42nd Street - The Musical (PG)

42nd Street - The Musical

The Broadway 1980 musical filmed live at the West End revival in 2018. 42nd Street tells the story of Peggy Sawyer, a talented young dancer in New York fresh off the bus from small-town America and just another face in the chorus line in Broadway’s newest show. But when the leading lady is injured, Peggy has the opportunity she’s always dreamt of. Starring Clare Halse, Bonnie Langford and Ashley Day, and featuring classic numbers such as ‘We’re In The Money’ and ‘Lullaby Of Broadway’.


★★★★★ “Glorious” – Express

★★★★★ “Utterly moreish extravaganza of glitz” – The Times

★★★★★ “Achingly beautiful revival of an American classic” – The Telegraph

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Sunday 10 Nov 201916:30 Book Now

Bait (15)

Bait

Shot on 16-mm black-and-white film and processed by hand, Bait tells a stark story rooted in local culture and community, and of how these marginal places are facing up to a changing world.


Martin Ward is a cove fisherman, without a boat. His brother Steven has re-purposed their father’s vessel as a tourist tripper, driving a wedge between the brothers. With their childhood home now a getaway for London money, Martin is displaced to the estate above the picturesque harbour. As his struggle to restore the family to their traditional place creates increasing friction with tourists and locals alike, a tragedy at the heart of the family changes his world.


“Intriguing and unexpectedly watchable… an adventure in zero-budget analogue cinema” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

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Tuesday 29 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

Branagh Theatre Live: The Winter's Tale (PG)

Branagh Theatre Live: The Winter's Tale

Due to phenomenal demand, The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare's timeless tragicomedy of obsession and redemption, returns to cinemas this festive season. This beautifully reimagined production, co-directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh, features a remarkable cast including Dame Judi Dench as Paulina, alongside Tom Bateman, Jessie Buckley, Hadley Fraser, Miranda Raison and Sir Kenneth Branagh as Leontes.


King Leontes appears to have everything: power, wealth, a loving family and friends. But sexual jealousy sets in motion a chain of events with tragic consequences…


This critically acclaimed production was the first in the hugely successful Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company Live season that was broadcast to cinemas from London’s Garrick Theatre over the course of a year in 2015.


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Wednesday 4 Dec 201919:30 Book Now

Downton Abbey (PG)

Downton Abbey

Intrigue, pageantry, romance, skulduggery, zingers from Maggie Smith - the big screen bow of Downton Abbey takes all the things you love about the TV show and rolls them out on a much grander scale.


The beloved upstairs-downstairs story continues in 1927, as the Crawleys and their intrepid staff prepare for the most important moment of their lives: a royal visit. Naturally the impending arrival of King George V and Queen Mary causes quite the stir in the community, and prompts a flurry of silver-polishing, meal-planning and spring-cleaning in the household to ensure everything is in ship-shape.


But with the Great Depression looming and fewer servants to run the estate, all hands on deck might not be enough. Faced with the exacting demands of the overbearing royal butler and his staff, Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) reaches out to the now-retired butler Carson (Jim Carter) to help restore a little sense of Downton’s former glory.

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Tuesday 15 Oct 201916:00 Book Now
Wednesday 16 Oct 201916:30 Book Now

Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things (12A)

Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things

Swing Bridge will be playing some live jazz in our Cafe Bar after the film.


Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things observes the singer’s journey into the limelight and her ambition and courage that drove her. She was just 15 years-old when she won a talent contest in 1934 at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem.


Her big break came when the musician Chick Webb gave her a chance to sing with his orchestra and eventually agreed to take her on tour.


Using never-before-seen images and unheard interviews, Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things brings Fitzgerald to life and tells the story of her music; a black woman who builds her career in the face of relentless racism, and a thoughtful, funny and dazzling musical innovator.


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Friday 18 Oct 201919:00 Book Now

It's a Wonderful Life (U)

It's a Wonderful Life

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.


Please note: the 1:30pm screening of It's a Wonderful Life on 13 Dec is a Dementia Friendly Screening.


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.


Click here to see our other Dementia Friendly Screenings.

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Friday 13 Dec 201913:30 Book Now (DEMENTIA FREIDNLY)
Friday 13 Dec 201919:30 Book Now

Joker (15)

Joker

Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Joker” stars Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix in the title role, alongside Oscar winner Robert De Niro, and is directed, produced and co-written by Oscar nominee Todd Phillips. “Joker” centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, a man disregarded by society, is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.

