Best Event Cinema to see this spring/summer: theatre, ballet and opera on the big screen
Romeo and Juliet, starring Lily James and Richard Madden
Including Lily James as Juliet, Helen Mirren as the Queen and David Tennant hosting an evening celebrating Shakespeare's legacy
This spring, event cinema brings back a 2013 highlight for the queen's birthday, dances a new score to a gothic classic and honours Shakespeare with a bill of famous actors quoting those famous monologues they once used as audition pieces.
Shakespeare Live! From the RSC
It's a big year for ol' Bill Shakespeare as 2016 marks the 400th anniversary since his death. Screening live on his birthday, Shakepeare Live! features performances of some of the bard's most dramatic scenes, as well as songs, comedy, dances and music celebrating his legacy. There are appearances from Judi Dench, Ian McKellan, Tim Minchin and Rufus Wainwright. The show is directed by Gregory Doran and hosted by David Tennant.
Sat 23 Apr.
Metropolitan Opera: Elektra
The final opera production by the legendary director Patrice Chéreau, who died in 2014. Based on Greek mythology the opera tells the story of Elektra, a Greek woman determined to avenge the murder of her father Agamemnon by her mother and her mother's lover. Nina Stemme in Metropolitan Opera's Elektra stars as the title character with Waltraud Meier as her mother, Klytamnestra and Adrianne Pieczonka as Elektra’s sister, Chrysothemis.
Sat 30 Apr.
The Royal Ballet: Frankenstein
Royal Ballet Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett has chosen Mary Shelley's gothic classic Frankenstein as the basis for his first full-length narrative ballet for the Covent Garden Main Stage. This tale of life, death, love and betrayal is accompanied by a brand new score by Lowell Liebermann.
Wed 18 May.
National Theatre Live: The Audience
Helen Mirren puts on a crown once more to play at being the Queen. The Audience finds HRH taking audiences with each of the 12 Prime Ministers of her reign in a play written by The Queen screenwriter Peter Morgan. Filmed at London's Gielgud Theatre in 2013, this screening coincides with the Queen's 90th birthday.
Thu 9 Jun.
Branagh Theatre Live: Romeo and Juliet
The company follow up last year's A Winter's Tale with Shakespeare's tragedy of young love and feuding families. Stars of Cinderella Richard Madden and Lily James are reunited to play the leads in Romeo and Juliet, with Kenneth Branagh in the director's chair.
Thu 7 Jul.