ROH Ballet Live – Concerto/ Enigma Variations / Raymonda Act III
Tuesday 5th November, 7.00pm Click for Tickets here
From The Royal Ballet’s classical origins in the works of Petipa, to the home-grown choreographers who put British ballet on the world stage, this mixed programme highlights the versatility of the Company. Petipa’s Raymonda Act III is Russian classical ballet summarised in one act, full of sparkle and precise technique, while Ashton’s Enigma Variations is quintessentially British in every way – from its score by Elgar and period designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman, to Ashton’s signature style, the essence of British ballet. Concerto, MacMillan’s fusion of classical technique with a contemporary mind, completes a programme that shows the breadth of the Company’s heritage.
NT Live – Hansard
Thursday 7th November, 7.00pm Click for tickets here
The official report of all parliamentary debates.
See two-time Olivier Award winners, Lindsay Duncan (Birdman, About Time) and Alex Jennings (The Lady in the Van, The Queen), in this brand-new play by Simon Wood, broadcast live from the National Theatre in London.
It’s a summer’s morning in 1988 and Tory politician Robin Hesketh has returned home to the idyllic Cotswold house he shares with his wife of 30 years, Diana. But all is not as blissful as it seems. Diana has a stinking hangover, a fox is destroying the garden, and secrets are being dug up all over the place. As the day draws on, what starts as gentle ribbing and the familiar rhythms of marital scrapping quickly turns to blood-sport.
Don’t miss this witty and devastating portrait of the governing class, directed by Simon Godwin (NT Live: Antony & Cleopatra, Twelfth Night) and part of National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday season.
A double bill of Leonard Cohen films to give you a rounded view of the man.
I’m Your Man
This documentary on the legendary singer-songwriter features performances by those musicians he has influenced. Woven through a riveting tribute is a career-spanning interview with the man himself. Sprinkled with his own artwork and personal photos, Cohen speaks of his stately writing process; “savage criticisms” exchanged with fellow Montreal poets; the scene at the Chelsea Hotel; tea and oranges with the real Suzanne; his retreat to Mt. Baldy and more.
Runtime: 103 minutes
Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love
Renowned filmmaker Nick Broomfield’s most personal and romantic film of his storied career. The documentary starts on the Greek island of Hydra in 1960, where Leonard Cohen, then a struggling and unknown fiction writer, and Marianne Ihlen, a single mother with a young son, became part of community of expat artists, writers and musicians. Never-before-seen footage shot by Broomfield and legendary documentarian D.A. Pennebaker make for a unique portrait of an idyllic 1960’s bohemia. It was a time that left a lasting imprint on both Marianne and Leonard, whose friendship would last another fifty years before their deaths in 2016.
Runtime: 97 minutes
Opera, live from the Met – Madama Butterfly
Saturday 9th November, Click for tickets here
Soprano Hui He takes on the heartbreaking title role of the doomed geisha, with tenor Andrea Carè as the American naval officer who abandons her.
Paulo Szot is Sharpless, alongside Elizabeth DeShong as Suzuki, and Pier Giorgio Morandi is on the podium for Anthony Minghella’s sweeping production, a perennial audience favorite. This live cinema transmission is part of the Met’s award-winning Live in HD series, bringing opera to more than 2,200 theaters in more than 70 countries worldwide.
42nd Street at The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
Sunday 10th November 5.00pm
Thursday 14th November, 7.00pm
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Watch the trailer here
42nd Street, the legendary Broadway musical theatre classic, is a ‘glorious’ (★★★★★ Express) and ‘utterly moreish extravaganza of glitz’ (★★★★★ Times). 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’ (★★★★★ Telegraph) 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 Street, We’re In The Money, Lullaby Of Broadway, Shuffle Off To Buffalo, Dames and I Only Have Eyes For You, this is pure musical magic on the big screen – entertainment doesn’t get bigger than this!
Friday 15th November, 7.30pm
(7.30pm for 8.00pm Start)
A quiz night on an arts theme with some trivia – devised and introduced by sisters Lin & Debbie. Always fun. Get a team of 4-6 together and book a table. If you’d like to come alone or 2-3, still book with us and we’ll team you up.