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Friday 25 Oct 201919:30 Book Now
Saturday 26 Oct 201917:00 Book Now
Sunday 27 Oct 201919:00 Book Now
Monday 28 Oct 201919:30 Book Now
Wednesday 30 Oct 201919:30 Book Now
Thursday 31 Oct 201919:30 Book Now

Joyeux Noel (12A)

Joyeux Noel

In collaboration with Hexham Town Twinning Association, we present a screening of Joyeux Noël (2005).


With the advent of World War I, Europe is thrown into a brutal and vicious chaos as men are forced to kill or be killed. While blood soaks the battlefield as Christmas approaches, the men in the trenches of the Western Front face a transformation, however fleeting, toward peace and goodwill. Against all odds, four unlikely individuals from opposing sides (Diane Kruger, Benno Fürmann, Guillaume Canet, Gary Lewis) bond during this bloodless respite to experience the hope and goodness in humanity.


Hexham Town Twinning Association aim to:


• promote and foster international friendship and understanding

• encourage visits by individuals and groups to and from our twin towns, especially by young people

• broaden mutual understanding of cultural, recreational, educational and commercial activities in our partnership

• organise supporting social and fund-raising activities


Hexham’s links with its two twin towns, Metzingen and Noyon, have been established for well over 25 years and are still going strong.  

www.hexhamtowntwinning.co.uk

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Tuesday 3 Dec 201919:30 Book Now

Judy (12A)

Judy

Thirty years after starring in "The Wizard of Oz," beloved actress and singer Judy Garland arrives in London to perform sold-out shows at the Talk of the Town nightclub. While there, she reminisces with friends and fans and begins a whirlwind romance with musician Mickey Deans, her soon-to-be fifth husband.

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Friday 18 Oct 201916:00 Book Now
Saturday 19 Oct 201916:30 Book Now
Saturday 19 Oct 201919:30 Book Now
Sunday 20 Oct 201916:30 Book Now
Sunday 20 Oct 201919:30 Book Now
Monday 21 Oct 201916:30 Book Now
Monday 21 Oct 201919:30 Book Now
Tuesday 22 Oct 201912:30 Book Now
Tuesday 22 Oct 201916:30 Book Now
Wednesday 23 Oct 201911:00 Book Now (PARENT & BABY)
Wednesday 23 Oct 201916:30 Book Now
Thursday 24 Oct 201916:30 Book Now

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

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: 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: 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

RSC: Timon of Athens (TBC)

RSC: Timon of Athens

In a world driven by greed, what do we truly value? Timon has it all – money, influence, friends. But when the money runs out, Timon soon finds her influence and friends have also gone. Left alone, she flees Athens to take refuge in the woods, cursing the city she once loved. Featuring a “searing central performance” (Guardian) from award-winning actor, Kathryn Hunter, Timon of Athens is a glittering and biting satire on whether money truly buys happiness.

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Wednesday 20 Nov 201919:00 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


PAGLIACCI

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 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


Royal Opera Chorus

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


Royal Opera Chorus

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

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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


Royal Opera Chorus

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

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Wednesday 29 Jan 202019:45 Book Now

Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (U)

Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

Shaun is back! And there's a new arrival in town who's a little alien...meet Lu-La. Watch the official trailer for A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon – landing in UK cinemas October 18th. Strange lights over the quiet town of Mossingham herald the arrival of a mystery visitor from far across the galaxy… When the intergalactic visitor – an impish and adorable alien called LU-LA – crash-lands near Mossy Bottom Farm, Shaun soon sees an opportunity for alien-powered fun and adventure and sets off on a mission to shepherd LU-LA home. Her magical alien powers, irrepressible mischief and galactic sized burps soon have the flock enchanted. Shaun takes his new extra-terrestrial friend on the road to Mossingham Forest to find her lost spaceship, unaware that a sinister alien-hunting agency is on their trail. Can Shaun and the flock avert Farmageddon on Mossy Bottom Farm before it’s too late?

