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Live: 30 Years Of André Rieu & His Orchestra 

Sun 23 Jul 3pm 

Known to millions as ‘The King of Waltz’, André Rieu is one of the world’s most popular music artists. His legendary annual Maastricht concert is the most eagerly anticipated cinema event of the year, last year setting new box office records in several countries. Set against the stunning medieval backdrop of the town square in André’s Dutch hometown, the spectacular Maastricht concert features the maestro in his element, along with his 60-piece Johann Strauss Orchestra, sopranos, tenors and very special guests. André delivers an unforgettable musical experience full of humor, fun and emotion for all ages. This presentation of André Rieu’s 2017 Maastricht Concert in Cinemas features host Charlotte Hawkins, who conducts an interview with André Rieu the moment he steps off stage, exclusively for cinema audiences. This year is a very special year because it is exactly 30 years ago that André Rieu started his Johann Strauss Orchestra in his home town of Maastricht. From a small group of musicians rehearsing in the classroom of André’s son’s primary school to stadiums and concert halls around the world - what a journey it has been! Take a front row seat and experience this spectacular musical event on the big screen. Enjoy backstage access, interviews with André and his special guests, musical favourites and much, much more, exclusive to cinema. For a truly unforgettable cinematic experience, please join André and his Orchestra in their hometown of Maastricht for 2 days only on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd July at the ‘2017 Maastricht Concert’ to ‘Celebrate 30 years of André and his Johann Strauss Orchestra’. Tickets: £16/£15/£14/£13 plus Club member discounts available Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online! 

Hidden Figures [PG] 

Wed 26 Jul 2pm & 7.30pm

As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history.  Starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer & Janelle Monáe 127 mins   Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online! 

FAMILY CINEMA: Beauty and the Beast [PG] 

Thu 27 Jul 10.30am & 2pm 

Disney's animated classic takes on a new form, with a widened mythology and an all-star cast. A young prince, imprisoned in the form of a beast, can be freed only by true love. What may be his only opportunity arrives when he meets Belle, the only human girl to ever visit the castle since it was enchanted. Starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens & Luke Evans 129 mins All tickets £5 including refreshments  Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online! 

NT Live: Angels in America Part 2 Perestoika [As live 15]

Thu 27 Jul 2017 7pm

America in the mid-1980's. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration New Yorker's 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) an Russell Tovey (The Pass) 

The new staging of Tony Kushner's multi-award winning two-part play 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  Tickets: £16/£15/£14 plus Club member discounts available Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online! 

FAMILY CINEMA: The Boss Baby [U]

Wed 2 Aug 10.30am

A new baby's arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator -- a wildly imaginative 7-year-old named Tim. The most unusual Boss Baby (Alec Baldwin) arrives at Tim's home in a taxi, wearing a suit and carrying a briefcase. The instant sibling rivalry must soon be put aside when Tim discovers that Boss Baby is actually a spy on a secret mission, and only he can help thwart a dastardly plot that involves an epic battle between puppies and babiesl 93 mins All tickets £5 which includes refreshments  Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online! 
Viceroy's House [12A]

Wed 2 Aug 2pm & 7.30pm

The final Viceroy of India, Lord Mountbatten, is tasked with overseeing the transition of British India to independence, but meets with conflict as different sides clash in the face of monumental change. An all star cast including Hugh Bonneville, Michael Gambon, Gillian Anderson and Simon Callow 104 mins  Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online!  
FAMILY CINEMA: The Lego Batman [U] 

Wed 9 Aug 10.30am 

There are big changes brewing in Gotham, but if Batman (Will Arnett) wants to save the city from the Joker's (Zach Galifianakis) hostile takeover, he may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up. Maybe his superhero sidekick Robin (Michael Cera) and loyal butler Alfred (Ralph Fiennes) can show him a thing or two  104 mins All tickets £5 which includes refreshments    Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online! 
The Time Of Their Lives [12A]

Wed 9 Aug 2pm & Thu 10 Aug 7.30pm

A former Hollywood star (Joan Collins) leaves her London retirement home with a friend to go to her ex-husband's funeral in France. On the way, the two women get romantically involved with a Frenchman. Also starring Pauline Collins 104 mins  Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online! 
RSC Live: Titus Andronicus

Wed 9 Aug 7pm

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 after her debut directing The Two Noble Kinsmen (2016) Tickets: £16/£15/£14 plus Club member discounts available Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online! 

