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RAPHAEL – LORD OF THE ARTS, part of our World Art in Cinema series, will be presented on Wednesday 31st May 2017 at 7:30 pm. All seats £12.

RAPHAEL – LORD OF THE ARTS is a captivating portrait of one of the most influential Renaissance artists, providing an in-depth look at his famous Madonnas and 'The Marriage of the Virgin', through the use of the most advanced cameras and cutting-edge techniques.

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Wednesday 31st May
Ticket  £12.00


 

THE DREAM / SYMPHONIC VARIATIONS / MARGUERITE AND ARMAND (Ballet) presented live from the Royal Opera House on Wednesday 7th June 2017, 7:15 pm. £12 concessions/ £15 full price.

Choreographer: Frederick Ashton / Music: Mendelssohn / Franck / Liszt
Cast: TBC

Background: Frederick Ashton was Founder Choreographer of The Royal Ballet. His works define the English style of ballet – characterized most notably by precise, fleet footwork, sensuous épaulement (the way the shoulders are held) and gorgeous line of delicate simplicity. His many works for the Company are arguably its greatest legacy.

The Royal Ballet celebrates this heritage through a mixed programme of three of Ashton’s most loved – and most characteristic – works. The Dream (1964) is an enchanting adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to music by Mendelssohn. Symphonic Variations (1946) is Ashton’s first masterpiece, and a breathtaking, abstract work on the beauty of pure movement. Marguerite and Armand (1963), inspired by the celebrated dance partnership between Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev, is a tragic love story of great lyric beauty.

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Wednesday 7th June
Adult £15.00
Concession (Under 16, Students, Unwaged, Over 60) £12.00


 

PETER PAN (PG) recorded live at the National Theatre, will be presented on Saturday 10th June 2017 at 7:00. £10 concessions/ £12 full price.

All children, except one, grow up…Captured live at the National Theatre, a recorded performance of JM Barrie’s much-loved tale screens in cinemas this summer. When Peter Pan, leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow, headstrong Wendy helps him to reattach it. In return, she is invited to Neverland, where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook await. A riot of magic, music and make-believe ensues. A delight for children and adults alike, Sally Cookson (NT Live: Jane Eyre) directs this wondrously inventive production, a co-production with Bristol Old Vic theatre.

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Saturday 10th June
Adult £12.00
Concession (Under 16, Students, Unwaged, Over 60) £10.00


 

MICHAELANGELO: LOVE AND DEATH, part of our Exhibition on Screen series, will be presented on Wednesday 14TH June 2017 at 7:30 pm. All seats £12.

To coincide with a glorious new exhibition at the National Gallery of London, this film offers a full and fresh biography of Michelangelo who, with Leonardo, is considered one of the greatest artists of the Renaissance – and perhaps of all time. This film explores his relationship with his contemporaries and his immense artistic practice which included painting, sculpture and architecture, not the least of which are the universally adored David in Florence, the Sistine Chapel in Rome and the Manchester Madonna (today at the National Gallery). This major new film goes to the heart of just who was this tempestuous, passionate but much loved genius.

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Wednesday 14th June
Ticket £12.00


DIE ENTFUHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL (Mozart) will be presented live from La Scala, Milan on Monday 19th June 2017 at 7:00 pm. £12 concessions/ £15 full price.

Die Entführung Aus Dem Serail was written at the order of the Austrian Emperor Joseph II. For source material, Mozart turned to a popular farce of his day about two pairs of European lovers, one noble and the other their servants, who are trying to escape from the harem of a Turkish pasha and his amusingly sleazy overseer. The work uses spoken dialogue and separate musical numbers in the form of a Singspiel, or “sung play.” Twenty years on since the death of the great director, who from 1951 staged legendary operas at La Scala, such as Macbeth, Le nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni, to name but a few, Teatro alla Scala is proposing new staging, yet calling to the podium the man who conducted it the first time round - the great Zubin Mehta. The dizzying role of Konstanze is sung by Lenneke Ruiten, much applauded in Lucio Silla in 2015, with the emerging Mozart tenor Mauro Peter in the role of Belmonte.

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Monday 19th June
Adult £15.00
Concession (Under 16, Students, Unwaged, Over 60) £12.00


 

SALOME (15) will be presented live from the National Theatre on Thursday 22nd June 2017 at 7:00 pm. £12 concessions/ £15 full price.

