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A Little Life

Certificate 18. 220 mins (1 interval).

James Norton (Happy Valley) stars in the theatrical event of 2023 as visionary director Ivo van Hove (A View from the Bridge) stages the English language premiere of A Little Life.

Following a sell-out West End run, this record-breaking production of the million-copy bestseller by Hanya Yanagihara will now be released in cinemas across the UK and selected international territories.

A Little Life follows four college friends in New York City: aspiring actor Willem, successful architect Malcolm, struggling artist JB, and prodigious lawyer Jude. As ambition, addiction, and pride threaten to pull the group apart, they always find themselves bound by their love for Jude and the mysteries of his past. But when those secrets come to light, they finally learn that to know Jude St Francis is to understand the limitless potential of love in the face of life.

The critically acclaimed five-star play also stars Luke Thompson (Bridgerton), Omari Douglas (It’s A Sin), Zach Wyatt (The Witcher), Elliot Cowan (The Crown), Zubin Varla (Tammy Faye), Nathalie Armin (Force Majeure) and Emilio Doorgasingh (Best of Enemies).

A deeply moving and affecting piece of theatre’ ★★★★★ Theatre Weekly
‘James Norton is astonishing’ ★★★★ The Stage
‘Utterly compelling theatre’ ★★★★ Daily Express
‘James Norton gives a career-defining performance’ ★★★★ Daily Mail
‘Norton’s astonishing performance puts him into the top rank’ ★★★★ Evening Standard
‘James Norton delivers an incredible performance’ ★★★★ Gay Times
Magnificent. beautifully played by the eight-strong cast’ ★★★★ The I
‘An unforgettable show’ ★★★★ London Theatre

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Scrapper (12)

Dir: Charlotte Regan 2023 I 84 mins

An imaginative 12-year-old lives alone following the death of her mother.

She faces the unexpected reappearance of her estranged father.


Royal Opera House Live: L'elisir d'amore

Live screening. 210 minutes (including one interval).

Sung in Italian with English subtitles.

Expect sun, fun and vocal acrobatics in Laurent Pelly’s much-loved staging of Donizetti’s intoxicating and witty comedy.

Country boy Nemorino is determined to win the haughty Adina’s heart, but she refuses to give him the time of day. Can Doctor Dulcamara’s so-called ‘elixir of love’ work its magic?

Conductor Sesto Quatrini makes his house debut, as does soprano Nadine Sierra in the role of Adina. She is joined by Liparit Avetisyan, Boris Pinkhasovich and the incomparable Bryn Terfel as the genial wheeler-dealer Doctor Dulcamara.

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Past Lives (12)

Dir: Celine Song 2023 I 106 mins

English and Korean with English subtitles.

Nora lives in New York. She is reunited with the man who was her childhood friend in South Korea. It is a fateful week.


The Princess and the Frog (U)

Dir: Ron Clements 2008 I 93 mins

Tiana is desperate to fulfil her dream to be a restaurant owner.

She is set on a journey to turn a frog prince back into a human.

One problem... she has to face the same issue after she kisses him.


Bobi Wine: The People's President (12A)

Dir: Moses Bwayo, Christopher Sharp 2023 I 113 mins


Bobi Wine is Ugandan opposition leader, activist and musician. He engages in a dangerous fight against President Yoweri Museveni’s regime.


Fremont (12A)

Dir: Babak Jalali 2023 I 92 mins

English, Dari and Cantonese with English subtitles.

This black-and-white US drama follows a lonely Afghan translator who has found refuge in California. She begins to look for more from life. A warm-hearted and thoughtful film.

‘A poignant reflection on the modern immigrant experience’ Little White Lies

‘Sweet and sneakily powerful’ Variety


The Prince of Egypt: The Musical

Dir: Brett Sullivan 2022 | 144 mins

Screening of the epic, critically acclaimed production.

A cast and orchestra of more than 60 artists tells an inspiring tale of resilience and hope.

Filmed live at London’s Dominion Theatre.


Love Life (12A)

Dir: Kōji Fukada 2022 I 123 mins

Japanese and Korean with English subtitles.

A woman agrees to assist her ex-husband, now homeless, after a tragedy brings him back into her life.

‘A rich, varied meal of a film’ ★★★★ The Guardian


A Haunting in Venice (12A)

Dir: Kenneth Branagh 2023 I 103 mins

In Post-World War II Venice, Poirot reluctantly attends a séance.

When one of the guests is murdered, it’s up to him to uncover the killer.


Once Upon a Time in Uganda (15)

Dir: Cathryne Czubek 2021 I 94 mins

True story.

A brick maker in Uganda becomes an internet sensation when he tries his hand at making action movies.


The First Slam Dunk (12A)

Dir: Takehiko Inoue 1993 OR 2022 I 124 mins

Japanese with English subtitles.

A young aspiring basketball player battles with grief after the loss of his brother.

A heart-pumping wonderfully crafted manga adaptation.


The Canterville Ghost (PG)

Dir: Kim Burdon, Robert Chandler 2023 I 89 mins

An American family moves into a stately home haunted by a ghost that is determined to scare them away.


Hocus Pocus (30th Anniversary) (PG)

Dir: Kenny Ortega 1993 I 96 mins

After three centuries, three witch sisters are resurrected in Salem on Halloween night.

