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Duke of York's Picturehouse

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Preston Circus, Brighton, BN1 4NA
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It's a Wonderful Life

It's a Wonderful Life
  • 1946
  • US
  • 2h 9min
  • U
  • Directed by: Frank Capra
  • Cast: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Henry Travers

Small-town boy Stewart runs into financial difficulties and is on the brink of suicide when an elderly angel descends to earth to show him all the good his life has done for those around him. Archetypal Capra sentimentality with a superbly detailed fantasy framework and one of Stewart's most lovable performances. One to warm even the most glacial heart.

Sat 18 Dec
Sun 19 Dec
Mon 20 Dec
Tue 21 Dec
Thu 23 Dec
Fri 24 Dec

The Muppet Christmas Carol

The Muppet Christmas Carol
  • 1992
  • US
  • 1h 25min
  • U
  • Directed by: Brian Henson
  • Cast: Michael Caine, Steven Mackintosh, Dave Goelz, Jerry Nelson, Frank Oz, David Rudman, Steve Whitmire

It's Christmas time, and nasty old miser Scrooge (Caine) needs to be taught a lesson by three seasonal ghosts. Colourful version of Dickens' classic tale that will please the kids and keep the adults smiling with its little irreverent spices.

Sun 19 Dec

National Theatre Live: Hex

National Theatre Live: Hex
  • 2022
  • Directed by: Rufus Norris

A vividly original retelling of Sleeping Beauty, a mythic, big-hearted new musical that goes beyond the waking kiss.

Deep in the wood, a lonely fairy longs for someone to bless. When she is summoned to the palace to help the princess sleep, her dream turns into a nightmare and her blessing becomes a curse. Soon, she is plunged into a frantic, hundred-year quest to somehow make everything right. Rufus Norris directs Rosalie Craig (The Ferryman, Company) in this new musical filmed live on stage at the National Theatre, with music by Jim Fortune and book by Tanya Ronder.

Thu 17 Mar

National Theatre Live: Leopoldstadt

  • 2020
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Patrick Marber
  • Written by: Tom Stoppard

Tom Stoppard's new play is a drama of love, family and endurance in early 20th century Vienna.

Thu 27 Jan

National Theatre Live: The Book of Dust - La Belle Sauvage

National Theatre Live: The Book of Dust - La Belle Sauvage
  • 2022
  • 12A
  • 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.

Live Broadcast

BBFC: 12A

Running Time: 180 mins (to be confirmed)

Tickets: Adult £16, Concession (over 60s) £15, Student/child £13

Thu 17 Feb

New Worlds: The Cradle of Civilisation

New Worlds: The Cradle of Civilisation
  • 2022
  • US
  • 1h 42min
  • Directed by: Andrew Muscato
  • Cast: Bill Murray, Vanessa Perez, Jan Vogler, Mira Wang

Filmed one summer night in Greece, New Worlds: The Cradle of Civilization, captures the final performance of Bill Murray, Jan Vogler and Friends' European tour.

Wed 2 Feb

Oxide Ghosts: The Brass Eye Tapes

Oxide Ghosts: The Brass Eye Tapes
  • 2017
  • UK
  • Directed by: Michael Cumming
  • Cast: Chris Morris

Made up of unseen material and behind the scenes footage from groundbreaking satirical comedy series Brass Eye.

Sat 26 Mar

Q&A

Parallel Mothers

  • 2021
  • Spain
  • 2h 3min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Pedro Almodóvar
  • Cast: Penélope Cruz, Milena Smit, Israel Elejalde, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón

The story of two mothers who give birth on the same day.

  • IMDb
Sun 26 Dec

The Polar Express

The Polar Express
  • 2004
  • US
  • 1h 40min
  • U
  • Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
  • Cast: Tom Hanks, Daryl Sabara, Nona Gaye, Jimmy Bennett, Eddie Deezen

A boy travels on a magical train bound for the North Pole and Santa Claus.

