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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
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
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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Royal Opera House Live

Set across a 16-year span from Mad Men to the moon landings, this new production of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale imagines a world where the ghosts of fascist Europe collide with horrors of The Handmaid’s Tale, before washing up on a joyful seashore.
King Leontes rips his family apart with his jealousy but grief opens his heart. Will he find the child he abandoned before it is too late?
A moving new production directed by Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman.

Wednesday 10th June 2020 - 7.00pm
Royal Shakespeare Company 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
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
Exhibition on Screen

“So I to find a mother and a brother
In quest of them, unhappy, lose myself”

How do any of us really know who we are? A man arrives in a strange town only to find that everyone knows his name, but thinks he’s someone else. A woman wonders why her husband is not the man he was, but starts to rather like it. Confusion mounts as everyone uncouples from themselves. Will they ever find themselves again? And do they really want to?
Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, a fairytale farce of everyday miracles, mistaken identity and double vision, is directed by comedy master Phillip Breen (The Provoked Wife 2019The Hypocrite 2017The Merry Wives of Windsor 2012).

Wednesday 15th July 2020 - 7.00pm
Royal Shakespeare Company Live

Forced to flee his native land, Pericles becomes a refugee at the mercy of sea and strangers. Scarred by the heartbreaking loss of family and home, he submits to the rhythms of the ocean in the hope of a miracle. Located in a familiar world of precarious journeys and treacherous alliances, this is Shakespeare’s touching and hopeful tale of loss and reconciliation.
Director Blanche McIntyre returns to the RSC after her acclaimed Titus Andronicus (2017) and The Two Noble Kinsmen (2016).

Wednesday 23rd September 2020 - 7.00pm
Royal Shakespeare Company Live