Billy Connolly: The Sex Life of Bandages (18)

Billy Connolly: The Sex Life of Bandages

Hailed as the UK’s most influential comedian of all time, legendary Scot Billy Connolly is coming to cinemas with this brilliant show from his final stand-up tour. Recorded in 2015 during the Australian leg, this whipsmart routine is a riotous journey filled with outrageous tales and blistering observations of everyday absurdities. This one-night-only event also includes a cinema-exclusive interview with Connolly, who muses upon his career, life and legacy.


Before retiring in 2016 following his diagnosis with Parkinson’s Disease, Connolly toured continuously for 50 years, performing to a combined audience of over ten million people. The Sex Life Of Bandages is a big-screen tribute to an iconic funny-man whose sharp wit and anarchic storytelling remains as hilarious as ever.


★★★★ ‘Can he still hold an audience in his thrall - warm us, cheer us, tickle us? Abso - Billy - lutely!' - The Telegraph

★★★★ 'Beautifully funny' - The Guardian

★★★★ 'Connolly has still got his funny bones' - The Evening Standard

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Thursday 10 Oct 201919:30 Book Now

Bolshoi Ballet: Giselle (TBC)

Bolshoi Ballet: Giselle

GISELLE

New production    


This event will be broadcast live via satellite.


Music: Adolphe Adam

Choerography: Alexei Ratmansky

Libretto Théophile Gautier and Jean-Henry Saint-Georges


Cast: The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet


Synopsis:


The young peasant girl Giselle dies when she learns that the man she loves, Albrecht, has betrayed her. Against her own will, she joins the Wilis, vengeful spirits of jilted brides who condemn Albrecht to dance until he dies of exhaustion…


The ballet:


Giselle touches upon great and universal romantic themes. In this brand new production, renowned choreographer Alexei Ratmansky brings a fresh perspective to one of the oldest and greatest works of classical dance, giving the audience an opportunity to discover this iconic ballet anew.


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Sunday 26 Jan 202015:00 Book Now

Bolshoi Ballet: Jewels (TBC)

Bolshoi Ballet: Jewels

JEWELS


This event will be broadcast live via satellite.


Music: Gabriel Fauré, Igor Stravinsky, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Choerography: George Balanchine


Cast: The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet


Synopsis:


This opulent triptych was inspired by Balanchine’s visit to the famous jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels on New York’s Fifth Avenue, celebrating the cities and dance schools of Paris, New York and St. Petersburg, each bound to its own precious stone: emerald, ruby and diamond.


The ballet:


Balanchine built an homage of captivating beauty to the three dance schools that had forged his style, each represented by a contrasting gemstone. Jewels offers a unique occasion to enjoy the genius of choreographer’s visually captivating work performed by some of the world’s most dazzling dancers.


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Sunday 26 Apr 202016:00 Book Now

Bolshoi Ballet: Le Corsaire (TBC)

Bolshoi Ballet: Le Corsaire

LE CORSAIRE


This event is a recording of a live performance.


Music: Adolphe Adam

Choerography: Alexei Ratmansky

Libretto Jules Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Joseph Mazilier (edited by Marius Petipa)


Cast: Ekaterina Krysanova (Medora), Igor Tsvirko (Conrad), Denis Savin (Birbanto), Nelli Kobakhidze (Zulmea), Denis Rodkin (“Grand pas des éventails” Soloist), and the Corps de Ballet


Synopsis:


On the bazaar square of Andrinopolis, the Pacha is struck by the beauty of Medora and tries to buy her, but the lovely young woman is not for sale. As the transaction is about to come to a close, Medora is kidnaped by Conrad, a charming corsair who catches her eye…


The ballet:


Bolshoi Prima Ballerina, the “mesmerizing” Ekaterina Krysanova and Leading Soloist Igor Tsvirko ignite Medora and Conrad’s passion with undeniable intensity. Le Corsaire remains a breathtaking production reworked by Alexei Ratmansky, who has created enough dancing for nearly the entire troupe, along with luxurious cinematic sets and a shipwreck, bringing the magic of this company to life.


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Sunday 17 Nov 201915:00 Book Now

Bolshoi Ballet: Raymonda (TBC)

Bolshoi Ballet: Raymonda

RAYMONDA


This event will be broadcast live via satellite.


Music: Alexander Glazunov

Choerography: Yuri Grigorovich (after Marius Petipa)

Libretto Yuri Grigorovich (after Lidia Pashkova)


Cast: The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet


Synopsis:


Raymonda is betrothed to Jean de Brienne, a gallant knight who pledged to go on a crusade led by the King of Hungary. When her beloved leaves, Abderakhman, a foreign knight, makes a bid for the hand of Raymonda and threatens her fate when she rejects him…


The ballet:


Raymonda is a must-see of the Bolshoi, a work of living dance history. Being one of legendary choreographer Marius Petipa’s final works, he fully armed this ballet with beautiful court scenes, romantic corps de ballet dances, Hungarian czardas and a title role suited for the most outstanding ballerina.


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Sunday 27 Oct 201915:00 Book Now

Bolshoi Ballet: Romeo and Juliet (TBC)

Bolshoi Ballet: Romeo and Juliet

ROMEO AND JULIET


This event is a recording of a live performance.


