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RSC: The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Live)
Runtime:180mins       Rating:LIVE

Valentine and Proteus are best friends, until they fall in love with the same girl. Having traveled to Milan in search of adventure, they both fall for the Duke's daughter Silvia. But Proteus is already sworn to his sweetheart, Julia, at home in Verona, and the Duke thinks Valentine is not good enough for his Silvia. With friendship forgotten, the rivals' affections quickly get out of hand as the four young lovers find themselves on a wild chase through the woods, confused by mistaken identity and threatened by fierce outlaws before they find a path to reconciliation. Simon Godwin makes his RSC debut to direct Shakespeare's exuberant romantic comedy. Simon is Associate Director of the Royal Court. His production of Strange Interlude recently played to critical acclaim at the National Theatre. This is the first time in 45 years The Two Gentlemen of Verona has been performed in full production on the Royal Shakespeare Theatre stage.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Wednesday 03 Sep19:00     

NT Live: Medea (Live)
Runtime:150mins       Rating:LIVE

Terrible things breed in broken hearts.

Medea is a wife and a mother. For the sake of her husband, Jason, she's left her home and borne two sons in exile. But when he abandons his family for a new life, Medea faces banishment and separation from her children. Cornered, she begs for one day's grace.

It's time enough. She exacts an appalling revenge and destroys everything she holds dear.

Helen McCrory (The Last of the Haussmans) takes the title role in Euripides' powerful tragedy, in a new version by Ben Power, directed by Carrie Cracknell.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Thursday 04 Sep19:00     

Opera Australia: Madama Butterfly (Recorded)
Runtime:140mins       Rating:LIVE

One of the world’s most spectacular events, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, is returning to cinema screens in September 2014 with a modern retelling of Puccini’s tale of love and honour, Madama Butterfly. This year is the third opera to be staged on the magnificent water stage, suspended over the harbour against a backdrop of the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. This outdoor spectacle includes a giant sun and moon - both 12 metres wide - which will rise from the water to hang above the stage where Japanese soprano Hiromi Omura will portray tragic Cio-Cio San with her co-star Georgy Vasiliev who performs the role of Pinkerton. Past Handa productions include La Traviata, featuring a giant chandelier floating above the stage, along with last year's Carmen with spectacular costumes and staging confirming Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour gets bigger and better every year! Yes, there are fireworks, of course! Approx. 2 hrs 20 mins including one 15 minute interval. Performed in Italian with subtitles.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Thursday 18 Sep20:30     

Salome & Wilde Salome
Runtime:218mins       Rating:TBC


ONE NIGHT ONLY

- Salomé (78mins): the Oscar Wilde play is set in the time of Jesus and is the story of Salomé (Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain appearing in her first movie role), a princess whose stepfather, King Herod (Pacino), drunkenly promises whatever she desires if she performs the erotically charged "Dance of the Seven Veils" for him. Her demand for the head of John the Baptist - the only man whom Herod fears - leaves the king in a terrible position.

- Wilde Salomé (95mins): the documentary (directed by Pacino) takes us on a journey that focuses on his fascination and obsession for Wilde's work after seeing the play performed in London with Stephen Berkoff in the role that Pacino would go on to fill.

- Live Q&A with Al Pacino (45mins approx): The event will come to a conclusion with a live Q&A with the man himself from London's BFI Southbank, hosted by fellow acting legend and Wilde aficionado, Stephen Fry.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Sunday 21 Sep16:00     

Don Quixote (Ballet) Live from Teatro alla Scala, Milan
Runtime:160mins       Rating:N/A

On the accessible notes of Minkus, the adventures of Don Quixote and his squire Sancho Panza intertwine, or rather provide the pretext for a love story and an evening of sparkling ballet. From chases, tricks and disguises, the young Kitri and Basilio the barber will fulfil their dream; Don Quixote will fight the windmills and dance with his Dulcinea in the dream of an enchanted garden.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Thursday 25 Sep19:00     