Bar open all evening, snacks will be served. All welcome.
reserve at firstname.lastname@example.org
Opera, live from the Met – Akhnaten
Saturday 23rd November, 5.30pm Click for tickets here
Phelim McDermott, whose productions include the hugely successful Satyagraha by Philip Glass, returns to the Met with a new staging of Glass’s Akhnaten, conducted by Karen Kamensek in her Met debut. Anthony Roth Costanzo sings the title role of the Egyptian pharaoh who attempted to inspire his people to adopt a new religion, abandoning the worship of the old gods for that of a single deity. In her Met debut, J’Nai Bridges sings the role of Nefertiti, Akhnaten’s bride, and Dísella Lárusdóttir is Queen Tye, the pharaoh’s mother. One of the staging’s distinctive visual features is provided by the Gandini Juggling Company, whose movements are perfectly choreographed with the orchestral score. This production of Akhnaten was originally created by LA Opera, Improbable, and English National Opera, where it premiered, winning the 2017 Olivier Award for Best New Opera Production.
NT Live – Present Laughter
Thursday 28th November, 7.00pm Click for tickets here
Matthew Warchus directs Andrew Scott (BBC’s Sherlock, Fleabag’s ‘Hot Priest’) in Noël Coward’s provocative comedy Present Laughter.
As he prepares to embark on an overseas tour, star actor Garry Essendine’s colourful life is in danger of spiralling out of control. Engulfed by an escalating identity crisis as his many and various relationships compete for his attention, Garry’s few remaining days at home are a chaotic whirlwind of love, sex, panic and soul-searching.
Captured live from The Old Vic in London, Present Laughter is a giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, desire and loneliness.
Bernard Hoskin in Concert
Friday 29th November, 8.00pm Click for tickets here
Bernard Hoskin is a songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist from Cambridge whose distinctive and original sound is based upon English songwriting and world music rhythms as well as the more common folk, country and blues styles. An experienced performer, he accompanies himself on guitar and mandola playing a mixture of original and traditional songs and covers. He has produced twelve CDs.
He has opened up for many of the big names of the folk scene including Bert Jansch, Martin Carthy, Harvey Andrews, John Renbourn and Jacqui McShee, Clive Gregson, Andy Irvine, Phil Beer, Colvin Quarmby, Johnny Dickinson, Pete Atkin, June Tabor and the Oysterband, Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker, Megson, Gigspanner, Henry Priestman, Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar, Carrivick Sisters, O’Hooley & Tidow, Tim Edey, Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker, Blazin’ Fiddles, Wild Willy Barrett, Steve Tilston, Heidi Talbot.
Beverley Folk Club
Special Screening – Light Side; A Journey with Dave Prowse
Thursday 5th December, 7.30pm Click for tickets here
With rare and exclusive access to David Prowse, the British actor who famously portrayed Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, comes a new documentary bringing a fresh perspective to a celebrated career.
Besides playing the most iconic screen villain in cinema history, the Bristol-born Prowse also featured in Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, trained Christopher Reeve for 1978’s Superman and was awarded an MBE by the Queen in 2000 for his contribution to road safety awareness through his work as the Green Cross Code Man.
Runtime: 77 mins
ROH Ballet Live – COPPÉLIA
Tuesday 10th December, 7.00pm Click for tickets here
Toy maker Dr Coppélius seems to have a beautiful young woman in his house: Coppélia, who sits and reads on his balcony. Franz and his fellow young villagers are curious about her and how she ignores them all. Franz’s fiancée Swanilda is not pleased by Franz’s interest in another woman, but equally curious. When Dr Coppélius goes to the local tavern, the young villagers slip into his house to introduce themselves to the strangely silent young woman.
In the house, they are astonished by several mechanical dolls, including Coppélia. Coppélius returns and throws them all out – except Swanilda, who hides and takes Coppélia’s place. When Franz climbs in through a window, Coppélius drugs him and attempts through magic to put his lifeforce into the mechanical Coppélia. Swanilda is able to trick him into believing his spell has worked. In the inevitable happy ending, Coppélius is placated, and Swanilda happily united with Franz as the villagers celebrate their new town bell.
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.
Thomas Cameron – A Tenor for Christmas
Friday 13th December, 8.00pm Click for tickets here
Join Thomas Cameron and his pianist Kate Robey at the stylish Ventnor Arts Club for a Christmas themed show. Hear him perform the well loved Christmas hits, as well as some much loved Musical Theatre and classical numbers.
After recording his first album in 2018, Thomas successfully secured a ten date summer tour across the United Kingdom and Ireland at an array of different festivals.
One of the highlights of this summer tour, included two
appearances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where he performed at the Arthur Conan Doyle Centre and Stockbridge Church, two of the finest venues in Edinburgh.
