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Dunkirk [12A]

Wed 20 Dec 7.30pm & Fri 22 Dec 2pm

In May 1940, Germany advanced into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. Under air and ground cover from British and French forces, troops were slowly and methodically evacuated from the beach using every serviceable naval and civilian vessel that could be found. At the end of this heroic mission, 330,000 French, British, Belgian and Dutch soldiers were safely evacuated. An all star cast including Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Harry Styles. 106 mins  Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online!
FAMILY CINEMA: The Muppet Christmas Carol [U]

Sat 23 Dec 10.30am

The Muppets perform the classic Dickens holiday tale, with Kermit the Frog playing Bob Cratchit, the put-upon clerk of stingy Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine). Other Muppets -- Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie Bear and Sam the Eagle -- weave in and out of the story, while Scrooge receives visits from spirits of three Christmases -- past, present and future. They show him the error of his self-serving ways, but the miserable old man seems to be past any hope of redemption and happiness. 85 mins All tickets £5 and include refreshments   Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online!
The Florida Project [15]

Wed 10 Jan 2pm & 7.30pm

Warm, winning, and gloriously alive, Sean Baker’s The Florida Project is a deeply moving and unforgettably poignant look at childhood. Set on a stretch of highway just outside the imagined utopia of Disney World, The Florida Project follows six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince in a stunning breakout turn) and her rebellious mother Halley (Bria Vinai, another major discovery) over the course of a single summer. The two live week to week at “The Magic Castle,” a budget hotel managed by Bobby (a career-best Willem Dafoe), whose stern exterior hides a deep reservoir of kindness and compassion. Despite her harsh surroundings, the precocious and ebullient Moonee has no trouble making each day a celebration of life, her endless afternoons overflowing with mischief and grand adventure as she and her ragtag playmates—including Jancey, a new arrival to the area who quickly becomes Moon’s best friend—fearlessly explore the utterly unique world into which they've been thrown. Unbeknownst to Moonee, however, her delicate fantasy is supported by the toil and sacrifice of Halley, who is forced to explore increasingly dangerous possibilities in order to provide for her daughter. 109 mins  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! 
Victoria & Abdul [PG]

Wed 24 Jan 2pm & 7.30pm

Abdul Karim arrives from India to participate in Queen Victoria's golden jubilee. The young clerk is surprised to find favor with the queen herself. As Victoria questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance that her household and inner circle try to destroy. As their friendship deepens, the queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes, joyfully reclaiming her humanity. Starring Judi Dench 112 mins   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! 

Borg vs McEnroe [15]


Wed 31 Jan 2pm & 7.30pm

It's the summer of 1980 and Björn Borg (Sverrir Gudnason) is the top tennis player in the world, dominating the sport both on and off the court. A powerful and rigorously disciplined player, there is only one obstacle in his pursuit of a record-breaking fifth Wimbledon championship: the highly talented but ferociously abrasive young American, John McEnroe (a perfectly cast Shia LaBeouf). With three days until the tournament begins, Borg trains religiously in his lavish Monaco home, aided by his coach and mentor Lennart (Stellan Skarsgård) and girlfriend Mariana (Tuva Novotny). But McEnroe's explosive confidence and wrecking-ball persona continue to infiltrate Borg's ice-cool and normally unshakable temperament. With each man the antithesis of the other, both players delve into their formative memories as the climactic tournament draws near and anticipation reaches fever pitch. Visceral and breathlessly tense, the match itself - regarded as one of the greatest of all time - would mark the pinnacle of the 'Fire and Ice' rivalry between Borg and McEnroe; an exhilarating battle of personalities that set the world of tennis alight. 108 mins 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! 

Oscar Wilde Season LIVE: Lady Windermere's Fan

Tue 20 Mar 2018 7.15pm

The day of Lady Windermere’s birthday party, and all is perfectly in order. Until her friend Lord Darlington plants a seed of suspicion. Is her husband having an affair? And will the other woman really attend the party?

