Tony Webster (Jim Broadbent) leads a reclusive and quiet existence until long buried secrets from his past force him to face the flawed recollections of his younger self, the truth about his first love (Charlotte Rampling) and the devastating consequences of decisions made a lifetime ago.
Tony is a mildly grumpy septuagenarian who lives comfortably enough while maintaining a hole-in-the-wall camera store that exclusively stocks second-hand Leicas. He rather uselessly accompanies his heavily pregnant lesbian daughter Susie (Michelle Dockery) to birthing class and seems devoid of any consuming interests or close friends. Sending his serene life into choppy waters is the arrival of a legal letter revealing an unexpected cash bequest from a late school chum, as well as a promised copy of the man's diary.
We are treated to flashbacks of Tony’s earlier years (played by Billy Howle), covering his intense admiration for the handsome and brilliant Adrian (Joe Alwyn) and his equivocal courtship of the alluring but elusive Veronica (Freya Mavor). This adaptation of the widely praised Julian Barnes novel is very well served by Broadbent, who is smooth and self-effacing as the old-timer whose view of himself and the past acquires significant clarity.
Harriet Walter, Dockery and Rampling, playing women who have differing issues with Tony, are tautly spring-loaded with repressed feelings they're mostly loathe to express, while Emily Mortimer is very entertaining as the young Veronica's frisky, hard-to-read mother.
UK 2017 Ritesh Batra 108m
Oscar winners Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin team up as lifelong buddies Willie, Joe and Al, who decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow for the first time in their lives.
When their pension fund becomes a corporate casualty, the trio become desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, so risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money. The great cast also includes Christopher Guest, Matt Dillon, Peter Serafinowicz and Ann-Margaret. You may recognize the film’s title as it is a remake of the 1979 heist film starring George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasbourg.
USA 2017 Zach Braff 96m
Based on the true story during the German occupation of the Channel Islands, about a Jersey-woman who takes in an escaped young Russian war prisoner, hides him and protects him as her own child.
Louisa Gould (Jenny Seagrove) is a shop keeper who after losing one of her sons in the conflict, shelters a Russian prisoner of war (Julian Kostov) who has escaped from a Nazi prison camp.
Amid growing tension it becomes clear that British wartime leader Winston Churchill would not risk an assault to re-capture the occupied island, and the community began to fray under the pressures of hunger, occupation and divided loyalty. Against this backdrop, Lou fights to preserve her family's sense of humanity and to protect the Russian boy as if he were her own.
Filmed around Somerset, including Bath, Shepton Mallet and Wells, this is a beautifully shot film with a lot of heart.
UK 2017 Christopher Menaul 98m
Live from the Old Vic
Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Joshua McGuire and David Haig star in Tom Stoppard's brilliantly funny situation comedy, broadcast live from The Old Vic theatre in London.
David Leveaux's new production marks the 50th anniversary of the play that made a young Tom Stoppard's name overnight. Against the backdrop of Hamlet, two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, take centre stage. As the young double act stumble their way in and out of the action of Shakespeare's iconic drama, they become increasingly out of their depth as their version of the story unfolds.
Running time 200m approx including interval.
Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15)
From the opening scenes, which show Neruda (Luis Gnecco) holding court over a bacchanal in his luxurious home with his wife, the painter Delia del Carril (Mercedes Morán), Larraín places Neruda in the framework of a detective story, the poet's favourite prose genre, pursued by the fatuous detective Óscar Peluchonneau (Gael García Bernal). Larraín has long expressed an interest in the political machinations of the world, whether it’s Pinochet’s story in ‘No’ or the Catholic Church in ‘The Club’, and ‘Neruda’ mixes the historical elements of his filmography with his lyrical side, one that understands that art can be one of the most political forces in the world. (Subtitles) Chile/Argentina 2017 Pablo Larraín 107m
Brazilian screen legend Sonia Braga plays a 65-year-old widow and retired music critic who will not relinquish her home and precious memories.
Clara (Braga) is the last resident of the Aquarius, an art deco oceanside apartment, one of the few buildings of its age and character that remains in the rapidly changing seaside Recife neighborhood. Now that the other apartments have been swept up by a company with ambitious plans for redevelopment, pressures to move on surround Clara from all sides. But she has pledged to leave only upon death. She is a warrior for aesthetic distinction, for critical thought, for sexual and creative liberty - for things that cannot be bought, sold or indexed. And she is not someone you want to go up against in a fight. (Subtitles)
Brazil 2016 Kleber Mendonça Filho 142m
‘Graduation’ shares with Mungiu’s 2007 critically acclaimed ‘4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days’ a sense of how personal morality can be misshapen by the institutions of an immoral society.