Music: Sergei Prokofiev

Choerography: Alexei Ratmansky

Libretto Sergei Prokofiev, Sergei Radlov and Adrian Piotrovsky (after William Shakespeare)


Cast: Ekaterina Krysanova (Juliet), Vladislav Lantratov (Romeo), Igor Tsvirko (Mercutio), Dmitry Dorokhov (Benvolio), Vitaly Biktimirov (Tybalt), and the Corps de Ballet


Synopsis:


In spite of each of their families being merciless enemies, Romeo and Juliet are deeply in love. The rivalry between the Capulets and the Montagues will cost Mercutio’s life, causing Romeo a desire of vengeance for the loss of his friend…


The ballet:


The star-crossed lovers’ tragic fate inspired Prokofiev a remarkable cinematic score, from the delicate theme of Juliet to the ominous Dance of the Knights. Bolshoi stars Ekaterina Krysanova and Vladislav Lantratov wholly embody the two eternal lovers in Alexei Ratmansky’s stunning evocation of love at first sight.


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Sunday 29 Mar 202015:00 Book Now

Bolshoi Ballet: Swan Lake (TBC)

Bolshoi Ballet: Swan Lake

SWAN LAKE


This event will be broadcast live via satellite.


Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Choerography: Yuri Grigorovich

Libretto Yuri Grigorovich


Cast: The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet


Synopsis:


Prince Siegfried is summoned by his parents to choose a bride. However, he encounters a mysterious swan-woman by the lake, Odette, and is captivated by her. His vow of eternal love to her will have irreversible consequences.


The ballet:


Tchaikovsky’s essential masterpiece returns with a new cast for the most beloved ballet in the classical canon. Technically challenging and filled with vibrant emotion, with a stunning and world-famous corps de ballet in perfect unison, the legendary love story between Prince Siegfried and the dual personalities Odette/Odile, born at the Bolshoi Theatre, is a must-see.


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Sunday 23 Feb 202015:00 Book Now

Bolshoi Ballet: The Nutcracker (TBC)

Bolshoi Ballet: The Nutcracker

THE NUTCRACKER


This event is a recording of a live performance.


Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Choerography Yuri Grigorovich

Libretto Yuri Grigorovich (after E.T.A. Hoffmann and Marius Petipa)


Cast: Margarita Shrainer (Marie), Semyon Chudin (The Nutcracker), Denis Savin (Drosselmeyer), Alexandre Vodopetov (The Mouse King), and the Corps de Ballet


Synopsis:


On Christmas Eve, the mysterious Drosselmeyer brings a Nutcracker doll as a gift for his goddaughter Marie. At midnight, the doll comes to life and finds himself in a battle against the Mouse King, determined to save Marie from him.


The ballet:


In this timeless story accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, rising star Soloist Margarita Shrainer perfectly embodies Marie’s innocence and enchantment along with the supremely elegant Principal Dancer Semyon Chudin as The Nutcracker, captivating audiences of all ages and bringing them on an otherworldly journey.



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Sunday 15 Dec 201915:00 Book Now

It's a Wonderful Life (U)

It's a Wonderful Life

Dementia Friendly Screening of It's a Wonderful Life (1946)


There will be a 15 minute interval half way through the film.


After George Bailey (James Stewart) wishes he had never been born, an angel (Henry Travers) is sent to earth to make George's wish come true. George starts to realize how many lives he has changed and impacted, and how they would be different if he was never there.


Our Dementia Friendly Screenings are designed for people living with Dementia and their carers, or for anyone who would benefit from a relaxed cinema environment, but all are welcome.


Providing a comfortable and welcome environment, we turn the sound down a notch, keep the lights on low and encourage people to come and go as they want with unallocated seating.


Being situated on the first floor above Wetherspoons, we reccomend arriving in good time before the screening so we can transport customers up our stair lifts in an efficient manner.


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Friday 13 Dec 201913:30 Book Now (DEMENTIA FREIDNLY)

Lecture by Rob Caskie (No Cert)

Lecture by Rob Caskie

Join us on 23 Oct at 7:30pm for a lecture by renowned speaker and storyteller Rob Caskie.


The North West Passage

Triumph and Tragedy in the Arctic Ice


For decades Britain, Europe and America wished to find a route linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, to shorten the great ocean journeys to the East.


Finding a route between Greenland and the Bering Sea would prove well nigh impossible, notwithstanding the Arctic Ocean's icecap and sea ice. A number of attempts to find the fabled North-West Passage had failed, many ending in disaster.


It would be perhaps the greatest Polar explorer of all, the Norwegian Roald Amundsen, who in 1903-1905, with a small boat and team finally found a way through the North-West Passage.


The renowned lecturer, Rob Caskie, will share stories of daring men and triumphs of the human spirit in the frozen Arctic.


All proceeds to charity – Hexham Rotary Emergency Disaster Fund and Tynedale Hospice at home.


Please note: with all proceeds going to charity there are no benefits for Friends of the Forum.


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Wednesday 23 Oct 201919:30 Book Now

Margaret Atwood: Live in Cinemas (12A)

Margaret Atwood: Live in Cinemas

We’re delighted to welcome Cogito Books to be part of this event and they look forward to seeing you at the bookstall in the cinema where you can buy your own copy of The Testaments on the first day it is available. If you’d like to pre-order a copy of The Testaments just call Cogito on 01434 602555 or pop in and see them.


