- Directed by: Phil Grabsky
- Written by: Phil Grabsky, Philip Rance
- Cast: Rupert Farley, Glen McCready, David Rintoul
An exploration of how the story of Easter has been portrayed in art.
Tue 5 Apr
- 1h 30min
- Directed by: David Bickerstaff
Without Camille Pissarro, there is no Impressionist movement. He is rightfully known as the father of Impressionism.
It was a dramatic path that Pissarro followed, and throughout it all he wrote extensively to his family. It is through these intimate and revealing letters that this gripping film reveals Pissarro’s life and work.
Born in the West Indies, Pissarro found his passion in paint as a young man in Paris, and by the age of 43 had corralled a group of enthusiastic artists into a new collective. Their first show was scorned by the critics, but the group had acquired a new name: the Impressionists. For the next 40 years Pissarro was the driving force behind what has today become the world’s favourite artistic movement.
The Ashmolean Museum has a long tradition of excellence. As the UK’s first ever public museum (it opened its doors in May 1683) it houses a wonderfully rich collection, including the remarkable Pissarro archive. With exclusive access to most extensive archive of any Impressionist painter, and to the first major Pissarro retrospective in four decades, this film explores and highlights the enthralling and hugely important biography and output of an incredible artist.
Tue 24 May
- 1h 30min
- Directed by: Jonas Poher Rasmussen
On the verge of marriage a man reveals his past.
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
When Australian composer Brett Dean’s Hamlet had its world premiere at the Glyndebourne Festival in 2017, The Guardian declared, “New opera doesn’t often get to sound this good … Shakespeare offers a gauntlet to composers that shouldn’t always be picked up, but Dean’s Hamlet rises to the challenge.” On June 4, this riveting contemporary masterpiece appears live in cinemas, with Neil Armfield, who directed the work’s premiere, bringing his acclaimed staging to the Met stage. Many of the original cast members have followed, including tenor Allan Clayton in the title role. Nicholas Carter makes his Met debut conducting a remarkable ensemble, which also features soprano Brenda Rae as Ophelia, mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly as Gertrude, baritone Rod Gilfry as Claudius, and legendary bass John Tomlinson as the ghost of Hamlet’s father. This live cinema transmission is part of the Met’s award-winning Live in HD series, bringing opera to movie theaters across the globe.
Sat 4 Jun
Soprano Nadine Sierra takes on the haunted heroine of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, in an electrifying new staging by Australian theatre and film director Simon Stone, conducted by Riccardo Frizza.
Sat 21 May
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
- 1h 45min
- Directed by: Jacques Audiard
- Cast: Noémie Merlant, Stephen Manas, Geneviève Doang, Jehnny Beth
Jacques Audiard chooses not to show such Parisian clichés as the Eiffel Tower, the Haussmannian buildings or the River Seine. Instead he trains his lens on the brutalist apartment towers of the 13th arrondissement, known as the Chinatown of Paris, where he once lived. With characters inspired by the graphic novels of American artist Adrian Tomine, Audiard sketches young, educated but disillusioned people trying to find their path, and he consciously avoids film clichés of the rich-poor divide in France. Shot during the pandemic, and predominantly in black-and-white, it follows Émilie, Camille, Nora and Amber — four young adults who are friends and sometimes lovers.
Sun 27 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
arthouse programme with an extra helping of theatre and opera screenings in its draped and pillared auditorium, this petite member of the Curzon family lists Twickenham Film Studios, Richard Attenborough and David Puttnam as its founders from when it was re-opened in 1990.
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