Billy Elliot the Musical (Live)
Runtime:225mins       Rating:LIVE

One of the most celebrated, award-winning musicals on stage today, Billy Elliot has been dazzling London's West End since 2005, and has gone on to captivate audiences around the world. Set in a northern mining town, against the background of the 1984/'85 miners' strike, Billy Elliot is the inspirational story of a young boy's struggle against the odds to make his dream come true. Follow Billy's journey as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and whole community and changes his life forever. With unforgettable music by Elton John, sensational dance and a powerful storyline, this astonishing theatrical experience will stay with you forever.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Sunday 28 Sep14:00     

 

ENO: Otello (Live)
Runtime:180mins       Rating:LIVE

English National Opera: Otello (LIVE) by Verdi

Following the incredible success of ENO's Peter Grimes, lead tenor Stuart Skelton is reunited with award-winning director David Alden and acclaimed conductor Edward Gardner in Verdi's opera inspired by Shakespeare's tragic play.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Tuesday 14 Oct19:30     

Royal Ballet: Manon (Live)
Runtime:155mins       Rating:LIVE

Manon tells the story of an impulsive young woman who is drawn into a world of male desire. She recklessly chooses luxury over love and, in doing so, pays the ultimate price. Jules Massenet based his 1884 opera on Abbe Prevost's controversial novel L'Histoire du Chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut. Laurent Pelly's charming production sets the action in the Paris of Massenet's day. The staging evokes the colour and elegance - as well as the darker social undercurrents - of the Belle Epoque. Manon is one of the great female roles of opera: she is both innocent ingenue and teasing seductress. Her music is richly varied, ranging from the sweetly hesitant 'Je suis encore tout etourdie to the flamboyant Gavotte, Obeissons quand leur voix appelle, and the heartbreaking duet with Des Grieux 'Tu pleures! The role of Des Grieux, whose music includes the great aria Ah! Fuyez, douce image!, is a popular one with many tenors. Vittorio Grigolo made his Covent Garden debut to great acclaim in 2010 as the passionate and betrayed lover.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Thursday 16 Oct19:15     

 

Royal Opera: I Due Foscari (Live)
Runtime:155mins       Rating:LIVE

A despairing father is torn between love for his family and duty to a corrupt city in Verdi's searing early tragedy starring Placido Domingo conducted by Antonio Pappano. Jacopo Foscari, son of the Doge of Venice, is convicted of murder and treason. His wife Lucrezia is sure of his innocence. But the Doge, trapped by the machinations of a corrupt city, is forced to make a terrible decision. The Doge is presented with a deathbed confession that confirms Jacopo's innocence; that moment, a horrified Lucrezia brings news of Jacopo's death. The Council of Ten demands the Doge's resignation. As the bells of St Mark's sound, he falls lifeless to the ground.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Monday 27 Oct19:15     

 

Simon Boccanegra (Verdi) Opera live from Gran Teatro la Fenice, Venice
Runtime:225mins       Rating:N/A

In this melodrama, the old Doge, the ex corsair Simon Boccanegra is forced to quell fierce revolts and betrayals in Genoa city, XIV century. The only consolation, in this archaic and rapacious Genoa, is the fact that he is reunited with his lost daughter, Amelia. She is contended by two man , Gabriele Adorno and Paolo Albiani, who both conspire against the Doge. When the Doge refuses to give Amelia's hand to Paolo, he seeks revenge by kidnapping the young lady and driving all the suspects on Boccanegra. Paolo moreover incites the rebels, including Gabriele, to a final revolt against Boccanegra, who has indeed to be murdered...

