices that will impact her life forever.
"British director Michael Pearce makes a commanding feature debut with this psychological drama-thriller that puts an eerily windswept island location to fine use and features an excellent lead performance from Jessie Buckley, whose open, intelligent face transmits thought and feeling with piercing clarity."
PETER BRADSHAW - THE GUARDIAN
We are delighted to offer a preview screening of Beast, with director Michael Pearce introducing the film.
24th of April - Prompt 7pm start.
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
A new 4K restoration of The Old Dark House, the chilling lost classic from the director of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man & The Bride of Frankenstein.
Frankenstein director James Whale turned J.B. Priestley’s novel Benighted into a nerve-jangling tale that became the template for all spooky-house chillers to come. Stranded travellers stumble upon a strange old house, and find themselves at the mercy of a highly eccentric and potentially dangerous family. This atmospheric thriller features an unforgettable post-Frankenstein horror role for Boris Karloff, as the hulking, disfigured butler Morgan. Also starring in early-career roles are Melvin Douglas, Charles Laughton, Raymond Massey and Gloria Stuart of Titanic.
"A masterly mixture of macabre humour and gripping suspense” – Time Out New York
“Glorious. See this horror classic on a big screen again” – Edgar Wright (Baby Driver, Shaun of the Dead)
"The greatest of all horror films. Nothing better in this vein has ever been done, before or since" - Classics of the Horror Film
BBC Award winning singer-pianist, broadcaster and comedian, Shaw, performs solo at one of his fave North London venues.
This is a show, packed with stories and songs about the highs and lows of love and renewal.
From classic American Songbook through Joni, Bowie, Cohen and Shaw's razor-sharp originals, this intimate show at this fabulous venue will lift the hardest heart.
"There is no one like Shaw. Tears and aching laughter, poppy jazz and gobby politics always on the menu" Time Out
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
MARY AND THE WITCH’S FLOWER is a sublime blend of magic and fantasy that will sweep audiences along with its charming, heartfelt adventure. Combining rollicking action, appealing characters and a thrilling story with the unique richness, art and animation of Studio Ghibli-style storytelling, MARY AND THE WITCH’S FLOWER reveals a magical world of a school for witches – but the strangely sinister school is no Hogwarts, and our heroine is not even a witch!
"An utterly bewitching delight"
"A stirring adventure"
The Hollywood Reporter
‘Funny Cow’ charts the rise to stardom of a female comedienne through the 1970’s and 1980’s. It is set against the backdrop of working men’s clubs and the stand-up comedy circuit of the North of England.
From her troubled childhood to her turbulent adult relationships, the Funny Cow uses the raw material of her life experiences to bring her unique style of comedy to the stage. A stand-up comedienne in an all-male world, ‘Funny Cow’ delivers tragedy and comedy in equal measure.
Maxine Peake plays the role of a lifetime as ‘Funny Cow’ with Tony Pitts as her violent soul mate ‘Bob’, Paddy Considine acts as her middle class lover ‘Angus’ and Stephen Graham plays her brother ‘Mike’.
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.
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.
2A Films returns to Art House with a rare screening of Billy Wilder’s Kiss Me, Stupid (1964). A caustic and sometimes melancholy farce of sex and marital infidelity, Kiss Me, Stupid is an underrated classic from the director of Sunset Boulevard (1950), Some Like It Hot (1959) and The Apartment (1960).
Dean Martin stars as a thinly disguised version of himself (‘Dino’), a philandering Rat Pack-style singer who is stranded in the small town of Climax, Nevada. Here is taken under the wing of Orville Spooner (Ray Walston), a struggling songwriter who lives with his young wife Zelda (Felicia Farr). Orville hopes to persuade Dino to perform one of his songs, but he is convinced that Dino will seduce Zelda. He decides to solve the problem by recruiting local waitress ‘Polly the Pistol’ (Kim Novak) to pose as Zelda.
Acerbic and sexually frank, Kiss Me, Stupid caused an uproar when it was released and was even condemned by the Catholic League of Decency. Decried by many as immoral and tasteless, it was defended by critic Joan Didion, who described it as a ‘profoundly affecting film’, ‘suffused with the despair of an America many of us prefer not to know.’
