A Farewell to Arms (PG)

A Farewell to Arms

Showing here at the Forum as part of the Hexham Abbey Festival.


Based on the best-selling 1929 novel by Ernest Hemingway, Frank Borzage’s Oscar-winning film adaptation of the tragic Great War romance stars an impossibly handsome Gary Cooper as the somewhat cynical Lieutenant Frederic Henry, an American enlisted in the Italian army to drive ambulances during the war.


Through his doctor friend, Rinalidi (Adolphe Manjou), he meets Catherine Barkley (Helen Hayes), an English nurse whose fiancé was killed at the Somme. What starts as a flirtatious and casual encounter soon develops into something much deeper – but can their passion survive the terrible consequences of the war? A hugely popular film when it was first released in 1932, A Farewell to Arms was nominated for four Oscars and won for Best Cinematography (Charles Lang) and Best Sound (Franklin Hansen and Harold Lewis).

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Sunday 30 Sep 201815:00 Book Now

Aesthetica Short Films 2018 (18)

Aesthetica Short Films 2018

We're excited to be screening a selection of the best short films from this year's Aesthetica Short Film Festival.


Featuring 12 short films from all over the world, including the Academy Award winning The SIlent Child - about a deaf four-year old girl who lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker teaches her the gift of communication.


Other short films include For Real Tho - a French story of a group of teenagers who gather at night to make a film, Homeland - an ironic caricature of life in the Flemish suburbs and Hiwa - an Irish film about a man who wakes from a coma speaking an unreognisable language.


There will be a 15 minute interval but feel free to come and go between short films as you like.

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Tuesday 28 Aug 201819:30 Book Now (FREE)

Bolshoi Ballet: Carmen Suite/ Petrushka (TBC)

Bolshoi Ballet: Carmen Suite/ Petrushka

Carmen is as passionate and free-spirited as ever as she finds herself caught in a love triangle. The passionate one act ballet by Cuban choreographer Alberto Alonso originally conceived for legendary Bolshoi prima ballerina Maya Plisetskaya will captivate audiences alongside Petrushka, a new creation for the Bolshoi by contemporary choreographer Edward Clug, in an evening encapsulating the soul of Russian Ballet.


Carmen Suite

Music: Georges Bizet and Rodion Shchedrin

Choreography: Alberto Alonso

Libretto Alberto Alonso after: Carmen de Prosper Mérimée


Petrushka

Music: Igor Stravinsky

Choreography: Edward Clug


Cast: The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet

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Sunday 19 May 201916:00 Book Now (LIVE)

Bolshoi Ballet: La Bayadere (TBC)

Bolshoi Ballet: La Bayadere

The temple dancer Nikiya and the warrior Solor fall deeply in love, giving way to heated passions, and murderous intrigues when the Rajah and his daughter Gamzatti discover their forbidden love.  La Bayadere is one of the greatest works classical ballet history – a story of love, death and vengeful judgement set in India. Dazzling sets, costumes, and one of the most iconic scenes in ballet, the “Kingdom of the Shades,” illuminate the tragic tale of the temple dancer Nikiya’s doomed love for the warrior Solor, and their ulimate redemption. A must-see!


Music: Léon Minkus

Choreography: Yuri Grigorovich

Libretto after: Marius Petipa and Sergei Khudekov


Cast: The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet

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Sunday 20 Jan 201915:00 Book Now (LIVE)

Bolshoi Ballet: La Sylphide (TBC)

Bolshoi Ballet: La Sylphide

On the day of his wedding, the young Scotsman James is awoken with a kiss from an ethereal winged creature, a Sylph. Entranced by her beauty, James risks everything to pursue an unattainable love… La Sylphide is one of the world’s oldest surviving ballets, and a treasure in the Danish Bournonville style.  Restaged for the Bolshoi by Bournonville expert Johan Kobborg, this production is the ultimate romantic masterpiece.


Music: Herman Severin Løvenskiold

Choreography: Johan Kobborg after August Bournonville

Libretto Adolphe Nourrit and Filippo Taglioni


Cast: The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet

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Sunday 11 Nov 201815:00 Book Now (LIVE)

Bolshoi Ballet: The Nutcracker (TBC)

Bolshoi Ballet: The Nutcracker

On Christmas Eve, Marie’s Nutcracker doll magically transforms into a prince and their wonderful adventure begins. The holiday classic returns to the majestic Bolshoi stage for a live broadcast of a timeless story, The Nutcracker, taking audiences of all ages on a magical journey through a world of enchantment complete with dancing snowflakes and dolls that have come to life, accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s beloved score.


Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Choreography: Yuri Grigorovich

Libretto: Yuri Grigorovich


Cast: The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet

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Sunday 23 Dec 201815:00 Book Now (LIVE)

Bolshoi Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty (TBC)

Bolshoi Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty

The Princess Aurora falls  under the curse of the Evil Fairy Carabosse on her sixtenth birthday, falling  into a deep slumber of one hundred years. Only the kiss of a prince could break the spell. A resplendent fairytale ballet perfomed by the Bolshoi, The Sleeping Beauty features  scores of magical characters including fairies, the Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots, and a beautiful young Princess Aurora performed by Olga Smirnova, a “truly extraordinary talent” (The Telegraph). This is classical ballet at its finest.


Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Choreography: Yuri Grigorovich

Libretto after: Ivan Vsevolojski and Marius Petipa


Cast: Olga Smirnova (Princess Aurora), Semyon Chudin (Prince Désiré), Alexei Loparevich (The Evil Fairy Carabosse), Yulia Stepanova (The Lilac Fairy), Vitaly Biktimirov (Catalabutte), Artemy Belyakov (Bluebird), Anastasia Denisova (Princess Florine)


Captured live on Jan. 22, 2017

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Sunday 10 Mar 201915:00 Book Now (RECORDED)

Disney’s Christopher Robin (PG)

Disney’s Christopher Robin

In the heartwarming live action adventure Disney’s Christopher Robin, the young boy who embarked on countless adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood with his band of spirited and lovable stuffed animals, has grown up and lost his way. Now it is up to his childhood friends to venture into our world and help Christopher Robin remember the loving and playful boy who is still inside.


Starring Ewan McGregor and directed by Marc Forster (Finding Neverland, The Kite Runner).

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Friday 24 Aug 201814:00 Book Now
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Flushed Away (U)

Flushed Away

From the creators of Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Run and Early Man, and with voice work from Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet and Sir Ian McKellan, Flushed Away (2006) returns for Kids Club!


Flushed Away is the story of an uptown rat that gets flushed down the toilet from his penthouse apartment, ending in the sewers of London, where he has to learn a whole new and different way of life.

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Saturday 25 Aug 201811:30 Book Now (KIDS CLUB)

Footloose (12A)

Footloose

To celebrate the upcoming release of Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! we've added a screening of one of our favourite feel-good musical films this summer.


Kick off your Sunday shoes and join us for a screening of Footloose (1984) on Friday 24th August!


There'll be music and drinks in Scott's before the screening to get you in the musical mood.


Moving in from Chicago, newcomer Ren McCormack (Kevin Bacon) is in shock when he discovers the small Midwestern town he now calls home has made dancing and rock music illegal. As he struggles to fit in, Ren faces an uphill battle to change things. With the help of his new friend, Willard Hewitt (Christopher Penn), and defiant teen Ariel Moore (Lori Singer), he might loosen up this conservative town. But Ariel's influential father, Reverend Shaw Moore (John Lithgow), stands in the way.

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Friday 24 Aug 201819:30 Book Now

Funny Girl - The Musical (TBC)

Funny Girl - The Musical

Following its record-breaking, sell-out run in London’s West End and national tour, the critically-acclaimed musical Funny Girl comes to a cinema near you, featuring Sheridan Smith in “an unforgettable star turn” (The Times). Funny Girl is semi-biographical, based on the life and career of Broadway star, film actress and comedienne Fanny Brice (a role made famous by Barbara Streisand on Broadway and in the 1968 film adaptation), and her stormy relationship with entrepreneur and gambler Nick Arnstein.

Praised by critics as having “irresistible charm, wit and warmth” (Metro), and hailing Sheridan Smith as “the greatest star by far” (The Daily Telegraph), Funny Girl features a host of iconic and timeless musical numbers including “People,” “I’m the Greatest Star,” and “Don’t Rain On My Parade.”

Hilarious, glorious, and ‘exhilarating’ (The Independent), don’t miss this sensational production from the comfort of your local cinema seat.


Directed by: Michael Mayer

Starring: Sheridan Smith, Darius Campbell


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Wednesday 24 Oct 201819:30 Book Now

Geordie Jazz Man (15)

Geordie Jazz Man

Join us for a one-off screening of Geordie Jazz Man, with live music from Jazz trio Swing Bridge in Scott's and a chance to meet the filmmaker, Abi Lewis, after the film.


Well known internationally as Geordie Jazz Man, Keith Crombie was a mystery to many of his Jazz Cafe patrons in Newcastle upon Tyne, England and, like King Canute, refused to bow to the changing musical tides or even the ageing process.


A man who would refuse you entry on a whim, a hard man feared from his past though a lover of women - he was the epicentre of a band of similar brothers, musicians, thespians, and alcoholics – the pride of Newcastle Jazz from the 1950's to now.


Aside from running an eccentric battered Jazz club, Keith’s past included going to school with two of the Shadows, a brief career as a getaway driver, dealings with the Krays and choosing to book the Rolling Stones over the Beatles. Eric Burdon, Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick Junior and Prince Charles all feature.


For decades he refused to be filmed, granting me access because I’m his goddaughter. This film celebrates the man, the Jazz movement but mainly a never say die contrary spirit that Keith Crombie took to his grave.



