- 1h 41min
- Directed by: Kenneth Branagh
- Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Lolita Chakrabarti, Jack Colgrave Hirst
William Shakespeare (Branagh) comes back to Stratford to find his family estranged from him. Branagh and screenwriter Elton search for the man behind the myth, but lose sight of the genius; there’s no sense of the writer’s intelligence or empathy and only McKellen as the Earl of Southampton brings any life to the proceedings.
Wed 11 Dec
Join the celebration of Andre's 70th birthday by taking a journey through his performances at stunning locations around the world.
Sat 4 Jan
Sun 5 Jan
The young peasant girl Giselle dies when she learns that the man she loves, Albrecht, has betrayed her. Against her will, she joins the wilis, vengeful spirits who now turn against Albrecht and condemn him to dance until he dies of exhaustion.
Sun 26 Jan
An homage of captivating beauty to the dance schools of Paris, New York and St Petersburg, each represented by a jewel; emerald, ruby, and diamond. The Bolshoi is the only company authorised by the Balanchine Trust to film and broadcast this masterpiece.
Sun 19 Apr
- 2h 40min
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 23 Feb
Sugarplum Fairies and Rat Kings live from Russia.
Sun 15 Dec
- 2h 30min
- Directed by: Alexei Ratmansky
Alexei Ratmansky, former artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet, stages the company’s premiere of the classic ballet, set to Prokofiev’s romantic and cinematic score.
Sun 29 Mar
Broadcast live to Airdrie Town Hall cinema.
Cathy Marston has previously been an Associate Artist of the Royal Opera House and Director of Bern Ballett, and is much in demand internationally. The inspiration for her first work for The Royal Ballet Main Stage is the momentous life and career of the cellist Jacqueline du Pré. Jerome Robbins’s elegant and elegiac classic forms the second part of the programme. This exercise in pure dance for five couples, set to music by Chopin, is a masterpiece of subtlety and invention.
Approximate running time – 2 hours and 30 minutes with one interval.
Tue 25 Feb
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Sun 15 Dec
- Directed by: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee
- Cast: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff
Sequel to Disney's massive hit animated film.
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Thu 28 Nov
- 1h 34min
- Directed by: Chris Addison
- Cast: Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson, Alex Sharp, Dean Norris
Josephine (Hathaway) is a British con artist who hunts for prey in the French Riviera, where she meets Australian grifter Penny (Wilson). This remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is smug, poorly drawn and full of jokes about Wilson’s character’s supposed unattractiveness. Wilson and Hathaway do their best, but it’s not nearly funny enough.
Thu 4 Jun
Shakespeare’s tragicomedy of obsession and redemption is reimagined in a production co-directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh. Judi Dench plays Paulina with Kenneth Branagh in the role of Leontes.
Wed 4 Dec
- 2h 15min
- Directed by: Jerry Mitchell, Brett Sullivan
- Cast: Matt Henry, Killian Donnelly, Natalie McQueen
The popular stage musical comes to the silver screen.
Tue 4 Feb
Sun 9 Feb
The staged concert version of Les Miserables is streamed live to cinemas for one night only.
Mon 2 Dec
New play by David Hare, premiering at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas.
Thu 6 Feb
Captured live from The Old Vic in London, Present Laughter is a giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, desire and loneliness directed by Matthew Warchus.
Thu 28 Nov
- 1h 50min
- Directed by: Trevor Nunn
- Cast: Judy Dench, Sophie Cookson, Tom Hughes
Joan (Cookson when young, Dench later on) arrives at Cambridge in 1938 and is beguiled by radical politics into becoming a Soviet spy. Nunn’s first movie in over 20 years is a plodding, pedestrian affair, and while Dench captures her befuddlement and steely resolve, it fails to find the drama in a story inspired by intriguing real life events.
Wed 4 Dec
- Directed by: Damiano Michieletto
- Cast: Eva-Maria Westbroek, Aleksandrs Antonenko, Dimitri Platanias
Two short Italian operas are brought together in a new staging by award-winning director Damiano Michieletto, who sets both operas in a poverty stricken village in 1980s southern Italy, where the Mafia has a hold.
Tue 21 Apr
Ninette de Valois' charming story about love, mischief and mechanical dolls. Screened live to cinemas.
Tue 10 Dec
- Directed by: Richard Jones
- Cast: Nicole Car, Michael Fabiano, Mariusz Kwiecień
The beloved romantic opera beamed live from London in a new production by acclaimed director Richard Jones.
Wed 29 Jan
Beethoven's only opera gets a makeover with Antonio Pappano conducting and starring Lise Davidsen and Jonas Kaufmann.
Tue 17 Mar
- Directed by: Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov, Liam Scarlett, Frederick Ashton
A new production of Tchaikovsky’s classical ballet, with additional choreography by Liam Scarlett and designs by John Macfarlane.
Wed 1 Apr
Wayne McGregor, contemporary composer Thomas Adès, artist Tacita Dean, lighting designer Lucy Carter and dramaturg Uzma Hameed collaborate to create this version of Dante's work.
Thu 28 May
A Christmas treat for the whole family and a classic with a special place in the hearts of ballet fans around the world. The Royal Ballet's production of The Nutcracker will be broadcast live from the Royal Opera House to theatres across the UK.
Tue 17 Dec
A perennial delight and a much-loved classic, The Royal Ballet‘s ***The Sleeping Beauty*** combines the best of classical ballet, with all its charms and virtuosity, splendid music and talented dancers.
First choreographed to Tchaikovsky’s great musical score by Marius Petipa in Russia in 1890, ***The Sleeping Beauty ***has wonderful ensembles, solos including the Rose Adage as Princess Aurora meets her suitors, and of course the concluding celebratory dances for the happy union of prince and princess. The Royal Ballet’s landmark staging was revived for the Company’s 75th anniversary celebrations in 2006.
The designs by Oliver Messell, one of the greatest stage designers of the 20th century, were restored and updated for this production by Peter Farmer. The rich evocations of the baroque opulence of a royal court, the panoramic journey of the prince to the overgrown castle and the colourful characters in this famous fairytale make this *Sleeping Beauty *a spectacle like no other.
StarringMarianela Nunez and Vadim Muntagirov
ComposerPyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
- Ballet in three acts with a prologue
- Running time: approximately 195 minutes
- Including two intervals
Thu 16 Jan
Operatic adaptation of the Greek tragedy by Christof Loy.
Thu 18 Jun
- 2h 35min
- Directed by: JJ Abrams
- Cast: Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong'o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, Ian McDiarmid, Billy Dee Williams
The Star Wars Skywalker saga, which began in 1977, comes to an end, nine films later.
Wed 18 Dec
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Tue 24 Dec
- 1h 52min
- Directed by: Dome Karukoski
- Cast: Lily Collins, Nicholas Hoult, Genevieve O'Reilly
Young J.R.R. Tolkien (Gilby, then Hoult) romances Edith Bratt (Keene, then Collins), forms friendships and then fights in the trenches of WWI. Hoult is charismatic as the lead and Collins is charming as Edith, and it’s a convincing enough portrait, but it’s a bit too cosy and traditional, especially the family-friendly combat sequences.
Wed 27 Nov
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