On Tuesday, September 10th, the wait is over… The Testaments, Margaret Atwood’s highly anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, is revealed. The momentous literary event will be celebrated with an exclusive live cinema broadcast, as Fane Productions present an evening with the Canadian novelist, poet, literary critic and inventor.


The publication of Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale in 1985 and the current, Emmy Award-winning television series have created a cultural phenomenon, as handmaids have become a symbol of women’s rights and a protest against misogyny and oppression. Live from the London stage, Atwood will be interviewed by broadcaster and author Samira Ahmed in a conversation spanning the length of Atwood’s remarkable career, her diverse range of works, and why she has returned to her seminal handmaid story, 34 years later.


With exclusive readings from the new book by special guests, this will be an unmissable and intimate event with Atwood, spotlighting her signature insight, humour and intellect.


The Testaments will be published worldwide on 10 September.

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Tuesday 10 Sep 201919:30 Book Now

NT Live: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (12A)

NT Live: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

by William Shakespeare


‘The course of true love never did run smooth.’


A feuding fairy King and Queen of the forest cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play. As their dispute grows, the magical royal couple meddle with mortal lives leading to love triangles, mistaken identities and transformations… with hilarious, but dark consequences.


Shakespeare’s most famous romantic comedy will be captured live from the Bridge Theatre in London. Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Oliver Chris (Green Wing, NT Live: Young Marx), David Moorst (NT Live: Allelujah!) and Hammed Animashaun (The Barber Shop Chronicles) lead the cast as Titania, Oberon, Puck and Bottom.


Directed by Nicholas Hytner, this production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will build on the success of his immersive staging of Julius Caesar (NT Live 2018). The Bridge Theatre will become a forest – a dream world of flying fairies, contagious fogs and moonlight revels, surrounded by a roving audience following the action on foot.


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Thursday 17 Oct 201919:00 Book Now

NT Live: Fleabag (15)

NT Live: Fleabag


Fleabag

Written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Directed by Vicky Jones


★★★★★

'Witty, filthy and supreme.' Guardian


See the hilarious, award-winning, one-woman show that inspired the BBC’s hit TV series Fleabag, broadcast live to cinemas from London’s West End.


Written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Killing Eve) and directed by Vicky Jones, Fleabag is a rip-roaring look at some sort of woman living her sort of life.

Fleabag may seem oversexed, emotionally unfiltered and self-obsessed, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. With family and friendships under strain and a guinea pig café struggling to keep afloat, Fleabag suddenly finds herself with nothing to lose.


Playing to sold-out audiences in New York and London, don’t miss your chance to see this ‘legitimately hilarious show’ (New Yorker), broadcast live to a cinema near you.


Presented by DryWrite, Soho Theatre and Annapurna Theatre


Show image by Jason Hetherington


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Thursday 12 Sep 201919:30 Book Now
Saturday 28 Sep 201919:30 Book Now (RECORDED ENCORE)

NT Live: Hansard (15)

NT Live: Hansard

Hansard

by Simon Wood


Hansard; noun

The official report of all parliamentary debates.


See two-time Olivier Award winners, Lindsay Duncan (Birdman, About Time) and Alex Jennings (The Lady in the Van, The Queen), in this brand-new play by Simon Wood, broadcast live from the National Theatre in London.


It’s a summer’s morning in 1988 and Tory politician Robin Hesketh has returned home to the idyllic Cotswold house he shares with his wife of 30 years, Diana. But all is not as blissful as it seems. Diana has a stinking hangover, a fox is destroying the garden, and secrets are being dug up all over the place. As the day draws on, what starts as gentle ribbing and the familiar rhythms of marital scrapping quickly turns to blood-sport.


Don’t miss this witty and devastating portrait of the governing class, directed by Simon Godwin (NT Live: Antony & Cleopatra, Twelfth Night) and part of National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday season.


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Thursday 7 Nov 201919:00 Book Now

NT Live: One Man, Two Guvnors (12A)

NT Live: One Man, Two Guvnors

One Man, Two Guvnors

by Richard Bean

based on The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, with songs by Grant Olding


Featuring a Tony Award-winning performance from host of the The Late Late Show, James Corden, the hilarious West End and Broadway hit One Man, Two Guvnors returns to cinemas to mark National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday.


Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancée’s dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers.


Holed up at The Cricketers’ Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be re-united with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart.  Simple.


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Thursday 26 Sep 201919:00 Book Now

NT Live: Present Laughter (12A)

NT Live: Present Laughter

Present Laughter

by Noël Coward

Matthew Warchus directs Andrew Scott (BBC’s Sherlock, Fleabag) in Noël Coward’s provocative comedy Present Laughter.


As he prepares to embark on an overseas tour, star actor Garry Essendine’s colourful life is in danger of spiralling out of control. Engulfed by an escalating identity crisis as his many and various relationships compete for his attention, Garry’s few remaining days at home are a chaotic whirlwind of love, sex, panic and soul-searching.


Captured live from The Old Vic in London, Present Laughter is a giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, desire and loneliness.


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Thursday 28 Nov 201919:00 Book Now

NT Live: The Lehman Trilogy (12A)

NT Live: The Lehman Trilogy

Please note: this is an encore performance recorded on 25 July.