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Friday 31 Aug 201819:30 Book Now

Hexham on Film (U)

Hexham on Film

Experience the history of Hexham and Tynedale on the big screen in this unmissable programme from the vaults of the North East Film Archive.


Part of the archive’s North East On Film project and presented by the archive team here at the Forum, this fascinating selection features footage of Hexham Market in the 1960s, the delightful travelogue ‘A River Speaks’ in which English actress and star of stage and screen Flora Robson takes us on a nostalgic journey along the Tyne, promotional film ‘Northumberland – A New Life’, which follows the Randall family as they relocate to Hexham from the south of England in the 1970s, and we go behind the scenes at the Hexham Courant in 1976, following the news team as they report the daily life of Hexhamshire.


All this and more in this programme featuring familiar places - and maybe even faces – from the archive’s precious collection.  Don’t miss it!


Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, this screening is part of North East Film Archive’s major new project NORTH EAST ON FILM. The project will re-connect the people and communities of the region with their film heritage and providing important glimpses into our history through special screenings, events and online collections.  

Find out more about North East On Film here.


Supported by Our North by Film Hub North, part of the BFI Film Audience Network awarding funds from The National Lottery.


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Friday 17 Aug 201819:30 Book Now

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (U)

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation sees Drac exhausted from the work of running his hotel and in need of a holiday himself. So Mavis books them on a cruise!


And it's not just any cruise, but one specifically designed for monsters. Drac's not thrilled with the idea at first, but quickly settles in - and even starts to fall for the ship's captain Ericka, who's hiding a dangerous secret…


Kick back with Drac's pack in Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation, reuniting the voices of Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez and Andy Samberg.

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Thursday 16 Aug 201814:00 Book Now
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Sunday 19 Aug 201813:30 Book Now
Monday 20 Aug 201814:00 Book Now
Thursday 23 Aug 201814:00 Book Now

Incredibles 2 (PG)

Incredibles 2

Everyone's favourite family of superheroes is back in Incredibles 2!


This time Helen (aka Elastic Girl) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (Mr. Incredible) at home with Violet and Dash to navigate the day-to-day heroics of "normal" life. It's a tough transition for every one, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack's emerging superpowers.


When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone must find a way to work together again – which is easier said than done, even when they're all Incredible.


Incredibles 2 contains a sequence of flashing lights which might affect customers who are susceptible to photo-sensitive epilepsy.

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Saturday 18 Aug 201813:30 Book Now
Tuesday 21 Aug 201812:30 Book Now

Jonas Kaufmann: Under The Stars (TBC)

Jonas Kaufmann: Under The Stars

Regarded as one of the world’s greatest tenors, Jonas Kaufmann has captivated audiences across the globe with his incredible voice. Join him this summer for a spectacular outdoor concert, captured live at Berlin’s iconic Waldbühne amphitheatre. The star tenor will perform famous arias and timeless Italian songs from his bestselling album Dolce Vita, in what promises to be a magical night of music under the stars.


Captured live at Berlin’s iconic Waldbühne amphitheatre, join star tenor Jonas Kaufmann for a magical night of music under the stars featuring famous arias and timeless Italian songs.

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Thursday 30 Aug 201819:30 Book Now

La Boheme On Sydney Harbour (12A)

La Boheme On Sydney Harbour

From the World's Most Spectacular Opera series, experience the love, laughter and loss of La Bohčme at the magnificent Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour. Puccini's beloved classic – the original bohemian love story – has long captivated audiences around the world. His music swells with love, soars in ecstasy, crackles with jealousy and cries with heartache. With lavish sets and costumes transforming the harbour-top stage into a romantic Paris winter, Opera Australia's glittering production will be an unforgettable delight.

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Thursday 13 Sep 201819:00 Book Now

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (PG)

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again picks up the story with Sophie pregnant, and not sure how she’s going to cope. But her mother’s story might give her some pointers…


Moving between past and present, we follow Sophie as she tries to come to terms with her situation, and also see how Donna did it all those years ago, falling in love and building a home for her family on their sun-soaked island.


You can dance all over again with Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, starring Amanda Seyfried, Lily James and Meryl Streep.


Special Promotion:

We’ve teamed up with Stalida Greek Taverna to offer you 10% off a meal at their restaurant when you show your ticket to see Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.


Stalida will also be coming in to host some Greek nibbles before the 7:45pm showing on Monday 13th August.


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Thursday 16 Aug 201817:00 Book Now
Thursday 16 Aug 201819:45 Book Now
Saturday 18 Aug 201816:30 Book Now
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Wednesday 22 Aug 201819:45 Book Now
Thursday 23 Aug 201816:30 Book Now

Mission: Impossible Fallout (12A)

Mission: Impossible Fallout

'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' sees Ethan Hunt and his elite team of IMF agents in a desperate race against time after a mission goes terribly wrong.


