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Recorded live in 2015, Shakespeare's timeless tragicomedy of obsession and redemption is reimagined in a production
co-directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh, following their triumphant staging of Macbeth in
Manchester and Manhattan.

King Leontes appears to have everything: power, wealth, a loving family and friends. But sexual jealousy sets in motion
a chain of events with tragic consequences...

The Winter's Tale stars a remarkable group of actors, featuring Judi Dench as Paulina, alongside Tom Bateman (Florizel),
Jessie Buckley (Perdita), Hadley Fraser (Polixenes), Miranda Raison (Hermione) and Kenneth Branagh as Leontes.

Saturday 7th December - 2.00pm
THE WINTER'S TALE
Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company


Written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (TV's Fleabag, Killing Eve) and directed by Vicky Jones,
Fleabag is a rip-roaring look at some sort of woman living her sort of life.
Fleabag may seem oversexed, emotionally unfiltered and self-obsessed, but that's just the tip of the iceberg.
With family and friendships under strain and a guinea pig cafe struggling to keep afloat,
Fleabag suddenly finds herself with nothing to lose.

Saturday 7th December - 5.45pm
FLEABAG
National Theatre Encore


From the Gielgud Theatre, this is the record-breaking staged concert version
featuring an all-star cast, including Michael Ball, Alfie Boe,
Carrie Hope Fletcher, Matt Lucas
and John Owen Jones.

Saturday 7th December - 8.15pm & Sunday 8th December - 1.00pm
LES MISERABLES - THE STAGED CONCERT




42nd Street, the legendary Broadway musical theatre classic, is a ‘glorious’
and ‘utterly moreish extravaganza of glitz’.
Telling the story of Peggy Sawyer, a talented young performer with stars in her eyes who gets her big break on Broadway,
this is the largest ever staging of the Tony® Award-winning musical and it was filmed live at the magnificent
Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, in the heart of London’s West End.
Fresh off the bus from small-town America Peggy is just another face in the chorus line on Broadway’s newest show.
But when the leading lady gets injured, Peggy might just have the shot at stardom she’s always dreamed of…
Directed by the show author, Mark Bramble, this ‘achingly beautiful revival of an American classic’ stars
national treasure Bonnie Langford as Dorothy Brock, Tom Lister as Julian Marsh, Clare Halse as Peggy Sawyer and
Philip Bertioli as Billy Lawlor, performing with a dazzling tap-dancing and show-stopping ensemble cast.
Featuring iconic songs 42nd StreetWe’re In The MoneyLullaby Of BroadwayShuffle Off To BuffaloDames and
I Only Have Eyes For You, this is pure musical magic on the big screen – entertainment doesn’t get bigger than this!

Sunday 8th December - 4.30pm
42nd STREET - THE MUSICAL



A classic returns to
The Royal Ballet repertory with
Ninette de Valois’ charming and funny
Coppélia a story of love, mischief and mechanical dolls.
The intricate choreography is set to Delibes’ delightful score
and shows off the technical precision and comedic timing of the whole Company.
Osbert Lancaster’s designs bring a colourful storybook world to life
in this Christmas treat for the whole family.

Tuesday 10th December - 7.15pm
COPPELIA
Royal Opera House Live


On  Christmas  Eve,  the  mysterious  Drosselmeyer
brings  a  Nutcracker  doll  as  a  gift  for  his
goddaughter  Marie.  At  midnight,  the  doll  comes  to  life  and  finds  himself  in  a  battle
against the Mouse King, determined to save Marie from him.
In this timeless story accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, rising star Soloist Margarita
Shrainer perfectly embodies Marie’s innocence and enchantment along with the supremely
elegant  Principal  Dancer  Semyon  Chudin  as  The  Nutcracker, 
captivating audiences  of  all ages
and bringing them on
an otherworldly journey.

Sunday 15th December - 2.00pm
THE NUTCRACKER
Bolshoi Ballet Recorded


The Royal Ballet's glorious production of The Nutcracker,
created by Peter Wright in 1984, is the
production par excellence of an all time ballet favourite.
It is Christmas Eve and Herr Drosselmeyer the
magician sweeps young Clara away on a fantasy adventure
in which time is suspended, the family
living room becomes a great battlefield, and a magical journey
takes them through the Land of Snow to
the Kingdom of Sweets. Tchaikovsky's glittering
score, the gorgeous festive stage designs, and The Royal
Ballet's captivating dancing
including an exquisite pas de deux between the
Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince,
make this Nutcracker
the quintessential Christmas experience.

