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August 2019

  Atti (Sebastian Croft) is a Roman teenager with brains but very little brawn. When one of his schemes falls foul of Emperor Nero (Craig Roberts) Atti is forced to join the army and sent to miserable, cold, wet Britain. Things go from bad to worse when Atti is captured by Orla (Emilia Jones), a feisty teenage Celt desperate to prove herself as a warrior. Meanwhile a furious Nero is determined to crush the British rebellion, led by Boudicca (Kate…

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Tell It To The Bees (15)

August 20th - August 22nd

  In this captivating adaptation of Fiona Shaw’s beloved novel, Anna Paquin plays Dr Jean Markham, who has come home to the small Scottish town she left long ago to take over her late father’s practice. But not everyone is pleased to see her return. Striking up a friendship with Lydia, the mother of one of her young patients, Jean marvels at the woman’s vivaciousness, unaware it’s a mask Lydia wears to hide her rapidly deteriorating home life. When she…

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  Marianne & Leonard: Words Of Love is the beautiful yet tragic love story of Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse, Marianne Ihlen. Their love began on the idyllic Greek island of Hydra in 1960 as part of a bohemian community of foreign artists, writers and musicians. The film follows their relationship from the early days on Hydra, a humble time of ‘free love’ and open marriage, to how their love evolved when Leonard became a successful musician. It was on…

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PLAYMOBIL: THE MOVIE (U)

August 23rd - August 27th

  When Charlie is sucked into the magical world of Playmobil, his older sister Marla must leave her highly organised life and go on the journey of a lifetime to bring him home safe. But not everyone in this strange new world is friendly… Anya Taylor-Joy, Daniel Radcliffe and Gabriel Bateman give their voices to this entertaining animation, perfect for all the family. Marla’s (Anya Taylor-Joy) life revolves around structure and organisation. Everything she does is carefully planned to the…

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Blinded By The Light (12A)

August 23rd - August 29th

  Inspired by the music of Bruce Springsteen and his lyrical genius, a working-class boy tries to break free from the shackles his family and 1980s British society have placed on him. Starring Meera Ganatra, Kulvinder Ghir, and Viveik Kalra, this beautiful dramatic comedy is based on the life of journalist Sarfraz Manzoor. Growing up in 1987, Javed (Viveik Kalra) writes poetry as a means to escape the hateful intolerance of his hometown of Luton. However, with a yearning for…

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  Actor Rick Dalton and his stunt double, Cliff Booth, head back to Hollywood to try and make names for themselves. But the last thing they expect is a grisly murder on their doorstep… Starring Margot Robbie, Brad Pitt, and Leonardo DiCaprio, director Quentin Tarantino returns for his ninth film to explore late 1960s Hollywood. Washed up Western actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) has returned to Hollywood after years away, struggling with alcoholism and finding it difficult to find his…

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  Inspired by the music of Bruce Springsteen and his lyrical genius, a working-class boy tries to break free from the shackles his family and 1980s British society have placed on him. Starring Meera Ganatra, Kulvinder Ghir, and Viveik Kalra, this beautiful dramatic comedy is based on the life of journalist Sarfraz Manzoor. Growing up in 1987, Javed (Viveik Kalra) writes poetry as a means to escape the hateful intolerance of his hometown of Luton. However, with a yearning for…

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September 2019

  MAKING NOISE QUIETLY is a delicate, witty and poetic triptych of stories that paint a human picture of the subtly devastating effects of war. A conscientious objector and a roaming artist find tenderness as the carnage of the Second World War unfolds across the English Channel. A bereaved mother struggles with bitterness and love in recollecting her son, lost in the Falklands. Deep in the Black Forest of Germany, an ageing holocaust survivor seeks to bring peace to a…

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Making Noise Quietly (15)

September 3rd 10:30 am

  MAKING NOISE QUIETLY is a delicate, witty and poetic triptych of stories that paint a human picture of the subtly devastating effects of war. A conscientious objector and a roaming artist find tenderness as the carnage of the Second World War unfolds across the English Channel. A bereaved mother struggles with bitterness and love in recollecting her son, lost in the Falklands. Deep in the Black Forest of Germany, an ageing holocaust survivor seeks to bring peace to a…

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  MAKING NOISE QUIETLY is a delicate, witty and poetic triptych of stories that paint a human picture of the subtly devastating effects of war. A conscientious objector and a roaming artist find tenderness as the carnage of the Second World War unfolds across the English Channel. A bereaved mother struggles with bitterness and love in recollecting her son, lost in the Falklands. Deep in the Black Forest of Germany, an ageing holocaust survivor seeks to bring peace to a…

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Mrs Lowry & Son (PG)

September 6th - September 12th

  With a passion for the creative, L.S. Lowry dreams of pursuing a life of art. But he’s also desperate to win over his disapproving mother. Starring Vanessa Redgrave and Timothy Spall, this biographical drama explores the complicated relationship between the iconic artist and his harshest critic. Talented Lancashire-born artist L.S. Lowry (Timothy Spall) adores throwing himself into his art and is most at home with a brush or pencil in his hand. But he’s finding it hard to express…

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Photograph (15)

September 7th - September 8th

  Two strangers… and the one photograph that will change their lives forever. The latest from writer-director Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox), PHOTOGRAPH is a charming tale of unlikely romance set against the vibrant backdrop of contemporary Mumbai. Rafi (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) is a struggling street photographer who takes tourist portraits at the Gateway of India. When he meets Miloni (Sanya Malhotra), a shy stranger from an affluent family, he convinces her to pose as his fiancée after his overbearing grandmother decides…

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Photograph (15)