The Time Of Their Lives [12A] 

Thu 10 Aug 7.30pm  (see 9 Aug for details)

FAMILY CINEMA: The Smurfs - The Lost Village [U]

Wed 16 Aug 10.30am 

Best friends Smurfette (Demi Lovato), Brainy (Danny Pudi), Clumsy (Jack McBrayer) and Hefty (Joe Manganiello) use a special map that guides them through the Forbidden Forest, an enchanted wonderland that's filled with magical creatures. Their adventure leads them on a course to discover the biggest secret in Smurf history as they race against time and the evil wizard Gargamel (Rainn Wilson) to find a mysterious village 91 mins All tickets £5 which includes refreshments   Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online! 
Going In Style [12A]

Wed 16 Aug 2pm & 7.30pm

Lifelong buddies Willie (Morgan Freeman), Joe (Michael Caine) and Albert (Alan Arkin) decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow when their pension funds become a corporate casualty. Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, the three men risk it all by embarking on a daring adventure to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money 96 mins  Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online!
FAMILY CINEMA: Storks [U]

Wed 23 Aug 10.30am

Storks deliver babies -- or at least they used to. Now, they deliver packages for a global internet retail giant. Junior (Andy Samberg), the company's top delivery stork, lands in hot water when the Baby Factory produces an adorable but wholly unauthorized girl. Desperate to deliver this bundle of trouble, Junior and his friend Tulip (Katie Crown), the only human on Stork Mountain, race against time to make their first baby drop before the boss (Kelsey Grammer) finds out 92 mins  All tickets £5 which includes refreshments    Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online! 
Their Finest [12A]

Wed 23 Aug 2pm & 7.30pm

In 1940, a married woman (Gemma Arterton) and a screenwriter (Sam Claflin) develop a growing attraction while working together on a propaganda film about the evacuation of Allied troops from Dunkirk, France 114 mins  Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online! 
FAMILY CINEMA: Pete's Dragon [PG]

Wed 30 Aug 10.30am 

Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford), a woodcarver, delights local children with stories of a mysterious dragon that lives deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. His daughter Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard) believes these are just tall tales, until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley), a 10-year-old orphan who says he lives in the woods with a giant, friendly dragon. With help from a young girl named Natalie (Oona Laurence), Grace sets out to investigate if this fantastic claim can be true  All tickets £5 which includes refreshments    Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online! 
The Sense Of An Ending [15]

Wed 30 Aug 2pm & 7.30pm

A business owner (Jim Broadbent) reunites with his first love (Charlotte Rampling) after a letter and a diary force him to confront the past 106 mins    Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online! 

NT Live: Yerma [As Live:15]

Thu 31 Aug 7pm 

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

Tickets: £16/£15/£14 plus Club member discounts available Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online! 

John le Carré - An Evening With George Smiley [12A]

Thu 7 Sep 7.45pm 

In aid of Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors without Borders (MSF)

Broadcast live from London's Royal Festival Hall, join us for a celebration of one of the world’s greatest writers as he shares the secrets behind the creation of his most beloved character.

From his extraordinary Cold War novels – such as The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – to his powerful descriptions of the arms trade in The Night Manager, and the War on Terror in A Most Wanted Man, the writing of John le Carré has come to define the last half century. In this one-off event, the author discusses the full breadth of his career, and reflects on the continuing story of his most famous creation, the tubby, bespectacled spy, George Smiley.

