Encore screening from the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End. An earnest young American woman, a louche English lord and an innocent young chap join a house party of fools and grotesques. Nearby a woman lives, cradling a long-buried secret.
First performed in 1893, Oscar Wilde’s marriage of glittering wit and Ibsenite drama satirised the socially conservative world of the Victorian upper class, creating a vivid new theatrical voice which still resonates today.
WHY? Starring Olivier award winner Eve Best and BAFTA nominated actress Anne Reid
'An exhilarating payoff that's a long time coming' The Telegraph
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Live screening (Tuesday). Marius Petipa’s fantasy, set in legendary India, tells the tale of a temple dancer and the prince who loves her but marries another. The melody and moods of Minkus’s music perfectly match the fluidity and precision of the classical choreography and the drama of the storytelling.
WHY? Natalia Makarova’s production of this 19th century classic ballet brings an exotic world of temple dancers and noble warriors to life
Live screening. Troilus and Cressida swear they will always be true to one another. But in the seventh year of the siege of Troy their innocence is tested and exposed to the savage corrupting influence of war, with tragic consequences.
WHY? Virtuoso percussionist Evelyn Glennie collaborates with RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran to create a satirical futuristic vision of a world resounding with the rhythm of battle
Live screening from Nottingham Playhouse. It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy. With the King’s mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown.
WHY? Written by one of Britain’s best-loved playwrights Alan Bennett
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.