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Hacksaw Ridge [15]

Tue 23 May 2pm & 7.30pm 

WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people, and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot. directed by Mel Gibson and starring Andrew Garfield 136 mins   Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online!

Lion [PG]

Fri 26 May 2pm & 7.30pm

A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family. Adapted from the book "A Long Way Home" and starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman 118 mins Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online! 
FAMILY CINEMA: Sing [U] 

Wed 31 May 10.30am

In a city of humanoid animals, a hustling theater impresario's attempt to save his theater with a singing competition becomes grander than he anticipates even as its finalists' find that their lives will never be the same. With the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson and Seth MacFarlene 108 mins Tickets: £5 which include refreshments Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online! 
Jackie [15]

Wed 31 May 2pm (2pm screening with subtitles for hard of hearing) & 7.30pm 

Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband's historic legacy. Starring Natalie Portman and Peter Sarsgaard 97 mins Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online! 
Britain on Film: Black Britain [12A]

Thu 1 Jun  10.30am relaxed screening, 2pm & 7.30pm 

The third programme from Britain on Film on Tour explores the vital history of black Britain throughout the 20th century.

Bringing together films spanning 1901 to 1985 and taken from many different regions of the UK, it offers incredibly rare, little-seen and valuable depictions of black British life on screen.

Watch miners in the collieries of Edwardian Lancashire and Yorkshire; and soldiers from across the Empire joining the services to fight for King and 'mother country' in World War I. See rare colour footage of multi-racial Cardiff in 1957, a Nigerian wedding in Cornwall in 1964, and touching interviews with black school leavers in 1965; witness growing racial tensions on a Liverpool housing estate and in New Cross, London; communities in search of their roots and partying on the streets of Notting Hill during Carnival.

Revealing new voices from across a century of vast and turbulent social change in the UK, Britain on Film: Black Britain is not just an important educative tool - offering audiences the chance to explore stories of migration, community and the struggle against inequality - but also an opportunity to celebrate vivid black British life and culture on screen 91 mins Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online! 
Manchester By The Sea [15] 

Wed 7 Jun 2pm & Thu 8 Jun 7.30pm 

An uncle is obliged to return home to care for his nephew after his brother dies. Not knowing that he has been named guardian, he struggles with the decision. Throughout the movie he recounts past memories that caused him to leave Manchester and distance himself from his past. Starring Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams 134 mins Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online! 

ROH (Live): The Dream / Symphonic Variations / Marguerite and Armand

Wed 7 Jun 2017 7.15pm

The Royal Ballet brings its celebrations of 70 years at the Royal Opera House to a close with a mixed programme of works by its Founder Choreographer Frederick Ashton Tickets: £16/£15/£14 plus Club member discounts available Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online! 

Berliner Philmarmoniker LIVE

Fri 9 Jun 2017

The rousing finalé with charismatic conductor Gustavo Dudamel leading the orchestra in an exciting and diverse programme including Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 in E minor 'From The New World' Tickets: £16/£15/£14 plus Club member discounts available Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online! 
NT Live: Peter Pan 

Sat 10 Jun 2017 2pm

★★★★★
‘Spellbindingly imaginative. A dazzling production.’
Radio Times

All children, except one, grow up…

Captured live at the National Theatre, a recorded performance of JM Barrie’s much-loved tale screens in cinemas this summer.

When Peter Pan, leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow, headstrong Wendy helps him to reattach it. In return, she is invited to Neverland, where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook await. A riot of magic, music and make-believe ensues.

A delight for children and adults alike, Sally Cookson (NT Live: Jane Eyre) directs this wondrously inventive production, a co-production with Bristol Old Vic theatre  Tickets: £13/£12/£11 plus Club member discounts available Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online! 

RSC Live Encore Antony & Cleopatra


Wed 14 Jun 2017 7pm

Following Caesar’s assassination, Mark Antony has reached the heights of power. Now he has neglected his empire for a life of decadent seduction with his mistress, Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. Torn between love and duty, Antony’s military brilliance deserts him, and his passion leads the lovers to their tragic end.

Iqbal Khan returns to the RSC to direct, following his critically acclaimed productions of Othello (2015) and Much Ado About Nothing (2012) Tickets: £16/£15/£14 plus Club member discounts available Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online! 

Exhibition on Screen: Michelangelo Love and Death

Thu 15 Jun 2017 7.30pm

To coincide with a glorious new exhibition at the National Gallery of London, this film offers a full and fresh biography of Michelangelo who, with Leonardo, is considered one of the greatest artists of the Renaissance - and perhaps of all time. This film explores his relationship with his contemporaries and his immense artistic practice which included painting, sculpture and architecture. Not least the universally adored David in Florence, the Sistine Chapel in Rome and the Manchester Madonna (today at the National Gallery).

This major new film goes to the heart of just who was this tempestuous, passionate but much loved genius.  Tickets: £13/£12/£11 plus Club member discounts available Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online! 
Loving [12A]

Wed 21 Jun 7.30pm & Thu 22 Jun 2pm  (2pm screening with subtitles for hard of hearing)  

The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose arrest for interracial marriage in 1960s Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court's historic 1967 decision. Starring Ruth Negga & Joel Edgerton 123 mins  Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online! 

NT Live: Salomé

Thu 22 Jun 2017 7pm

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

ROH (Live): Otello

Wed 28 June 2017 7.15pm 

Antonio Pappano conducts a new production of Verdi’s thrilling Shakespeare-inspired opera directed by Keith Warner, starring Jonas Kaufmann and Gregory Kunde in the title role. Tickets: £16/£15/£14 plus Club member discounts available Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online! 

The Founder [12A]

Thu 29 Jun 2pm & 7.30pm

The story of Ray Kroc, a salesman who turned two brothers' innovative fast food eatery, McDonald's, into one of the biggest restaurant businesses in the world with a combination of ambition, persistence, and ruthlessness. Starring Michael Keaton 113 mins Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online!

Britain on Film: Coast & Sea

Wed 19 Jul 10.30am relaxed, 2pm & 7.30pm

Let’s go to the seaside! Travel round our gorgeous, varied coast, filmed throughout the 20th century from 1901 to 1978, in our fourth programme from Britain on Film on Tour.

Take a nostalgic promenade to classic British holiday resorts including Weston-super-Mare, Morecambe and Skegness, a visit to Butlin’s in Brighton and 1930s surfing in Newquay, while a 1947 information film cleverly undercuts travel clichés by showing how Dover, a traditional tourist town, is remaking itself after heavy bombings during WWII.

Enjoy a lush travelogue around the coast via Claude Friese-Greene’s wonderfully re-coloured footage, as eloquent as a painting. Learn about lifeboats via the RNLI’s brisk, engaging promotional film; the private life of seabirds in Julian Huxley’s pioneering, Oscar-winning short film, a triumph of early environmentalism and explore the world of shipbuilding with the construction of the SS Olympic. All the while, in the background: the shimmering sea Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online!

NT Live: Angels in America Part 1 Millennium Approaches [As live 15]

Thu 20 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)  Tickets: £16/£15/£14 plus Club member discounts available Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online! 

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! 

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! 

RSC Live: Titus Andronicus

Wed 9 Aug 2017 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! 

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! 

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! 

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! 

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! 

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! 

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! 

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! 

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! 

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!