‘You gave me this fan today; it was your birthday present. If that woman crosses my threshold, I shall strike her across the face with it’

Award-winning director Kathy Burke (The Quare Fellow and Once a Catholic) has brought together a talented comedic cast. Samantha Spiro, playing Mrs Erlynne, won an Olivier Award for her performance in Merrily We Roll Along at the Donmar Warehouse. Kevin Bishop will play Lord Darlington, having recently starred in one-man show Fully Committed at the Menier Chocolate Factory and Once In A Lifetime at the Young Vic.

Comedian, screenwriter and actor Jennifer Saunders guest stars as the Duchess of Berwick, marking her return to the West End stage for the first time in over twenty years. Jennifer is best known for writing and starring in the sketch show French and Saunders and the BBC sitcom Absolutely Fabulous, which won international acclaim, a BAFTA and an Emmy.

Classic Spring is a new theatre company, formed by Dominic Dromgoole (former Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre) to celebrate the bold and ground breaking work of proscenium playwrights in the architecture for which they wrote 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! 

RSC Live: ENCORE Macbeth

Wed 2 May 2018 7pm

Shakespeare’s psychological thriller marks Christopher Eccleston’s RSC debut and Niamh Cusack’s return to the company. “SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES...”

Returning home from battle, the victorious Macbeth meets three witches on the heath. Driven by their disturbing prophecies, he sets out on the path to murder.

Our contemporary production of Shakespeare’s darkest psychological thriller marks both Christopher Eccleston’s RSC debut and the return of Niamh Cusack to the company  Tickets: £13/£12/£11 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! 

NT Live: Macbeth [12A]

Thu 10 May 2018 7pm

By William Shakespeare, Directed by Rufus Norris. The ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war. Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are propelled towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness. Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedy, directed by Rufus Norris (The Threepenny Opera, London Road), will see Rory Kinnear (Young Marx, Othello) and Anne-Marie Duff (Oil, Suffragette) return to the National Theatre to play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Tickets: £13/£12/£11 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! 

Berliner Philharmoniker Live: Sir Simon Rattle's Farewell Concert (LIVE)

Wed 20 Jun 2018 6.30pm

The Berliner Philharmoniker orchestra conducted by Sir Simon Rattle for the last time.

On 14 November 1987, a promising conductor called Simon Rattle made his Berliner Philharmoniker debut with Gustav Mahler’s Sixth Symphony. Looking back Rattle says, I felt that I was finding my voice on that day. Mahler’s multifaceted work is again on the programme when Sir Simon appears for the last time as chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker Tickets: £13/£12/£11 plus Club member discounts available Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online! 

RSC Live: Romeo and Juliet

Wed 18 Jul 2018 7pm

What if your first true love was someone you’d been told you must hate?

Set in a world very like our own, this Romeo and Juliet is about a generation of young people born into violence and ripped apart by the bitter divisions of their parents.

The most famous story of love at first sight explodes with intense passion and an irresistible desire for change, but leads all too quickly to heartbreaking consequences. Tickets: £16/£15/£14 plus Club member discounts available Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online! 

RSC Live: The Merry Wives of Windsor
Wed 12 Sep 2018 7pm

The only way is Windsor in this new production of Shakespeare's merry comedy.

Down on his luck in the suburbs, John Falstaff plans to hustle his way to a comfortable retirement by seducing the wives of two wealthy men. Unknown to him, it’s the women of Windsor who really pull the strings, orchestrating Falstaff’s comeuppance amidst a theatrical smorgasbord of petty rivalries, jealousies and over-inflated egos. For a fat Englishman, a Welshman and a Frenchman, the only way is Windsor...

David Troughton returns to the Company as John Falstaff, following his recent title role in Titus Andronicus and Gloucester in King Lear Tickets: £16/£15/£14 plus Club member discounts available Buy tickets in person, on 01752 892220 or online!