Coinciding with the publication date of his new novel, A Legacy of Spies, the event will include readings from the book by the author. The novel sees the return of some of le Carré’s most iconic Cold War characters, including George Smiley and his trusted lieutenant, Peter Guillam, as their past comes back to claim them in the present. 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. Tickets: £16/£15/£14 plus Club member discounts available Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online! 

ROH Live ENCORE: The Magic Flute (Opera)

Sun 24 Sep 2pm

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. 

As well as being a comedy the Magic Flute is an expression of Mozart's profound spiritual beliefs. Enlightenment concerns with the search for wisdom and virtue are at the heart of this enchanting tale. The Magic Flute was an instant success with audiences and Mozart's supposed rival Salieri described it as an 'operone' - a great opera   Tickets: £16/£15/£14 plus Club member discounts available Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online! 

Exhibition on Screen: Canaletto and the Art of Venice

Thu 28 Sep 7.30pm & Thu 19 Oct 2pm 

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN open its fifth season with Canaletto & the Art of Venice, an immersive journey into the life and art of Venice’s famous view-painter.

No artist better captures the essence and allure of Venice than Giovanni Antonio Canal, better known as Canaletto. Despite Canaletto’s close relationship with the city in which he lived and died, the world’s largest collection of his works resides not in his native Italy, but in Britain as part of the Royal Collection. In 1762, George III purchased almost the entire collection amassed by Joseph Smith, British Consul in Venice and Canaletto’s principal agent.

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN’s latest release will grant unique access to the Royal Collection’s exceptional holdings of Canaletto’s work, much of which is on display as part of the exhibition Canaletto & the Art of Venice at The Queen’s Gallery (19 May – 12 November). The remarkable group of over 200 paintings, drawings and prints on display offer unparalleled insight into the artistry of Canaletto and his contemporaries, and the city he became a master at capturing. The film also offers the chance to step inside two official royal residences – Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle – to learn more about the artist, and Joseph Smith, the man who introduced Canaletto to Britain.

From London, Canaletto & the Art of Venice will travel to the great Italian city to explore the origins of Canaletto’s art. Whilst appearing to be faithful representations of the city, Canaletto’s skill came from his manipulation of reality. He moved buildings around or opened up vistas to create the perfect composition, and his paintings of Venice were highly sought after by Grand Tourists. His playful imagination extended into a new genre in which he excelled. The ‘capriccio’ combined real and fantasy architecture into imagined views. In this sense, Canaletto is more than a topographical artist – he is a master storyteller.

Cinema-goers will embark on their very own 21st century Grand Tour, visiting the sites enjoyed by their 18th century counterparts and immortalised in Canaletto’s views – from the Rialto Bridge to the Piazza San Marco, and the Palazzo Ducale to the Church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo. Guided by Royal Collection Trust curators and the world’s leading experts in Venetian history, the film is not only a wonderful way to see the exhibition, but an opportunity to get closer to Canaletto and the city that inspired him  Tickets: £13/£12/£11 Club Member discounts available  Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online! 

ROH Live: La bohéme (Opera)

Tue 3 Oct 7.15pm

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

Acclaimed director Richard Jones (Boris Godunov, Il trittico) directs a new production of Puccini's La bohéme. Irresistible in it's witty passionate blend of comedy and tragedy, the opera focuses 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 1850's 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 bohéme one of the best loved operas. It was first performed in Covent Garden in 1897 and has had more than five hundred performances there since  Tickets: £16/£15/£14 plus Club member discounts available Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online! 

RSC Live: Coriolanus 

Wed 11 Oct 7pm

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 our 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 Tickets: £16/£15/£14 plus Club member discounts available Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online! 

Exhibition on Screen: Canaletto and the Art of Venice
Thu 19 Oct 2pm (see 28 Sep for details)

ROH Live: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Ballet) 

Mon 23 Oct 7.15pm 

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 Heats who's on the run for stealing the tarts. Confusion  piles upon confusion. The Alice wakes up 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 gestures the ballet scores of 19th century. Bob Crowley's wildly imaginative, eye-popping designs draw on everything from puppetry to projections to make the Wonderland wonderfully real. 