His best intentions are coming back to haunt him, and he soon finds himself up against old allies, enemies and the CIA. He's been betrayed, disavowed and cast aside by his government so many times - what if he's finally had enough?


Yet more life-threatening stunts are in store for Tom Cruise in 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout', as he reunites with his 'Rogue Nation' co-star Rebecca Ferguson and director Christopher McQuarrie.

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Friday 17 Aug 201816:00 Book Now
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Tuesday 21 Aug 201816:00 Book Now
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Thursday 23 Aug 201819:25 Book Now

National Theatre - Antony & Cleopatra (12A)

National Theatre - Antony & Cleopatra

Broadcast live from the National Theatre, Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power.


Caesar and his assassins are dead. General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome. But at the fringes of a war-torn empire the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love. In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war.


Director Simon Godwin returns to National Theatre Live screens with this hotly anticipated production, following broadcasts of Twelfth Night, Man and Superman and The Beaux’ Stratagem.

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Thursday 6 Dec 201819:00 Book Now (LIVE)

National Theatre - I’m Not Running (12A)

National Theatre - I’m Not Running

I’m Not Running is an explosive new play by David Hare, premiering at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas.

 

Pauline Gibson has spent her life as a doctor, the inspiring leader of a local health campaign. When she crosses paths with her old boyfriend, a stalwart loyalist in Labour Party politics, she’s faced with an agonising decision.

 

What’s involved in sacrificing your private life and your piece of mind for something more than a single issue? Does she dare?

 

Hare was recently described by The Washington Post as ‘the premiere political dramatist writing in English’. His other work includes Pravda and Skylight, broadcast by National Theatre Live in 2014.

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Thursday 31 Jan 201919:00 Book Now (LIVE)

National Theatre - Julie (12A)

National Theatre - Julie

Vanessa Kirby (The Crown, NT Live: A Streetcar Named Desire) and Eric Kofi Abrefa (The Amen Corner) feature in the cast of this brand new production, directed by Carrie Cracknell (NT Live: The Deep Blue Sea) and broadcast live from the National Theatre to cinemas.


Wild and newly single, Julie throws a late night party. In the kitchen, Jean and Kristina clean up as the celebration heaves above them. Crossing the threshold, Julie initiates a power game with Jean – which rapidly descends into a savage fight for survival.


This new version of August Strinberg’s play Miss Julie, written by Polly Stenham, remains shocking and fiercely relevant in its new setting of contemporary London.


Please note that Julie will contain strobe lighting.


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Thursday 6 Sep 201819:00 Book Now (LIVE)

National Theatre - King Lear (12A)

National Theatre - King Lear

★★★★★ ‘Ian McKellen reigns supreme in this triumphant production.’ (Daily Telegraph)


Broadcast live from London’s West End, see Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (Independent) of King Lear in cinemas.


Chichester Festival Theatre’s production received five-star reviews for its sell-out run, and transfers to the West End for a limited season.  Jonathan Munby directs this ‘nuanced and powerful’ (The Times) contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play.


Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear sees two ageing fathers – one a King, one his courtier – reject the children who truly love them.  Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends.


Please note that King Lear will contain strobe lighting.

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Thursday 27 Sep 201819:00 Book Now (LIVE)

National Theatre - The Madness of George III (12A)

National Theatre - The Madness of George III

Multi-award-winning drama The Madness of George III will be broadcast live to cinemas, in National Theatre Live’s first ever broadcast from Nottingham Playhouse.


Written by one of Britain’s best-loved playwrights Alan Bennett (The History Boys, The Lady in the Van), this epic play was also adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film following its premiere on stage in 1991.


The cast of this new production includes Olivier Award-winners Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Wolf Hall, NT Live Coriolanus) in the title role, and Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey, Upstairs Downstairs, After the Dance).


It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy. With the King’s mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown, and expose the fine line between a King and a man.


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Tuesday 20 Nov 201819:00 Book Now (LIVE)

Oscar Wilde Season Live: The Importance of Being Earnest (TBC)

Oscar Wilde Season Live: The Importance of Being Earnest

A new production of one of the funniest plays in English, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, will be broadcast to us live from the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End. Wilde’s much-loved masterpiece throws love, logic and language into the air to make one of theatre’s most dazzling firework displays. Jack, Algy, Gwendolyn and Cecily discover how unsmooth runs the course of true love, while Lady Bracknell keeps a baleful eye on the mayhem of manners. This is the fourth and final play from the Oscar Wilde Season, a year-long celebration of the brilliant Victorian playwright being staged by the Classic Spring Theatre Company.