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Tuesday 25 Nov18:00     

 

Royal Opera: L'elisir D'amore (Live)
Runtime:165mins       Rating:LIVE

Laurent Pelly's acclaimed production of Donizetti's opera radiates tenderness, humour and southern sunshine, starring Vittorio Grigolo, Lucy Crowe and Bryn Terfel. Nemorino, a naive village boy, is besotted with Adina, a farm owner. She rejects his declarations of love. Fortunately, Doctor Dulcamara is on hand with a 'love potion' to help him win her heart. Adina seems to remain immune to Dulcamara's potion (nothing more magical than red wine) and agrees to marry the boastful Sergeant Belcore. But she finally realizes she cares for Nemorino and admits her love. All rejoice - Dulcamara most of all, as he celebrates the proven power of his potion.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Wednesday 26 Nov19:15     

 

Fidelio (Beethoven) Opera Live from Teatro alla Scala, Milan
Runtime:160mins       Rating:N/A

Leonore, a young woman, wants to enter in the prison where her husband Florestan is kept, after suspecting Florestan was arrested by his bitter enemy Don Pizarro. Leonore dresses up like a man, Fidelio. Fidelio's real identity is unrevealed until the encounter with Florestan, condamned to death by Pizarro.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Sunday 07 Dec16:30     

 

Royal Ballet: Alice's Adventures In Wonderland (Live)
Runtime:175mins       Rating:LIVE

Follow Alice down the rabbit hole in Christopher Wheeldon's thrillingly entertaining ballet. At a garden party on a sunny afternoon, Alice is surprised to see her parents' friend Lewis Carroll transform into a white rabbit. When she follows him down a rabbit hole things get curiouser and curiouser. On her journeys through Wonderland Alice encounters countless strange creatures. She's swept off her feet by the charming Knave of Hearts, on the run for stealing the tarts. Confusion piles upon confusion until Alice wakes with a start. Was it all a daydream?

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Tuesday 16 Dec19:15     

 

ENO: The Way Back Home
Runtime:40mins       Rating:N/A

Oliver Jeffers’ enchanting book comes to life in ENO’s first ever show for children. From the creative coupling behind the hit stage adaptation of Dr Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat and with a score by the gifted composer Joanna Lee, The Way Back Home is an ideal introduction to the magical world of opera.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Saturday 20 Dec15:00     

 

Royal Opera: Andrea Chenier (Live)
Runtime:150mins       Rating:LIVE

David McVicar directs a new production of Umberto Giordano's passionate drama of liberty and love in the French Revolution, starring Jonas Kaufmann and Eva-Maria Westbroek conducted by Antonio Pappano. The poet Andrea Chenier and the servant Carlo Gerard both love the young aristocrat Maddalena. When Maddalena loses everything in the French Revolution, Chenier offers her protection, and so incites the envy of Gerard, now a powerful official. Chenier is arrested during the Terror. Gerard, spurred by his jealousy, condemns him. Maddalena makes a desperate appeal, and Gerard tries, too late, to defend Chenier. Gerard helps Maddalena to join Chenier in prison, and the lovers face the guillotine together.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Thursday 29 Jan19:15     

 

Royal Opera: Der Fliegende Hollander (Live)
Runtime:140mins       Rating:LIVE

Tim Albery's acclaimed production is a darkly insightful account of Wagner's early masterpiece, starring Bryn Terfel conducted by Andris Nelsons. The Flying Dutchman has been cursed for eternity. Once every seven years he is allowed to come ashore to seek redemption. He may have found it in Senta, a woman who longs for escape from her dreary life. Senta accepts the Dutchman's offer of marriage. But the Dutchman wrongly suspects her of unfaithfulness. Thinking he's protecting her, he leaves to resume his endless voyaging. Senta is left alone.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Tuesday 24 Feb19:15     

 

ENO: La Traviata (Live)
Runtime:110mins       Rating:LIVE

English National Opera: La traviata (LIVE) by Verdi

A stunning production of Verdi's masterpiece which reaches to the heart of the opera's themes of passionate love and tragic death. The production is ideal for newcomers to opera with its contemporary staging, and a running time of less than two hours.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Wednesday 11 Mar19:30     

 