The story has been told before, but never like this - an occupied desert nation - a radical from the wilderness on hunger strike - a girl whose mysterious dance will change the course of the world. This charged retelling turns the infamous biblical tale on its head, placing the girl we call Salomé at the centre of a revolution. Internationally acclaimed theatre director Yaël Farber (Les Blancs) draws on multiple accounts to create her urgent, hypnotic production which will be broadcast live from the stage of the National Theatre.

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Thursday 22nd June
Adult £15.00
Concession (Under 16, Students, Unwaged, Over 60) £12.00


 

OTELLO (Verdi) presented live from the Royal Opera House on Wednesday 28th June 2017 7:15 pm. £12 concessions/ £15 full price.

Cast: Jonas Kaufmann / Maria Agresta / Ludovic Tézier
Conductor: Antonio Pappano / Director: Keith Warner

The Story: Iago sows the seeds of jealousy in Otello’s mind, fabricating a story of an affair between Iago’s rival Cassio and Otello’s young wife Desdemona. Iago’s trickery cements Otello’s suspicion into mistaken certainty.

Background: Otello is Verdi’s final tragedy. After astonishing productivity in his early career, the composer slowed in later life; more than fifteen years separate Otello and its predecessor, Aida, although Verdi revised his earlier works Simon Boccanegra and Don Carlo in the interim. He was lured out of retirement by the composer and librettist Arrigo Boito, who tempted him with a proposal that was very close to Verdi’s heart: Shakespeare’s Othello. Boito adapted the libretto from Shakespeare’s play, with much intervention from Verdi. As the latest utterance from the master of Italian opera, the 1887 premiere was an instant success – but, more than that, Otello has been an important part of the international opera repertory ever since.

The Italian musical landscape had changed during Verdi’s period of isolation, with many of his compatriots finding inspiration in foreign operatic innovations. Verdi responds in Otello with music that looks back to the traditional forms and structures of Italian opera, but which carries an unmistakably different dramatic thrust and fluidity, in response to Shakespeare’s text. The results are thrilling: from the violent storm that opens the opera through to Iago’s blood-chilling Credo and Otello’s increasingly desperate duets with Desdemona. Keith Warner (Wozzeck, Der Ring des Nibelungen) directs a new production of this masterpiece, The Royal Opera’s first in 30 years.

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Wednesday 28th June
Adult £15.00
Concession (Under 16, Students, Unwaged, Over 60) £12.00
 


BRITISH MUSEUM PRESENTS: HOKUSAI, a recorded exhibition film from the British Museum will be presented on Wednesday 5th July 2017 at 7:30 pm. All seats £12.

Experience the beautiful and sublime work of one of Japan’s greatest artists. Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) is widely regarded as Japan’s most famous and influential artist. He produced works of astonishing quality right up until his death at the age of 90. This new exhibition will lead you on an artistic journey through the last 30 years of Hokusai’s life – a time when he produced some of his most famous masterpieces. Throughout the exhibition, outstanding examples of Hokusai’s work will show the artist’s creative breadth and depth. A selection of superb landscapes is introduced with the iconic Great Wave – itself part of a print series of views of Mt Fuji. Intimate domestic scenes capture fleeting moments in private lives. Exquisite depictions of flora and fauna display an innate skill in representing the natural world. The artist’s imagination is given full rein in the portrayal of supernatural creatures such as ghosts and deities. Through all of these works, explore Hokusai’s personal beliefs and gain a fascinating insight into the artist’s spiritual and artistic quest in his later years. The exhibition will include prints, paintings and illustrated books, many of which are on loan from Japan, Europe and the USA. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see these extraordinary works together.

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Wednesday 5th July
Ticket £12.00


LA TRAVIATALA TRAVIATA, recorded live at the Teatro dell’ Opera in Rome, will be presented on Wednesday 12th July 2017 at 7:00 pm. All seats £12.

We are pleased to present Oscar-winning director Sofia Coppola’s production of Verdi’s La Traviata at the Teatro dell’ Opera in Rome last May as part of our All’Opera season devoted to bringing the best Italian opera productions to the Whitgift Film Theatre. All 15 performances of Coppola’s opera directorial debut – featuring costumes by Valentino and sets by Nathan Crowley – were sold out. The ensemble included singers of the calibre of Francesca Dotto, Antonio Poli, Roberto Frontali and Anna Malavasi. The orchestra of the Rome Opera was led by Jader Bergamini. Oscar-nominated cinematographer Philippe Le Sourde (The Grandmaster) topped the high-end shoot featuring multiple state-of-the art 4K cameras and up to 100 microphones.