Romeo, a physician living in a mountain town in Transylvania, has raised his daughter Eliza with the idea that once she turns 18, she will leave to study and live abroad. His plan is close to succeeding - Eliza has won a scholarship to study psychology in the UK. On the day before her exam, Eliza is assaulted jeopardizing her entire future. There are ways of solving the situation, but none of them using the principles Romeo has taught his daughter. This is a beautifully crafted work of storytelling that resonates long after you see it. (Subtitles)
Romania 2016 Cristian Mungiu 128m
A British film crew attempts to boost morale during World War II by making a propaganda film after the Blitzkrieg.
With London emptied of men now fighting at the Front, Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) lands herself a job writing copy for propaganda films that need "a woman's touch". Her natural flair quickly gets her noticed by dashing movie producer Tom Buckley (Sam Claflin) whose path would never have crossed hers in peacetime. With the country's morale at stake, Catrin, Buckley and a colourful crew work furiously to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation. As bombs are dropping all around them, Catrin discovers there is as much drama, comedy and passion behind the camera as there is onscreen. Placing the cherry atop an already delicious film, is Bill Nighy’s brilliantly funny performance as vain, ageing thesp Ambrose Hilliard.
UK 2016 Lone Scherfig 117m
Live from Florence
Zubin Mehta conducts a cast led by Fabio Sartori and Julianna Di Giacomo in the acclaimed Don Carlo.
Verdi’s opera about love, ambition and intrigue in 16th-century Spain is based upon the life of Carlos, Prince of Asturias (1545-1568). Carlos was betrothed to Elizabeth of Valois (1545-1568), the daughter of France’s King Henry II but for political reasons, Elizabeth was ultimately married to Carlos’ father Philip II of Spain. Based on the 1787 dramatic poem by Friedrich Schiller, Don Carlo was first performed at the Paris Opéra in 1867 where politics and religion were dangerously entwined. Verdi made extensive revisions to the opera over the following 20 years, and this production follows the four-act 1886 version performed at one of the newest Opera Houses in the world, the Opera di Firenze. The Opera di Firenze has pioneered the perception of opera worldwide, demonstrating it can be both traditional and innovative. Their blend of the classic and contemporary puts Opera di Firenze at the centre of opera, guiding its future for years to come.
Orchestra and Choir of the Annual Music Festival in Florence Conductor: Zubin Mehta
Sung in Italian with English subtitles
Running time 220m approx inc interval(s)
Park Chan-Wook (‘Oldboy’) brings us a gripping and sensual tale of a young Japanese Lady and a Korean woman hired to serve as her handmaiden, but secretly involved in a con to defraud her.
The twisting plot is derived from the 2002 Sarah Waters’s novel ‘Fingersmith’, about a pickpocket who impersonates a servant girl in an attempt to con an English heiress kept captive by her perverted uncle. Here Soo-Kee (Kim Tae-Ri) is the street-smart orphan catapulted into this mansion by the fraudulent Count Fujiwara (Ha Jung-Woo). She is to help him make his fortune by marrying the innocent Lady Hideko (Kim Min-hee), kept cloistered by her tyrannical Uncle Kouzuki (Jo Jin-woong). Filled with bold strokes, startling images and cinematography that combines the poise of Japanese visual art and a good dose of Gothic atmosphere.
South Korea 2016 Park Chan-Wook 144m
NT Live from the Barbican
Jude Law stars in this new stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti’s 1943 film, directed by Ivo van Hove (‘A View from the Bridge’, ‘Hedda Gabler’).
Gino is a drifter, down-at-heel and magnetically handsome. At a road side restaurant he encounters husband and wife, Giuseppe and Giovanna. Irresistibly attracted to each other, Gino and Giovanna begin a fiery affair and plot to murder her husband. But, in this chilling tale of passion and destruction, the crime only serves to tear them apart.
Visconti's first feature film ‘Obsession’ (1943), based on James M Cain's novel ‘The Postman Always Rings Twice’, gave rise to Italian neorealism, a cinematic movement highlighting the struggles of ordinary people in a time of upheaval.
120m (No Interval)
Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15)
Réparer les Vivants
One heart can touch many lives. When a teenage surfer (Gabin Verdet) is killed in a car accident, his grieving parents (Emmanuelle Seigner and Kool Shen) have to make the decision to donate his healthy organs to those in need.