Thomas Cameron was nominated for a Classical Brit Award at the 2018 ceremony held at The Royal Albert Hall. He was entered in to the ‘Sound of Classical Poll’ category, shining a light on the future of classical music.
On 12th July 2018, the first single ‘Bring Him Home’ from Thomas Cameron’s debut album ‘The Voice of Thomas Cameron’ was launched at Buckland House to a sold out audience.
In June 2018, Thomas Cameron made his debut appearance on BBC Radio, appearing on BBC Radio Devon on 16th June and premiering his debut single ‘Bring Him Home’. The following month, Thomas made his debut television appearance on BBC One, being interviewed on BBC Spotlight about his career to date and his first single ‘Bring Him Home’.
Strictly Final & Cocktail Party
Saturday 14th December, Save the date! More details to follow.
ROH Live (encore) – The Nutcracker
Tuesday 17th December, 7.00pm Click for tickets here
Recorded in 2016, this special performance celebrated Peter Wright’s 90th birthday, and will be broadcast with new features. Clara is given an enchanted Nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve. As midnight strikes, she creeps downstairs to find a magical adventure awaiting her and her Nutcracker.
The magician Drosselmeyer transforms the drawing room for a battle between mice and toy soldiers. During the battle, Clara saves the Nutcracker’s life – so breaking a magical spell that turned him from a boy to a toy – and the Mouse King is defeated. In celebration, Drosselmeyer sweeps Clara and the Nutcracker off to the Kingdom of Sweets, where they meet the Sugar Plum Fairy and take part in a wonderful display of dances. The next morning, Clara’s adventures seem to have been more than just a dream.
Peter Wright’s interpretation of The Nutcracker has been enchanting children and adults alike since its first performance by The Royal Ballet in 1984. Lev Ivanov’s 1892 ballet combined with Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous, iconic score are presented in a festive period setting with vivid designs to make this a charming and magical production.
Paul Armfield & Quatrapuntal in Concert
Saturday 21st December, 8.00pm Click for tickets here
A rare opportunity to hear two hugely talented acts for the price of one! Both bring something very different, but equally special, to the table:
Big, burly and bearded he may be but there’s nothing brusque or ham-fisted about Paul Armfield. His songs, like his persona, are warm and engaging with a lovely lyrical twist framed by catchy melodies and a gentle musicianship of the highest order. Equipped with a voice that could make the Needles crumble, Caitlin Moran describes his music as ‘warm and toasty as Christmas morning’ and his songs have been admired by such songwriting heavyweights as Guy Garvey and Chris Difford. Owing as much to the French chansonniers as he does English balladeers and American troubadours, with just an acoustic guitar Paul can enchant even the rowdiest of crowds with his golden voice and commanding stage presence, and if that doesn’t work his virtuosic saw playing will. After three years spent managing Quay Arts he is now back to a busy and creative schedule of solo and collaborative musical and artistic projects.
Quatrapuntal is based around composer and mandora/Portuguese guitar player Chris Hirst and soprano Polly Green. Both classically trained, their intricate and overwhelmingly beautiful sound is unique and impossible to pigeon hole, an organic fusion of many diverse genres. All eras of the classical tradition are seamlessly combined with various other elements, notably Portuguese and Neapolitan traditional music, but also influences from film music, musicals, British folk, Brazilian music, some popular songs and even thrash metal! Quatrapuntal sound like no-one else, and the unique blend of styles and instruments has been very well received by live audiences, the online community and the press since the group’s initial launch in 2018. This year they have been busy recording their debut album, and rarely play live so don’t miss this opportunity to see them at close quarters!
Berliner Philharmoniker Live – New Year’s Eve Concert
Tuesday 31st Decemeber, 4.00pm Click for tickets here
For the first time, the new chief conductor Kirill Petrenko will be at the helm for the Berliner Philharmoniker’s New Year’s Eve concert – which at the same time reveals a new, vibrant facet to Petrenko’s repertoire. While German and Russian composers have been the main focus of his previous Philharmoniker concerts, this evening’s programme takes us on a musical journey to the USA: with dances from Bernstein’s West Side Story and Gershwin’s An American in Paris. The concert also features the star soprano Diana Damrau in songs from musicals by Frederick Loewe.
George Gershwin – An American in Paris
Leonard Bernstein – Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
Works by Cole Porter, Frederick Loewe and Kurt Weill
Timing: 4.00pm – 6.00pm – subject to variation as it is live but likely to be very slight as It is from Germany.