The Lehman Trilogy

by Stefano Massini, adapted by Ben Power

directed by Sam Mendes


The story of a family and a company that changed the world, told in three parts on a single evening.


Academy Award-winner Sam Mendes (Skyfall, The Ferryman) directs Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles who play the Lehman Brothers, their sons and grandsons.


On a cold September morning in 1844 a young man from Bavaria stands on a New York dockside. Dreaming of a new life in the new world. He is joined by his two brothers and an American epic begins.


163 years later, the firm they establish – Lehman Brothers – spectacularly collapses into bankruptcy, and triggers the largest financial crisis in history.


This critically acclaimed and five-time Olivier Award nominated play features stunning set design from Es Devlin (NT Live: Hamlet) and will be broadcast live from London’s West End as part of National Theatre Live’s 10th Birthday season.


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Thursday 29 Aug 201919:30 Book Now (RECORDED ENCORE)

Oliver! (U)

Oliver!

Dementia Friendly Screening of Oliver! (1968)


There will be a 15 minute interval half way through the film.


Charles Dickens' classic tale of a waif in 19th Century England comes alive brilliantly in this Oscar-winning musical. Fleeing a life of workhouse servitude, Oliver (Mark Lester) arrives in London to seek his fortune. During his adventures, Oliver meets a gallery of unforgettable Dickens low-lifes.


Our Dementia Friendly Screenings are designed for people living with Dementia and their carers, or for anyone who would benefit from a relaxed cinema environment, but all are welcome.


Providing a comfortable and welcome environment, we turn the sound down a notch, keep the lights on low and encourage people to come and go as they want with unallocated seating.


Being situated on the first floor above hetherspoons, we reccomend arriving in good time before the screening so we can transport customers up our stair lifts in an efficient manner.


Click here to see our other Dementia Friendly Screenings.

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Thursday 3 Oct 201913:30 Book Now (DEMENTIA FRIENDLY)

Rewinding the Welfare State: A Social History of the North East (No Cert)

Rewinding the Welfare State: A Social History of the North East

Rewinding the Welfare State: A Social History of the North East on Film


Local academic Dr Ben Lamb (Teesside University) joins us on 24 Sept to present short films and

clips sourced from North East Film Archive that depict how the social character of our region has

developed from WW2 to the present day.


Through local news reports, Tyne Tees documentaries, Trade union campaigns, community films and more, audiences will experience how the welfare state has impacted on the social development of our region from the 1920s to today. People will be invited to share their thoughts as we explore how the journey ‘from cradle to grave’ - accessing healthcare, housing, education, social security, pensions, and other human rights entitlements - has changed over the years.


Is there anything we can learn from the past to improve our future?


Many of these films haven’t been seen since they were first made and are part of the extensive collections at North East Film Archive.


This screening is brought to you by the North East Film Archive, as part of their North East on Film project connecting the people and communities of the region with their film heritage, in partnership with Teesside University


Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Teesside University


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Tuesday 24 Sep 201919:30 Book Now

Roger Waters Us + Them (TBC)

Roger Waters  Us + Them

Roger Waters  Us + Them


Roger Waters, co-founder, creative force and songwriter behind Pink Floyd, presents his highly anticipated film, Us + Them, featuring state-of- the-art visual production and breath-taking sound in this unmissable cinema event.


Filmed in Amsterdam on the European leg of his 2017 – 2018 Us + Them tour which saw Waters perform to over two million people worldwide, the film features songs from his legendary Pink Floyd albums (The Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall, Animals, Wish You Were Here) and from his last album, Is This The Life We Really Want?


Waters collaborates once more with Sean Evans, visionary director of the highly acclaimed movie, Roger Waters The Wall, to deliver this creatively pioneering film that inspires with its powerful music and message of human rights, liberty and love.



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Wednesday 2 Oct 201919:30 Book Now

Royal Ballet: Concerto & Other Ballets (12A)

Royal Ballet: Concerto & Other Ballets

THE ROYAL BALLET

CONCERTO/ENIGMA VARIATIONS/RAYMONDA ACT III


From The Royal Ballet’s classical origins in the works of Marius Petipa, to the homegrown choreographers who put British ballet on the world stage, this mixed programme highlights the versatility of the Company. Petipa’s Raymonda Act III is Russian classical ballet summarised in one act, full of sparkle and precise technique, while Ashton’s Enigma Variations is quintessentially British in every way – from its score by Elgar and period designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman, to Ashton’s signature style, the essence of British ballet. Concerto, MacMillan’s fusion of classical technique with a contemporary mind, completes a programme that shows the breadth of The Royal Ballet’s heritage.

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Tuesday 5 Nov 201919:15 Book Now

Royal Ballet: Coppelia (12A)

Royal Ballet: Coppelia

THE ROYAL BALLET

COPPÉLIA


A classic returns to The Royal Ballet repertory with Ninette de Valois’ charming and funny Coppélia – a story of love, mischief and mechanical dolls. The intricate choreography is set to Delibes’ delightful score and shows off the technical precision and comedic timing of the whole Company. Osbert Lancaster’s designs bring a colourful storybook world to life in this Christmas treat for the whole family.