Writer-director Katell Quillévéré divides her film into two halves: first focusing on the family’s emotional shock and ethical dilemmas before introducing us to the woman (Anne Dorval) who will receive the heart in question. This is Quillévéré’s third feature, and it is both her most ambitious to date and her most accomplished.
She weaves a rich emotional tapestry through multiple characters – family members, doctors, paramedics – and while it’s easy to imagine this material feeling contrived or soapy in the wrong hands, she pulls it off with unerring elegance and lightness of touch. (Subtitles)
France 2016 Katell Quillévéré 103m
In the teeming, multicultural metropolis of modern-day London, a seemingly straightforward missing-person case launches a down-at-heel private eye into a dangerous world of religious fanaticism and political intrigue.
Tommy Akhtar (Riz Ahmed) - cricket fan, devoted son and deadbeat private eye - is just emerging from another hangover when his next case walks through the door. Melody (Cush Jumbo) wants him to find her friend Natasha who has gone missing without warning. As he delves deeper into the case, Tommy's journey to uncover the truth leads him into the hidden layers of modern London, unlocking shocking secrets about past loves, friendships and family.
‘City of Tiny Lights’ plays perfectly as a modern-day film noir with femme fatales, government spooks, and a wisecracking lead unafraid to deliver witty retorts after having his face bashed with a metal pipe.
UK 2016 Pete Travis 110m
One of the Uks most exciting directors, Ben Wheatley (‘High-Rise’, ‘A Field in England’) brings us an arms deal that goes spectacularly and explosively wrong.
1970’s Boston (although shot in Brighton). Justine (Brie Larson) has brokered a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen (Cillian Murphy and Michael Smiley), and a gang led by Vernon (Sharlto Copley) and Ord (Arnie Hammer), who are selling them a stash of guns. But when shots are fired during the handover, everyone at the scene is thrust into a heart-stopping game of survival. Wheatley’s storytelling is impressive. There are ten key characters, but their personalities and relationships are so briskly established that when the bullets start flying, we can predict who each person will target or protect. Or – this being Wheatley – we think we can. Comparisons to ‘Reservoir Dogs’ are inevitable.
France/UK 2017 Ben Wheatley 90m
In these challenging times of political change and contest, and passionate belief and debate - Brexit and Remain, war, poverty and refugees, pro- and anti-Trump supporters, news and fake news reporting, myths, censorship and memories - a fascinating opportunity to explore the interrelationships between historical and contemporary struggles for power, and notions of invasion, occupation and resistance, both in WW2 in Europe, and beyond.
Films to be referenced will include examples like ‘Kanal’ (Poland 1956); ‘Flame and Citron’ (Denmark 2008); ‘Army of Shadows’ (France 1969), ‘Lacombe Lucien’ (France 1974), ‘Au Revoir Les Enfants’ (France 1987); ‘The Battle of Algiers’ (Italy/Algeria 1966); ‘It Happened Here’ (UK 1965) and ‘Went the Day Well’ (UK 1942).
Specialist contributors to this day will include: Professor Hugo Frey, Head of History and Politics (University of Chichester), Emeritus Professor Rod Kedward (University of Sussex; Founder Member: Resistance Studies Network), Martyn Bell (Secret WW2 Learning Network), David Coxon (Deputy Director at Tangmere Museum) Rosemary Coxon and Mike Jennings (Chichester Cinema at New Park Education Dept.)
Tickets: £12.00 (Friends/Students £10) to include refreshments on arrival
Sat 13 May 10:00am - 15:00 (Studio)
Five-year-old Saroo (Sunny Pawar - this tiny, self-possessed performer is electric, using his expressive eyes to convey emotions that are unmistakable but still restrained) gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of Kilometres across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later (now played by Dev Patel), armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home. Also stars Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara and David Wenham.
Australia 2016 Garth Davis 120m
Angst Essen Seele Auf
An almost accidental romance is kindled between a German woman in her mid-sixties and a Moroccan migrant worker around twenty-five years younger. They abruptly decide to marry, appalling everyone around them.
Rainer Werner Fassbinder not only directed this film, but also scripted the film, designed the sets, and produced. Brigitte Mira heads the cast as a lonely German cleaning woman, who enters into an affair with equally lonely - and much younger - Moroccan mechanic Ali (El Hedi Ben Salem). They marry, despite the shocked, bigoted reactions of those around them. This thinly disguised remake of Douglas Sirk's ‘All That Heaven Allows’ won the international critic's prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Technically flawless, deceptively simple and avoiding excesses, it is about problems that are timely and timeless in implications. (Subtitles)
West Germany 1974 Rainer Werner Fassbinder 94m
Not another spin on 'The Scottish Play', this tense, darkly comic feature is an adaptation of a 19th century Russian novella, ‘Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District’ by Nikolai Leskov, the story now transported to 1865 rural England.