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Wednesday 12th July
Ticket £12.00


ANGELS IN AMERICA: Part 1, Millennium Approaches will be presented live from the National Theatre on Thursday 20th July 2017 at 7:00 pm. £12 concessions/ £15 full price.

America in the mid-1980s: in the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) plays Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough (People, Places and Things), Nathan Lane (The Producers), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Russell Tovey (The Pass). This new staging of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play is directed by Olivier and Tony award winning director Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse).

Part Two: Perestroika will also be broadcast live on 27 July 2017.

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Thursday 20th July
Adult £15.00
Concession (Under 16, Students, Unwaged, Over 60) £12.00


ANDRE RIEU 2017 MAASTRICHT CONCERT will be presented on Saturday 22nd July 2017 at 7:00 pm. £15 adult/ £12 concession.

He is known for his energetic and spell-binding live performances, as well as amassing over 40 million album and DVD sales worldwide, and now the world’s leading pop classical artist, André Rieu, has announced his annual Maastricht concert will once again be beamed into cinemas across the UK in celebration of his 30th year in music. Once again, the cinema show will be hosted by Good Morning Britain Presenter, Charlotte Hawkins. This will be an unforgettable cinema experience like no other.

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Saturday 22nd July
Adult £15.00
Concession (Under 16, Students, Unwaged, Over 60) £12.00


ANGELS IN AMERICA: Part 2, Perestroika will be presented live from the National Theatre on Thursday 27th July 2017 at 7:00 pm. £12 concessions/ £15 full price.

America in the mid-1980s: in the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) plays Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough (People, Places and Things), Nathan Lane (The Producers), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Russell Tovey (The Pass). This new staging of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play is directed by Olivier and Tony award winning director Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse). Part One: Millennium Approaches was first performed at the National Theatre in 1992 and was followed by Part Two: Perestroika the following year.

Part One: Millennium Approaches will be broadcast live on 20 July 2017.

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Thursday 27th July
Adult £15.00
Concession (Under 16, Students, Unwaged, Over 60) £12.00


TITUS ANDRONICUS will be presented live from the Royal Shakespeare Company on Wednesday 9th August 2017 at 7:00 pm. £12 concessions/ £15 full price.

The decay of Rome reaches its violent depths in Shakespeare’s bloodiest play. Titus is a ruler exhausted by war and leaves Rome in disarray, with rape, cannibalism and brutality filling the moral void at the heart of a corrupt society.

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Wednesday 9th August
Adult £15.00
Concession (Under 16, Students, Unwaged, Over 60) £12.00


YERMA (15) will be presented live from the National Theatre on Thursday 31st August 2017 at 7:00 pm. £12 concessions/ £15 full price.

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 Standard), ‘astonishing’ (iNews) and ‘devastatingly powerful’ (The Daily Telegraph). Set in contemporary London, Piper’s portrayal of a woman in her thirties desperate to conceive builds with elemental force to a staggering, shocking, climax. Please note that this broadcast does not have an interval.

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Thursday 31st August
Adult £15.00
Concession (Under 16, Students, Unwaged, Over 60) £12.00

JOHN LE CARRE: AN EVENING WITH GEORGE SMILEY will be presented live from the Royal Festival Hall on Thursday 7th September 2017 at 7:45 pm. All seats £12.00.

Broadcast live from London's Royal Festival Hall, join us for a celebration of one of the world’s greatest writers as he shares the secrets behind the creation of his most beloved character. From his extraordinary Cold War novels – such as The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – to his powerful descriptions of the War on Terror in The Night Manager, A Most Wanted Man and A Delicate Truth, the writing of John le Carré has come to define the last half century. In a rare public appearance and one-off event, the author reads from his new novel, A Legacy of Spies, which sees the return of his most iconic Cold War characters, as their past comes back to claim them in the present. With a unique question and answer session, this is an unmissable opportunity to experience one of the foremost chroniclers of our age, direct and in his own words. In conversation le Carré discusses the full breadth of his career spanning five decades, and reflects on the continuing story of his most famous creation, the tubby, bespectacled spy, George Smiley. Through this event John le Carré and the producers The Ink Factory are raising money for Médicins Sans Frontières / Doctors without Borders (MSF), and are donating their proceeds to the charity.