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Tuesday 9 Oct 201819:15 Book Now

RSC Live: The Merry Wives of Windsor (12A)

RSC Live: The Merry Wives of Windsor
Down on his luck in the suburbs, John Falstaff plans to hustle his way to a comfortable retirement by seducing the wives of two wealthy men. Unknown to him, it’s the women of Windsor who really pull the strings, orchestrating Falstaff’s comeuppance amidst a theatrical smorgasbord of petty rivalries, jealousies and over-inflated egos. For a fat Englishman, a Welshman and a Frenchman, the only way is Windsor… broadcast live from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.
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Wednesday 12 Sep 201819:00 Book Now

RSC Live: Troilus and Cressida (12A)

RSC Live: Troilus and Cressida

"Lechery, lechery, still wars and lechery: nothing else holds fashion"

Troilus and Cressida swear they will always be true to one another. But in the seventh year of the siege of Troy their innocence is tested, and exposed to the savage corrupting influence of war, with tragic consequences.

Virtuoso percussionist Evelyn Glennie collaborates with RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran to create a satirical futuristic vision of a world resounding with the rhythm of battle, broadcast live to cinemas from Shakespeare's home town.

The Greek army is encamped under the walls of Troy and, at the point at which the play begins, the war has reached stalemate. The Greeks are quarrelling amongst themselves. Achilles, their greatest champion, refuses to fight and has withdrawn to his tent with his lover, Patroclus. Equally at odds with themselves, the Trojans are debating the value of continuing the war merely for the sake of keeping Helen.

Troilus is much distracted from these military concerns by his love for Cressida, the daughter of a Trojan who has defected to the Greek camp. The young lovers are eagerly assisted by Cressida's uncle Pandarus, who acts as their go-between. However, after only one night together they are parted when Cressida is sent to join her father in the Greek camp. Almost immediately she betrays Troilus with the Greek Diomedes and, discovering this, Troilus is plunged into despair.

With the fall of Troy certain, Troilus vows revenge on Achilles


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Wednesday 14 Nov 201819:00 Book Now

RSC: Romeo & Juliet (12A)

RSC: Romeo & Juliet

See a recorded performance of the Royal Shakespeare Company's latest production of Romeo and Juliet.


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. See it here at the Forum this August.



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Wednesday 15 Aug 201819:00 Book Now (RECORDED ENCORE)

Royal Ballet: Don Quixote (TBC)

Royal Ballet: Don Quixote

LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP TRIUMPH IN CARLOS ACOSTA’S VIBRANT PRODUCTION OF THIS DAZZLING BALLET.


Cervantes’s story of the bumbling knight Don Quixote has inspired countless artistic interpretations. Marius Petipa choreographed this sparkling ballet about the encounters of the man from La Mancha and his faithful squire Sancho Panza. At its heart are virtuoso roles for the lovers Basilio and Kitri.


Carlos Acosta chose this joyful classic for his first production for The Royal Ballet. His vibrant staging brings together the whole Company in such roles as exuberant villagers, passionate gypsies and even fantasy flowers. The story follows Don Quixote’s picaresque journey to do deeds in honour of his imaginary noble lady, Dulcinea. Sunny, charming, funny and touching – Don Quixote is a ballet as full of uplifting emotion as it is of astonishing ballet technique.


CHOREOGRAPHY: CARLOS ACOSTA

AFTER: MARIUS PETIPA

MUSIC: LUDWIG MINKUS

ARRANGED AND ORCHESTRATED BY MARTIN YATES


APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 2 HOURS 45 MINUTES, INCLUDING ONE INTERVAL


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Tuesday 19 Feb 201919:15 Book Now (LIVE)

Royal Ballet: Flight Pattern Triple Bill (TBC)

Royal Ballet: Flight Pattern Triple Bill

TWO RECENT WORKS AND ONE WORLD PREMIERE SHOWCASE THE CONTEMPORARY FACE OF THE ROYAL BALLET.


The contemporary face of The Royal Ballet is shown in works from three of today’s leading choreographers. Christopher Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour is based around seven couples separating and intermingling, to music by Vivaldi and Bosso and lit with rich colours suggested by sunset. Crystal Pite’s Flight Pattern, revived for the first time, uses a large dance ensemble and Górecki’s familiar music from his Symphony of Sorrowful Songs for a poignant and passionate reflection on migration. Between them, a new work by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, created on The Royal Ballet has its premiere to bring the contemporary truly up-to-date.


CHOREOGRAPHY: CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON, SIDI LARBI CHERKAOUI, CRYSTAL PITE

MUSIC: EZIO BOSSO, TBC, HENRYK MIKOŁAJ GÓRECKI


APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 3 HOURS 15 MINUTES, INCLUDING


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Thursday 16 May 201919:15 Book Now (LIVE)

Royal Ballet: La Bayadere (TBC)

Royal Ballet: La Bayadere

NATALIA MAKAROVA’S PRODUCTION OF THIS 19TH-CENTURY CLASSIC BALLET BRINGS AN EXOTIC WORLD OF TEMPLE DANCERS AND NOBLE WARRIORS TO LIFE.