Alice encounters a cast of extraordinary and instantly recognizable characters from the highly strung Queen of Hearts - who performs a hilarious send-up of The Sleeping Beauty's famous Rose Adage - to a playing card corps de ballet, a sinuous caterpillar and a tap-dancing Mad hatter. But the ballet does not avoid the darker undercurrents of Lewis Carroll's story a nightmareish kitchen, an eerily disembodies Cheshire Cat and the unhinged tea party are all here in vivid detail. The delicious result shows The Royal Ballet at it's best, bringing together world-class dance with enchanting family entertainment Tickets: £16/£15/£14 plus Club member discounts available Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online! 

Exhibition on Screen: David Hockney at the Royal Academy of Art

Thu 23 Nov 7.30pm

Widely considered Britain’s most popular artist, David Hockney is a global sensation with exhibitions in London, New York, Paris and beyond, attracting millions of visitors worldwide. Now entering his 9th decade, Hockney shows absolutely no evidence of slowing down or losing his trademark boldness.

Featuring intimate and in-depth interviews with Hockney, this revealing film focuses on two blockbuster exhibitions held in 2012 and 2016 at the Royal Academy of Art in London. Director Phil Grabsky secured privileged access to craft this cinematic celebration of a 21st century master of creativity. Tickets: £13/£12/£11 Club Member discounts available  Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online! 
ROH Live: The Nutcracker (Ballet)

Tue 5 Dec 7.15pm

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 though 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 recognise 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 it's 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, it's Victorian setting captured in detail by Julia Trevelya Oman's designs. Wright's choreography ingeniously incorporates surviving fragments of the ballet's original material, including the sumblime 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. Tickets: £16/£15/£14 plus Club member discounts available Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online! 

NT Live: Young Marx [As live 12A]

Thu 7 Dec 7pm

Rory Kinnear (The Threepenny Opera, Penny Dreadful, Othello) is Marx and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night, Green Wing) is Engels, in this new comedy written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London, the production is directed by Nicholas Hytner and reunites the creative team behind Broadway and West End hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors.

1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Broke, restless and horny, the thirty-two-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy. Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures. His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair at his wasted genius, his only hope is a job on the railway. But there’s still no one in the capital who can show you a better night on the piss than Karl Heinrich Marx £16/£15/£14 plus Club member discounts available Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online! 

ROH Live: Rigoletto (Opera)

Tue 16 Jan 2018 7.15pm

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

Rigoletto court jester to the libertine Duke of Mantua, is cursed by his 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 reveries to Verdi's heady, spirited dances. The opera's many musical highlights include the ebullient 'La donna é 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.

Guiseppe 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 success in 1851. Rigoletto was performed 250 times in the next 10 years and has remained one of the most popular of all operas Tickets: £16/£15/£14 plus Club member discounts available Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online! 

Exhibition on Screen: Cézanne - Portraits of Life

Thu 25 Jan 2018  7.30pm & Thu 1 Feb 2018 2pm

Exhibition on Screen is thrilled to present one of the most talked about exhibitions of the year. Dedicated to the portrait work of Paul Cézanne, the exhibition opens in Paris before traveling to London and Washington.

One can’t appreciate 20th century art without understanding the significance and genius of Paul Cézanne. Featuring interviews with curators and experts from the National Portrait Gallery London, MoMA New York, National Gallery of Art Washington, and Musée d’Orsay Paris, and correspondence from the artist himself, the film takes audiences beyond the exhibition to the places Cézanne lived and worked and sheds light on an artist who is perhaps the least known of all the impressionists – until now. Filmed in Paris, London, Washington and the south of France Tickets: £13/£12/£11 Club Member discounts apply  Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online! 

ROH Live: Tosca (Opera)

Wed 7 Feb 2018 7.15pm 

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

Jonathan Kent's production for The Royal Opera House 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 researched taut drama, as the tension is wound up towards the 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 Tickets: £16/£15/£14 plus Club member discounts available Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online! 