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Thursday 7th September
Ticket  £12.00


THE MAGIC FLUTE (Mozart) will be presented live from the Royal Opera House on Wednesday 20th September 2017 at 7:15 pm. £12 concessions/ £15 full price.

With beautiful sets by John Macfarlane, Mozart’s glorious opera The Magic Flute is brought enchantingly to life in David McVicar’s production. Prince Tamino promises the Queen of the Night that he will rescue her daughter Pamina from the enchanter Sarastro. He begins his quest, accompanied by the bird-catcher Papageno – but all is not as it seems...David McVicar’s classic production embraces both the seriousness and comedy of Mozart’s work. The audience is transported to a fantastical world of dancing animals, flying machines and dazzlingly starry skies. The setting provides a wonderful backdrop for Mozart’s kaleidoscopic score, from the Queen of the Night’s coloratura fireworks to Tamino and Pamina’s lyrical love duets and Papageno’s hearty, folksong-like arias. As well as being a comedy The Magic Flute is an expression of Mozart’s profound spiritual beliefs: Enlightenment concerns with the search for wisdom and virtue are at the heart of this enchanting tale. The Magic Flute was an instant success with audiences and Mozart’s supposed rival Salieri described it as an ‘operone’ – a great opera.

MUSIC: WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
LIBRETTO: LORENZO DA PONTE
DIRECTOR: DAVID MCVICAR
CONDUCTOR: JULIA JONES
TAMINO: MAURO PETER
PAMINA: SIOBHAN STAGG
PAPAGENO: RODERICK WILLIAMS

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Wednesday 20th September
Adult £15.00
Concession (Under 16, Students, Unwaged, Over 60) £12.00


LA BOHEME (Puccini) will be presented live from the Royal Opera House on Tuesday 3rd October 2017 at 7:15 pm. £12 concessions/ £15 full price.

When Rodolfo, a penniless poet, meets Mimì, a seamstress, they fall instantly in love. But their happiness is threatened when Rodolfo learns that Mimì is gravely ill. Acclaimed director Richard Jones directs a new production of Puccini’s La bohème. Irresistible in its witty, passionate blend of comedy and tragedy, the opera focusses on the lives of a group of young artists as they eke out an existence on the bohemian fringes of Paris, the capital of the 19th century. Jones brings his characteristically acute insight to this much-loved classic, visualized in Stewart Laing’s spectacular, stylized 1850s setting. Puccini’s romantic depiction of bohemian Paris, with memorable music and a love story drawn from everyday life, has captivated audiences around the world, making La bohème one of the best-loved of all operas. It was first performed in Covent Garden in 1897 and has had more than five hundred performances there since.

 

 

MUSIC: GIACOMO PUCCINI
DIRECTOR: RICHARD JONES
CONDUCTOR: ANTONIO PAPPANO
MIMÌ: NICOLE CAR
RODOLFO: MICHAEL FABIANO
MARCELLO MARIUSZ KWIECIEŃ
MUSETTA: NADINE SIERRA

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Tuesday 3rd October
Adult £15.00
Concession (Under 16, Students, Unwaged, Over 60) £12.00


CORIOLANUS CORIOLANUS will be presented live from the Royal Shakespeare Company on Wednesday 11th October 2017 at 7:00 pm. £12 concessions/ £15 full price.

A full-throttle war play that revels in the sweat of the battlefield, Coriolanus transports us back to the emergence of the republic of Rome. Caius Martius Coriolanus is a fearless soldier but a reluctant leader. His ambitious mother attempts to carve him a path to political power, but he struggles to change his nature and do what is required to achieve greatness. In this new city state struggling to find its feet, where the gap between rich and poor is widening every day, Coriolanus must decide who he really is and where his allegiances lie. Rome Season Director, Angus Jackson, completes the Royal Shakespeare Company’s collection of Shakespeare’s Roman plays with a visceral production which sees Sope Dirisu (One Night in Miami, Donmar Warehouse, 2016) take on the title role.

