Event Cinema

Plays, operas and ballets - live and encore screenings

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The Sleeping Beauty [12A As Live]

The Sleeping Beauty [12A As Live]

Feature Length 180 minutes

The Royal Ballet

This production of The Sleeping Beauty has been delighting audiences in Covent Garden since 1946. A classic of Russian ballet, it established The Royal Ballet both in its new home after World War II 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.

More Info 20th January 2:00pm

La Boheme [12A As Live]

La Boheme [12A As Live]

Sung in Italian with English subtitles

Feature Length 150 minutes

The Royal Opera

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 finalscene 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.

More Info 29th January 7:45pm 3rd February 2:00pm

Kinky Boots The Musical [TBC]

Kinky Boots The Musical [TBC]

moderate bad language, sex references, discriminatory terms  Ratings info

Feature Length 133 minutes

Recorded Live 2018

Kinky Boots The Musical, filmed live at the Adelphi Theatre in the heart of London’s West End, is strutting onto the big screen! With songs from Grammy and Tony award winning pop icon Cindy Lauper, book by legendary Broadway playwright Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles), and direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde, Hairspray), the musical is based on the film written by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth.

More Info 4th February 7:30pm 9th February 4:30pm

Cyrano De Bergerac [15 As Live]

Cyrano De Bergerac [15 As Live]

Feature Length 180 minutes

National Theatre

James McAvoy (X-Men, Atonement) returns to the stage in an inventive new adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, broadcast live to cinemas from the West End in London.

Fierce with a pen and notorious in combat, Cyrano almost has it all - if only he could win the heart of his true love Roxane. There’s just one big problem: he has a nose as huge as his heart. Will a society engulfed by narcissism get the better of Cyrano - or can his mastery of language set Roxane’s world alight?

More Info 20th February 7:00pm

The Cellist/Dances At A Gathering [12A As Live]

The Cellist/Dances At A Gathering [12A As Live]

Feature Length 150 minutes

The Royal Ballet

Cathy Marston has previously been an Associate Artist of the Royal Opera House and Director of Bern Ballett, and is 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. Jerome Robbins’s elegant and elegiac classic forms the second part of the programme. This exercise in pure dance for five couples, set to music by Chopin, is a masterpiece of subtlety and invention.

More Info 25th February 7:15pm

Fidelio [12A As Live]

Fidelio [12A As Live]

Sung in German with English subtitles

Feature Length 150 minutes

The Royal Opera

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 Davidsenhis 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. Themusic 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.

More Info 17th March 7:15pm 23rd March 2:00pm

Jonas Kaufmann My Vienna [TBC]

Jonas Kaufmann My Vienna [TBC]

Feature Length 90 minutes

Recorded Concert filmed live at the Wiener Konzerthaus, Vienna in October 2019

Jonas Kaufmann My Vienna is a deeply personal tribute by the star tenor to the world-famous melodies from the birthplace of waltz and operetta. Filmed live in the magical setting of the Wiener Konzerthaus, the concert features popular Viennese music from Die Fledermaus and Wienerblut by Johann Strauss and Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow, plus many of the classic songs inspired by the city of Vienna. Jonas Kaufmann performs with the Prague Philharmonia orchestra under the baton of Maestro Jochen Rieder and is joined by the internationally acclaimed soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen.

More Info 24th March 7:30pm

Swan Lake [12A As Live]

Swan Lake [12A As Live]

Feature Length 180 minutes

The Royal Ballet

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 mix of spectacle and intimate passion, the overall effect is irresistible.

More Info 1st April 7:15pm 6th April 1:00pm

Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci [12A As Live]

Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci [12A As Live]

Sung in Italian with English subtitles

Feature Length 180 minutes

The Royal Opera

wo 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, 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 onewonderful night out, the enduring appeal of Italian opera in its most familiar form.

More Info 21st April 7:00pm

King John [TBC]

King John [TBC]

Feature Length 210 minutes

RSC Recorded Live March 2020

Shakespeare’s rarely performed tale of a nation in turmoil vibrates with modern resonance in this vivid new production by Director Eleanor Rhode in her debut at the RSC. This features a young and exciting cast, including Rosie Sheehy in the role of King John.

More Info 29th April 7:00pm

The Welkin [15 As Live]

The Welkin [15 As Live]

Feature Length 180 minutes

National Theatre

One life in the hands of 12 women.

Rural Suffolk in England, 1759. As the country waits for Halley’s comet, a young woman is sentenced to hang for a heinous murder.
When she claims to be pregnant, a jury of 12 matrons are taken from their housework to decide whether she’s telling the truth, or simply trying to escape the noose. With only midwife Lizzy Luke prepared to defend the girl, and a mob baying for blood outside, the matrons wrestle with their new authority, and the devil in their midst.

More Info 21st May 7:00pm

The Dante Project [12A As Live]

The Dante Project [12A As Live]

Feature Length 180 minutes

The Royal Ballet

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 ownexile, 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.

More Info 28th May 7:15pm

The Winter's Tale [12A As Live]

The Winter's Tale [12A As Live]

Royal Shakespeare Company

Set across a 16-year span from Mad Men to the moon landings, this new production of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale imagines a world where the ghosts of fascist Europe collide with horrors of The Handmaid’s Tale, before washing up on a joyful seashore. A moving new production directed by Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman.

More Info 10th June 7:00pm

Berliner Philharmoniker Live: Season Finale Concert [PG As Live]

Berliner Philharmoniker Live: Season Finale Concert [PG As Live]

Feature Length 130 minutes

Enjoy the conclusion of the Berliner Philharmoniker 2019/20 Live Cinema with Gustavo Dudamel conducting Mahler’s powerful Symphony No. 2 in C minor “Resurrection”. This spectacular Season Finale Concert will be broadcast live from Berlin and will feature exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews and insights into the programme.

 

More Info 12th June 6:30pm

Elektra [12A As Live]

Elektra [12A As Live]

Sung in German with English subtitles

Feature Length 120 minutes

The Royal Opera

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.

More Info 18th June 7:45pm

The Comedy Of Errors [12A As Live]

The Comedy Of Errors [12A As Live]

Royal Shakespeare Company

Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, a fairytale farce of everyday miracles, mistaken identity and double vision, is directed by comedy master Phillip Breen. Miles Jupp will make his RSC debut as Antipholus of Syracuse

More Info 15th July 7:00pm