Katherine (Florence Pugh) is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age, whose family are cold and unforgiving. When she embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker on her husband's estate, a force is unleashed inside her, so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants. The hypnotic Florence Pugh announces herself as an actress to watch with this fine performance, veering from endearing puckishness to dangerously disturbed.
UK 2017 William Oldroyd 89m
Sonia Friedman Productions present Imelda Staunton (Gypsy, Vera Drake, the Harry Potter films), Conleth Hill (Game Of Thrones, The Producers), Luke Treadaway (A Street Cat Named Bob, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Hollow Crown) and Imogen Poots (A Long Way Down, Jane Eyre) in James Macdonald’s critically acclaimed, 5 star production of Edward Albee’s landmark play, broadcast live to cinemas from the Harold Pinter Theatre, London.
In the early hours of the morning on the campus of an American college, Martha, much to her husband George’s displeasure, has invited the new professor and his wife to their home for some after-party drinks. As the alcohol flows and dawn approaches, the young couple are drawn into George and Martha’s toxic games until the evening reaches its climax in a moment of devastating truth-telling.
210m inc interval
Caesar returns from war, all-conquering, but mutiny is rumbling through the corridors of power.
The Rome season in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford, opens with the politics of spin and betrayal turning to violence. Following his sell-out productions of Tom Morton-Smith's 'Oppenheimer' (2014) and James Fenton's adaptation of 'Don Quixote' (2016), Season Director Angus Jackson steers the thrilling action as the race to claim the empire spirals out of control. 'Antony and Cleopatra' follows. Running time 180m approx including interval.
Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15)
The legendary outlaw Ned Kelly (Mick Jagger) was an inspiration for Sydney Nolan. Here screening in a rare 35mm print!
Mick Jagger stars as Ned Kelly, a legendary outlaw of the Australian outback sought by authorities for stealing horses. At age 20, Ned has already served a three-year prison term. When his mother (Clarissa Kaye) is arrested and jailed on a bogus murder charge, Ned offers to surrender in exchange for his mother's freedom. When the authorities refuse, the Kelly brothers go on a robbing rampage. Tony Richardson's film has divided opinion in the 40+ years since its release, but it has received cult status. It is a film which contains both sublime, rain-soaked landscapes accompanied by the lilting songs of Kris Kristofferson. The film's fun spirit, excellent soundtrack and superb cinematography and heartfelt (if rather biased) portrayal of the film's hero, makes 'Ned Kelly' an entertaining and worthwhile watch. Added by Jagger's strong, often scene-stealing performance.
Australia 1970 Tony Richardson 100m
Nicholas Roeg’s wonderfully uplifting portrait of Aboriginal culture and respect to the rugged and often barren Australian outback.
Very few films achieve subliminal greatness with cross-cultural impact, but ‘Walkabout’ is one of those films - a visual tone poem that functions more as an allegory than a conventionally plotted adventure. Considered a cult favourite for years, Roeg's 1971 film centres upon two British children who are rescued in the Australian outback by a young aborigine. Through exquisite cinematography and a story of subtle human complexity, the film continues to resonate on many thematic and artistic levels. Just as Roeg intended, it is a cautionary morality tale in which the limitations and restrictions of civilisation become painfully clear when the two children (played by Jenny Agutter and Roeg's young son, Lucien John) cannot survive without the aborigine's assistance.
UK/Australia 1971 Nicholas Roeg 98m
We take a fresh look at Crime Thrillers, Film Noir, Heist movies, Courtroom dramas, Mob films and even Crime comedy - to thrill and excite you!
In the first session, Simon Brett, crime writer, recipient of the Crime Writer’s highest award The Diamond Dagger and an OBE ‘for services to literature’, talks about the relationship between crime and the movies. Simon Brett’s hundredth book will be published in September 2017.
His thriller, A Shock to the System, was made into a feature film starring Michael Caine. Simon’s session will be illustrated by clips from that film and others which tread the tricky path between crime and comedy.
In the next two sessions, Rosemary Coxon (Cinema’s Education Officer) looks at a range of movies from the early 20th century onwards which perfectly illustrate crime and transgression. For instance, the Gangster genre showed how criminal networks operate inside their own fiercely moral code, while Film Noir found that criminality resides in cynicism, obsession and desperation.
