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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! 

INDIA ON FILM: Hotel Salvation [PG]

Wed 27 Sep 2pm & 7.30pm

Muki Bhawan is a film based on relationships and family written and directed by Shubhashish Bhutiani and produced by Sanjay Bhutiani. The film stars Adil Hussain and Lalit Behl in the lead roles 102 mins 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! 
NT Live ENCORE: Hamlet [12A]

Thu 5 Oct 7pm

Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy.

Now seen by over 750,000 people worldwide, the original 2015 NT Live broadcast returns to cinemas.

As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state. Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions. Tickets: £16/£15/£14 plus Club member discounts available Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online! 
Loving Vincent & LIVE Q & A from the National Gallery [15]

Monday 9 Oct 7pm

On 9th October we are proud to bring you a special event. The worlds first oil painted feature film, Loving Vincent with a LIVE Q&A from the National Gallery and the BFI London Film Festival!

The life and controversial death of Vincent van Gogh as told by his paintings and by the characters that inhabit them. Beginning a year after his demise, this portrait of the artist is built via a series of interviews conducted by Armand Roulin (Douglas Booth) – a regular model for the artist’s portraits – who becomes obsessed with van Gogh’s death, caused by a bullet wound to the stomach. Was it an accident? Was it suicide? LOVING VINCENT sets out to explore one of art’s great mysteries.

LOVING VINCENT stars Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn, Chris O’Dowd, Oscar-nominee Saoirse Ronan, Aidan Turner, Helen McCrory, Eleanor Tomlinson and John Sessions.

The film will be followed by a Q&A with directors Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman and special guests, live from the National Gallery. 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! 
Daphne [Rating TBC]

Fri 13 Oct 8pm

Daphne's life is hectic, and she is entrenched in the daily rush of her restaurant job and an active nightlife full of new faces. She is the life of the party, but her acerbic humor hides the fact that deep down Daphne is not happy. She is forced to confront the inevitability of a much needed change in her life after she saves a shopkeeper's life when he gets stabbed during a failed robbery attempt Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online! 
Jane Austen 200: Devon 

Sun 15 Oct from 3pm

On 15 October a special event marking 200 years of Jane Austen will be taking place at The Watermark. Two films of the extraordinary work of the novelist Jane Austen, one of which is filmed partially in Devon, will be shown to coincide with the launch of the new £10 note which she features on. Between the films there will also be a short talk and Q and A session with an expert from the National Jane Austen Society, and a delicious supper. All for two Jane Austen £10 notes (£20!)

This is the first event at The Watermark in conjunction with The Writing Lab [www.thewritinglab.co.uk].  Both are committed to providing an opportunity for people to come together and celebrate, enjoy, discuss and discover all manner of artistic delights. We are also committed to making the arts accessible to all and hope to achieve this through an exciting programme of film, talks and Q and A panels facilitated by passionate and knowledgeable people

Sense & Sensibility [U] 1995 When Elinor Dashwood's (Emma Thompson) father dies, her family's finances are crippled. After the Dashwoods move to a cottage in Devonshire, Elinor's sister Marianne (Kate Winslet) is torn between the handsome John Willoughby (Greg Wise) and the older Colonel Brandon (Alan Rickman). Meanwhile, Elinor's romantic hopes with Edward Ferrars (Hugh Grant) are hindered due to his prior engagement. Both Elinor and Marianne strive for love while the circumstances in their lives constantly change 131 mins

Followed by a short talk, Q & A and supper

Love & Friendship [U] In the 18th century, the seductive and manipulative Lady Susan (Kate Beckinsale) uses devious tactics to win the heart of the eligible Reginald De Courcy (Xavier Samuel)
Churchill [PG]

Wed 18 Oct 2pm & 7.30pm 

Tensions mount for beleaguered British Prime Minister Winston Churchill as D-Day nears in June 1944. Fearful of repeating past mistakes, Churchill is reluctant to embark on the large-scale campaign that the entire war effort hinges upon. Clashing with his political opponents, the troubled leader receives unwavering support from his devoted wife, Clementine. With strength and shrewdness, she tries to prevent his physical, mental and spiritual collapse while inspiring him to achieve greatness. With Brian Cox in the title role 96 mins
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! 
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword [12A] 

Wed 25 Oct 2pm & 7.30pm

After the murder of his father, young Arthur's power-hungry uncle Vortigern seizes control of the crown. Robbed of his birthright, he grows up the hard way in the back alleys of the city, not knowing who he truly is. When fate leads him to pull the Excalibur sword from stone, Arthur embraces his true destiny to become a legendary fighter and leader. Directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Charlie Hunnam 126 mins
My Cousin Rachel [12A] 

Wed 1 Nov 2pm & 7.30pm 

Philip is a young Englishman who finds his cousin Ambrose dead after traveling to Florence, Italy. He vows revenge against Ambrose's missing wife Rachel, blaming her for his untimely demise. When Philip meets Rachel for the first time, his mood suddenly changes as he finds himself falling for her seductive charm and beauty. As his obsession for her grows, Rachel now hatches a scheme to win back her late husband's estate from the unsuspecting Philip. Starring Rachel Weisz 104 mins Some scenes filmed locally at The Flete Estate 
NT Live: Follies [As live 12A]

Thu 16 Nov 7pm

Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas.

New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves.

Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, it’s directed by Dominic Cooke (The Comedy of Errors).

Winner of Academy, Tony, Grammy and Olivier awards, Sondheim’s previous work includes A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd and Sunday in the Park with George.  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! 
Oscar Wilde Season LIVE: A Woman of No Importance 

Tue 28 Nov 7.15pm

An earnest young American woman, a louche English lord, and an innocent young chap join a house party of fin de siècle fools and grotesques. Nearby a woman lives, cradling a long buried secret. Wilde’s marriage of glittering wit and Ibsenite drama create a vivid new theatrical voice.

‘One can survive everything nowadays, except death, and live down anything except a good reputation’

A Woman of No Importance is directed by Dominic Dromgoole and stars Olivier award winner Eve Best (A Moon for the Misbegotten and Hedda Gabler), Eleanor Bron (Help!, Alfie), William Gaunt (King Lear, The Crucible) and Anne Reid (Last Tango in Halifax)  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! 

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! 

NT Live ENCORE: Cat On A Hot Tin Roof 

Thu 22 Feb 2018 7.30pm

Tennessee Williams’ twentieth century masterpiece Cat on a Hot Tin Roof played a strictly limited season in London’s West End in 2017. Following his smash hit production of A Streetcar Named Desire, Benedict Andrews’ ‘thrilling revival’ (New York Times) stars Sienna Miller alongside, Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney.

On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. Brick and Maggie dance round the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real – and which will win out? 

★★★★ 
"A bold reimagining…innovative and powerfully acted"  
Sunday Times

★★★★ 
"A brilliant, lacerating account of the play… unforgettable"  
The Independent

★★★★ 
"Miller and O’Connell get to a raw and naked truth"  
The Metro 

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!