Royal Ballet: Swan Lake (Live)
Runtime:180mins       Rating:LIVE

Anthony Dowell's production of the greatest romantic ballet draws upon the opulence of 1890s Russia. Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful woman, Odette, he is instantly captivated and determines to break the spell that holds her captive. The evil spirit Von Rothbart, arbiter of the curse, disguises his daughter as Odette. Fooled, Siegfried declares his love for her, and so dooms Odette to suffer under the curse forever. Siegfried and Odette drown themselves and are united in death.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Tuesday 17 Mar19:15     

 

Royal Opera: Rise And Fall Of The City Of Mahagonny (Live)
Runtime:0mins       Rating:LIVE

John Fulljames presents a new production of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's furiously impassioned satire on consumerism, starring Anne Sofie von Otter, Willard White and Christine Rice conducted by Mark Wigglesworth. Three criminals on the run find they can go no further and found a city - Mahagonny, city of gold. The destitute and the disenchanted flock to Mahagonny, among them the prostitute Jenny and the lumberjack Jim Mahoney with his three friends. The city swells with debauchery. Jim and Jenny try to escape, but find themselves still in Mahagonny. Jim is arrested and convicted of myriad crimes - chief among them a lack of money, punishable by death. He is executed and the city burns.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Wednesday 01 Apr19:15     

 

Royal Ballet: La Fille Mal Gardee (Live)
Runtime:135mins       Rating:LIVE

Frederick Ashton's joyful ballet contains some of his most brilliant choreography. Lise is the only daughter of Simone, a widow and owner of a prosperous farm. She loves Colas, a young farmer - but her mother has far more ambitious plans, and has determined Lise should marry Alain, the son of a wealthy landowner. Alain seems as uninterested in marrying Lise as Lise is Alain. Simone initially takes the hard line but eventually gives Lise and Colas her blessing.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Tuesday 05 May19:15     

 

ENO: The Pirates of Penzance (Live)
Runtime:135mins       Rating:N/A

English National Opera: The Pirates of Penzance (LIVE) by Gilbert & Sullivan directed by Mike Leigh

Guaranteed to be a major event, Mike Leigh (Palme d’Or winner and five times Oscar nominee) directs his first ever opera for the stage. Gilbert and Sullivan’s popular comic opera features much-loved favourites including A Policeman’s Lot is Not a Happy One and I am the Very Model of a Modern Major General.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Tuesday 19 May19:30     

 

Royal Opera: La Boheme (Live)
Runtime:155mins       Rating:LIVE

A lost key and an accidental touch of cold hands in the dark - so begins one of the greatest romances of all opera. Anna Netrebko and Joseph Calleja star in the live cinema relay. When Rodolfo, a penniless poet, meets Mimi, a seamstress, they fall passionately in love. But their happiness is threatened when Rodolfo learns that Mimi is gravely ill. Rodolfo, painfully aware that he cannot afford the medicine and care Mimi needs, separates from her. At the end of her life Mimi returns to Rodolfo's garret. They ecstatically embrace - but, despite the care of Rodolfo and his friends, Mimi dies.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Wednesday 10 Jun19:15     

 

ENO: Carmen (Live)
Runtime:165mins       Rating:LIVE

English National Opera: Carmen (LIVE) by Bizet

Probably the most popular opera in the world. Carmen scandalised its earliest audiences with its raw depiction of lust in 19th-century Seville. In ENO's popular production, the action is a full-on battle of the sexes, fought out in the arena of the Spanish bullring.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Wednesday 01 Jul19:30     

 

Royal Opera: Guillaume Tell (Live)
Runtime:240mins       Rating:LIVE

Damiano Michieletto makes his UK debut with a new production of Rossini's final opera and greatest masterpiece. The Swiss hero William Tell longs to liberate his people from the cruel Austrian occupation. When he helps a Swiss prisoner escape Austrian justice he comes to the attention of the governor Gesler - who sadistically forces Tell to shoot an apple off his son's head. As Tell is arrested his fellow revolutionaries, led by the young patriot Arnold and his Austrian lover Mathilde, gather forces to fight for Swiss liberty. Tell escapes in time to lead the victorious uprising.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Sunday 05 Jul14:45     

 

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