Based on Charles Dickens' own performance adaptation.
Simon Callow and director-designer Tom Cairns have created a one-man theatrical extravaganza of festive story-telling. Following critically acclaimed, sold out theatre seasons in 2011, 2012 and again in 2016, Simon Callow returns to wow audiences with this tour de force performance, reimagined especially for cinema.
WHY? Both heart-warming and deeply moving – it’s a Christmas must see!
'As Christmas theatre goes, it doesn't get more trad than this' TimeOut London
Encore screening. Tchaikovsky’s much-loved music is matched to a magical adventure on Christmas Eve for Clara and her Nutcracker doll. Their journey to the Land of Sweets brings with it some of the most familiar of all ballet moments, such as the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Waltz of the Flowers.
Peter Wright’s production for The Royal Ballet keeps true to the spirit of this Russian ballet classic, with period details and dancing snowflakes.
WHY? One of the most delightful ways to discover the enchantment of ballet
'The Nutcracker is perfect for bringing the magic of the festive season to the stage' ★★★★ The Telegraph
Recorded live from London’s iconic Palladium. The multi-award winning and critically acclaimed Lincoln Centre Theatre’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical.
Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.
With one of the finest scores ever written including Whistle a Happy Tune, Getting to Know You, and Shall We Dance and featuring a company of over 50 world-class performers.
WHY? ‘Five stars for a sumptuous King and I. Book Now. It’s a hit’ The Times
‘We left the London Palladium on a bright cloud of music - joyous!’ Daily Mail
‘Looks and sounds ravishing. Complete rapture’ The Telegraph
An encore screening from the National Theatre of Shakespeare’s great tragedy of politics, passion and power.
Caesar and his assassins are dead. General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome. But at the fringes of a war-torn empire the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love. In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war.
WHY? Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play the famous fated couple
Simon Russell Beale plays William Shakespeare’s Richard II, broadcast live from the stage of the Almeida Theatre in London.
This visceral new production about the limits of power will be directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins, whose previous plays include Little Revolution at the Almeida and Absolute Hell at the National Theatre.
Richard II, King of England, is irresponsible, foolish and vain. His weak leadership sends his kingdom into disarray and his court into uproar. Seeing no other option but to seize power, the ambitious Bolingbroke challenges the throne and the king’s divine right to rule.
WHY? Simon Russell Beale returns to National Theatre Live screens following broadcasts of Timon of Athens and King Lear, and his recent role in the National Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of The Lehman Trilogy.
Alan Bennett’s sharp and hilarious new play is ‘just what the doctor ordered’ (Daily Telegraph). Filmed live at London’s Bridge Theatre during its limited run.
The Beth, an old fashioned cradle-to-grave hospital serving a town on the edge of the Pennines, is threatened with closure as part of an efficiency drive. A documentary crew, eager to capture its fight for survival, follows the daily struggle to find beds on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward and the triumphs of the old people’s choir.
Alan Bennett’s celebrated plays include The History Boys, The Lady in the Van and The Madness of George III, all of which were also seen on film. Allelujah! is his tenth collaboration with award-winning director Nicholas Hytner.
WHY? ‘Leaves you bobbing on a wave of happiness’ Independent
Live screening from The Royal Opera House. Tchaikovsky’s intense opera of obsession and the supernatural, based on a short story by Pushkin. Gherman is caught between the woman he loves and a destructive fixation. An engrossing portrayal of a tortured creative artist and a gripping piece of gothic storytelling.
WHY? A new production that has already garnered five-star reviews in Amsterdam
Live screening (Wednesday). Richard Eyre’s beautiful production provides the perfect setting for Verdi’s opera. Alfredo falls in love in with the courtesan Violetta in glamorous Paris society. Underneath the surface run darker undercurrents, leading to a tragic ending.
WHY? Lavish period sets and costumes enhance the reality of a moving story based on true life
Run time tbc.
Encore screenings of this explosive new play by David Hare. Pauline Gibson has spent her life as a doctor, the inspiring leader of a local health campaign. When she crosses paths with her old boyfriend, a stalwart loyalist in Labour Party politics, she’s faced with an agonising decision.
WHY? Hare was recently described by The Washington Post as ‘the premiere political dramatist writing in English’
Encore screening from The Royal Opera House. Love and friendship triumph in Carlos Acosta’s vibrant production of this dazzling ballet. The story follows Don Quixote’s picaresque journey to do deeds in honour of his imaginary noble lady, Dulcinea.
WHY? Sunny, charming, funny and touching – it is a ballet as full of uplifting emotion as it is of astonishing ballet technique
Encore screening from The Royal Opera House, directed by Christof Loy and conducted by Antonio Pappano. A story of bitter revenge pursued across miles and years. Leonora falls in love with Don Alvaro, but when her father forbids their marriage, a fatal accident triggers a drama of obsession, vengeance and tragedy.
WHY? Jonas Kaufmann and Anna Netrebko star in Verdi’s epic opera
Run time tbc.
Live screening from Stratford-upon-Avon. Rosalind is banished, wrestling with her heart and her head. With her cousin by her side, she journeys to a world of exile where barriers are broken down and all can discover their deeper selves.
WHY? Kimberley Sykes directs a riotous production of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy
Live screening from the Royal Opera House of Gounod’s enthralling opera. Faust trades his soul with the Devil for youth and power. Virtuoso leading roles, a large chorus, sensational sets, ballet and an ecstatic finale make this the epitome of theatrical spectacle.
WHY? Experience the decadence and elegance of 1870s Paris in David McVicar’s spectacular production