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August 2017

  Two comic-book-writing school kids hypnotise their headmaster, transforming him into the perfect title character for their work: Captain Underpants. The beloved underwear-adorning school superhero, Captain Underpants, is taking the leap from print to silver screen, in a retelling of one of the most cherished children’s books of the last decade. George Beard (Kevin Hart) and Harold Hutchins (Thomas Middleditch) are best friends. They’re 10 years old or thereabouts, and have already started their own company – Treehouse Comix, Inc…

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The Beguiled (15)

August 18th - August 24th

  An injured Union offer is imprisoned in a Confederate girls’ boarding school, and thinks up a novel but treacherous way to spend his time there. It’s the 19th century and America is in the midst of a civil war – one that will go down in history. Amidst the chaos and carnage of the front lines, an injured Union officer is cooped up in a Confederate girls’ boarding school. Injured and imprisoned, the solider must pass his time there in…

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A Man Called Ove (15)

August 24th 7:45 pm

  Sweden's smash hit and sleeper contender for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Hannes Holm's A Man Called Ove is an irresistible adaptation of Fredrik Backman’s bestselling novel. Ove (Rolf Lassgård) is the quintessential angry old man next door. An isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, who spends his days enforcing block association rules that only he cares about and visiting his wife's grave, Ove has given up on life. But when pregnant Parvaneh (Bahar Pars) and…

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  Surly the squirrel is back, and this time he’s up against an army of bulldozers in this animated comedy. After their ordeal securing their home at Nibblers Nut Shop, squirrels Surly (Will Arnett) and Andie (Katherine Heigl) and their furry friends thought they finally had it made. Until the shop explodes! Their belongings, shelter and, most importantly, peanut butter is completely destroyed. They must find a new place to live – and quick. Luckily, just around the corner, there’s…

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Final Portrait (15)

August 25th - August 31st

  Featuring Geoffrey Rush, Final Portrait peers into the workshop and personality of Swiss painter and sculptor, Alberto Giacometti, two years before his death. In his fifth film as a director, actor Stanley Tucci shows the artist with all his strengths and weaknesses and relates the chaos of his artistic output, doubts, and courageous ability to destroy and begin afresh. Tucci’s screenplay is based on James Lord’s biography A Giacometti Portrait from 1965. Cert: 15 Running time: 90 mins

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Kedi (U)

August 29th - August 30th

  Hundreds of thousands of cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. For thousands of years they’ve wandered in and out of people’s lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich. Claiming no owners, these animals live between two worlds, neither wild nor tame – they bring joy and purpose to those people they choose to adopt. In Istanbul, cats are the mirrors to the people, allowing them to reflect on their lives in…

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  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…

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September 2017

The Limehouse Golem (15)

September 1st - September 7th

  Juan Carlos Medina's (Painless) lurid, violent British horror-thriller - adapted by Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass) from a 1994 murder mystery novel by Peter Ackroyd - stars Olivia Cooke, Bill Nighy, Douglas Booth and Eddie Marsan and is getting excellent early reviews after its screenings at TIFF. Nighy plays Scotland Yard detective John Kildare, transferred outside of London due to rumour but brought back to uncover a Jack the Ripper-esque figure, the Limehouse 'Golem' whose gruesome East End murders have shaken…

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  Tasked with keeping peace across the universe, Valerian pairs up with Laureline. Together, they move through different planets and dimensions, facing unexpected challenges at every turn. It’s the 28th century. Space and time are a playground that can be crossed and explored. The universe has unfolded to all, allowing different species to mingle and new worlds to develop. But with growth comes responsibility – and danger. Valerian (Dan DeHaan) is a no-nonsense agent, determined to follow protocol and systematically…

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King Lear (Kevin McNally) decides to divide his kingdom amongst his three 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. Broadcast live to cinemas from the iconic Shakespeare’s Globe, this brand new retelling of one of the Bard’s greatest plays will capture your heart on September 21.

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  Join us for this illustrated talk by Joseph Brand, covering the first five opera's in this year's season. Lasting around 2 hours, the talk will be accompanied by recorded musical extracts and will give background information on the creators, performers and production associated with each opera.  Joseph Brand's sixty-plus years of opera-going covers some 2000 performances and he has written, reviewed and lectured widely on the subject of opera.  His enthusiasm has taken him to performances throughout the UK…

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October 2017

NT: Hamlet (Encore)

October 5th 7:00 pm

  Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, the original 2015 broadcast was experienced by over half a million people worldwide. As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity…

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Bolshoi: Le Corsaire

October 22nd 4:00 pm

  Broadcast LIVE from Moscow Amidst a bustling market, the pirate Conrad falls in love at first sight with the beautiful Medora, the ward of the slave merchant Lankedem’s bazaar. Conrad kidnaps Medora when Lanquedem decides to sell her to the Pasha. Inspired by Lord Byron’s epic poem and reworked by Alexei Ratmansky from Petipa’s exotic 19th century classic, this miracle of the repertoire is one of the Bolshoi’s most lavish productions. Complete with a magnificent awe-inspring shipwreck and dramatic…