The big screen loves these guys and you will too! See you at the cinema!
Tickets £14 for three sessions – or £6 each
3 Part Course: 26 May, 2&9 Jun 13:30 – 15:30 (Studio)
Tamsin Greig is Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare's classic comedy of mistaken identity.
A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love. The nearby households of Olivia and Orsino are overrun with passion. Even Olivia's upright housekeeper Malvolia is swept up in the madness. Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible.
Simon Godwin (NT Live: 'Man and Superman', NT Live: 'The Beaux Stratagem') directs this joyous new production with Tamsin Greig ('Episodes') as a transformed Malvolia. An ensemble cast that includes Daniel Rigby ('Flowers', 'Jericho'), Tamara Lawrence ('Undercover'), Doon Mackichan ('Smack the Pony') and Daniel Ezra ('The Missing', 'Undercover'). Running time 210m approx including interval.
Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15)
Peter Weir’s Australian classic film is an ethereal, dreamlike adaptation of Joan Lindsay's classic novel when a group of girls disappear while exploring the upper slopes of the rock.
St. Valentine’s Day, 1900. On a beautiful summer day, a party of Australian schoolgirls from an exclusive finishing school prepare for an excursion to Hanging Rock, a magnificent natural monument drenched in a mysterious atmosphere. But when a group of girls disappear while exploring the upper slopes, an eerie foreboding touches all involved in the excursion. Based on the classic novel by Joan Lindsay, this classic film helped revive the Australian film industry and established Director Peter Weir as a major international talent.
Australia 1975 Peter Weir 102m
Based on the true story of Robyn Davidson who in 1977 undertook an extraordinary solo trek 2,700km by foot across the harsh Australian outback, John Curran’s (‘The Painted Veil’) mesmerising film is a paean to both one woman’s courage and to the magnificent land she traverses. When Robyn (Mia Wasikowska) arrives in Alice Springs she has nothing but her pet dog and a wild ambition that the locals pay no heed to, but after months of camping out and working on a camel farm, they begin to take her seriously. Her last obstacle is money and when she meets photographer Rick Smolan (Adam Driver) she reluctantly agrees to sacrifice some of her solitude so that her journey can be documented and sponsored by National Geographic.
Australia 2013 John Curran 110m
A documentary about the artist many regard as the greatest Australian painter of the twentieth century - Sidney Nolan (1917-1992).
Sidney Nolan is the subject of a current exhibition at Pallant House Gallery marking the artist’s centenary, complimented by this documentary. If all art has a biographical element, this was dramatically true in the case of Nolan. Through interviews with friends, contemporaries and observers, producer Catherine Hunter reconstructs the intimate relationships that shaped Nolan's life: the women he loved, and who loved him. With the evocative voice of Judy Davis as narrator, and a haunting soundtrack by Amanda Brown, ‘Mask and Memory’ brings his extraordinary story to life.
Australia 2009 Catherine Hunter 54m
We invite you to a day with the master film maker led by our guest speaker, Ian Haydn Smith, who will introduce you to one of the most influential filmmakers in the history of cinema. To watch a Hitchcock film is to be thrilled by its suspense and stunned by its artistry
Ian is a London-based writer. He is Editor of Curzon Magazine and co-author of 'New British Cinema: From Submarine to 12 Years a Slave’. Ian has visited us at New Park on previous occasions, especially to give talks at the Summer Film Festival. We are delighted to welcome Ian as the speaker on this day course which will feature many excerpts from Hitchcock films, informative discussion and lively debate. We hope you will leave with a real understanding of why Hitchcock is key to an understanding of the history of cinema.
Tickets: £12.00 (Friends/Students £10) to include refreshments on arrival.
Day Course: Sat 3 Jun 10:00 – 15:00 (Studio)
Myth and Legend in Australian Art and Cinema
Australian Cinema Talk
Australian film historian Stephen Morgan will lead us on a journey through some of the intersections of Australian art and cinema, and their depictions of unique lives and landscapes.
Through film clips and reproductions of key artworks, we will encounter the myths and legends surrounding Rebels like Ned Kelly (Tony Richardson, 1970), Explorers like Robyn from Tracks (John Curran, 2013), and Strangers such as the Victorian schoolgirls in Picnic at Hanging Rock (Peter Weir, 1975). Strangers are also central to Walkabout (Nicolas Roeg, 1971), which will introduce the fourth and final section, Country, which surveys closer relationships with landscape via the figure of the Indigenous Australian. An educator, archivist, and historian, Stephen Morgan recently completed his PhD at King's College London with a thesis entitled ‘Ealing Down Under: Nation, Empire and the Australian Films of Ealing Studios, 1945-1960’.
