NT Live: Prima Facie (15)

NT Live: Prima Facie

Jodie Comer (Killing Eve) makes her West End debut in the UK premiere of Suzie Miller’s award-winning play.


Tessa is a young, brilliant barrister. She has worked her way up from working class origins to be at the top of her game; defending; cross examining and winning. An unexpected event forces her to confront the lines where the patriarchal power of the law, burden of proof and morals diverge.


Prima Facie takes us to the heart of where emotion and experience collide with the rules of the game.


Justin Martin directs this solo tour de force, captured live from the intimate Harold Pinter Theatre in London’s West End.


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Thursday 21 Jul 202219:00 Book Now

Westlife: Live at Wembley Stadium (12A)

Westlife: Live at Wembley Stadium

Join us for a pre-recorded screening of the August 2022 concert at Wembley stadium from the UK’s biggest-selling album group of the 21st century, Westlife!


With 20 years of hits, a staggering 14 number one UK singles and selling over 55 million records worldwide, Westlife will deliver an unmissable night for fans. Performing all of their hits from their highly anticipated Wild Dreams tour, including ‘Uptown Girl’, ‘Flying Without Wings’, ‘You Raise Me Up’ and ‘If I Let You Go’. In front of a sold out Wembley Stadium, this spectacular show is set to be their biggest and most historic show yet!

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Sunday 7 Aug 202215:00 Book Now

Andre Rieu's 2022 Maastricht Concert: Happy Days are Here Again (U)

Andre Rieu's 2022 Maastricht Concert: Happy Days are Here Again

The wait is over! After 2 long years, maestro André Rieu is performing from his hometown of Maastricht once again! We are proud to present André’s brand-new summer concert - Happy Days are Here Again!

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Sunday 28 Aug 202215:30 Book Now

NT Live: Much Ado About Nothing (12A)

NT Live: Much Ado About Nothing

Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd) and John Heffernan (Dracula) lead the cast in Shakespeare’s romcom of sun, sea and mistaken identity.

 

The legendary family-run Hotel Messina on the Italian Riveria has been visited by artists, celebrities and royalty. But when the owner’s daughter weds a dashing young soldier, not all guests are in the mood for love.


A string of scandalous deceptions soon surround not only the young couple, but also the adamantly single Beatrice and Benedick.


Following the award-winning success of National Theatre Live’s Romeo & Juliet, Twelfth Night and Antony and Cleopatra, director Simon Godwin returns with this irresistible comedy, broadcast live from the National Theatre stage.


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Thursday 8 Sep 202219:00 Book Now

Royal Opera: Madama Butterfly (TBC)

Royal Opera: Madama Butterfly

‘Love cannot kill: it brings new life’


On a starlit night in Nagasaki, these are the words spoken by American naval officerPinkerton to young geisha  Cio-Cio-San. But as they both learn, words and promises carelessly spoken can have indelible consequences.


With a score that includes Butterfly’s aria, 'Un bel dì, vedremo' (‘One fine day’) and the ‘Humming Chorus’, Giacomo Puccini’s opera is entrancing and ultimately heart-breaking. Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s exquisite production takes inspiration from19th-century European images of Japan.




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Tuesday 27 Sep 202219:15 Book Now

Royal Ballet: Mayerling (TBC)

Royal Ballet: Mayerling

Inspired  by  dark  and  gripping  real  life  events,  this  Royal  Ballet  classic  depicts  the  sexual  and morbid obsessions of Crown Prince Rudolf leading to the murder-suicide scandal with his mistress Mary Vetsera. The oppressive glamour of the Austro-Hungarian court in the 1880s sets the scene for a suspenseful drama of psychological and political intrigue as Rudolf fixates on his mortality.


Kenneth MacMillan’s 1978 balletremains a masterpiece of storytelling and this revival marks 30 years since the choreographer’s death.Expect to see The Royal Balletat its dramatic finestacross potent ensemble scenes and some of the most daring and emotionally demanding pas de deux in the ballet repertory.

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Wednesday 5 Oct 202219:15 Book Now

NT Live: Jack Absolute Flies Again (12A)

NT Live: Jack Absolute Flies Again

A rollicking new comedy by Richard Bean (One Man, Two Guvnors) and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night).


