A tragic love story ensues when young Prince Siegfried meets Odette, who is white swan by day and human by night. Odette can only wait for an oath of true love to break the curse. This tale of love, drama and deception is brought to life by Russia's world famous Bolshoi Ballet.
Sun 6 Mar
Music: Cesare Pugni
Libretto: Jean-Henry Saint-Georges and Marius Petipa (after the novel Le roman de la momie by Théophile Gautier)
Cast: The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet
While traveling in Egypt, Lord Wilson is caught in a sandstorm and finds refuge in the nearest pyramid where Aspicia, the daughter of one of Egypt’s most powerful pharaohs, lies entombed. When he falls asleep, lulled by the haze of opium, Aspicia comes to life and his passion for her will take him on a fantastic journey.
French choreographer Pierre Lacotte brilliantly resurrected a forgotten masterpiece exclusively for the Bolshoi Ballet nearly twenty years ago - Marius Petipa’s The Pharaoh’s Daughter. With its exotic setting, spectacular dancing and scenes choreographed for nearly the entire Bolshoi troupe, this stunning Egyptian fresco is one of the most remarkable productions in the company’s repertoire.
Sun 1 May
- 1h 36min
- Directed by: Jeff Tremaine
- Cast: Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Dave England, Wee Man, Danger Ehren, Preston Lacy
It's been 11 years, and the gang are back together for one last show. Prepare for some crazy stunts and chaos!
Fri 4 Feb
Sat 5 Feb
Sun 6 Feb
The exhilarating soprano Lise Davidsen makes her Live in HD debut in one of her signature roles, the mythological Greek heroine of Strauss’s enchanting masterpiece.
Sat 12 Mar
For the first time in company history, the Met presents the original five-act French version of Verdi’s epic opera of doomed love among royalty, set against the backdrop of the Spanish Inquisition.
Sat 26 Mar
Superstar soprano Anna Netrebko makes her long-awaited Met role debut as Puccini’s icy princess.
Sat 7 May
- Directed by: Max Webster
- Cast: Kit Harington
Kit Harington plays the title role in Shakespeare’s thrilling study of nationalism, war and the psychology of power. Fresh to the throne, King Henry V launches England into a bloody war with France. When his campaign encounters resistance, this inexperienced new ruler must prove he is fit to guide a country into war.
Captured live from the Donmar Warehouse in London, this exciting modern production directed by Max Webster (Life of Pi) explores what it means to be English and our relationship to Europe, asking: do we ever get the leaders we deserve?
Thu 21 Apr
- Directed by: Nicholas Hytner
The Book of Dust - La Belle Sauvage
By Philip Pullman, adapted by Bryony Lavery. Directed by Nicholas Hytner.
Set twelve years before the epic His Dark Materials trilogy, this gripping adaptation revisits Philip Pullman's fantastical world in which waters are rising and storms are brewing.
Two young people and their dæmons, with everything at stake, find themselves at the centre of a terrifying manhunt. In their care is a tiny child called Lyra Belacqua, and in that child lies the fate of the future. And as the waters rise around them, powerful adversaries conspire for mastery of Dust: salvation to some, the source of infinite corruption to others.
Eighteen years after his ground breaking production of His Dark Materials at the National Theatre, director Nicholas Hytner returns to Pullman's parallel universe. Broadcast live from London's Bridge Theatre.
Running Time: 180 mins (to be confirmed)
Tickets: Adult £16, Concession (over 60s) £15, Student/child £13
Thu 17 Feb
Six sopranos take on the role of Violetta this exceptional production of Verdi’s La Traviata.
Live via satellite to Airdrie Town Hall cinema. 19th-century Paris is a place of contrasts; glamour and superficiality, love and lust, life and death. Courtesan Violetta sings some of Verdi’s most acclaimed arias including the joyous ‘Sempre libera’, in her poignant and passionate encounters with Alfredo and Germont. Richard Eyre’s production for The Royal Opera recently celebrated 25 years on the Royal Opera House stage and this year returns with acclaimed opera star Pretty Yende as Violetta.
Wed 13 Apr
Anniversary Screening (performed in September 2021) from The Royal Opera House.In a pitiless world of luxurious decadence, corruption and social decay, Director of The Royal Opera Oliver Mears, sets his scene. In his first work for his own Company, Mears brings Verdi's masterpiece into the modern world. Verdi's thrilling Rigoletto pits power against innocence, beauty against ugliness, conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano.
This special anniversary screening of Verdi's Rigoletto celebrates 171 years since its premiere in 1851.
Sung in Italian with English subtitles
Approximate running time: 3 hours (with one interval)
Tickets: Full Price: £16, Concession £15, Child/Student £10
Thu 10 Mar
- Cast: Marcelino Sambé, Anna-Rose O’Sullivan
The Royal Ballet | Special screening (performed 3rd February 2022)
Romeo and Juliet has become a great modern ballet classic of the ballet repertory since its creation by Royal Ballet Director Kenneth MacMillan and its premiere in 1965. The doomed lovers attempt to find their way through the colour and action of Renaissance Verona, where a busy market all too quickly bursts into sword fighting and a family feud leads to tragedy for both the Montagues and the Capulets.
Marcelino Sambé (Romeo), Anna-Rose O’Sullivan (Juliet)
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Choreography Kenneth MacMillan
Music Sergey Prokofiev
Designer Nicholas Georgiadis
Lighting designer John B. Read
Running times: 3 hours and 25 minutes (including two intervals)
Mon 14 Feb
The Royal Ballet | LIVE
This classic fairytale represents the battle between good and evil, and the attempt of love to conquer all. The magic of the lakes, forests and palaces is brought to life with glittering designs by John Macfarlane and a sublime score by Tchaikovsky. The Royal Ballet’s sumptuous production of Swan Lake returns to the Royal Opera House stage after its 2020 revival was interrupted by the pandemic’s closure of theatres. This classic of the repertory is testament to the late choreographer Liam Scarlett’s abiding love of classicism and innate musicality, which shine through this production.
Lauren Cuthbertson (Odette/Odile), TBC (Prince Siegfried)
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Original choreography Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov
Music Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
Production Liam Scarlett
Additional choreography Liam Scarlett and Frederick Ashton
Designer John Macfarlane
Lighting designer David Finn
Running times: 3 hours and 20 minutes (including two intervals)
Thu 19 May
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