Choreography: Ninette de Valois, after Lev Ivanov and Enrico Cecchetti

Music: Léo Delibes

Scenario: Charles Nuitter and Arthur Saint-Léon, after E.T.A. Hoffmann

Designer: Osbert Lancaster

Lighting designer: John B. Read

Conductor: Barry Wordsworth


Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

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Tuesday 10 Dec 201919:15 Book Now

Royal Ballet: Marston & Scarlett (World Premiere) (12A)

Royal Ballet: Marston & Scarlett (World Premiere)

THE ROYAL BALLET

MARSTON & SCARLETT WORLD PREMIERES


Choreographer Cathy Marston is previously an Associate Artist of the Royal Opera House and Director of Bern Ballett, and much in demand internationally. The inspiration for her first work for The Royal Ballet Main Stage is the momentous life and career of the cellist Jacqueline du Pré. A new work by Liam Scarlett, The Royal Ballet’s Artist in Residence, provides the second part of the programme.


NEW CATHY MARSTON

Choreography: Cathy Marston

Music: Philip Feeney

Scenario: Cathy Marston and Edward Kemp

Set designer: Hildegard Bechtler

Costume designer: Bregje van Balen

Lighting designer: Jon Clark

Conductor: Andrea Molino


NEW LIAM SCARLETT

Choreographer: Liam Scarlett

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Tuesday 25 Feb 202019:15 Book Now

Royal Ballet: Swan Lake (12A)

Royal Ballet: Swan Lake

THE ROYAL BALLET

SWAN LAKE


Liam Scarlett’s glorious production of Swan Lake, new in 2018, returns for its first revival. While remaining faithful to the Marius Petipa/Lev Ivanov text, Scarlett’s additional choreography and John Macfarlane’s magnificent designs breathe new life into what is arguably the best-known and most-loved classical ballet. The entire Company shines in this eternal tale of doomed love, a masterpiece filled with iconic moments. Tchaikovsky’s first score for ballet soars with its symphonic sweep and combines perfectly with exquisite choreography from the grand pas de deux of Prince Siegfried and Odile to the swans at the lakeside. An intoxicating, irresistible mix of spectacle and intimate passion.


Choreography: Liam Scarlett after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov

Music: Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky

Additional choreography:Frederick Ashton

Production: Liam Scarlett

Designer: John Macfarlane

Lighting designer: David Finn

Conductor: Koen Kessels

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Wednesday 1 Apr 202019:15 Book Now

Royal Ballet: The Dante Project (12A)

Royal Ballet: The Dante Project

THE ROYAL BALLET

THE DANTE PROJECT (WORLD PREMIERE)


Dante’s Divine Comedy is an epic journey through the afterlife: it encompasses the horrifying drama of Inferno and its damned, the lyrical mysticism of pilgrims on mount Purgatorio and the dazzling spheres of Paradiso with their endless configurations of light. The poem was inspired by the agony of Dante’s own exile, and traces his path from crisis to revelation guided by his literary hero Virgil and his lost love Beatrice. In this new work, The Royal Ballet’s trailblazing Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor collaborates with an award-winning team – contemporary composer Thomas Adès, artist Tacita Dean, lighting designer Lucy Carter and dramaturg Uzma Hameed – to bring us closer to Dante and his extraordinary vision.


A collaboration between Wayne McGregor, Thomas Adès, Tacita Dean, Lucy Carter and Uzma Hameed


Choreography: Wayne McGregor

Music: Thomas Adès

Design: Tacita Dean

Lighting design (part one): Lucy Carter, Simon Bennison

Lighting design (parts two and three): Lucy Carter

Dramaturg: Uzma Hameed

Conductor: Koen Kessels

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Thursday 28 May 202019:15 Book Now

Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker (2016) (12A)

Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker (2016)

THE ROYAL BALLET

SPECIAL SCREENING

THE NUTCRACKER (RECORDED 2016)


The Royal Ballet's glorious production of The Nutcracker, created by Peter Wright in 1984, is the production par excellence of an all-time ballet favourite. It is Christmas Eve and Herr Drosselmeyer the magician sweeps young Clara away on a fantasy adventure in which time is suspended, the family

living-room becomes a great battlefield, and a magical journey takes them through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets. Tchaikovsky's glittering score, the gorgeous festive stage designs, and The Royal Ballet's captivating dancing including an exquisite pas de deux between the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince, make this Nutcracker the quintessential Christmas experience.


Choreography

Peter Wright after Lev Ivanov

Music Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky

Original scenario Marius Petipa

after E.T.A.Hoffmann

Production and scenario Peter Wright

Designer Julia Trevelyan Oman

Lighting designer Mark Henderson

Staging Christopher Carr

Conductor Boris Gruzin

The Sugar Plum Fairy Lauren Cuthbertson

The Prince Federico Bonelli

Clara Francesca Hayward

Hans-Peter/The Nutcracker

Alexander Campbell

Herr Drosselmeyer Gary Avis


Orchestra of the Royal Opera House


RECORDED LIVE AT THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

Thursday 8 December 2016  



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Tuesday 17 Dec 201919:15 Book Now

Royal Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty (12A)

Royal Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty

THE ROYAL BALLET

THE SLEEPING BEAUTY


This production of The Sleeping Beauty has delighted audiences in Covent Garden since 1946. A classic of Russian ballet, it established The Royal Ballet both in its new home after the Second World War and as a world-class company. Sixty years later, in 2006, the original staging was revived, returning Oliver Messel’s wonderful designs and glittering costumes to the stage. Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score and Marius Petipa’s original choreography beautifully combine with sections created for The Royal Ballet by Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell and Christopher Wheeldon. This ballet is sure to cast its spell over anyone who sees it.