After an aerial dog fight, Pilot Officer Jack Absolute flies home to win the heart of his old flame, Lydia Languish. Back on British soil, Jack’s advances soon turn to anarchy when the young heiress demands to be loved on her own, very particular, terms.


Emily Burns directs this spectacularly entertaining new version of Sheridan’s The Rivals. Featuring a cast including Caroline Quentin, Laurie Davidson, Natalie Simpson and Kelvin Fletcher.


‘One of the funniest productions in the National’s history.’ Guardian on One Man, Two Guvnors


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Thursday 6 Oct 202219:00 Book Now

Royal Opera: Aida (TBC)

Royal Opera: Aida

Princess Aida has been kidnapped: a valuable prize in a war between Egypt and Ethiopia. Meanwhile, the ambitious soldier Radames wrestles with his feelings for her. As they draw closer together, each must make an agonizingchoice between their loyalty to home, and their love for each other.


In this new production, director Robert Carsen situates Verdi’s large-scale political drama within a contemporary world, framing its power struggles and toxic jealousies in the apparatus of a modern, totalitarian state. Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts Verdi’s glorious, monumental score.

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Wednesday 12 Oct 202218:45 Book Now

Royal Opera: La Boheme (TBC)

Royal Opera: La Boheme

Paris, 1900. Penniless writer Rodolfo believes that art is all he needs – until he meets Mimì, the lonely seamstress who lives upstairs. So begins a timeless love story that blooms, fades, and rekindles with the passing seasons. But while the couple’s friends Marcello and Musetta passionately row and make  up, a force greater than love threatens Rodolfo and Mimì.


Richard Jones’s production evokes the vivid contrasts of fin de siècle Paris, from Bohemian apartments to glittering arcades.

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Thursday 20 Oct 202219:15 Book Now

Royal Ballet: A Diamond Celebration (TBC)

Royal Ballet: A Diamond Celebration

The Royal Ballet’s dazzling Principals lead an evening not to be missed, their sparkling talents a perfect fit for  a  diamond  anniversary. Celebrating the 60th anniversary of The Friends of Covent Garden, this programme recognisesthe amazing support of all ROH Friends past and present.


The showcase will demonstrate the breadth and diversity of The Royal Ballet’s repertory in classical, contemporary and heritage works. It will also include world premieres of short ballets by choreographers Pam Tanowitz, Joseph Toonga and Valentino Zucchetti as well asThe Royal Ballet’s first performance of For Fourby Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon and a performance of George Balanchine’s Diamonds.

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Wednesday 16 Nov 202219:15 Book Now

Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker (TBC)

Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker

Join Clara at a delightful Christmas Eve party that becomes a magical adventure once everyone else is tucked up in bed. Marvel at the brilliance of Tchaikovsky’s score, as Clara and her enchanted Nutcracker fight the Mouse King and visit the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince in the glittering Kingdom of Sweets. Peter Wright’s much-loved production for The Royal Ballet, with gorgeous period designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman, keeps true to the spirit of this festive ballet classic, combining the thrill of the fairy tale  with spectacular classical dancing.

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Thursday 8 Dec 202219:15 Book Now

Royal Ballet: Like Water for Chocolate (TBC)

Royal Ballet: Like Water for Chocolate

A modern Mexican classic of magic realism provides the basis for The Royal Ballet’s new full-length work, reuniting  Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon with the creative team who transformed Alice’s Adventures in Wonderlandand The Winter’s Taleinto dance, composer Joby Talbot and designer Bob Crowley.


The ballet is inspiredbyLaura Esquivel’s novel – a captivating family saga where the central character’s emotions spill out through cooking to influence everyone around her in startling and dramatic ways. In this co-production with American Ballet Theatre, Mexican conductor Alondra de la Parra also acts asmusical consultant for Talbot’s newly commissioned score, and Wheeldon has worked closely with  Esquivel to reshape her richly layered story intoan entertaining and engrossing new ballet.


FILMED IN JUNE 2022

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Thursday 19 Jan 202319:15 Book Now

Royal Opera: The Barber of Seville (TBC)

Royal Opera: The Barber of Seville

When Rosina falls in love with amysterious young suitorwho calls himself Lindoro, she must use all her cunning – and a little help from her local barber – to outwit her calculating guardian Dr Bartolo.