Marius Petipa’s fantasy, set in legendary India, tells the tale of a temple dancer and the prince who loves her but marries another. The famous, moonlit ‘white act’ – The Kingdom of the Shades – is a corps de ballet highlight, as multiple images of the prince’s lost love haunt his mind. The choreography allows two opposing ballerinas to shine, while a bronze idol comes vividly to life in a stunning solo. Throughout, the melody and moods of Minkus’s music perfectly match the fluidity and precision of the classical choreography and the drama of the storytelling.


CHOREOGRAPHY: NATALIA MAKAROVA

AFTER: MARIUS PETIPA

MUSIC: LUDWIG MINKUS ORCHESTRATED BY JOHN LANCHBERY


APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME:

3 HOURS 5 MINUTES, INCLUDING TWO INTERVALS

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Tuesday 13 Nov 201819:15 Book Now (LIVE)

Royal Ballet: Mayerling (TBC)

Royal Ballet: Mayerling

DANGEROUS DESIRES, FAMILY SECRETS AND POLITICAL INTRIGUES TWIST THROUGH EVERY MOMENT OF DARING CHOREOGRAPHY IN KENNETH MACMILLAN’S BALLET INSPIRED BY TRUE EVENTS.


Mayerling is a classic of the Royal Ballet repertory, with its emotional depth, haunting imagery, and one of the most demanding roles ever created for a male dancer.


Kenneth MacMillan choreographed a complex work around the psychologically tormented heir to the Habsburg Empire, Crown Prince Rudolf. From the ballet’s start, the glamour of the Austro-Hungarian court is contrasted with undercurrents of sexual and political intrigue that drive the story to its violent climax in a double suicide. The large cast allows for impressive ensembles in addition to the ballet's many solos of distinctive character and pas de deux of disturbing eroticism.


This ballet, bursting with intensity, madness and passion, proves that sometimes the truth is more scandalous than fiction


CHOREOGRAPHY: KENNETH MACMILLAN

MUSIC: FRANZ LISZT

ARRANGED AND ORCHESTRATED BY JOHN LANCHBERY


APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 3 HOURS 15 MINUTES, INCLUDING TWO INTERVALS


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Monday 15 Oct 201819:15 Book Now (LIVE)

Royal Ballet: Romeo and Juliet (TBC)

Royal Ballet: Romeo and Juliet

SHAKESPEARE’S STAR-CROSSED LOVERS ENCOUNTER PASSION AND TRAGEDY IN KENNETH MACMILLAN’S 20TH-CENTURY BALLET MASTERPIECE.


Shakespeare’s enduring love story is known the world over. Since its 1965 premiere with The Royal Ballet, Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet has become a modern ballet classic. The choreography captures the emotions of the young couple as they fall in love, despite the barriers that finally bring about the story’s tragic end. Each revival gives opportunities for new dancers to interpret the doomed lovers. The whole Company brings the colour and action of Renaissance Verona, where a busy market all too quickly bursts into sword fighting, and a family feud leads to tragedy for both the Montagues and Capulets.


CHOREOGRAPHY: KENNETH MACMILLAN

MUSIC: SERGEI PROKOFIEV


APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 3 HOURS 15MINUTES, INCLUDING TWO INTERVALS


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Tuesday 11 Jun 201919:15 Book Now (LIVE)

Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker (TBC)

Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker

A CHRISTMAS TREAT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY AND A CLASSIC WITH A SPECIAL PLACE IN THE HEARTS OF BALLET FANS AROUND THE WORLD.


The Nutcracker has long been one of the most delightful ways to discover the enchantment of ballet – and makes for a delicious seasonal treat for all the family. Tchaikovsky’s much-loved music is matched to a magical adventure on Christmas Eve for Clara and her Nutcracker doll. Their journey to the Land of Sweets brings with it some of the most familiar of all ballet moments, such as the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Waltz of the Flowers. Peter Wright’s production for The Royal Ballet keeps true to the spirit of this Russian ballet classic, with period details and dancing snowflakes. The many solo roles and ensembles put the world-class skills of the Company to the fore in this Christmas classic.


CHOREOGRAPHY: PETER WRIGHT

AFTER: LEV IVANOV

MUSIC: PYOTR IL’YICH TCHAIKOVSKY


APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME:

2 HOURS 30 MINUTES, INCLUDING ONE INTERVAL


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Monday 3 Dec 201819:15 Book Now (LIVE)

Royal Opera: Die Walkure (TBC)

Royal Opera: Die Walkure

ANTONIO PAPPANO CONDUCTS AN INTERNATIONAL CAST IN THE SECOND OPERA OF RICHARD WAGNER’S EPIC DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN.


Wagner’s Ring cycle is one of the greatest works of all opera. Keith Warner’s production is conducted by Antonio Pappano, Music Director of The Royal Opera, and this final revival is cast with an outstanding international array of Wagnerian specialist singers.


