Event Cinema

Plays, operas and ballets - live and encore screenings

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The Lehman Trilogy [TBC]

The Lehman Trilogy [TBC]

Feature Length 210 minutes

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.

 

More Info 25th July 7:00pm

André Rieu 2019 Maastricht Concert: Shall We Dance? [TBC]

André Rieu 2019 Maastricht Concert: Shall We Dance? [TBC]

Feature Length 160 minutes

This year André Rieu invites you to put on your dancing shoes for his spectacular 2019 hometown concert from Maastricht: ‘Shall we Dance?’.

You can waltz the night away with André Rieu - the majestic waltz has been such an inspiration to André throughout his career that its three-four beat has become, in many ways, the rhythm of his life. And this year the maestro will bring the waltz to life in an unforgettable evening of music and dance.

 

More Info 27th July 7:00pm 28th July 4:30pm

Measure For Measure [TBC]

Measure For Measure [TBC]

"To whom should I complain?"

When a young novice nun is compromised by a corrupt official, who offers to save her brother from execution in return for sex, she has no idea where to turn for help. When she threatens to expose him, he tells her that no one would believe her. Shakespeare wrote this play in the early 1600s, yet it remains astonishingly resonant today. Artistic Director, Gregory Doran, directs this new production.

More Info 31st July 7:00pm

Romeo et Juliette [TBC]

Romeo et Juliette [TBC]

Feature Length 175 minutes

Metropolitan Opera recorded 16/17 season.

Tickets only £10 each.

A pair of charismatic artists, tenor Vittorio Grigolo and soprano Diana Damrau, are the star-crossed lovers of Gounod's dreamy adaptation of Shakespeare's timeless tragedy. Gianandrea Noseda conducts.

More Info 5th August 7:00pm

Il Barbiere di Siviglia [TBC]

Il Barbiere di Siviglia [TBC]

Feature Length 185 minutes

Metropolitan Opera recorded 6/7 season.

Tickets only £10 each.

Rossini's madcap comedy receives a spirted production by Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher and stars mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, tenner Juan Diego Florez, and baritone Peter Mattei. Maurizo Benini conducts.

More Info 13th August 7:00pm

La Boheme [TBC]

La Boheme [TBC]

Feature Length 140 minutes

Metropolitan Opera recorded 13/14 season.

Tickets only £10 each.

Franco Zeffirelli's picturesque staging, an audience favorite for more than 30 years, features a winning young cast, including soprano Kristine Opolais and tenor Vittorio Grigolo as the lovers Mimi and Rodolfo. Stefano Ranzani onducts.

More Info 19th August 7:00pm

Berliner Philharmoniker Live: Season Opening Concert [TBC]

Berliner Philharmoniker Live: Season Opening Concert [TBC]

Feature Length 150 minutes

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For 2019/20 Berliner Philharmoniker Live Cinema Season Opening Concert, and his inaugural concert as chief conductor, Kirill Petrenko conducts Ludwig van Beethoven’s spectacular Symphony No. 9 with its exuberant finale, as well as Alban Berg’s Lulu Suite. Broadcast live from Berlin, this fantastic event will feature exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews and insights into the programme.

 

More Info 23rd August 5:30pm

Aida [TBC]

Aida [TBC]

Feature Length 180 minutes

Metropolitan Opera recorded 18/19 season.

Tickets only £10 each.

Soprano Anna Netrebko and mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili offer blazing performances in Verdi's grand drama of ancient Egypt, seen in a stunning production by Sonja Frisell. Nicola Luisotti conducts.

More Info 27th August 7:00pm

Margaret Atwood: Live in Cinemas. [TBC]

Margaret Atwood: Live in Cinemas. [TBC]

Feature Length 110 minutes

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.

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.

More Info 10th September 7:30pm

Rigoletto On The Lake [TBC]

Rigoletto On The Lake [TBC]

Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpiece – compelling, blood-curdling and beautiful – is being performed for the first time on the unique, Bregenz lake stage. Once of Verdi's most popular works, Rigoletto is an unforgettable tale of a sacrifice and revenge; of a father's rage and a daughter's shame. It features several of opera's best-known arias-including Rigoletto's passionate denouncement "Cortigiani, vil razza dannata," Gilda's dreamy "Caro nome" and the Duke's instantly recognisable "La donna è mobile." Directed and designed by Philip Stölzl, this timeless tragedy will delight audiences with a powerhouse combination of entertainment and emotional intensity from the spectacular shore of Lake Constance.

More Info 17th September 7:00pm

One Man, Two Guvnors [12A]

One Man, Two Guvnors [12A]

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Feature Length 210 minutes

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.

More Info 26th September 7:00pm

Placido Domingo: 50th Anniversary Gala Evening [TBC]

Placido Domingo: 50th Anniversary Gala Evening [TBC]

With an illustrious career spanning five decades: over 150 stage roles, 11 Grammy Awards and his iconic performances alongside Luciano Pavarotti and José Carreras as one of the Three Tenors, the legendary Plácido Domingo continues to astound audiences with a vocal talent unmatched in power. For one very special night, Plácido Domingo returns to the breath-taking Arena Di Verona amphitheatre, 50 years after his debut, to revisit three of his greatest ever roles in Verdi's Nabucco, I due Foscari and Macbeth.

