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January 2020

1917 (15)

January 17th - January 23rd

  Amid the anarchic chaos of the First World War, two young British soldiers are tasked with carrying a critical warning message across enemy territory in a bid to save the lives of 1,600 men. It seems like an impossible mission and time is running out. Directed by Sam Mendes, this dramatic war feature stars Benedict Cumberbatch, George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman and Richard Madden. By 1917, Britain had been ravaged by the First World War, with countless young men still…

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Jojo Rabbit (12A)

January 24th - January 30th

  During World War II, a young German boy named Jojo has only his imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler, for company. Yet, when he finds that his single mother is hiding a young Jewish girl, it’s time to take a look at his own view of the world. Taika Waititi directs and stars in this satirical comedy starring Roman Griffin Davis, Scarlett Johansson, Thomasin McKenzie and Rebel Wilson. Jojo Betzler (Roman Griffin Davis) is a lonely German kid who spends the…

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  As the Jellicle Ball approaches, a group of cats must decide among themselves who should ascend to the Heaviside Layer for a new, better life. Directed by Academy Award winner Tom Hooper, this world-famous musical is based on the award-winning stage production of the same name and stars Judi Dench, singer Taylor Swift, and Idris Elba. As Grizabella (Jennifer Hudson), Bombalurina (Taylor Swift), Jennyanydots (Rebel Wilson), Macavity (Idris Elba), Gus the Theatre Cat (Ian McKellen) and the rest of…

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  Join us for this illustrated talk by Joseph Brand, covering the second half of 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 and…

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Ordinary Love (12A)

January 25th 4:30 pm

  Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville star in this intimate and sensitively-handled drama about a couple dealing with breast cancer. Tom (Liam Neeson) and Joan (Lesley Manville) are comfortable in their routine: nightly walks racking up their step count on their Fitbit and cosy dinners. They've even managed to survive the pain of losing their daughter. And when Joan faces a breast cancer diagnosis, they face the challenge together, breaking apart and coming together in this beautiful portrait of a…

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  LIVE BROADCAST The young peasant girl Giselle dies when she learns that the man she loves, Albrecht, has betrayed her. Against her own will, she joins the Wilis, vengeful spirits of jilted brides who condemn Albrecht to dance until he dies of exhaustion… Giselle touches upon great and universal romantic themes. In this brand new production, renowned choreographer Alexei Ratmansky brings a fresh perspective to one of the oldest and greatest works of classical dance, giving the audience an…

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Ordinary Love (12A)

January 28th 10:30 am

  Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville star in this intimate and sensitively-handled drama about a couple dealing with breast cancer. Tom (Liam Neeson) and Joan (Lesley Manville) are comfortable in their routine: nightly walks racking up their step count on their Fitbit and cosy dinners. They've even managed to survive the pain of losing their daughter. And when Joan faces a breast cancer diagnosis, they face the challenge together, breaking apart and coming together in this beautiful portrait of a…

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  Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville star in this intimate and sensitively-handled drama about a couple dealing with breast cancer. Tom (Liam Neeson) and Joan (Lesley Manville) are comfortable in their routine: nightly walks racking up their step count on their Fitbit and cosy dinners. They've even managed to survive the pain of losing their daughter. And when Joan faces a breast cancer diagnosis, they face the challenge together, breaking apart and coming together in this beautiful portrait of a…

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  Charles Dickens’s classic autobiographical novel gets a comedic makeover in this adaptation of the tale as it follows the experiences that shape David Copperfield into the person he becomes. Oscar nominee Dev Patel takes the titular role, starring alongside Academy Award winners Tilda Swinton and Peter Capaldi and three-time Golden Globe winner Hugh Laurie. Armando Iannucci directs this funny tale about Victorian life. David Copperfield (Dev Patel), born in Victorian England, lives the first few years of his life…

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February 2020

Bombshell (15)

February 7th - February 13th

  When Gretchen Carlson makes a stand against the inappropriate behaviour and sexual assault prevalent at Fox News, she inspires other victims to reveal their truths. The women fight to show that those in power should be held accountable. Based on the real-life Fox News scandal, this dramatic biopic stars Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron, Margot Robbie and John Lithgow. Joining Fox News, naïve new executive Kayla Pospisil (Margot Robbie) is excited to join the industry as part of such a…

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Seberg (15)

February 8th - February 9th

  Jean Seberg was the poster girl for French new wave cinema during the swinging 1960s, but her ambitions extended beyond fame, fortune and filmmaking. When Seberg’s romantic involvement with the cousin of Malcolm X and fellow activist Hakim Jamal catches the attention of the FBI, it sets about a mission to leave her reputation and career in tatters. Kristen Stewart, Anthony Mackie and Vince Vaughn star in this biography thriller about the cinema icon. It’s the 1960s and American…

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Seberg (15)

February 11th 7:45 pm

  Jean Seberg was the poster girl for French new wave cinema during the swinging 1960s, but her ambitions extended beyond fame, fortune and filmmaking. When Seberg’s romantic involvement with the cousin of Malcolm X and fellow activist Hakim Jamal catches the attention of the FBI, it sets about a mission to leave her reputation and career in tatters. Kristen Stewart, Anthony Mackie and Vince Vaughn star in this biography thriller about the cinema icon. It’s the 1960s and American…

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Seberg (15)