Sat 3 Jun 18:00 (Studio)
One of the world's best-loved operas, captured live in 2014, returns to cinemas.
Verdi's masterpiece tells the story of Violetta, played by Bolshoi-star Venera Gimadieva.
The production is directed by Tom Cairns and 'exquisitely conducted' (The Daily Telegraph) by Mark Elder who leads the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Running time approx 2hrs 40 mins including interval
The conclusion of the orchestra’s cinema season offers a both exciting and diverse programme under the baton of charismatic conductor Gustavo Dudamel.
Following a rendition of City Noir, John Adams’s homage to the great age of bebop, Dudamel will perform Dvořák’s symphony From the New World – a work in which the composer adds a jolt of electricity with the help of stylised musical folklore “to portray characteristics such as are distinctly American”.
Broadcast in HD with stunning 5.1 surround sound, this concert also includes exclusive interviews and programme insights.
Composers Antonín Dvořák, John Adams
Conductor Gustavo Dudamel
Running time 2hrs 20mins approx including interval and interviews.
Tickets £15 (Friends/Students £12.50)
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.
170m inc interval
Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15)
This gorgeous mixed programme demonstrates the great creative vision of Frederick Ashton, Founder Choreographer of The Royal Ballet, with music by Felix Mendelssohn, César Franck and Franz Liszt.
'The Dream' is Ashton's adaptation of Shakespeare's riotous comedy in which a forest sprite plays havoc, armed with a love potion. 'Symphonic Variations' was Ashton's first work after World War II, and one of the Company's first to be performed on the huge main stage of the Royal Opera House, in 1946. With six dancers performing a series of quartets, duets, sextets and solos to Franck's brooding 'Variations Symphoniques', this seminal masterpiece celebrates the pure beauty of movement. 'Marguerite and Armand' is Ashton's beautiful and emotional retelling of a well-known story, familiar to us through Verdi's opera 'La Traviata'. Ashton famously created this poignant ballet on Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev in 1963. Conductor - Emmanuel Plasson.
Running time tba with 2 intervals.
This new film offers a full and fresh biography of Michelangelo, and goes to the heart of just who was this tempestuous, passionate giant of art history.
To coincide with a glorious new exhibition on Michelangelo at the National Gallery of London 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 that included painting, sculpture and architecture. Among the works explored are the universally adored David in Florence, the Sistine Chapel in Rome and the Manchester Madonna (today at the National Gallery).
UK 2017 90 mins approx
Tickets £12.50 (Friend/Students £10)
Iqbal Khan directs Shakespeare's tragedy of love and duty, picking up the story where Julius Caesar ends.
Following Caesar's assassination, Mark Antony has reached the heights of power. Now he has neglected his empire for a life of decadent seduction with his mistress, Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. Torn between love and duty, Antony's military brilliance deserts him, and his passion leads the lovers to their tragic end.
Iqbal Khan returns to the RSC to direct, following his critically acclaimed productions of 'Othello' (2015) and 'Much Ado About Nothing' (2012). 'Titus Andronicus' follows Aug/Sep (tbc). Running time 180m approx including interval.
Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15)
Antonio Pappano conducts a new production of Verdi’s thrilling Shakespeare-inspired opera directed by Keith Warner, starring Jonas Kaufmann in the title role, in our final presentation from The ROH Season.
World-famous tenor Jonas Kaufmann makes his role debut as Otello in Verdi‘s passionate retelling of Shakespeare’s great tragedy of jealousy, deception and murder. Soprano Maria Agresta will be his Desdemona and baritone Ludovic Tézier his nemesis Iago in a new production by Olivier Award-winning director Keith Warner.A major work of the opera repertory, Verdi’s Otello draws on the full forces of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, the Royal Opera Chorus and this stellar line-up of principal singers, with exquisite duets, emotionally potent solo numbers and thrilling choruses. Particular highlights include Otello and Desdemona’s rapturous love duet and Desdemona’s poignant ‘Willow Song’. Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts this Italian masterpiece.
Sung in Italian with English subtitles.
Running time 180m approx including interval
Look out for our upcoming 2017 Edition starting on Thu 10 August!
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.
120m - Please note that this broadcast does not have an interval.