More Info 1st October 7:00pm

Wise Children [15]

Wise Children [15]

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Feature Length 150 minutes

Recorded Live March 2019

Emma Rice, celebrated British Theatre Producer brings her unique and exuberantly impish vision to Angela Carter’s great last novel, Wise Children, from her new theatre company of the same name.

The story tells of a South London theatrical dynasty spanning over a number of decades. The all-singing, all-dancing show features first class performances from a talented ensemble and is a celebration of show business, family, forgiveness and hope.

More Info 3rd October 7:00pm

Don Giovanni [TBC]

Don Giovanni [TBC]

Sung in Italian with English subtitles

Feature Length 210 minutes

The Royal Opera

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.

More Info 8th October 6:45pm

Wise Children [15]

Wise Children [15]

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Feature Length 150 minutes

Recorded Live March 2019

Emma Rice, celebrated British Theatre Producer brings her unique and exuberantly impish vision to Angela Carter’s great last novel, Wise Children, from her new theatre company of the same name.

The story tells of a South London theatrical dynasty spanning over a number of decades. The all-singing, all-dancing show features first class performances from a talented ensemble and is a celebration of show business, family, forgiveness and hope.

More Info 9th October 3:00pm

Billy Connolly The Sex Life of Bandages [18]

Billy Connolly The Sex Life of Bandages [18]

Feature Length 130 minutes

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 whip smart routine is a riotous journey filled with outrageous tales and blistering observations of everyday absurdities.

Connolly will also muse upon his career, life and legacy in a deeply personal interview filmed exclusively for cinema audiences.

More Info 14th October 7:30pm

A Midsummer Summer Night's Dream [TBC]

A Midsummer Summer Night's Dream [TBC]

Feature Length 180 minutes

‘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.

 

More Info 17th October 7:00pm

Don Pasquale [TBC]

Don Pasquale [TBC]

Sung in Italian with English subtitles

Feature Length 150 minutes

The Royal Opera

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.

More Info 24th October 7:30pm

Dracula Live [12A]

Dracula Live [12A]

Feature Length 135 minutes

The Northern Ballet

Bram Stoker’s legendary vampire lives on in this extraordinary production from Northern Ballet, played out through a unique blend of sensuous dancing, gripping theatre and Gothic sets. ​​Broadcast LIVE to cinemas for Halloween​, Dracula is ballet with a dramatic bite that will leave you thirsty for more.

More Info 31st October 7:15pm

Concerto/Enigma Variations/Raymonda Act III [TBC]

Concerto/Enigma Variations/Raymonda Act III [TBC]

Feature Length 180 minutes

The Royal Ballet

From The Royal Ballet’s classical origins in the works of Marius Petipa, to the home-grown 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 summarized 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.

More Info 5th November 7:15pm

Present Laughter [TBC]

Present Laughter [TBC]

Feature Length 180 minutes

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.

More Info 28th November 7:00pm

Coppelia [TBC]

Coppelia [TBC]

Feature Length 150 minutes

The Royal Ballet

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.

More Info 10th December 7:15pm

The Nutcracker [U]

The Nutcracker [U]

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Feature Length 150 minutes

The Royal Ballet

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. RECORDED LIVE AT THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE Thursday 8 December 2016

More Info 17th December 7:15pm

Berliner Philharmoniker Live: New Year’s Eve Concert [TBC]

Berliner Philharmoniker Live: New Year’s Eve Concert [TBC]

Feature Length 120 minutes

Celebrate the conclusion to 2019 with the Berliner Philharmoniker's glittering New Year’s Eve Concert. This fantastic event will be conducted by chief conductor Kirill Petrenko and features a lively American programme including the star soprano Diana Damrau as guest soloist. Broadcast live from Berlin there are sure to be fireworks as the orchestra takes the audience on a journey through George Gershwin’s An American in Paris and Leonard Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story as well as works from Cole Porter, Carl Loewe, and Kurt Weill.

 

More Info 31st December 4:00pm

The Sleeping Beauty [TBC]

The Sleeping Beauty [TBC]

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 16th January 7:15pm

La Boheme [TBC]

La Boheme [TBC]

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

Marston & Scarlett World Premieres [TBC]

Marston & Scarlett World Premieres [TBC]

Feature Length 150 minutes

The Royal Ballet

Choreographer Cathy Marston is previously an Associate Artist of the Royal Opera House and Director ofBern 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

More Info 25th February 7:15pm

Fidelio [TBC]

Fidelio [TBC]

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

Swan Lake [TBC]

Swan Lake [TBC]

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

Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci [TBC]

Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci [TBC]

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

The Dante Project [TBC]

The Dante Project [TBC]

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

Berliner Philharmoniker Live: Season Finale Concert [TBC]

Berliner Philharmoniker Live: Season Finale Concert [TBC]

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 [TBC]

Elektra [TBC]

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