Choreography: Marius Petipa

Music: Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky

Additional choreography: Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell, Christopher Wheeldon

Production: Monica Mason and Christopher Newton after Ninette de Valois and Nicholas Sergeyev

Original designs: Oliver Messel

Additional designs: Peter Farmer

Lighting designer: Mark Jonathan

Conductor: Simon Hewett

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Thursday 16 Jan 202019:15 Book Now

Royal Opera: Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci (12A)

Royal Opera: Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci

THE ROYAL OPERA

CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA/ PAGLIACCI


Sung in Italian with English subtitles.


Two opera classics are drawn together in this wonderfully observed re-creation of life in a south Italian village as a travelling theatre visits and emotions erupt. The award-winning production by Damiano Michieletto presents vividly the fast-moving and shocking events brought about by secret love and uncontrollable jealousy. The music is full of Italianate melody in the great choruses that bring the villagers together in celebration and revelry, alongside the solo arias and tense confrontations that provoke violence and tragedy. With thrilling singing and intense drama, ‘Cav and Pag’ distils into one wonderful night out, the enduring appeal of Italian opera in its most familiar form.


A co-production with Opera Australia, La Monnaie, Brussels, and the Göteborg Opera.


Conductor: Daniel Oren

Director: Damiano Michieletto

Set designer: Paolo Fantin

Costume designer: Carla Teti

Lighting designer: Alessandro Carletti


CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA

Music: Pietro Mascagni

Libretto: Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti and Guido Menasci

Turiddu: Yonghoon Lee

Santuzza: Liudmyla Monastyrska

Alfio: Dimitri Platanias

Lola: Josè Maria Lo Monaco


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Music: Ruggero Leoncavallo

Libretto: Ruggero Leoncavallo

Canio: Roberto Alagna

Tonio: Dimitri Platanias

Nedda: Aleksandra Kurzak

Silvio: Bogdan Baciu

Beppe: Mikeldi Atxlandabaso

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Tuesday 21 Apr 202019:00 Book Now

Royal Opera: Don Giovanni (12A)

Royal Opera: Don Giovanni

THE ROYAL OPERA

DON GIOVANNI


Sung in Italian with English subtitles


Sexual intrigue, jealousy, wit, anger… and retribution! The new Royal Opera Season begins with Mozart’s engaging masterpiece, which follows Don Giovanni, the women he serially seduces, and the vengeance that finally catches up with him. The opera is renowned for its ever-shifting portrayals of complex characters, fast-moving action and mix of the comic and the heartfelt. A cast of international singers – both familiar and making Royal Opera debuts – under conductor Hartmut Haenchen perform the glorious arias and ensembles of this opera favourite.


Co-production with Israeli Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, and Houston Grand Opera


Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Libretto: Lorenzo da Ponte

Conductor: Hartmut Haenchen

Director: Kasper Holten

Set designer: Es Devlin

Video designer: Luke Halls

Costume designer: Anja Vang Kragh

Lighting designer: Bruno Poet

Choreography: Signe Fabricius


Don Giovanni: Erwin Schrott

Leporello: Roberto Tagliavini

Donna Anna: Malin Byström

Donna Elvira: Christine Rice

Don Ottavio: Daniel Behle

Zerlina: Louise Alder

Commendatore: Lars Woldt

Masetto: Leon Košavić


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Tuesday 8 Oct 201918:45 Book Now

Royal Opera: Don Pasquale (12A)

Royal Opera: Don Pasquale

THE ROYAL OPERA

DON PASQUALE (NEW TO THE ROYAL OPERA)


Sung in Italian with English subtitles


Royal Opera favourite Bryn Terfel heads the cast for this new production of Donizetti’s comedy of domestic drama across two generations. The witty story of a middle-aged man whose supposed young wife runs rings around him – with her own ulterior romantic purpose in mind – has long delighted and surprised audiences, not least as presented with the sparkle of its music and the virtuoso skill of its performers. Damiano Michieletto’s exhilarating production shows how contemporary the characters still are and how immediate and touching the story remains.


Co-production with Opéra national de Paris and Teatro Massimo, Palermo


Music: Gaetano Donizetti

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Thursday 24 Oct 201919:30 Book Now

Royal Opera: Elektra (12A)

Royal Opera: Elektra

THE ROYAL OPERA

ELEKTRA (NEW PRODUCTION)


Sung in German with English subtitles


Strauss’s thrilling and audacious adaptation of Greek tragedy receives a new staging by the award-winning director Christof Loy. This uncompromising opera, about a daughter intent on bloody revenge and a mother driven to madness, has provoked critics to lively debate and both shocked and excited audiences since its 1909 premiere. Antonio Pappano conducts music that combines violence with moments of exquisite tenderness in his first Strauss interpretation for The Royal Opera since 2002. The outstanding cast includes Nina Stemme (Brünnhilde in last Season’s Der Ring des Nibelungen) in the title role, and Karita Mattila in her role debut as the haunted queen Klytämnestra.