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Wednesday 11th October
Adult £15.00
Concession (Under 16, Students, Unwaged, Over 60) £12.00


ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND (Ballet) will be presented live from the Royal Opera House on Monday 23rd October 2017 at 7:15 pm. £12 concessions/ £15 full price.

At a garden party on a sunny afternoon, Alice is surprised to see her parents’ friend Lewis Carroll transforms into a white rabbit. When she follows him down a rabbit hole, events become curiouser and curiouser... As Alice journeys through Wonderland, she encounters countless strange creatures. She’s swept off her feet by the charming Knave of Hearts, who’s on the run for stealing the tarts. Confusion piles upon confusion. Then Alice wakes with a start. Was it all a daydream? Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland burst onto the stage in 2011 in an explosion of colour, stage magic and inventive, sophisticated choreography. Joby Talbot’s score combines contemporary soundworlds with sweeping melodies that gesture to ballet scores of the 19th century. Bob Crowley’s wildly imaginative, eye-popping designs draw on everything from puppetry to projections to make Wonderland wonderfully real. Alice encounters a cast of extraordinary and instantly recognizable characters, from the highly strung Queen of Hearts – who performs a hilarious send-up of
The Sleeping Beauty's famous Rose Adage – to a playing- card corps de ballet, a sinuous caterpillar and a tap-dancing Mad Hatter. But the ballet does not avoid the darker undercurrents of Lewis Carroll’s story: a nightmarish kitchen, an eerily disembodied Cheshire Cat and the unhinged tea party are all here in vivid detail. The delicious result shows The Royal Ballet at its best, bringing together world-class dance with enchanting family entertainment.

CHOREOGRAPHY: CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON
MUSIC: JOBY TALBOT

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Monday 23rd October
Adult £15.00
Concession (Under 16, Students, Unwaged, Over 60) £12.00


CARAVAGGIO – THE IDEAL EXHIBITION, part of our World Art in Cinema series, will be presented on Tuesday 21st November 2017 at 7:30 pm.  All seats £12. 

Caravaggio – The Ideal Exhibition is a highly innovative virtual exhibition documentary, which sheds light on the mysterious life and ground-breaking art of the controversial Caravaggio and visits the key locations across Italy where he created his most beloved works.

 

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Tuesday 21st November
Ticket  £12.00


THE NUTCRACKER (Tchaikovsky) will be presented live from the Royal Opera House on Tuesday 5th December 2017 at 7:15 pm. £12 concessions/ £15 full price.

The young Clara creeps downstairs on Christmas Eve to play with her favourite br /> present – a Nutcracker doll. But the mysterious magician Drosselmeyer is waiting to sweep her off on a magical adventure. After defeating the Mouse King, the Nutcracker and Clara travel through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy treats them to a wonderful display of dances. Back home, Clara thinks she must have been dreaming – but doesn’t she recognize Drosselmeyer’s nephew? Peter Wright’s nigh-on definitive production for The Royal Ballet ranks as one of the most enduring and enchanting
versions of The Nutcracker. With its festive period setting, dancing snowflakes and enchanting stage magic, Lev Ivanov’s 1892 ballet has become the perfect Christmas entertainment, with Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous, sugar-spun music the most recognizable of all ballet scores. Loosely based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, the ballet opens with a lively Christmas party, its Victorian setting captured in opulent detail by Julia Trevelyan Oman’s designs. Wright’s choreography ingeniously incorporates surviving fragments of the ballet’s original material, including the sublime pas de deux for the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince. But in emphasizing the relationship between Clara and the Nutcracker Prince, the production also gains a touching subtext of first love.

CHOREOGRAPHY: PETER WRGHT
AFTER LEV IVANOV
MUSIC: PYOTR IL’YICH TCHAIKOVSKY

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Tuesday 5th December
Adult £15.00
Concession (Under 16, Students, Unwaged, Over 60) £12.00


RIGOLETTO (Rossini) will be presented live from the Royal Opera House on Tuesday 16th January 2018 at 7:15 pm. £12 concessions/ £15 full price.