It is up to two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to their reign of error once and for all.


A Life on the Farm (12)

Dir: Oscar Harding 2022 I 75 mins

A British documentary which looks at a series of strange rediscovered videos made by an ageing Somerset farmer, and the legacy of his long lost films.


The Lesson (15)

Dir: Alice Troughton 2023 I 103 mins

A young author takes a tutoring position at the estate of a legendary writer.

Liam realises that he is ensnared in a web of secrets, resentment and retribution.


Royal Opera House Live: Don Quixote

210 minutes (including two intervals).

Teeming with comedy, wit and an abundance of bravura choreography, Carlos Acosta's production brings the Spanish heat and romance of Cervantes' classic novel to life.

Don Quixote, based on Miguel de Cervantes’ epic novel of the same name, regales the adventures of the eccentric nobleman Don Quixote and his faithful squire Sancho Panza, as they help to bring a vivacious young couple, Kitri and Basilio, together. This energetic 19th-century ballet is enlivened by Ludwig Minkus’ spirited score and is a wonderful showcase for the virtuosity of The Royal Ballet's Principal dancers. Created for The Royal Ballet a decade ago, Carlos Acosta’s exuberant production featuring Tim Hatley’s characterful designs brings the heat and romance of Cervantes' classic novel to life.

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The Pigeon Tunnel (12A)

Dir: Errol Morris 2023 I Runtime tbc

The real and fictional worlds of John Le Carré’s life and art intersect in this fascinating and final interview with the great novelist.


Stop Making Sense (Remastered) (PG)

Dir: Jonathon Demme I Runtime (88 mins)


The Talking Heads showcase their greatest hits in this energetic concert film.

Shot over three nights at Hollywood's Pantages Theater.


Golda (12A)

Dir: Guy Nattiv 2023 I 100 mins

Israeli president Golda Meir leads her country through the 1973 Yom Kippur war.

High-stakes political drama.


The Old Oak (15)

Dir: Ken Loach 2023 I 113 mins

Local tensions arise in a small town following the arrival of Syrian refugees in this gritty UK drama.

‘A film as fired up and human as any you’ll see this year’ ★★★★ Time Out

‘A vital, moving social parable’ ★★★★ The Guardian

‘A film with genuine heart and hope’ ★★★★ The Herald


The Miracle Club (12A)

Dir: Thaddeus O’Sullivan 2023 I 90 mins

Three friends have a tantalising dream: to win a pilgrimage to Lourdes.

Stars Maggie Smith, Kathy Bates and Stephen Rea.


The Great Escaper (12A)

Dir: Oliver Parker 2022 I 96 mins

Michael Caine stars as Bernard Jordan.

He secretly leaves his care home to attend the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings in France.

Based on a true story.


Killers of the Flower Moon (15)

Dir: Martin Scorsese 2023 I 206 mins

1920s Oklahoma.

Members of the Osage tribe are murdered, sparking a major FBI investigation.

Based on a true story.

Stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro.


Smoke Sauna Sisterhood (15)

Dir: Anna Hints 2023 I 89 mins

Estonian with English subtitles.

In the darkness of a smoke sauna, women share their innermost secrets.

They wash off the shame trapped in their bodies and regaining their strength through a sense of communion.


Royal Opera House Live: The Nutcracker

2 hours and 45 minutes (including one interval).

Join Clara at a delightful Christmas Eve party that becomes a magical adventure once everyone else is tucked up in bed. Marvel at the brilliance of Tchaikovsky’s score, as Clara and her enchanted Nutcracker fight the Mouse King and visit the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince in the glittering Kingdom of Sweets. Peter Wright’s much-loved production for The Royal Ballet, with gorgeous period designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman, keeps true to the spirit of this festive ballet classic, combining the thrill of the fairy tale with spectacular classical dancing.

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Royal Opera House Live: Rusalka

225 minutes (including one interval).

Sung in Czech with English subtitles.

This poetic, contemporary new staging of Dvořák’s lyric fairy tale reveals our uneasy relationship with the natural world and humanity’s attempts to own and tame it.

Rusalka, a water spirit, lives with her family in the pure waters of the forest lake. When she falls in love with a Prince, she sacrifices her voice and leaves her home in the hope of finding true love in a new world – a world that does not love her back.

Natalie Abrahami and Ann Yee create a poetic, contemporary new staging of Dvořák’s lyric fairy tale, revealing our uneasy relationship with the natural world and humanity’s attempts to own and tame it. Semyon Bychkov conducts an all-star cast featuring Asmik Grigorian (Jenůfa) in the title role.

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Royal Opera House Live: Manon

195 minutes (including two intervals).

Torn between her desire of a life of splendour and riches and her devotion to her true love Des Grieux, the feckless and capricious Manon pays the ultimate price.

This adaptation of Abbé Prévost’s novel embodies Kenneth MacMillan at his best, his acute insight into human psychology and his mastery of narrative choreography finding full expression in the impassioned duets of the central couple, visceral and urgent in their desire. The heroine’s struggle to escape poverty make Manon one of the most dramatic and devastating of ballets, emphasized by Nicholas Georgiadis’ evocative designs that reflect the juxtaposition between Manon’s impoverished origins and the lavish world she longs to inhabit. The 2023/24 Season celebrates the centenary of Nicholas Georgiadis.

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