Join us at Art House to discover this funny, twisted, and bittersweet film, with an introduction from curator Iris Veysey.
KISS ME, STUPID © 1964 METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER STUDIOS INC. AND PHALANX PRODUCTIONS, INC.. All Rights Reserved
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 fifth Wangabout to the good people of Crouch End. This months Wangers will include:
Multi-award winning FELICITY WARD as seen in her own BBC special 'Live at the BBC'. Also seen on Mock the Week, The John Bishop Show, Russell Howard's Good News and heard on countless radio shows!
★★★★★ The Mirror, The List, One4Review, Funny Women, Nine More Than None and Fresh Air
★★★★ The Times, The Guardian, The Herald, The Sunday Times, Chortle, Time Out, Edinburgh Festivals, Three Weeks, TV Bomb, The Skinny, Beyond The Joke, Broadway Baby, Fest Mag and WOW247
Winner of the 2018 Chortle Comedy Award for the Event of the Year and not one, but TWO Barry Awards ADAM LARTER
"raucous anarchy" Chortle
"admirably silly, and occasionally slightly hazardous" Fest
Plus rising star, Liberty Hodes
And our incredible headliner this month is double Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and host of BBC2's The Mash Report NISH KUMAR
As seen on QI, Live at the Apollo, Mock The Week, Have I Got News For You, The John Bishop show and many, many more.
‘If you like your comedy to be intelligent, inventive, thought-provoking and delivered with a passion, urgency and enthusiasm that makes an hour feel like a fantastic ten minutes, then you’re going to love Nish Kumar’s show… a truly impressive piece of stand-up from a comic in full control of his material and onstage persona’ ★★★★★ Time Out
“With his combination of book smarts, righteous passion and sardonic wit, Nish Kumar is the Asian answer to John Oliver” ★★★★ Chortle
Line ups may be subject to change
A single mother shows us the consequences of closing America’s doors to families fleeing war. With no answer to her application for resettlement in the US, and every other path to safety closed off, a smuggler’s raft to Europe was the only way out.
8 Borders, 8 Days is her story; the intimate details of why a fiercely-determined mother is willing to risk her children’s lives for a better future and an immersive experience of their eight-day journey to safety.
We will be joined by Director Amanda Bailly (other guests tbc) for an after screening Q&A.
Not to be missed.
DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Amanda Bailly
CAST:Sham, Yaman, Eylan (Lulu)
CO-WRITER: Joseph Singer
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Amr Kokash
ORIGINAL MUSIC: Anthony Sahyoun
EDITOR: Joseph Singer
ANIMATOR: Kalika Kharkar Sharma
ILLUSTRATOR: Diala Brisly
SOUND: Cedric Kayem
COLOR: Belal Hibri
Tango 44 celebrates the explosive dance music of Argentina in a programme of tango and popular classics – Tanguero Passion.
Tango is passion, tango is nostalgia, tango is the allure of Buenos Aires; the danger of porteño knife fights, of broken hearts, and the dance that embodies it. More than any other dance style, tango is the soul of Argentina, and more than any other composer, Astor Piazzolla is the intensity of tango.
The programme features works that have made Piazzolla a household name and taken the world by storm – Libertango, Oblivion, and the Four Seasons, but audiences love other music too – the wondrous Ave Maria, the ebullient Pampeanas and the Demare and Mores standards Malena and Uno .
Relive the early days of tango in Buenos Aires, come and listen to our blend of the moving, heart stopping Argentine dance music.
Corina Piatti - vocalist
Jonathan Truscott - violin
Pavlos Carvalho - cello
Mark Troop - piano
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
Madama Butterfly (live from Glyndebourne)
Madama Butterfly is a classic love story that never fails to move, a tragicromance that sweeps you along in the intensity of its action.
When an innocent young Geisha meets an American naval officer she falls instantly and deeply in love. Giving up her family and her faith, she risks all in marriage to the dashing Lieutenant Pinkerton. But her fragile happiness cannot last. Soon love turns to abandonment and betrayal, and Butterfly is forced to make one final, agonising sacrifice.