Tuesday 17th December - 7.15pm
THE NUTCRACKER
Royal Opera House



This ultimate concert will take you on an unbelievable journey around the world to Andre's most amazing concert locations,
such as Schonbrunn Vienna, Radio City Musical Hall New York and the Coronation Concert in Amsterdam

Saturday 4th January 2020 - 5.30pm and Sunday 5th January - 2.45pm
ANDRE RIEU: 70 YEARS YOUNG




For the first time in history the Royal Academy of Arts in London, in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston,
is bringing together Lucian Freud’s self-portraits.
The exhibition will display more than 50 paintings, prints and drawings in which this modern master of British art
turned his unflinching eye firmly on himself. One of the most celebrated painters of our time, Lucian Freud is also
one of very few 20th-century artists who portrayed themselves with such consistency.
Spanning nearly seven decades his self-portraits give a fascinating insight into both his psyche
and his development as a painter, from his earliest portrait painted in 1939 to the final one executed 64 years later.
When seen together, his portraits represent an engrossing study into the dynamic of ageing and the process of
self-representation. This intensely compelling exhibition creates a unique opportunity for
EXHIBITION ON SCREEN to reveal the life’s work of a master in one show.

Tuesday 14th January 2020 - 6.00pm
LUCIEN FREUD: A SELF PORTRAIT
Exhibition on Screen


This production of The Sleeping Beauty
has been delighting audiences in Covent Garden since 1946.
A classic of Russian ballet, it established The Royal Ballet both
in its new home after World War II and as a
world class company.
Sixty years later, in 2006, the original staging was revived,
returning Oliver Messel’s wonderful designs and glittering costumes to the stage.
Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score and
Marius Petipa’s original choreography beautifully combine with sections
created for The Royal Ballet by
Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell and Christopher Wheeldon.
This ballet is sure to cast its spell over
anyone who sees it.

Thursday 16th January 2020 - 7.15pm
THE SLEEPING BEAUTY
Royal Opera House Live


The  young  peasant  girl  Giselle  dies  when  she  learns  that  the  man  she  loves,  Albrecht,  has
betrayed  her.  Against  her  own  will,  she  joins  the  Wilis,  vengeful  spirits  of  jilted  brides  who
condemn Albrecht to dance until he dies of exhaustion...
Giselle touches upon great and universal romantic themes.
In this brand new production, renowned choreographer
Alexei Ratmansky brings a fresh perspective to one of the oldest
and greatest works of classical dance, giving the audience an opportunity to discover this
iconic ballet anew.

Sunday 26th January 2020 - 3.00pm
GISELLE
Bolshoi Ballet Live


Puccini’s opera of young love in 19th century Paris is packed
with beautiful music, including lyrical arias,
celebratory choruses for Act II’s evocation of Christmas Eve in the
Latin Quarter and a poignant final
scene over which the composer himself wept.
Richard Jones’s character led production perfectly captures
La bohème’s mixture of comedy, romance and tragedy,
with striking designs by Stewart Laing.
The cast featuressome of the greatest
interpreters of Puccini’s bohemian lovers performing today,
as well as former members of
The Royal Opera’s
Jette Parker Young Artists Programme.

Wednesday 29th January 2020 - 7.45pm
LA BOHEME
Royal Opera House Live



Kinky Boots The Musical, filmed live at the Adelphi Theatre in the heart of London’s West End, is strutting onto the big screen! With songs from Grammy and Tony award winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, book by legendary Broadway playwright Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles), and direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde, Hairspray), the musical is based on the film written by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth.

Inspired by true events, this huge-hearted hit tells the story of two people with nothing in common – or so they think. Charlie (Killian Donnelly) is a factory owner struggling to save his family business, and Lola (Matt Henry) is a fabulous entertainer with a wildly exciting idea. With a little compassion and a lot of understanding, this unexpected pair learn to embrace their differences and create a line of sturdy stilettos unlike any the world has ever seen! But in the end, their most sensational achievement is their friendship. This unmissable musical theatre event celebrates a joyous story of British grit transforming into a high-heeled hit as it takes you from the factory floor of Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan!