The corruption of innocence is at the heart of Verdi’s potent tragedy in David McVicar’s production for The Royal Opera. Rigoletto, court jester to the libertine Duke of Mantua, is cursed by the father of one of the Duke’s victims for his irreverent laughter. When the Duke seduces Rigoletto’s daughter Gilda, it seems the curse is taking effect...David McVicar’s production highlights the cruelty at the heart of the court of Mantua. Richly dressed courtiers engage in orgies and revelries to Verdi’s heady, spirited dances. The opera’s many musical highlights include the ebullient ‘La donna è mobile’, in which the Duke boasts of his disregard for women; Gilda’s exquisite, plangent duets with Rigoletto and the Duke; and the gorgeous Act III quartet that beautifully weaves the voices together as the story quickens to its shattering conclusion. Giuseppe Verdi wrote in 1855 that Rigoletto was his ‘best opera’. He had had to overcome state censorship to stage it – the censors objected to its depiction of an immoral ruler – but he was vindicated by the premiere’s huge success in 1851. Rigoletto was performed 250 times in the next 10 years and has remained one of the most popular of all operas./p>

MUSIC: GIUSEPPE VERDI
DIRECTOR: DAVID MCVICAR
CONDUCTOR: ALEXANDER JOEL
RIGOLETTO: DIMITRI PLATANIAS
GILDA: LUCY CROWE
DUKE OF MANTUA: MICHAEL FABIANO

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Tuesday 16th January
Adult £15.00
Concession (Under 16, Students, Unwaged, Over 60) £12.00


TOSCA (Puccini) will be presented live from the Royal Opera House on Wednesday 7th February 2018 at 7:15 pm. £12 concessions/ £15 full price.

Tosca is one of the great evenings of opera, and from its strident opening chords conjures up a world of political instability and menace. Jonathan Kent ’s production for The Royal Opera captures the dangerous political turbulence of Rome in 1800. The Chief of Police, Scarpia – one of the most malevolent villains in opera – ruthlessly pursues and tortures enemies of the state. His dark, demonic music contrasts with the expansive melodies of the idealistic lovers, Tosca and Cavaradossi, who express their passion in sublime arias, including ‘Vissi d’arte’ and ‘Elucevan le stelle’. Giacomo Puccini ’s dramatic work was a hit with audiences on its 1900 premiere and it remains one of the most performed of all operas – with its gripping plot and glorious music, it’s easy to see why. A candle-lit church, Scarpia’s gloomy study with its hidden torture chamber and the false optimism of a Roman dawn: this handsome production throws into relief the ruthlessly taut drama, as the tension is wound up towards a fateful conclusion. Puccini’s meticulously researched score is infused with the same authentic detail, from distant cannon fire during the Act I Te Deum to tolling church bells and the sounds of a firing squad./p>

MUSIC: GIACOMO PUCCINI
DIRECTOR: JONATHAN KENT
CONDUCTOR: DAN ETTINGER
FLORIA TOSCA: ADRIANNE PIECZONKA
MARIO CAVARADOSSI: JOSEPH CALLEJA
BARON SCARPIA: GERALD FINLEY

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Wednesday 7th February
Adult £15.00
Concession (Under 16, Students, Unwaged, Over 60) £12.00


TWELFTH NIGHTTWELFTH NIGHT will be presented live from the Royal Shakespeare Company on Wednesday 14th February 2018 at 7:00 pm. £12 concessions/ £15 full price.

'I am all the daughters of my father's house, And all the brothers too.'
Twelfth Night is a tale of unrequited love – hilarious and heartbreaking. Two twins are separated in a shipwreck, and forced to fend for themselves in a strange land. The first twin, Viola, falls in love with Orsino, who dotes on OIivia, who falls for Viola but is idolised by Malvolio. Enter Sebastian, who is the spitting image of his twin sister...Christopher Luscombe, Director of the ‘glorious’ (Daily Telegraph) Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing (2014 and 2016), returns to the Royal Shakespeare Company to tackle Shakespeare’s greatest comedy, a brilliantly bittersweet account of "the whirligig of time".

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Wednesday 14th February 2018
Adult £15.00
Concession (Under 16, Students, Unwaged, Over 60) £12.00


THE WINTER’S TALE (Ballet) will be presented live from the Royal Opera House on Wednesday 28th February 2018 at 7:15 pm. £12 concessions/ £15 full price.