September 10th 7:45 pm

  Two strangers… and the one photograph that will change their lives forever. The latest from writer-director Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox), PHOTOGRAPH is a charming tale of unlikely romance set against the vibrant backdrop of contemporary Mumbai. Rafi (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) is a struggling street photographer who takes tourist portraits at the Gateway of India. When he meets Miloni (Sanya Malhotra), a shy stranger from an affluent family, he convinces her to pose as his fiancée after his overbearing grandmother decides…

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Photograph (15)

September 12th 7:45 pm

  Two strangers… and the one photograph that will change their lives forever. The latest from writer-director Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox), PHOTOGRAPH is a charming tale of unlikely romance set against the vibrant backdrop of contemporary Mumbai. Rafi (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) is a struggling street photographer who takes tourist portraits at the Gateway of India. When he meets Miloni (Sanya Malhotra), a shy stranger from an affluent family, he convinces her to pose as his fiancée after his overbearing grandmother decides…

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Downton Abbey (PG)

September 13th - September 26th

  Based on the much-loved TV show of the same name and featuring many original cast members, such as Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, and Hugh Bonneville, follow the dramatic lives of the aristocratic Crawley family in this historical feature, not to be missed. Against the stunning backdrop of the English countryside lies the grandiose Crawley household, home to Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville), his family, and their tireless servants. There’s all the glamour of the manor house, the expansive estate, and…

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  One Man, Two Guvnors by Richard Bean based on The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, with songs by Grant Olding 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…

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  Join us for this illustrated talk by Joseph Brand, covering the first 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 abroad,…

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October 2019

  Join us this year to explore the world at the microscopic level and to understand why 3D printing jelly could be a really important technique. Once again we have an exciting double bill, this year featuring the BBC One Show's resident scientist Marty Jopson and award-winning science communicator Scary Boots. Invisible Worlds Join us on a journey from everyday life, down into the realm of microscopical wonders. The adventure begins with things you can almost see, but soon you will find…

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MET: Manon (Massenet)

October 26th 5:55 pm

  The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD 2019/20 JULES MASSENET Lisette Oropesa stars as the irresistible title character, the tragic beauty who yearns for the finer things in life, in Laurent Pelly’s revealing production. Michael Fabiano is the besotted Chevalier des Grieux, whose desperate love for Manon proves their undoing.   An Introduction to The MET with Joseph Brand, Fri 27th Sept '19 at 2pm. For more information, click HERE.

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  LIVE BROADCAST Raymonda is betrothed to Jean de Brienne, a gallant knight who pledged to go on a crusade led by the King of Hungary. When her beloved leaves, Abderakhman, a foreign knight, makes a bid for the hand of Raymonda and threatens her fate when she rejects him… Raymonda is a must-see of the Bolshoi, a work of living dance history. Being one of legendary choreographer Marius Petipa’s final works, he fully armed this ballet with beautiful court…

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November 2019

  THE ROYAL BALLET CONCERTO/ENIGMA VARIATIONS/RAYMONDA ACT III 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…

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  The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD 2019/20 GIACOMO PUCCINI Hui He stars as the devoted geisha who gives everything for the American naval officer, sung by Andrea Carè. Plácido Domingo adds another role to his remarkable repertoire, singing Sharpless for the first time.   An Introduction to The MET with Joseph Brand, Fri 27th Sept ’19 at 2pm. For more information, click HERE.

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  RECORDED BROADCAST On the bazaar square of Andrinopolis, the Pacha is struck by the beauty of Medora and tries to buy her, but the lovely young woman is not for sale. As the transaction is about to come to a close, Medora is kidnaped by Conrad, a charming corsair who catches her eye… Bolshoi Prima Ballerina, the “mesmerizing” Ekaterina Krysanova and Leading Soloist Igor Tsvirko ignite Medora and Conrad’s passion with undeniable intensity. Le Corsaire remains a breathtaking production…

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  The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD 2019/20 PHILIP GLASS Phelim McDermott returns to the Met with a new staging of Glass’s Akhnaten, originally created by LA Opera, Improbable, and English National Opera, where it premiered, winning the 2017 Olivier Award for Best New Opera Production.   An Introduction to The MET with Joseph Brand, Fri 27th Sept ’19 at 2pm. For more information, click HERE.

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  Present Laughter by Noël Coward 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…

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December 2019

RECORDED On Christmas Eve, the mysterious Drosselmeyer brings a Nutcracker doll as a gift for his goddaughter Marie. At midnight, the doll comes to life and finds himself in a battle against the Mouse King, determined to save Marie from him. In this timeless story accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, rising star Soloist Margarita Shrainer perfectly embodies Marie’s innocence and enchantment along with the supremely elegant Principal Dancer Semyon Chudin as The Nutcracker, captivating audiences of all ages and bringing…

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January 2020

  THE ROYAL BALLET THE SLEEPING BEAUTY 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…

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BOLSHOI BALLET – GISELLE

26th January 2020 3:00 pm

  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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February 2020

BOLSHOI BALLET – SWAN LAKE

23rd February 2020 3:00 pm

  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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  THE ROYAL BALLET MARSTON & SCARLETT WORLD PREMIERES 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: about 2…

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MET: Agrippina (Handel)

29th February 2020 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 27th Sept ’19 at 2pm. 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 27th Sept ’19 at 2pm. 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

BOLSHOI BALLET – JEWELS

19th April 2020 4:00 pm

  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) 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 Beatrice. In…

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June 2020

THE ROYAL OPERA: ELEKTRA

18th June 2020 7:45 pm

  THE ROYAL OPERA ELEKTRA (NEW PRODUCTION) 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.…

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