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Strode Theatre

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Church Road, Street, Somerset, BA16 0AB
  • Telephone 01458 442846
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  • Website www.strodetheatre.co.uk
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Apostasy

Apostasy
  • 2017
  • 1h 35min
  • Directed by: Daniel Kokotajlo
  • Cast: Molly Wright, Siobhan Finneran, Sacha Parkinson

Family drama set among a close-knit community of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Oldham. Ivanna (Finneran) is a single mother raising two daughters in accordance with her religious beliefs. When her elder daughter Luisa (Parkinson) begins to have doubts, Ivanna decides to match her youngest (Wright) to a church elder. Finneran is magnificent in this incendiary yet meticulously measured drama about the difficulties of reconciling the requirements of family and faith.

Fri 28 Sep

Arcadia

  • 2017
  • USA
  • 1h 18min
  • Directed by: Paul Wright

A provocative and poetic exploration of Britain’s relationship with its own land, Arcadia is crafted from BFI National Archive footage spanning 100 years and set to score from Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Will Gregory (Goldfrapp).

Sun 23 Sep

The Big Lebowski

The Big Lebowski
  • 1997
  • US
  • 1h 53min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen (uncredited)
  • Written by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
  • Cast: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore

The Coen brothers give their unique twist to a Chandler-esque LA noir, as 70s hippy throwback Jeff 'The Dude' Lebowski (Bridges) is drawn into the sordid affairs of his millionaire namesake. Suddenly he has to sleuth his way through disorganised crime. Trademark oddball characters, surreal imagery and excellent performances grace this virtuoso comedy.

Mon 24 Sep

C'est la vie

C'est la vie! (Le Sens de la fête)
  • 2017
  • Belgium/Canada/France
  • 1h 57min
  • Directed by: Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano
  • Cast: Jean-Pierre Bacri, Jean-Paul Rouve, Gilles Lellouche

Max (Bacri) is the head of a catering company whose powers are tested by the impending nuptials of Pierre (Lavernhe) and Héléna (Chemla). Charming and finely tuned ensemble comedy with a highly effective script, and the cast is a riot, with Bacri a master of the withering put-down.

Sun 23 Sep
Wed 26 Sep

The Children Act

The Children Act
  • 2017
  • USA
  • 1h 45min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Richard Eyre
  • Cast: Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Fionn Whitehead

Fiona (Thompson) is a High Court judge who finds herself becoming involved with a Jehovah’s Witness teenager (Whitehead) who refuses a blood transfusion for his leukaemia. Heavy-handed adaptation by McEwan of his own novel; not entirely convincing but Eyre brings out fine performances.

Sun 23 Sep
Mon 24 Sep
Tue 25 Sep

L'Amant Double

L'Amant Double
  • 2017
  • France
  • 1h 47min
  • Directed by: François Ozon
  • Cast: Marine Vacth, Jérémie Renier, Jacqueline Bisset

Former model Chloé (Vacth) consults a psychiatrist, Paul (Renier) and the two become a couple. Then she learns that he has a twin brother who favours a more hands-on approach. Overwright, heavyhanded psychosexual melodrama with copious amounts of shagging, dodgy sexual politics and a ludicrous plot.

Thu 27 Sep

Luis and the Aliens

Luis and the Aliens
  • 2018
  • Germany/Luxembourg
  • 1h 26min
  • U
  • Directed by: Christoph Lauenstein, Wolfgang Lauenstein
  • Cast: Callum Maloney, Dermot Magennis, Ian Coppinger

Luis (Maloney) is an 11-year-old boy obsessed with aliens, who gets visited by some shape-changing extra-terrestrial blobs. It has an attractive sheen and likeable characters, but the tone is uncertain and it’s too derivative and unsure of itself to win many admirers.

Sun 23 Sep

Madame

Madame
  • 2017
  • France
  • Directed by: Amanda Sthers
  • Cast: Toni Collette, Rossy de Palma, Harvey Keitel, Michael Smiley

When uptight American couple Anne (Collette) and Bob (Keitel) throw a party and find that they have 13 settings, they get their maid Maria (de Palma) to masquerade as another guest, but she falls for a wealthy British aristocrat. Though it ultimately shies away from class critique, the lightweight premise is buoyed up by strong performances from Collette and de Palma.

Fri 28 Sep
Tue 2 Oct

National Theatre Live: King Lear

National Theatre Live: King Lear
  • 2014
  • UK
  • Directed by: Sam Mendes
  • Cast: Simon Russell Beale

Mendes returns to the National Theatre to direct Simon Russell Beale in the title role of Shakespeare’s tragedy.

Thu 27 Sep

Swimming with Men

Swimming with Men
  • 2018
  • UK
  • 1h 37min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Oliver Parker
  • Cast: Rob Brydon, Rupert Graves, Adeel Akhtar, Jim Carter, Jane Horrocks, Thomas Turgoose, Daniel Mays, Charlotte Riley

Eric (Brydon) is a melancholy accountant in middle life who joins a synchronised swim team at his local pool. This ultra-low-budget offering has a game ensemble who work terrifically well as wisecracking comrades, and Riley as good as their tough coach. It may be The Full Monty with nose clips and goggles but it keeps afloat.

Wed 26 Sep
Sat 29 Sep
Wed 3 Oct

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