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Friday 25 Oct 201916:30 Book Now
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Thursday 31 Oct 201916:30 Book Now

Singin' in the Rain (U)

Singin' in the Rain

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


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 Wetherspoons, we recommend 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 Angry Birds Movie 2 (U)

The Angry Birds Movie 2

The flightless angry birds and the scheming green piggies take their beef to the next level in 'The Angry Birds Movie 2'! When a new threat emerges that puts both Bird and Pig Island in danger, Red, Chuck, Bomb, and Mighty Eagle recruit Chuck's sister Silver and team up with pigs Leonard, his assistant Courtney, and techpig Garry to forge an unsteady truce and form an unlikely superteam to save their homes.

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Saturday 19 Oct 201911:30 Book Now (KIDS' CLUB)

The Big Meeting (12A)

The Big Meeting

150 years. Creativity. Unity. Endeavour.


The last feature film about the Durham Miners' Gala was made in 1963. 55-years later, it's time to explore and document the world's most significant annual public meeting in depth.


In December 2017, Shut Out The Light's documentary about Labour stalwart Dennis Skinner, Nature of the Beast, played to a sold-out audience at Redhills - The Miners' Hall in Durham. Having filmed at the Gala for Nature of the Beast and then being exposed to the history and aura of Redhills, Shut Out The Light approached the Durham Miners' Association about the possibility of making the first official feature-length documentary about the Gala.


The DMA agreed and have endorsed the project. Shut Out The Light had unprecedented access to the Gala, allowing them to capture it from all angles. The timing of this film is particularly relevant given that 2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the DMA.

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Tuesday 22 Oct 201919:30 Book Now
Wednesday 23 Oct 201914:00 Book Now

The Goldfinch (15)

The Goldfinch

Theodore “Theo” Decker was 13 years old when his mother was killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The tragedy changes the course of his life, sending him on a stirring odyssey of grief and guilt, reinvention and redemption, and even love. Through it all, he holds on to one tangible piece of hope from that terrible day...a painting of a tiny bird chained to its perch. The Goldfinch.


“The Goldfinch” is produced by Nina Jacobson (“The Hunger Games” films, “American Crime Story”) and Brad Simpson (“World War Z,” “American Crime Story”). Mari Jo Winkler-Ioffreda, Kevin McCormick, Sue Kroll and Courtenay Valenti are the executive producers. The screenplay is by Oscar nominee Peter Straughan (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”), based on the novel by Donna Tartt, which spent 30 weeks on The New York Times Best Sellers list.

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Tuesday 15 Oct 201912:30 Book Now
Wednesday 16 Oct 201919:30 Book Now
Thursday 17 Oct 201915:30 Book Now

The Lost Boys (15)

The Lost Boys

Join us on Spook Night for a screening of the 80s pop-culture phenomenon The Lost Boys (1987).


Teenage brothers Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim) move with their mother (Dianne Wiest) to a small town in northern California. While the younger Sam meets a pair of kindred spirits in geeky comic-book nerds Edward (Corey Feldman) and Alan (Jamison Newlander), the angst-ridden Michael soon falls for Star (Jami Gertz) -- who turns out to be in thrall to David (Kiefer Sutherland), leader of a local gang of vampires. Sam and his new friends must save Michael and Star from the undead.

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Saturday 26 Oct 201920:00 Book Now

The Nightmare Before Christmas (PG)

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Can Christmas be saved? Bored with the same old scare-and-scream routine, Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, longs to spread the joy of Christmas. But his merry mission puts Santa in jeopardy and creates a nightmare for good little boys and girls everywhere!

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Saturday 26 Oct 201911:30 Book Now (KIDS' CLUB)

Tsotsi (15)

Tsotsi

Charity fundraiser screening in aid of The Krizevac Project.


Winner of Best International Feature Film at the 2006 Academy Awards, Tsotsi follows the life of a young man living in a poor township in South Africa.


The Krizevac Project is a charity achieving lasting positive change for some of Malawi’s most needy communities in enterprising ways. Based in a poor township on the outskirts of Blantyre, the community is being transformed by the creation of a number of businesses established by the Charity. One of these enterprises is a Children’s Centre which is providing essential Early Years Education for pre-school children living in the township, giving them access to a learning curriculum which is based on a similar system to the UK.


Click here for more information about The Krizevac Project.

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Tuesday 15 Oct 201919:30 Book Now