Music Richard Strauss

Libretto Hugo von Hofmannsthal

Conductor Antonio Pappano

Director Christof Loy

Designer Johannes Leiacker

Lighting designer Olaf Winter


Elektra Nina Stemme

Chrysothemis Sara Jakubiak

Klytämnestra Karita Mattila

Orest Christof Fischesser

Ägisth Joseph Kaiser


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Orchestra of the Royal Opera House


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Thursday 18 Jun 202019:45 Book Now

Royal Opera: Fidelio (12A)

Royal Opera: Fidelio

THE ROYAL OPERA

FIDELIO (NEW PRODUCTION)


Sung in German with English subtitles


Beethoven’s only opera is a masterpiece, an uplifting story of risk and triumph. In this new production, conducted by Antonio Pappano, Jonas Kaufmann plays the political prisoner Florestan, and Lise Davidsen his wife Leonore (disguised as ‘Fidelio’) who daringly sets out to rescue him. Set in strong counterpoint are the ingredients of domestic intrigue, determined love and the cruelty of an oppressive regime. The music is transcendent throughout and includes the famous Act I Quartet, the Prisoners’ Chorus and Florestan’s impassioned Act II cry in the darkness and vision of hope. Tobias Kratzer’s new staging brings together the dark reality of the French Revolutionary ‘Terror’ and our own time to illuminate Fidelio’s inspiring message of shared humanity.


Music: Ludwig van Beethoven

Libretto: Joseph Sonnleithner, Stephan von Breuning and George Friedrich Treitschke

Conductor: Antonio Pappano

Director: Tobias Kratzer

Set and costume designer: Rainer Sellmaier

Lighting designer: Michael Bauer

Video designer: Manuel Braun

Dramaturg: Bettina Bartz


Leonore (Fidelio): Lise Davidsen

Florestan: Jonas Kaufmann

Rocco: Georg Zeppenfeld

Don Pizarro: Simon Neal

Marzelline: Amanda Forsythe


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Tuesday 17 Mar 202019:15 Book Now

Royal Opera: La Boheme (12A)

Royal Opera: La Boheme

THE ROYAL OPERA

LA BOHÈME


Sung in Italian with English subtitles


Puccini’s opera of young love in 19th-century Paris is packed with beautiful music, including lyrical arias, celebratory choruses for Act II’s evocation of Christmas Eve in the Latin Quarter, and a poignant final scene over which the composer himself wept. Richard Jones’s character-led production perfectly captures La bohème’s mixture of comedy, romance and tragedy, with striking designs by Stewart Laing. The cast features some of the greatest interpreters of Puccini’s bohemian lovers performing today, as well as former members of The Royal Opera’s Jette Parker Young Artists Programme.


Co-production with Teatro Real, Madrid and Lyric Opera of Chicago


Music: Giacomo Puccini

Libretto: Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica

Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume

Director: Richard Jones

Designer: Stewart Laing

Lighting designer: Mimi Jordan Sherin

Movement director: Sarah Fahie


Mimì: Sonya Yoncheva

Rodolfo: Charles Castronovo

Marcello: Andrzej Filończyk

Musetta: Aida Garifullina

Schaunard: Gyula Nagy

Colline: Peter Kellner


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Wednesday 29 Jan 202019:45 Book Now

Singin' in the Rain (U)

Singin' in the Rain

Dementia Friendly Screening of Singin' in the Rain (1952)


There will be a 15 minute interval half way through the film.


Working his way up from being a song and dance man to one of the top movie stars of the silent era, Don Lockwood finds his career in jeopardy with the advent of talkies. Studio bosses insist that his next production features synchronised sound, but it becomes abundantly clear that his egocentric co-star does not have a voice suited for the new medium. Don recruits an aspiring “serious” actress to dub the parts and raises his co-star’s anger even further when he starts to fall for her.


Our Dementia Friendly Screenings are designed for people living with Dementia and their carers, or for anyone who would benefit from a relaxed cinema environment, but all are welcome.


Providing a comfortable and welcome environment, we turn the sound down a notch, keep the lights on low and encourage people to come and go as they want with unallocated seating.


Being situated on the first floor above Whetherspoons, we reccomend arriving in good time before the screening so we can transport customers up our stair lifts in an efficient manner.


Click here to see our other Dementia Friendly Screenings.

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Thursday 7 Nov 201913:30 Book Now (DEMENTIA FRIENDLY)

The Cowfoot Prince + Live Performance and Q&A (No Cert)

The Cowfoot Prince + Live Performance and Q&A

The Cowfoot Prince - Private Screening, Exclusive Live Performance and Q&A.


“Sierra Leone is the country I hate to love.”


The Cowfoot Prince follows Usifu Jalloh, a Sierra Leonean Storyteller, from his adopted home in London back to the village where he was born. The journey charts the lifelong complexities of immigration, and Usifu’s complex and personal relationship with the country that is responsible both for the execution of his father, and for the inherited skills and wisdom he uses to make sense of the world. He shares his remarkable heritage, inspiring and awakening hope in a younger generation.


The Cowfoot Prince will have its World Premiere at DC International Shorts Film Festival, from the 19-28th September 2019 - Moviemaker Magazine’s top “Coolest Short Film Festival” and the Largest Short Film Event on the East Coast of the USA.


This private screening will be accompanied by an exclusive performance from electrifying performer and storyteller - Usifu Jalloh - the Cowfoot Prince himself.


