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Best event cinema to see this Autumn/Winter season: theatre, ballet and opera at your local cinema

Including Judi Dench in Kenneth Branagh’s The Winter’s Tale and The Royal Ballet’s Nutcracker

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Best event cinema to see this Autumn/Winter season: theatre, ballet and opera at your local cinema

Judi Dench as Paulina in The Winter's Tale

In the week that Benedict Cumberbatch playing Hamlet at The Barbican is screened live at cinemas across the UK, we look ahead to what other treats this event cinema season has to offer.

Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company: The Winter’s Tale
Shakespeare’s tragicomedy of obsession and redemption is reimagined in a production co-directed by Kenneth Branagh and Rob Ashford. Kenneth Branagh also stars in the play, taking on the role of Leontes with Judi Dench as Paulina, Tom Bateman as Florizel and Miranda Raison as Hermione.
Select cinemas, from Thu 26 Nov

English National Opera: The Mikado
The ENO present Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera starring Robert Lloyd as Mikado, Richard Suart as Ko-Ko and Mary Bevan as Yum-Yum. Directed by Jonathan Miller this production of The Mikado sees the setting moved from Japan to an English seaside hotel in the 1930s.
Select cinemas, from Tue 3 Dec

National Theatre Live: Jane Eyre
This re-imagining of Brontë's novel was first staged by Bristol Old Vic last year, performed over two evenings. Director Sally Cookson now brings her celebrated feminist production to the National, presented as a single performance with Madeleine Worrall in the leading role and Felix Hayes as Rochester.
Select cinemas, from Sun 8 Dec

Metropolitan Opera: The Magic Flute
A chance to see the broadcast that launched the Met’s Live series in 2006. Director Julie Taymor uses giant puppets and dancing animals in this abridged, English-language version of the opera starring Nathan Gunn, Ying Huang, Matthew Polenzani, Erika Miklósa and René Pape.
Select cinemas, from Sat 12 Dec

The Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker
The festive favourite starring young Clara, the wizard Drosselmeyer and the Sugar Plum Fairy returns to the Royal Ballet in Peter Wright’s hugely popular version. Conducted by Boris Gruzin the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House perform Tchaikovsky’s glittering score.
Select cinemas, from Wed 16 Dec

Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker

  • 2016

Tchaikovsky's music brings to life this Christmas favourite in which the toys come to life (and about 200 years before Toy Story at that).

The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company: The Winter's Tale

  • 2015

Shakespeare’s tragicomedy of obsession and redemption is reimagined in a production co-directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh. Judi Dench plays Paulina with Kenneth Branagh in the role of Leontes.

Metropolitan Opera: The Magic Flute

  • 2006
  • US
  • 114 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Julie Taymor
  • Written by: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Cast: Nathan Gunn, Ying Huang, Matthew Polenzani, Erika Miklosa

Director Taymor (Across the Universe) uses giant puppets and dancing animals in this abridged, English-language version of the opera.

English National Opera: The Mikado

  • 2015
  • 150 min
  • Directed by: Jonathan Miller
  • Cast: Richard Suart, Anthony Gregory, Mary Bevan

Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera starring Robert Lloyd as Mikado and Richard Suart as Ko-Ko.

National Theatre Live: Jane Eyre

  • 2015
  • 12A

Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel as staged by director Sally Cookson.

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