Sat 18 Dec
Kids

Royal Opera House: La Traviata

Royal Opera House: La Traviata
  • 2019
  • Directed by: Yves Abel (cond)
  • Written by: Verdi

Richard Eyre's stunning production of Verdi's best-loved opera returns with star sopranos Ermonela Jaho and Angel Blue as Violetta; the casts also include Plácido Domingo and Charles Castronovo.

Wed 13 Apr

Royal Opera House: Rigoletto

Royal Opera House: Rigoletto
  • 2022
  • 12A

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

Royal Opera House: Romeo and Juliet

Royal Opera House: Romeo and Juliet
  • 2022
  • 12A
  • Cast: Marcelino Sambé, Anna-Rose O’Sullivan

The Royal Ballet | Special screening (performed 3rd February 2022)

Synopsis

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.

Cast 

Marcelino Sambé (Romeo), Anna-Rose O’Sullivan (Juliet)

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Credits 

Choreography Kenneth MacMillan

Music Sergey Prokofiev

Designer Nicholas Georgiadis

Lighting designer John B. Read

Running times: 3 hours and 25 minutes (including two intervals)

Language:  N/A

Mon 14 Feb

Royal Opera House: Swan Lake

Royal Opera House: Swan Lake
  • 2022
  • 12A

The Royal Ballet | LIVE

Synopsis

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.

Cast

Lauren Cuthbertson (Odette/Odile), TBC (Prince Siegfried)

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Credits 

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

Royal Opera House: Tosca

Royal Opera House: Tosca
  • 2021
  • 12A

The Royal Opera | Live

Into the romantic world of an idealistic painter Cavaradossi and his sensuous lover Tosca comes the malevolence of Baron Scarpia, Chief of Police, with fatal results. Elena Stikina, Bryan Hymel and Alexey Markov bring to life one of the best loved operas in The Royal Opera repertory: Puccini’s Tosca. From the demonic chords with which it famously begins to the violent twist of the opera’s shock ending, the tension never lets up for a moment. Love and evil come – thrillingly – face to face in Jonathan Kent’s intense production.

Elena Stikina (Floria Tosca), Bryan Hymel (Mario Cavaradossi), Alexey Markov (Baron Scarpia), Hubert Francis (Spoletta), Yuriy Yurchuk (Cesare Angelotti), Jeremy White (Sacristan), Jihoon Kim (Sciarrone)

The Royal Opera Chorus

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Music Giacomo Puccini

Libretto Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica

Director ¬Jonathan Kent

Designer Paul Brown

Lighting designer Mark Henderson

Running time: 3 hours and 25 minutes (including two intervals)

Language: Sung in Italian with English subtitles

Wed 15 Dec

The Souvenir: Part II

The Souvenir: Part II
  • 2021
  • UK
  • 1h 46min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Joanna Hogg
  • Cast: Tilda Swinton, Honor Swinton Byrne, James Spencer Ashworth

Sequel to Joanna Hogg's familial drama, featuring real-life mother and daughter actors Tilda Swinton and Honor Swinton Byrne.

Sat 1 Jan

Stick Man

Stick Man
  • 2015
  • UK
  • 27min
  • U
  • Directed by: Jeroen Jaspaert, Daniel Snaddon
  • Cast: Martin Freeman, Jennifer Saunders, Sally Hawkins, Rob Brydon

Stick Man (Freeman) gets carried away from the family tree, and has to make it back for Christmas.

Mon 20 Dec
Duke of York's Picturehouse

Opened in 1910, the Duke of York's claims to be the oldest purpose-built cinema in the UK, having served continuously as a cinema since then. It caters for everyone with special nights of autism-friendly screenings as well as Kids' Club, Silver Screen showings and Big Scream screenings for those with small babies.

There are adapted toilets available and, apart from the first floor bar and balcony seating, the building has full wheelchair access.

Located in central Brighton, the cinema is within walking distance from Brighton station. A local landmark just off London Road, look out for the kicking legs!

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