RSC Live: Twelfth Night

Wed 14 Feb 2018 7pm

'I am all the daughters of my father's house,
And all the brothers too.'

Twelfth Night is a tale of unrequited love – hilarious and heartbreaking. Twins are separated in a shipwreck, and forced to fend for themselves in a strange land. The first twin, Viola, falls in love with Orsino, who dotes on OIivia, who falls for Viola but is idolised by Malvolio. Enter Sebastian, who is the spitting image of his twin sister...

Christopher Luscombe, Director of the ‘glorious’ (Daily Telegraph) Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing (2014 and 2016), returns to tackle Shakespeare’s greatest comedy, a brilliantly bittersweet account of "the whirligig of time". Tickets: £16/£15/£14 plus Club member discounts available Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online! 

ROH Live: The Winters Tale (Ballet)

Wed 28 Feb 2018 7.15pm

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.  Tickets: £16/£15/£14 plus Club member discounts available Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online! 

ROH Live: Carmen (Opera)

Tue 6 Mar 2018 6.45pm

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.  Tickets: £16/£15/£14 plus Club member discounts available Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online! 

NT Live: Julius Caesar [As live 12A]

Thu 22 Mar 2018 7pm 

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.  Tickets: £16/£15/£14 plus Club member discounts available Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online! 

ROH Live: Berstein Centenary (Ballet)

Tue 27 Mar 2018 7.15pm

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.  Tickets: £16/£15/£14 plus Club member discounts available Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online! 

Exhibition on Screen ENCORE: Vincent Van Gogh - A New Way Of Seeing 

Thu 29 March 2pm & 7.30pm 

WITH EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO THE VAN GOGH MUSEUM AMSTERDAM Explore the dramatic story and iconic work of the world’s most beloved artist

Enjoying complete and unprecedented access to the treasures of Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum, this is a brilliant film about one of the world’s most fascinating and beloved artists. Made in collaboration with the experts at the Van Gogh Museum, the film marks both a major re-showing of the gallery’s collection and a celebration of the 125th anniversary of Van Gogh’s death.

“ A revolutionary ‘gallery’ experience” Canberra Times

Experience the wonder of seeing Van Gogh’s legendary masterpieces on the big screen, in high definition, while specially invited guests, including world-renowned curators and art historians, offer their interpretations and explanations of his work.

“Enlightening, engaging, absorbing and riveting” View London

With exclusive new research revealing incredible recent discoveries, the Van Gogh Museum has helped craft a cinema experience like no other and a fresh and gripping new biography.

Not to be missed. Tickets: £13/£12/£11 plus Club member discounts available Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online! 



ROH Live: Macbeth (Opera)

Wed 4 Apr 2018 7.15pm

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’.  Tickets: £16/£15/£14 plus Club member discounts available Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online! 

ROH Live: Manon (Ballet)

Thu 3 May 2018 7.15pm

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.  Tickets: £16/£15/£14 plus Club member discounts available Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online! 

Exhibition on Screen ENCORE - I, Claude Monet

Thu 24 May 2018 2pm & 7.30pm 

From award-winning director Phil Grabsky comes this fresh new look at arguably the world’s favourite artist – through his own words.

Based on over 2500 letters and narrated by Henry Goodman, I, Claude Monet reveals new insight into the man who not only painted the picture that gave birth to impressionism but who was perhaps the most influential and successful painter of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Monet’s life is a gripping tale about a man who, behind his sun-dazzled canvases, suffered from feelings of depression, loneliness, even suicide. However as his art developed and his love of gardening led to the glories of his Giverny garden, his humour, insight and love of life are revealed.

Shot on location throughout Europe at the very spots he painted, I, Claude Monet is a fresh and intimate cinematic exploration of some of the most loved and iconic scenes in western art. Tickets: £13/£12/£11 plus Club member discounts available Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online! 

ROH Live: Swan Lake (Ballet)


Tue 12 Jun 2018 7.15pm

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 fl ock 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 fi rst 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. Tickets: £16/£15/£14 plus Club member discounts available Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online!