February 13th 7:45 pm

  Jean Seberg was the poster girl for French new wave cinema during the swinging 1960s, but her ambitions extended beyond fame, fortune and filmmaking. When Seberg’s romantic involvement with the cousin of Malcolm X and fellow activist Hakim Jamal catches the attention of the FBI, it sets about a mission to leave her reputation and career in tatters. Kristen Stewart, Anthony Mackie and Vince Vaughn star in this biography thriller about the cinema icon. It’s the 1960s and American…

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Dolittle (PG)

February 14th - February 22nd

  Doctor Dolittle and his ability to speak to animals haven’t been seen for years. But when a young Queen Victoria falls gravely ill, it falls to the eccentric veterinarian to travel far away with his animal friends in search of a cure. Academy Award winner Stephen Gaghan directs an all-star cast that includes Dame Emma Thompson, Robert Downey Jr. and Rami Malek alongside Marion Cotillard, Ralph Fiennes, Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen and Tom Holland. Famed for his extraordinary ability…

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Queen & Slim (15)

February 21st - February 23rd

  When a cop pulls over a young black couple over for a minor misdemeanour, the situation spirals towards tragedy as the officer is shot in an act of self-defence. On the run and fearing for their lives, the pair must overcome the most desperate of circumstances to make it out unscathed. Academy Award nominee Daniel Kaluuya stars alongside Jodie Turner-Smith in this dramatic love story. After meeting on an online dating site, young black pair Queen (Jodie Turner-Smith) and…

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  When Lloyd Vogel, a jaded journalist, gears up for his latest feature profile on children’s TV personality Fred Rogers, he approaches it with cynicism. But as friendship blossoms between the two men, Lloyd begins to re-evaluate his whole outlook on life. This beautiful story based on true events stars Tom Hanks, Susan Kelechi Watson and Matthew Rhys. Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys) is an award-winning and successful magazine journalist. But as the years have passed, he’s grown cynical about the…

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  LIVE BROADCAST Prince Siegfried is summoned by his parents to choose a bride. However, he encounters a mysterious swan-woman by the lake, Odette, and is captivated by her. His vow of eternal love to her will have irreversible consequences. Tchaikovsky’s essential masterpiece returns with a new cast for the most beloved ballet in the classical canon. Technically challenging and filled with vibrant emotion, with a stunning and world-famous corps de ballet in perfect unison, the legendary love story between…

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  When Lloyd Vogel, a jaded journalist, gears up for his latest feature profile on children’s TV personality Fred Rogers, he approaches it with cynicism. But as friendship blossoms between the two men, Lloyd begins to re-evaluate his whole outlook on life. This beautiful story based on true events stars Tom Hanks, Susan Kelechi Watson and Matthew Rhys. Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys) is an award-winning and successful magazine journalist. But as the years have passed, he’s grown cynical about the…

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  THE ROYAL BALLET MARSTON & SCARLETT WORLD PREMIERES Live Broadcast Choreographer Cathy Marston is previously an Associate Artist of the Royal Opera House and Director of Bern 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. Approximate running time:…

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Queen & Slim (15)

February 26th - February 27th

  When a cop pulls over a young black couple over for a minor misdemeanour, the situation spirals towards tragedy as the officer is shot in an act of self-defence. On the run and fearing for their lives, the pair must overcome the most desperate of circumstances to make it out unscathed. Academy Award nominee Daniel Kaluuya stars alongside Jodie Turner-Smith in this dramatic love story. After meeting on an online dating site, young black pair Queen (Jodie Turner-Smith) and…

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MET: Agrippina (Handel)

February 29th 5:55 pm

  The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD 2019/20 GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL In the Met’s first-ever performances of Agrippina, Handel’s satire of sex and power politics, Sir David McVicar reconceives a production evoking a scandalous world in which the Roman Empire never fell but simply kept going right up to the present. Joyce DiDonato stars as the powerhungry empress. An Introduction to The MET with Joseph Brand, Fri 24th January '20 2pm-4pm. For more information, click HERE.

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March 2020

  The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD 2019/20 RICHARD WAGNER For the first time at the Met, Sir Bryn Terfel sings the role of the mysterious Dutchman, condemned to roam the seas for eternity, with Anja Kampe as the devoted Senta, whose love can set him free. An Introduction to The MET with Joseph Brand, Fri 24th January '20 2pm-4pm. For more information, click HERE.

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  RECORDED BROADCAST In spite of each of their families being merciless enemies, Romeo and Juliet are deeply in love. The rivalry between the Capulets and the Montagues will cost Mercutio’s life, causing Romeo a desire of vengeance for the loss of his friend… The star-crossed lovers’ tragic fate inspired Prokofiev a remarkable cinematic score, from the delicate theme of Juliet to the ominous Dance of the Knights. Bolshoi stars Ekaterina Krysanova and Vladislav Lantratov wholly embody the two eternal…

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April 2020

  LIVE BROADCAST This opulent triptych was inspired by Balanchine’s visit to the famous jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels on New York’s Fifth Avenue, celebrating the cities and dance schools of Paris, New York and St. Petersburg, each bound to its own precious stone: emerald, ruby and diamond. Balanchine built an homage of captivating beauty to the three dance schools that had forged his style, each represented by a contrasting gemstone. Jewels offers a unique occasion to enjoy the genius…

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May 2020

  THE ROYAL BALLET THE DANTE PROJECT (WORLD PREMIERE) Live Broadcast 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 own exile, and traces his path from crisis to revelation guided by his literary hero Virgil and his lost love…

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June 2020

  THE ROYAL OPERA ELEKTRA (NEW PRODUCTION) Live Broadcast 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…

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