Expect heart-melting serenades, ridiculous disguises and a fairytale ending waiting just out of reach. From the barber’s famous opening number ‘Largo al factotum,’ with its cry of ‘Figaro! Figaro!,’ to Rosina’s feisty aria ‘Una voce poco fa,’ Gioachino Rossini’s comic opera is a riotously entertaining affair.


Rafael Payare makes his Royal Opera House debut conducting an outstanding international cast that includes Andrzej Filończyk, Aigul Akhmetshina, Laurence Brownlee and Bryn Terfel.

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Wednesday 15 Feb 202319:00 Book Now

Royal Opera: Turandot (TBC)

Royal Opera: Turandot

In the court of Princess Turandot, suitors who fail to solve her riddles are brutally killed. But when a mysterious Prince answers one correctly, suddenly he holds all the power – and a glorious secret. When life hangs in the balance, can love conquer all?


Puccini’s score is rich in musical marvels (featuring the famous aria ‘Nessun dorma’), while Andrei Serban’s production draws on Chinese theatrical traditionsto evoke a colourful fantasy tableau of ancient Peking. Antonio Pappano conducts Anna Pirozzi inthe title role and Yonghoon Lee as Calaf.

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Wednesday 22 Mar 202319:15 Book Now

Royal Ballet: Cinderella (TBC)

Royal Ballet: Cinderella

Royal Ballet Founder Choreographer Frederick Ashton’s Cinderellacelebrates its 75th anniversary this Season. The ballet’s opening night in 1948, featuring Moira Shearer and Michael Somes in the lead roles, was received rapturously. After over a decade away from the Royal Opera House stage, Ashton’s timeless reworking of Charles Perrault’s famous rags-to-riches story returns, showcasing the choreographer’s deft musicality and the beauty of Prokofiev’s transcendent score. A creative team steeped in the magic of theatre, film, dance and opera brings new atmosphere to Cinderella’s ethereal world of fairy godmothers and pumpkin carriages, handsome princes and finding true love.

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Wednesday 12 Apr 202319:15 Book Now

Royal Opera: The Marriage of Figaro (TBC)

Royal Opera: The Marriage of Figaro

Servants Figaro and Susanna are filled with excitement on their wedding day, but there’s a hitch: their employer, the Count Almaviva, has dishonourable intentions of his own towards the bride-to-be.


With more twists than a page boy’s stockings, the story of Mozart’s comic opera will surprise and delight you at every turn. Come for the music andstay for the cross-dressing hilarity, all unfolding over the course of one crazy, topsy-turvy day in the Almaviva household. Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappanoconductsa truly international cast in David McVicar’s timeless production.


FILMED IN JANUARY 2022

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Thursday 27 Apr 202318:45 Book Now

Royal Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty (TBC)

Royal Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty

The Sleepin  Beauty holds a very special place in The Royal Ballet’s heart and history. It was the first performance given by the Company when the Royal Opera House reopened at Covent Garden in 1946 after World War II. In 2006, this original staging was revived and has been delighting audiences ever since. Frederick Ashton famously cited the pure classicism of Marius Petipa’s 19th-century  ballet  as  a private lesson in the atmospheric art and craft of choreography. Be swept away by Tchaikovsky’s ravishing music and Oliver Messel’s sumptuous fairytale designs with this true gem from the classical ballet repertory.

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Wednesday 24 May 202319:15 Book Now

Royal Opera: Il Trovatore (TBC)

Royal Opera: Il Trovatore

Passions run high as Manrico and the Count di Luna compete for the affections of Leonora. Little do they know, Manrico’s mother Azucena has been keeping a terrible secret for decades. Soon a curse from the past will rise up from the ashes with devastating implications for them all.


Starring Ludovic Tézier and Jamie Barton, Adele Thomas’s energetic staging sets Verdi’s tale in a Hieronymus Bosch-inspired universe of medieval superstition. Antonio Pappano conducts Verdi’s dramatic score, which featuresthe famous ‘Anvil’ chorus.

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Tuesday 13 Jun 202319:15 Book Now