Tuesday 4th February 2020 - 8.15pm & Sunday 9th February 2020 - 2.00pm
KINKY BOOTS - THE MUSICAL


James McAvoy (X-Men, Atonement) returns to the stage in an inventive new adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, broadcast live to cinemas from the West End in London.
Fierce with a pen and notorious in combat, Cyrano almost has it all - if only he could win the heart of his true love Roxane. There’s just one big problem: he has a nose as huge as his heart. Will a society engulfed by narcissism get the better of Cyrano - or can his mastery of language set Roxane’s world alight?
Edmond Rostand’s masterwork is adapted by Martin Crimp, with direction by Jamie Lloyd (Betrayal). This classic play will be brought to life with linguistic ingenuity to celebrate Cyrano’s powerful and resonant resistance against overwhelming odds.

Thursday 20th February 2020 - 7.00pm
CYRANO DE BERGERAC
National Theatre Live




Prince  Siegfried  is  summoned  by  his  parents
to  choose  a  bride. 
However, he encounters  a mysterious  swan woman  by  the  lake,
Odette,  and  is  captivated by  her. 
His  vow  of  eternal
love to her will have irreversible consequences.
Tchaikovsky’s essential masterpiece returns
with a new cast for the most beloved ballet in the
classical canon.
Technically challenging and filled with vibrant emotion, with a stunning and
world famous corps de ballet in perfect unison,
the legendary love story between Prince
Siegfried and the dual personalities Odette/Odile, born at the Bolshoi Theatre, is a must see.

Sunday 23rd February 2020 - 3.00pm
SWAN LAKE
Bolshoi Ballet Live


The Royal Ballet presents the world premiere of Cathy Marston's first work for the Company on the Main Stage alongside a revival of Jerome Robbins’s timeless classic of pure dance.

The scheduled premiere and live relay of LIAM SCARLETT'S new work has sadly been postponed to a later date in a subsequent season.
DANCES AT A GATHERING by Jerome Robbins replaces Scarlett's ballet as part of the double bill.

Tuesday 25th February 2020 - 7.15pm
THE CELLIST / DANCES AT A GATHERING
Royal Opera House Live



Beethoven’s only opera is a masterpiece, an uplifting story of risk and triumph.
In this new production, conducted by Antonio Pappano,
Jonas Kaufmann plays the political prisoner Florestan,
and Lise Davidsen his wife Leonore (disguised as ‘Fidelio’)
who daringly sets out to rescue him.
Set in strong counterpoint are the ingredients of domestic intrigue,
determined love and the cruelty of an oppressive regime.
The music is transcendent throughout and includes the famous Act I Quartet, the Prisoners’ Chorus and
Florestan’s impassioned Act II cry in the darkness and vision of hope.
Tobias Kratzer’s new staging brings
together the dark reality of the French Revolutionary ‘Terror’ and our own
time to illuminate Fidelio’s inspiring message of shared humanity.

Tuesday 17th March 2020 - 7.15pm
FIDELIO
Royal Opera House Live


Liam Scarlett’s glorious production of Swan Lake, new in 2018,
returns for its first revival.
While remaining faithful to the Marius Petipa/Lev Ivanov text,
Scarlett’s additional choreography and John Macfarlane’s
magnificent designs breathe new life into what is arguably
the best known and most loved classical ballet.
The entire Company shines in this eternal tale of doomed love,
a masterpiece filled with iconic moments.
Tchaikovsky’s first score for ballet soars with its symphonic sweep and combines perfectly with exquisite
choreography from the grand pas de deux of Prince Siegfried and
Odile to the swans at the lakeside.
An intoxicating mix of spectacle and intimate passion, the overall effect is irresistible.

Wednesday 1st April 2020 - 7.15pm
SWAN LAKE
Royal Opera House Live


The story of Christ’s death and resurrection has dominated western culture for the past 2000 years.
It is perhaps the most significant historical event of all time, as recounted by the gospels but, equally, as depicted by the greatest artists in history.
From the triumphant to the savage, the ethereal to the tactile, some of western civilization’s greatest artworks focus on
this pivotal moment. This beautifully crafted film explores the Easter story as depicted in art, from the time of the early Christians to
the present day. Shot on location in Jerusalem, United States and throughout Europe, the film explores the different ways artists have
depicted the Easter story through the ages and thus depicts the history of us all.

Tuesday 7th April 2020 - 6.00pm
EASTER IN ART
Exhibition on Screen


This opulent triptych was inspired by Balanchine’s visit to the famous jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels
on New York’s Fifth Avenue, celebrating the cities and dance schools of Paris, New
York and St. Petersburg, each bound to its own precious stone: emerald, ruby and diamond.
Balanchine built an homage of captivating beauty to the three dance schools that
had forged his style, each represented by a contrasting gemstone.
Jewels offers a unique
occasion to enjoy the genius of choreographer’s visually captivating work performed by
some of the world’s most dazzling dancers.