The full cycle's four operas journey from the beginning of a world to its destruction, with gods, heroes and monsters. This epic myth portrays every type of human emotion in music and ideas of extraordinary power. The Ring is always a special event in the operatic calendar: once experienced, never forgotten.


Die Walküre (The Valkyrie) is the second opera in the cycle, and features several of the Ring’s musical highlights – the sparkling Magic Fire Music and the electrifying Ride of the Valkyries. But among the musical fireworks and Norse mythology, at the centre of this opera are the unforgettable characters and the complex entanglements between them, including twins Siegmund and Sieglinde, and Wotan and his Valkyrie daughter, Brünnhilde.


MUSIC: RICHARD WAGNER

DIRECTOR: KEITH WARNER

CONDUCTOR: ANTONIO PAPPANO

SIEGMUND: STUART SKELTON

SIEGLINDE: EMILY MAGEE

WOTAN: JOHN LUNDGREN

BRÜNNHILDE: NINA STEMME

FRICKA: SARAH CONNOLLY


APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 4 HOURS 50 MINUTES, INCLUDING TWO INTERVALS

SUNG IN GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES



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Sunday 28 Oct 201817:00 Book Now (LIVE)

Royal Opera: Faust (TBC)

Royal Opera: Faust

EXPERIENCE THE DECADENCE AND ELEGANCE OF 1870S PARIS IN DAVID MCVICAR’S SPECTACULAR PRODUCTION OF GOUNOD’S BEST-LOVED OPERA.


There are many versions of the story of Faust, who trades his soul with the Devil for youth and power, but Gounod’s opera remains one of the most constantly enthralling. Michael Fabiano stars as Faust, with Diana Damrau as his beloved Marguerite and Erwin Schrott as the diabolical Méphistophélès. Virtuoso leading roles, a large chorus, sensational sets, ballet and an ecstatic finale make this the epitome of theatrical spectacle – the lavish scale of French grand opera is wonderfully in evidence in this production by David McVicar, set in 1870s Paris. Above all, the music includes several of popular opera’s most recognizable numbers, performed by a cast of great international singers and the Royal Opera Chorus.


MUSIC: CHARLES-FRANÇOIS GOUNOD

DIRECTOR: DAVID MCVICAR

CONDUCTOR: DAN ETTINGER

FAUST: MICHAEL FABIANO

MÉPHISTOPHÉLÈS: ERWIN SCHROTT

MARGUERITE: DIANA DAMRAU


APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 3 HOURS 45 MINUTES, INCLUDING ONE INTERVAL

SUNG IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES


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Tuesday 30 Apr 201918:45 Book Now (LIVE)

Royal Opera: La Forza del Destino (TBC)

Royal Opera: La Forza del Destino

CHRISTOF LOY DIRECTS A STARSTUDDED CAST OF SINGERS, INCLUDING ANNA NETREBKO, JONAS KAUFMANN AND LUDOVIC TÉZIER, IN VERDI’S EPIC OPERA, CONDUCTED BY ANTONIO PAPPANO.


Leonora falls in love with Don Alvaro, but when her father forbids their marriage, a fatal accident triggers a drama of obsession, vengeance and tragedy. Jonas Kaufmann and Anna Netrebko star in Verdi’s epic La forza del destino (The Force of Destiny) an opera which demands the very best of singers for its powerful music and the fullest theatrical treatment for its story of bitter revenge pursued across miles and years. The production comes to The Royal Opera in a sensational staging from Amsterdam packed with colour and action. It is directed by Christof Loy and conducted by Antonio Pappano, Music Director of The Royal Opera.


MUSIC: GIUSEPPE VERDI

DIRECTOR: CHRISTOF LOY

CONDUCTOR: ANTONIO PAPPANO

DONNA LEONORA: ANNA NETREBKO

DON ALVARO: JONAS KAUFMANN

DON CARLO DI VARGAS: LUDOVIC TÉZIER


APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 4 HOURS, 15 MINUTES INCLUDING TWO INTERVALS

SUNG IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES


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Tuesday 2 Apr 201918:15 Book Now (LIVE)

Royal Opera: La traviata (TBC)

Royal Opera: La traviata

RICHARD EYRE’S BEAUTIFUL PRODUCTION PROVIDES THE PERFECT SETTING FOR VERDI’S OPERA ABOUT A COURTESAN WHO SACRIFICES ALL FOR LOVE.


From the thrill of unexpected romance to a heartbreaking reconciliation that comes too late – Verdi’s La traviata is one of the most popular of all operas. Alfredo falls in love in with the courtesan Violetta in glamorous Paris society, but underneath the surface run darker undercurrents, leading to a tragic ending. The opera’s wealth of melodies includes the famous Brindisi and the exuberant ‘Sempre libera’ – both showing the lyricism of Italian opera at its most immediately appealing. Richard Eyre’s production for The Royal Opera brings out all the emotional colour, from the giddy discovery of love, through painful confrontation to the inevitable conclusion. Lavish period sets and costumes enhance the reality of a moving story based on true life.