Usifu Jalloh is a highly experienced, talented award winning performer and educator who has worked all over the world, with clients including BBC, British Council, World Health Organisation.


Following the screening, there will be a Q&A with the Director of the film, Bex Singleton, who was born in raised in Hexham. Chaired by Tony Webster, they will also be joined by Usifu Jalloh.


Bex has also directed I’ll Love You Till the End (2019), Love, Gill (2019), Process I and II (2018) Butterfly (2017) and A Man and a Boat (2016) and works for clients such as BBC Media Action, Breakin Convention, International Rescue Committee, and World Food Programme across the world. She is currently editing her first feature documentary with the working title One very Small Island.


Proceeds from this event will support the ongoing work of the Aruna Jalloh Foundation in Sierra Leone, and the journey of The Cowfoot Prince film.


Please note: with proceeds going to charity there are no benefits for Friends of the Forum. for this event.

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Saturday 14 Sep 201919:30 Book Now

The Lion King (PG)

The Lion King

From Disney Live Action, director Jon Favreau's all-new “The Lion King” journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub's arrival. Scar, Mufasa's brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own.


The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba's exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.

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The Red Shoes (U)

The Red Shoes

As part of Hexham Abbey Festival we present a screening of The Red Shoes (1948)


This Powell and Pressburger classic is widely considered to be one of the greatest films ever made and winner of two Oscars. It focuses on Vicky, a young ballerina starring in a ballet The Red Shoes. Like her character in the ballet, she is irresistibly drawn to dancing. Her life becomes split between her simple human passion and artistic devotion to her profession. The film contains ballet sequences of stylistic mastery, and is visually one of the most innovative and beautiful works of cinema ever created.  

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Sunday 22 Sep 201919:45 Book Now (ABBEY FESTIVAL)

The Sound of Music (U)

The Sound of Music

Dementia Friendly Screening of The Sound of Music (1965).


There will be a 15 minute interval half way through the film.


A tuneful, heartwarming story, The Sound of Music is based on the real life story of the Von Trapp Family singers, one of the world's best-known concert groups in the era immediately preceding World War II. Julie Andrews plays the role of Maria, the tomboyish postulant at an Austrian abbey who becomes a governess in the home of a widowed naval captain with seven children, and brings a new love of life and music into the home.


Our Dementia Friendly Screenings are designed for people living with Dementia and their carers, or for anyone who would benefit from a relaxed cinema environment, but all are welcome.


Providing a comfortable and welcome environment, we turn the sound down a notch, keep the lights on low and encourage people to come and go as they want with unallocated seating.


Being situated on the first floor above Wetherspoons, we reccomend arriving in good time before the screening so we can transport customers up our stair lifts in an efficient manner.


Click here to see our other Dementia Friendly Screenings.


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Thursday 5 Sep 201913:30 Book Now (DEMENTIA FRIENDLY)

Toy Story 4 (U)

Toy Story 4

It’s back – the jewel in Pixar’s crown and the story that changed cinema forever. The adventures of Woody, Buzz and the gang continue in another rollercoaster of a movie, which promises to pull on the heartstrings and tickle the funny bones of kids and grown-ups alike.


Woody (Tom Hanks) has always been confident about his place in the world, and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. So when Bonnie’s prized but reluctant new toy, a disposable spork called Forky (Tony Hale), runs away during a family vacation, Woody and friends begin a quest to bring him back where he belongs. On their ensuing road-trip adventure alongside new faces and old friends, the charismatic pull-string cowboy learns just how big the world can be for a toy.  



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Woodstock (1970) (15)

Woodstock (1970)

This year marks 50 years since the legendary first Woodstock Festival and we’re throwing a party to celebrate!


Join us for a night of peace, music and film - with themed drinks and music, a fancy-dress competition, and a screening of the seminal 1970 documentary Woodstock.


There’ll be themed cocktails and music in our Café Bar before the film from 6pm, and we’ll be hosting a fancy-dress competition - so get those flares out the cupboard, don your best tie-dye t-shirt, and make a daisy flower-crown to be in with a chance of winning some prizes!


Film synopsis:


In 1969, 500,000 people descended on a small patch of field in a little-known town in upstate New York called Woodstock. In this documentary, the iconic event is chronicled in unflinching detail, from the event's inception all the way through to the unexpected air-delivery of food and medical supplies by the National Guard. The film contains performances, interviews with the artists and candid footage of the fans in a defining portrait of 1960s America.


Please note: the film is 216 minutes long.


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Saturday 31 Aug 201919:00 Book Now

Yesterday (12A)

Yesterday

From Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis comes a British musical comedy about dreams of stardom and unexplained phenomena.


Aspiring singer-songwriter Jack Malik (Patel) is struggling with his career. He’s just a man with big dreams and a guitar, loved and supported by his childhood best friend, Ellie (James); and he’s far from famous. Until one day, during a mysterious global blackout, a car hits him and he comes round to find that nobody remembers The Beatles – apart from him! Feeling obliged to bring the legendary melodies of the Fab Four back to life, and with a little help from his steely American agent (McKinnon), Jack rises to global stardom faster than you can say, ‘I believe in yesterday.’ But he may have taken on more than he can handle.

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Friday 23 Aug 201919:30 Book Now
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