Christopher Wheeldon , Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet, created his adaptation of Shakespeare’s late great romance The Winter’s Tale for The Royal Ballet in 2014. Building on the success of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Winter’s Tale received ecstatic praise at its premiere, acclaimed by critics and audiences alike for its intelligent, distinctive and emotionally powerful story, told through exquisite dance. It is now widely judged to be a modern ballet classic. The story follows the destruction of a marriage through consuming jealousy, the abandonment of a child and a seemingly hopeless love. Yet, through remorse and regret – and after a seemingly miraculous return to life – the ending is one of forgiveness and reconciliation. With powerful designs by Bob Crowley and atmospheric music by Joby Talbot, The Winter’s Tale is a masterful modern narrative ballet./p>

CHOREOGRAPHY: CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON
MUSIC: JOBY TALBOT

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Wednesday 28th February
Adult £15.00
Concession (Under 16, Students, Unwaged, Over 60) £12.00


CARMEN (Bizet) will be presented live from the Royal Opera House on Tuesday 6th March 2018 at 6:45 pm. £12 concessions/ £15 full price.

Carmen is the best-known work by French composer Georges Bizet, and one of the most famous operas in the entire art form – numbers such as the Habanera and the Toreador Song have permeated the popular consciousness as little else has. The opera’s heady combination of passion, sensuality and violence initially proved too much for the stage, and it was a critical failure on its 1875 premiere. Bizet died shortly after, and never learned of the spectacular success his Carmen would achieve: the opera has been performed more than five hundred times at Covent Garden alone. This ever-popular opera is given a fresh point of view in Barrie Kosky’s highly physical production, originally created for Frankfurt Opera. The Australian director is one of the world’s most sought-after opera directors, whose Royal Opera debut with Shostakovich’s The Nose in 2016 was greeted with delight. For Carmen he has devised a far-from-traditional version, incorporating music written by Bizet for the score but not usually heard, and giving a new voice to the opera’s endlessly fascinating central character./p>

MUSIC: GEORGES BIZET
DIRECTOR: BARRIE KOSKY
CONDUCTOR: JAKUB HRŮŠA
CARMEN: ANNA GORYACHOVA
DON JOSÉ: FRANCESCO MELI
MICAËLA: ANETT FRITSCH
ESCAMILLO: KOSTAS SMORIGINAS

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Tuesday 6th March
Adult £15.00
Concession (Under 16, Students, Unwaged, Over 60) £12.00


BERNSTEIN CENTENARY TRIPLE BILL (Ballet) will be presented live from the Royal Opera House on Tuesday 27th March 2018 at 7:15 pm. £12 concessions/ £15 full price.

Leonard Bernstein was one of the first classical composers in America to achieve both popular and critical acclaim. He was eclectic in his sources – drawing on jazz and modernism, the traditions of Jewish music and the Broadway musical – and many of Bernstein’s scores are remarkably well suited to dance. He was particularly associated with Jerome Robbins, their credits together including Fancy Free and West Side Story. To celebrate the centenary year of the composer’s birth, The Royal Ballet has united all three of its associate choreographers to celebrate the dynamic range and danceability of Bernstein’s music. The programme includes two world premieres by Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor and Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon , marking each artist’s first foray into Bernstein. At the heart of the programme is the first revival of Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett’s The Age of Anxiety , created in 2014 to Bernstein’s soul-searching Second Symphony. Both symphony and ballet are inspired by W.H. Auden’s masterful modernist poem, itself written in response to the atmosphere of disillusionment and uncertainty that followed the end of World War II. /p>

CHOREOGRAPHY: WAYNE MCGREGOR, LIAM SCARLETT,
CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON
MUSIC: LEONARD BERNSTEIN

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Tuesday 27th March
Adult £15.00
Concession (Under 16, Students, Unwaged, Over 60) £12.00


MACBETH (Verdi) will be presented live from the Royal Opera House on Wednesday 4TH April 2018 at 7:15 pm. £12 concessions/ £15 full price.

