Event Cinema

Plays, operas and ballets - live and encore screenings

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Yerma [15]

Yerma [15]

Feature Length 120 minutes

‘Please note that the performance of Yerma includes strobe lighting.’

The incredible Billie Piper (Penny Dreadful, Great Britain) returns in her Evening Standard Best Actress award-winning role. A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in Simon Stone’s radical production of Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece. The unmissable theatre phenomenon sold out at the Young Vic and critics call it ‘an extraordinary theatrical triumph’ (The Times) and ‘stunning, searing, unmissable’ (Mail on Sunday). Billie Piper’s lead performance is described as ‘spellbinding’ (The Evening Standard), ‘astonishing’ (iNews) and ‘devastatingly powerful’ (The Daily Telegraph). Set in contemporary London, Piper’s portrayal of a woman in her thirties desperate to conceive builds with elemental force to a staggering, shocking, climax.

More Info 31st August 7:00pm

John le Carré - AN EVENING WITH GEORGE SMILEY [TBC]

John le Carré - AN EVENING WITH GEORGE SMILEY [TBC]

Feature Length 120 minutes

Live from London's Royal Festival Hall, join us for a unique celebration of John le Carré’s work as he discusses the full breadth of his career, and reflects on the continuing story of his most famous creation, the tubby, bespectacled spy, George Smiley.

Featuring readings from his new novel A Legacy of Spies, and a rare question and answer session, this will be an unmissable opportunity to experience the author direct and in his own words.

More Info 7th September 7:45pm

Carmen On The Lake [TBC]

Carmen On The Lake [TBC]

Feature Length 180 minutes

Performed on the spectacular water stage of lake Constance in Bregenz (Austria), George Bizet's Carman is a story of passion, destiny and obsession. The french composer's opera is most famous for its spanish melodies, including the Flower song, Habanera and the Toreador Song.

More Info 14th September 7:00pm

The Magic Flute [TBC]

The Magic Flute [TBC]

Feature Length 190 minutes

Mozart’s glorious opera The Magic Flute is brought enchantingly to life in David McVicar’s production with beautiful sets by John Macfarlane.

David McVicar’s classic production embraces both the seriousness and comedy of Mozart’s work. The audience is transported to a fantastical world of dancing animals, flying machines and dazzlingly starry skies. The setting provides a wonderful backdrop for Mozart’s kaleidoscopic score, from the Queen of the Night’s coloratura fireworks to Tamino and Pamina’s lyrical love duets and Papageno’s hearty, folksong-like arias.

More Info 20th September 7:15pm

King Lear Live From Shakespeare's Globe [TBC]

King Lear Live From Shakespeare's Globe [TBC]

Feature Length 180 minutes

King Lear decides to divide his kingdom amongst his 3 daughters, but fails to anticipate the consequences of his actions. his generosity is cruelly repaid. As he comes to realise the false values by which he has lived, he finally encounters his own humanity.

More Info 21st September 7:30pm

La bohème [TBC]

La bohème [TBC]

Feature Length 155 minutes

Acclaimed director Richard Jones (Boris Godunov, Il trittico) directs a new production of Puccini’s La bohème. Irresistible in its witty, passionate blend of comedy and tragedy, the opera focusses on the lives of a group of young artists as they eke out an existence on the bohemian fringes of Paris, the capital of the 19th century. Jones brings his characteristically acute insight to this much-loved classic, visualized in Stewart Laing’s spectacular, stylized 1850s setting.

More Info 3rd October 7:15pm

Hamlet [12A]

Hamlet [12A]

Feature Length 205 minutes

Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy.

Now seen by over 750,000 people worldwide, the original 2015 NT Live broadcast returns to cinemas.

More Info 5th October 7:00pm

Coriolanus [TBC]

Coriolanus [TBC]

Caius Martius Coriolanus is a fearless soldier but a reluctant leader. His ambitious mother attempts to carve him a path to political power, but he struggles to change his nature and do what is required to achieve greatness. In this new city state struggling to find its feet, where the gap between rich and poor is widening every day, Coriolanus must decide who he really is and where his allegiances lie.

More Info 11th October 7:00pm

Alice's Adventures In Wonderland [TBC]

Alice's Adventures In Wonderland [TBC]

Feature Length 170 minutes

Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland burst onto the stage in 2011 in an explosion of colour, stage magic and inventive, sophisticated choreography. Joby Talbot’s score combines contemporary soundworlds with sweeping melodies that gesture to ballet scores of the 19th century. Bob Crowley’s wildly imaginative, eye-popping designs draw on everything from puppetry to projections to make Wonderland wonderfully real.

More Info 23rd October 7:15pm

Follies [TBC]

Follies [TBC]

Feature Length 210 minutes

Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas.

New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves.

 

More Info 16th November 7:00pm

The Nutcracker [TBC]

The Nutcracker [TBC]

Feature Length 135 minutes

Peter Wright’s nigh-on definitive production for The Royal Ballet ranks as one of the most enduring and enchanting versions of The Nutcracker. With its festive period setting, dancing snowflakes and enchanting stage magic, Lev Ivanov’s 1892 ballet has become the perfect Christmas entertainment, with Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous, sugar-spun music the most recognizable of all ballet scores.

More Info 5th December 7:15pm

Young Marx [TBC]

Young Marx [TBC]

Feature Length 220 minutes

Rory Kinnear (The Threepenny Opera, Penny Dreadful, Othello) is Marx and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night, Green Wing) is Engels, in this new comedy written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London, the production is directed by Nicholas Hytner and reunites the creative team behind Broadway and West End hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors.