Bursting with exotic colour and memorable melodies, Puccini’s seductive score conceals a dramatic blade that cuts to the heart. Blending authentic Japanese music with luscious European harmonies and orchestration, the opera is an irresistible fusion of East and West.
Praised by critics as a ‘thoughtful, provocative staging’ and a ‘scathing study of exploitation’,
Annilese Miskimmon’s production updates the action to the 1950s. This post-war setting brings to the fore the darker elements of Puccini’s story. Little wonder that this opera has inspired numerous contemporary adaptations and reimaginings, including the hit musical Miss Saigon.
‘The emotional impact of the piece is devastating.’★★★★ Stage
Sung in Italian with English subtitles. Broadcast live from Glyndebourne.
Also on screen this summer: the critically acclaimed 2015 production of Handel’s Saul and the rare opportunity to see Samuel Barber’s Pulitzer prize-winning opera from the age of Hitchcock, Vanessa.
Conductor Omer Meir Wellber
Director Annilese Miskimmon
Designer Nicky Shaw
Cio-Cio-San Olga Busuioc
Suzuki Elizabeth DeShong
Lieutenant B F Pinkerton Joshua Guerrero
London Philharmonic Orchestra
The Glyndebourne Chorus
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.
George Frideric Handel
Saul (Recorded live at Glyndebourne in 2015)
David has vanquished the giant Goliath, but not everyone rejoices in his victory. Jealous of the young warrior, King Saul turns against him, descending into violent, destructive madness
that forces his children to choose between loyalty and love, tearing both a family and a nation apart.
Handel’s vision of a Lear-like king is astonishing in its psychological complexity, offering a musical portrait of mental collapse few have since matched. Combined with thrilling
choruses that exploit the virtuosic potential of their singers, exquisite arias and bold orchestration filled with unusual instruments, it creates a Biblical drama of truly
Barrie Kosky’s blazingly original and visually spectacular staging of Handel’s oratorio pairs baroque music with contemporary choreography and lavish designs to create an enthralling theatrical fusion of old and new.
‘This magical, mesmerising new production of [Handel’s] Old Testament-inspired oratorio has the wow factor in spades – music-theatre at its knockout best.’ ★★★★★ Daily Mail
Sung in English with English subtitles. Recorded live at Glyndebourne in 2015.
Also on screen this summer: the world-renowned tale of Puccini’s heartbreaking Madama Butterfly (live) and the rare opportunity to see Samuel Barber’s Pulitzer prize-winning opera from the age of Hitchcock, Vanessa.
Conductor Laurence Cummings
Director Barrie Kosky
Designer Katrin Lea Tag
Saul/Apparition of Samuel Markus Brück
David Iestyn Davies
Jonathan Allan Clayton
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
The Glyndebourne Chorus
Vanessa (live from Glyndebourne)
A rare opportunity to see Barber’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work – opera from the age of Hitchcock, with an atmospheric score and tense, psychological twists. Abandoned by her lover Anatol, Vanessa retreats from the world, waiting and hoping with only her mother and her niece Erika for company. But when, 20 years later, Anatol’s handsome young son arrives unexpectedly, he shatters the calm of this shuttered household
of women. Past and present love collides, and the aftershocks threaten to destroy them all.
An operatic thriller from the age of Hitchcock, Samuel Barber’s Pulitzer Prize-winning first opera boasts one of the 20th century’s most beautiful scores. Poised constantly on the edge of song, Vanessa unfolds in generous swathes of melody, rich in filmic strings and soaring brass, with echoes of Puccini, Berg and Strauss. It climaxes in a final quintet of Mozartean
poignancy – one of the great ensembles of the contemporary repertoire.
Seldom performed in the UK, this is a rare opportunity to see Barber’s heart-breaking domestic drama. Olivier Award-winning director Keith Warner makes his much-anticipated
Glyndebourne debut with this production, which promises to bring out the psychological tensions that sit just below the surface of this charged work.
Sung in English with English subtitles. Broadcast live from Glyndebourne.
Conductor Jakub Hrůša
Director Keith Warner
Designer Ashley Martin-Davis
Vanessa Emma Bell
Erika Virginie Verrez
The Old Baroness Doris Soffel
London Philharmonic Orchestra
The Glyndebourne Chorus
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…