Verdi’s life-long love affair with Shakespeare’s works began with Macbeth , a play he considered to be ‘one of the greatest creations of man’. With his librettist, Francesco Maria Piave, Verdi set out to create ‘something out of the ordinary’. Their success is borne out in every bar of a score that sees Verdi at his most theatrical: it bristles with demonic energy. The warrior Macbeth fights on the side of the King of Scotland – but when a coven of witches prophesy that he shall become king himself, a ruthless ambition drives Macbeth and his wife to horrific acts. Murder makes Macbeth king, and intrigue and butchery are the hallmarks of his brief, doomed reign. The witches make another prediction, which also comes true: Macbeth and his lady lose their lives, and justice is restored. Phyllida Lloyd’s 2002 production for The Royal Opera is richly hued, shot through with black, red and gold. The witches – imagined by designer Anthony Ward as strange, scarlet-turbaned creatures – are ever-present agents of fate. Lloyd depicts the Macbeths’ childlessness as the dark sadness lurking behind their terrible deeds. The Royal Opera’s production uses Verdi’s 1865 Paris revision of the opera, which includes Lady Macbeth’s riveting aria ‘La luce langue’./p>

MUSIC: GIUSEPPE VERDI
DIRECTOR: PHYLLLIDA LLOYD
CONDUICTOR: ANTONIO PAPPANO
MACBETH: ZELJKO LUCIC
LADY MACBETH: ANNA NETREBKO
BANQUO: ILDEBRANDO D’ARCANGELO

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Wednesday 4th April
Adult £15.00
Concession (Under 16, Students, Unwaged, Over 60) £12.00


MANON (Ballet) will be presented live from the Royal Opera House on Thursday 3rd May 2018 at 7:15 pm. £12 concessions/ £15 full price.

Manon’s brother Lescaut is offering her to the highest bidder when she meets Des Grieux and falls in love. They elope to Paris, but when Monsieur G.M. offers Manon a life of luxury as his mistress she can’t resist. With the Lescauts’ encouragement Des Grieux cheats at cards in an attempt to win Monsieur G.M.’s fortune. They are caught. Manon is arrested as a prostitute and deported to New Orleans, followed by Des Grieux. On the run, Manon dies from exhaustion. Kenneth MacMillan’s source for Manon was the 18th-century French novel already adapted for opera by Massenet and Puccini. The premiere was given on 7 March 1974, with the lead roles danced by Antoinette Sibley and Anthony Dowell. The ballet quickly became a staple of The Royal Ballet’s repertory, and a touchstone of adult, dramatic dance. MacMillan found new sympathy with the capricious Manon and her struggle to escape poverty. Designs by his regular collaborator Nicholas Georgiadis reflect this, depicting a world of lavish splendour polluted by miserable destitution. MacMillan’s spectacular ensemble scenes for the whole Company create vivid, complex portraits of the distinct societies of Paris and New Orleans. But it is Manon and Des Grieux’s impassioned pas de deux – recalling the intensity of MacMillan’s earlier Romeo and Juliet – that drive this tragic story, and make Manon one of MacMillan’s most powerful dramas./p>

CHOREOGRAPHY: KENNETH MACMILLAN
MUSIC: JULES MASSENET

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Thursday 3rd May
Adult £15.00
Concession (Under 16, Students, Unwaged, Over 60) £12.00


SWAN LAKE (Ballet) will be presented live from the Royal Opera House on Tuesday 12th June 2018 at 7:15 pm. £12 concessions/ £15 full price.

Swan Lake has had a special role in the repertory of The Royal Ballet since 1934. This Season the Royal Ballet creates a new production with additional choreography by Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett. While remaining faithful to the Petipa-Ivanov text, Scarlett will bring fresh eyes to the staging of this classic ballet, in collaboration with his long-term designer John Macfarlane. Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful woman, Odette, he is enraptured. But she is under a spell that holds her captive, allowing her to regain her human form only at night. Swan Lake was Tchaikovsky’s first ballet score. Given its status today as arguably the best loved and most admired of all classical ballets, it is perhaps surprising that at its premiere in 1877 Swan Lake was poorly received. It is thanks to the 1895 production by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov that Swan Lake has become part of not only ballet consciousness but also wider popular culture. That success is secured not only by the sublime, symphonic sweep of Tchaikovsky’s score, but also by the striking choreographic contrasts between Petipa’s royal palace scenes and the lyric lakeside scenes created by Ivanov./p>

CHOREOGRAPHY: MARIUS PETIPA AND LEV IVANOV
ADDITIONAL CHOREOGRAPHY: LIAM SCARLETT AND FREDERICK ASHTON
MUSIC: PYOTR IL'YICH TCHAIKOVSKY

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Tuesday 12th June
Adult £15.00
Concession (Under 16, Students, Unwaged, Over 60) £12.00

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