MUSIC: GIUSEPPE VERDI

DIRECTOR: RICHARD EYRE

CONDUCTOR: ANTONELLO MANACORDA

VIOLETTA VALÉRY: ERMONELA JAHO

ALFREDO GERMONT: CHARLES CASTRONOVO

GIORGIO GERMONT: PLÁCIDO DOMINGO


APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 3 HOURS 35 MINUTES, INCLUDING TWO INTERVALS

SUNG IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES


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Wednesday 30 Jan 201918:45 Book Now (LIVE)

Royal Opera: The Queen of Spades (TBC)

Royal Opera: The Queen of Spades

TCHAIKOVSKY’S MOST AMBITIOUS OPERA CONTAINS SOME OF HIS GREATEST MUSIC AND IS A POWERFUL STUDY OF DESTRUCTIVE OBSESSION.


In Tchaikovsky’s intense opera of obsession and the supernatural, Gherman is caught between the woman he loves and a destructive fixation. The Queen of Spades is based on a short story by Pushkin, and comes to the Royal Opera House in a new production that has already garnered fivestar reviews in Amsterdam. The production is set in 1890, the year of the opera’s premiere. In his study, Tchaikovsky imagines the opera into life as his own story, its characters giving voice to his unfulfilled desires. Aleksandrs Antonenko and Eva-Maria Westbroek head the cast and Royal Opera Chorus, conducted by Antonio Pappano, Music Director of The Royal Opera. This is an engrossing portrayal of a tortured creative artist and a gripping piece of gothic storytelling.


MUSIC: PYOTR IL’YICH TCHAIKOVSKY

DIRECTOR: STEFAN HERHEIM

CONDUCTOR: ANTONIO PAPPANO

GHERMAN: ALEKSANDRS ANTONENKO

PRINCE YELETSKY: VLADIMIR STOYANOV

COUNTESS: FELICITY PALMER

LIZA: EVA-MARIA WESTBROEK


APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES, INCLUDING ONE INTERVAL | SUNG IN RUSSIAN WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES


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Tuesday 22 Jan 201918:45 Book Now (LIVE)

Sponsor a Seat (No Cert)

Sponsor a Seat

Help us to raise the funds to refurbish all of our seats in the autuumn as install some new luxury seats in B row and G row.


For £100 your name can be attached to a seat of your choice for 5 years.


For £50 your name will be attached to a randomly allocated seat for 5 years.


Please note: no other benefits are attached to this scheme


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Friday 12 Oct 201809:00 Book Now (PICK A SEAT £100)
Friday 12 Oct 201809:30 Book Now (RANDOM SEAT £50)

The 400 Blows (PG)

The 400 Blows

We've teamed up with Hexham Town Twinning Association to bring you a screening of a true French classic.


The most autobiographical of Truffaut's films, The 400 Blows follows a few months in the life of 12-year-old Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud) who, misunderstood and mistreated by his neglectful parents and repressive schoolteachers, seeks refuge in truancy, petty crime, and the cinema. The film’s French title actually means ‘raising hell’, and Antoine’s rebellion against rigid social norms, breaking out from the confinement of stifling classrooms or his parents’ cramped flat, is exhilaratingly captured in Henri Decaë’s lyrical location shooting on the streets of Paris.

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Tuesday 18 Sep 201819:45 Book Now (TOWN TWINNING SCREENING)
Wednesday 19 Sep 201814:00 Book Now (TOWN TWINNING SCREENING)

The Land Before Time (U)

The Land Before Time

Celebrating its 30th anniversay this year, see The Land Before Time here at Kids Club!


Littlefoot (Gabriel Damon), a young plant-eating dinosaur, is orphaned after his mother (Helen Shaver) perishes while protecting him from a vicious carnivore. With her last breath, she tells him how to get to the legendary Great Valley, where he will be reunited with others of his kind. With his friend Cera (Candace Hutson), Littlefoot sets out for the fabled land, meeting a variety of new friends along the way -- while also being tracked by the killer dinosaur that mortally wounded his mother.

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Saturday 18 Aug 201811:30 Book Now (KIDS CLUB)

Zama (15)

Zama

Zama, an officer of the Spanish Crown born in South America, waits for a letter from the King granting him a transfer from the town in which he is, to a better place. His situation is delicate. He must ensure that nothing overshadows his transfer. He is forced to accept submissively every task entrusted to him by successive Governors who come and go as he stays behind.


The years go by and the letter from the King never arrives. When Zama notices everything is lost, he joins a party of soldiers that go after a dangerous bandit.


Her first film in 10 years, Lucrecia Martel's Zama premiered in Venice 2017 to huge acclaim.

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Tuesday 21 Aug 201819:30 Book Now (WIDE SKIES)
Wednesday 22 Aug 201813:45 Book Now (WIDE SKIES)