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November 2017

  The Exterminating Angel (Thomas Adès) – MET Premiere Following the rapturous response to his last opera, The Tempest, the Met presents the American premiere of Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel, inspired by the classic Luis Buñuel film of the same name. Hailed by the New York Times at its 2016 Salzburg Festival premiere as “inventive and audacious … a major event,” The Exterminating Angel is a surreal fantasy about a dinner party from which the guests can’t escape. Tom…

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December 2017

Bolshoi: The Nutcracker

December 3rd 3:00 pm

  RECORDED As the clock strikes midnight on Christmas Eve, Marie’s wooden nutcracker doll comes to life and transforms into a prince! Soon joined by her other toys that have also come to life, Marie and her prince embark on a dreamy unforgettable adventure. A holiday tradition for the whole family, The Nutcracker sweeps the Bolshoi stage for two hours of enchantment and magic. Along with Tchaikovsky’s cherished score and and some of the Bolshoi’s greatest artists, The Nutcracker remains…

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NT Live: Young Marx

December 7th 7:00 pm

  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. 1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Broke, restless and horny, the thirty-two-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination…

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January 2018

Bolshoi: Romeo and Juliet

21st January 2018 3:00 pm

  Broadcast LIVE from Moscow In Verona, Romeo and Juliet fall madly in love while their respective families, the Montagues and the Capulets, are caught in a bitter rivalry ending in heart-wrenching tragedy… Alexei Ratmansky, former artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet, stages the company’s premiere of his production with dramatic urgency and a fresh re-telling of Shakespeare’s beloved classic. His brilliant and detailed adaptation set to Prokofiev’s romantic and cinematic score, reignites the story of literature’s most celebrated star-crossed…

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March 2018

  Broadcast LIVE from Moscow In the era of the French Revolution, Jeanne and her brother Jérôme leave Marseille for Paris in support of the revolutionary effort that is taking over the capital. While fighting for freedom, they both encounter love along the way… Very few ballets can properly depict the Bolshoi’s overflowing energy and fiery passion as can Alexei Ratmansky’s captivating revival of Vasily Vainonen’s The Flames of Paris. With powerful virtuosity and some of the most stunning pas…

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MET Semiramide

10th March 2018 5:55 pm

  Semiramide (Rossini) – First time in HD This masterpiece of dazzling vocal fireworks makes a rare Met appearance—its first in nearly 25 years—with Maurizio Benini on the podium. The all-star bel canto cast features Angela Meade in the title role of the murderous Queen of Babylon, who squares off in breathtaking duets with Arsace, a trouser role sung by Elizabeth DeShong. Javier Camarena, Ildar Abdrazakov, and Ryan Speedo Green complete the stellar cast. Conductor: Maurizio Benini Cast: Angela Meade…

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NT Live: Julius Caesar

22nd March 2018 7:00 pm

  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. Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts…

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April 2018

Bolshoi: Giselle

8th April 2018 3:00 pm

  RECORDED When Giselle learns that her beloved Albrecht is promised to another woman, she dies of a broken heart in his arms. While Albrecht grieves, she returns from the dead as a Wili, a vengeful spirit meant to make unfaithful men dance until death… Read the full synopsis Prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova personifies this ultimate ballerina role in the classical repertoire, alongside the sensational Sergei Polunin as Albrecht, in this chilling, yet luminous ballet that continues to captivate audiences…

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MET Luisa Miller

14th April 2018 5:30 pm

  Luisa Miller (Verdi) – First time in HD Met Music Director Emeritus James Levine conducts a revival of Luisa Miller, which has not been seen at the Met since 2006. Starring Sonya Yoncheva as a peasant girl Luisa opposite Piotr Beczala as Rodolfo in Verdi’s tragedy about a young woman who sacrifices her own happiness in an attempt to save her father’s life. The cast also stars Plácido Domingo as Luisa’s father Miller, with Olesya Petrova as Federica, and…

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MET Cendrillon

28th April 2018 5:55 pm

  Cendrillon (Massenet) – MET Premiere “Glorious,” raved the New York Times when Joyce DiDonato sang the title role of Cendrillon at the Royal Opera in 2011. “Her performance was thoroughly enchanting.” Now, for the first time ever, Massenet’s sumptuous take on the Cinderella story comes to the Met, with DiDonato starring in the title role. She is paired with mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in the trouser role of Prince Charming, Kathleen Kim as the Fairy Godmother, and Stephanie Blythe as the…

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June 2018

Bolshoi: Coppelia

10th June 2018 4:00 pm

  Broadcast LIVE from Moscow Swanhilda notices her fiancee Franz is infatuated with the beautiful Coppélia who sits reading on her balcony each day. Nearly breaking up the two sweethearts, Coppelia is not what she seems and Swanhilda decides to teach Franz a lesson… The Bolshoi’s unique version of Coppélia exhibits a fascinating reconstruction of the original 19th century choreography of this ebullient comedy involving a feisty heroine, a boyish fiancee with a wandering eye, and an old dollmaker. The…

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