 

More Info 7th December 7:00pm

Rigoletto [TBC]

Rigoletto [TBC]

Feature Length 165 minutes

David McVicar’s production highlights the cruelty at the heart of the court of Mantua. Richly dressed courtiers engage in orgies and revelries to Verdi’s heady, spirited dances. The opera’s many musical highlights include the ebullient ‘La donna è mobile’, in which the Duke boasts of his disregard for women; Gilda’s exquisite, plangent duets with Rigoletto and the Duke; and the gorgeous Act III quartet that beautifully weaves the voices together as the story quickens to its shattering conclusion.

More Info 16th January 7:15pm

Tosca [TBC]

Tosca [TBC]

Feature Length 180 minutes

Jonathan Kent’s production for The Royal Opera captures the dangerous political turbulence of Rome in 1800. The Chief of Police, Scarpia – one of the most malevolent villains in opera – ruthlessly pursues and tortures enemies of the state. His dark, demonic music contrasts with the expansive melodies of the idealistic lovers, Tosca and Cavaradossi, who express their passion in sublime arias, including ‘Vissi d’arte’ and ‘E lucevan le stelle’. Giacomo Puccini’s dramatic work was a hit with audiences on its 1900 premiere and it remains one of the most performed of all operas – with its gripping plot and glorious music, it’s easy to see why.

More Info 7th February 7:15pm

Twelfth Night [TBC]

Twelfth Night [TBC]

Christopher Luscombe, Director of the ‘glorious’ (Daily Telegraph) Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing (2014 and 2016), returns to the Royal Shakespeare Company to tackle Shakespeare’s greatest comedy, a brilliantly bittersweet account of "the whirligig of time".

More Info 14th February 7:00pm

The Winter's Tale [TBC]

The Winter's Tale [TBC]

Feature Length 180 minutes

Christopher Wheeldon, Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet, created his adaptation of Shakespeare’s late great romance The Winter’s Tale for The Royal Ballet in 2014. Building on the success of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Winter’s Tale received ecstatic praise at its premiere, acclaimed by critics and audiences alike for its intelligent, distinctive and emotionally powerful story, told through exquisite dance. It is now widely judged to be a modern ballet classic.

More Info 28th February 7:15pm

Carmen [TBC]

Carmen [TBC]

Feature Length 200 minutes

 

Carmen is the best-known work by French composer Georges Bizet, and one of the most famous operas in the entire art form – numbers such as the Habanera and the Toreador Song have permeated the popular consciousness as little else has. The opera’s heady combination of passion, sensuality and violence initially proved too much for the stage, and it was a critical failure on its 1875 premiere. Bizet died shortly after, and never learned of the spectacular success his Carmen would achieve: the opera has been performed more than five hundred times at Covent Garden alone.

More Info 6th March 6:45pm

Julius Caesar [TBC]

Julius Caesar [TBC]

Feature Length 180 minutes

Ben Whishaw (The Danish Girl, Skyfall, Hamlet) and Michelle Fairley (Fortitude, Game of Thrones) play Brutus and Cassius, David Calder (The Lost City of Z, The Hatton Garden Job)plays Caesar and David Morrissey (The Missing, Hangmen, The Walking Dead) is Mark Antony. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London.

 

More Info 22nd March 7:00pm

Bernstein Centenary [TBC]

Bernstein Centenary [TBC]

Feature Length 180 minutes

Leonard Bernstein was one of the first classical composers in America to achieve both popular and critical acclaim. He was eclectic in his sources – drawing on jazz and modernism, the traditions of Jewish music and the Broadway musical – and many of Bernstein’s scores are remarkably well suited to dance. He was particularly associated with Jerome Robbins, their credits together including Fancy Free and West Side Story. To celebrate the centenary year of the composer’s birth, The Royal Ballet has united all three of its associate choreographers to celebrate the dynamic range and danceability of Bernstein’s music.

More Info 27th March 7:15pm

Macbeth [TBC]

Macbeth [TBC]

Feature Length 200 minutes

Verdi’s life-long love affair with Shakespeare’s works began with Macbeth, a play he considered to be ‘one of the greatest creations of man’. With his librettist, Francesco Maria Piave, Verdi set out to create ‘something out of the ordinary’. Their success is borne out in every bar of a score that sees Verdi at his most theatrical: it bristles with demonic energy.

More Info 4th April 7:15pm

Manon [TBC]

Manon [TBC]

Feature Length 155 minutes

Kenneth MacMillan’s source for Manon was the 18th-century French novel already adapted for opera by Massenet and Puccini. The premiere was given on 7 March 1974, with the lead roles danced by Antoinette Sibley and Anthony Dowell. The ballet quickly became a staple of The Royal Ballet’s repertory, and a touchstone of adult, dramatic dance.

More Info 3rd May 7:15pm

Swan Lake [TBC]

Swan Lake [TBC]

Feature Length 180 minutes

Swan Lake has had a special role in the repertory of The Royal Ballet since 1934. This Season The Royal Ballet creates a new production with additional choreography by Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett. While remaining faithful to the Petipa-Ivanov text, Scarlett will bring fresh eyes to the stagingof this classic ballet, in collaboration with his long-term designer John Macfarlane.

More Info 12th June 7:15pm