Sunday 19th April 2020 - 4.00pm
JEWELS
Bolshoi Ballet Live


Two opera classics are drawn together in this wonderfully observed recreation of life
in a south Italian village as a travelling theatre
visits and emotions erupt.
The award winning production
by Damiano Michieletto presents
vividly the fast moving, shocking events brought about by
secret love and uncontrollable jealousy.
The music is full of Italianate melody in the great choruses that bring the
villagers together in celebration and revelry, alongside the solo arias
and tense confrontations that provoke violence and tragedy.
With thrilling singing and intense drama, ‘Cav and Pag’ distils into one
wonderful night out, the enduring appeal of Italian opera in its most familiar form.

Tuesday 21st April 2020 - 7.00pm
CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA / PAGLIACCI
Royal Opera House Live


One life in the hands of 12 women.

Rural Suffolk in England, 1759. As the country waits for Halley’s comet, a young woman is sentenced to hang for a heinous murder.
When she claims to be pregnant, a jury of 12 matrons are taken from their housework to decide whether she’s telling the truth, or simply trying to escape the noose. With only midwife Lizzy Luke prepared to defend the girl, and a mob baying for blood outside, the matrons wrestle with their new authority, and the devil in their midst.
James Macdonald (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) directs Maxine Peake (The Theory of Everything, Funny Cow) and Ria Zmitrowicz (Three Girls, Mr. Selfridge) in this bold and gripping thriller from Tony Award-nominated writer Lucy Kirkwood (Chimerica, Skins). Broadcast live from the National Theatre in London.

Thursday 21st May 2020 - 7.00pm
THE WELKIN
National Theatre Live


Dante’s Divine Comedy is an epic journey through
the afterlife: it encompasses the horrifying drama
of Inferno and its damned, the lyrical mysticism of pilgrims on
mount Purgatorio and the dazzling spheres of
Paradiso with their endless configurations of light.
The poem was inspired by the agony of Dante’s own
exile, and traces his path from crisis to
revelation guided by his literary hero Virgil and his
lost love Beatrice.
In this new work, The Royal Ballet’s trailblazing Resident Choreographer
Wayne McGregor collaborates with
an award winning team contemporary composer
Thomas Adès, artist Tacita Dean,
lighting designer Lucy Carter and dramaturg Uzma Hameed
to bring us closer to Dante and his
extraordinary vision.

Thursday 28th May 2020 - 7.15pm
THE DANTE PROJECT
Royal Opera House Live


Strauss’s thrilling and audacious adaptation of Greek tragedy receives a new staging by
the award winning director Christof Loy.
This uncompromising opera, about a daughter intent on bloody revenge and
a mother driven to madness, has provoked critics to
lively debate and both shocked and excited audiences
since its 1909 premiere.
Antonio Pappano conducts music that combines violence with
moments of exquisite tenderness in his first Strauss
interpretation for The Royal Opera since 2002.
The outstanding cast
includes Nina Stemme (Brunnhilde in last Season’s
Der Ring des Nibelungen) in the title role, and
Karita Mattila in her role debut as the haunted queen Klytämnestra.

Thursday 18th June 2020 - 7.45pm
ELEKTRA
Royal Opera House Live


This highly engaging film takes us on a journey through the life of one of the most prevalent female icons: Frida Kahlo.
She was a prolific self-portraitist, using the canvas as a mirror through all stages of her turbulent and, at times, tragic life.
Guided with interview, commentary and Frida’s own words, EXHIBITION ON SCREEN uncovers that this, however, was not a life defined by tragedy.
Featuring key exhibitions and interviews with world-renowned Kahlo curators, EXHIBITION ON SCREEN explores the extraordinary symbolism
and themes in these personal canvases to seek a deeper understanding of the real Frida Kahlo.
Using cinema to take an up-close and intimate look at her works we examine how great an artist she can be considered.
Displaying a treasure trove of colour and a feast of vibrancy on screen, this personal and intimate film offers privileged access
to her works and highlights the source of her feverish creativity, her resilience and her unmatched lust for life, men, women, politics and her cultural heritage.
We might think we already know Frida Kahlo – the image of floral crowns, big brows and folk style clothing have made her
a muse to generations – but what lies beneath the surface of this intensely passionate woman?

Monday 6th July 2020 - 6.00pm
FRIDA KAHLO
Exhibition on Screen