Bohemian Rhapsody
Mar
28
7:30 PM19:30

Bohemian Rhapsody

The story of the legendary rock band Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury, leading up to their famous performance at Live Aid (1985). Bohemian Rhapsody is an enthralling celebration of Queen, their music, and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and convention to become one of history’s most beloved entertainers. Following Queen’s meteoric rise, their revolutionary sound and Freddie’s solo career, the film also chronicles the band’s reunion, and one of the greatest performances in rock history.

Director: Bryan Singer

Writers: Anthony McCarten (story by), Peter Morgan (story by)

Stars: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee 

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La Forza del Destino (ROH Live)
Apr
2
6:15 PM18:15

La Forza del Destino (ROH Live)

The Marquis of Calatrava forbids his daughter Leonora to marry the South American nobleman Don Alvaro. The lovers attempt to elope, but the Marquis catches them. In the ensuing altercation, Alvaro accidentally kills the Marquis, who curses his daughter as he dies. Leonora and Alvaro become separated during their escape. Leonora's brother Don Carlo di Vargas decides to find them and avenge his father.

Don Carlo joins the Spanish army under a false name, little knowing that Don Alvaro has done the same thing. The men become close friends while fighting in Italy. But friendship turns to enmity when Don Carlo discovers Leonora's portrait among Alvaro's possessions, and realizes who his new 'friend' really is. His subsequent actions lead the men back to Spain, and to the remote monastery where a disguised Leonora lives as a recluse.

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The Greatest Showman - Free Family Film
Apr
7
3:00 PM15:00

The Greatest Showman - Free Family Film

Petworth Film House would like to invite children accompanied by a parent/guardian to attend a free film showing - all you have to do is leave feedback on the night! We want to know if you'd like to see families and children's films on a regular basis. 

Maximum 6 tickets per booking (online only).

The Greatest Showman - Hugh Jackman leads an all-star cast in this bold and original musical filled with infectious showstopping performances. Inspired by the story of P.T. Barnum (Jackman), the film follows the visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

Director: Michael Gracey

Writers: Jenny Bicks, Bill Condon

Stars: Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Zac Efron​

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Black k Klansman
Apr
11
7:30 PM19:30

Black k Klansman

From visionary filmmaker Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of an American hero. In the early 1970’s, Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) becomes the first African-American detective in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a difference, he bravely sets out on a dangerous mission to infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan.

Director: Spike Lee

Writers: Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz

Stars: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier

Running time: 135 mins

Certificate: 15

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The Favourite
Apr
25
7:30 PM19:30

The Favourite

Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne's ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen's companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfill her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way.

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos

Writers: Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara

Stars: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz 

Running time: 119 mins

Certificate: 15

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Faust (ROH Live)
Apr
30
6:45 PM18:45

Faust (ROH Live)

Disillusioned with life, the aged philosopher Faust calls upon Satan to help him. The devil Méphistophélès appears and strikes a bargain with the philosopher: he will give him youth and the love of the beautiful Marguerite, if Faust will hand over his soul. Faust agrees, and Méphistophélès arranges matters so that Marguerite loses interest in her suitor Siébel and becomes infatuated with Faust.

Faust initially seems to love Marguerite in return, but soon abandons her. Her brother Valentin returns from the war and is furious to find his sister pregnant. Will Faust repent his destructive actions, and can his soul, and Marguerite's, be saved?

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Within the Golden Hour / New Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui / Flight Pattern (ROH Live)
May
16
7:15 PM19:15

Within the Golden Hour / New Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui / Flight Pattern (ROH Live)

The contemporary face of The Royal Ballet is shown in works from three of today's leading choreographers. Wheeldon's Within the Golden Hour is based around seven couples separating and intermingling, to music by Vivaldi and Bossi and lit with rich colours suggested by sunset. Pite's Flight Pattern, revived for the first time, uses Górecki's familiar music and a large dance ensemble for a poignant and passionate reflection on migration. Between them, a new work created on The Royal Ballet by the acclaimed choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui has its premiere to bring the contemporary truly up-to-date.

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Romeo and Juliet (ROH Live)
Jun
11
7:15 PM19:15

Romeo and Juliet (ROH Live)

Romeo and Juliet fall passionately in love, but their families are caught up in a deadly feud. They marry in secret, but tragic circumstances lead Romeo to fight and kill Juliet's cousin Tybalt. As punishment, he is banished from the city.

When Juliet's parents force her to marry Paris, she takes drastic action by drinking a potion to make her appear dead so she can escape to join Romeo. But her message explaining this plan fails to reach him. When he hears news of her death, he returns to visit her tomb and kill himself. Juliet wakes to find him dead. Devastated, she stabs herself.

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A Star Is Born
Mar
14
7:30 PM19:30

A Star Is Born

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga fuse their considerable talents to depict the raw and passionate tale of Jack and Ally, two artistic souls coming together, on stage and in life.  Theirs is a complex journey through the beauty and the heartbreak of a relationship struggling to survive. 

In this new take on the iconic love story, four-time Oscar nominee Cooper makes his directorial debut, and also stars alongside multiple award-winning, Oscar-nominated music superstar Gaga in her first leading role in a major motion picture.  Cooper portrays seasoned musician Jackson Maine, who discovers and falls in love with struggling artist Ally.  She has given up on her dream to become a successful singer, until she meets Jack, who immediately sees her natural talent.

Director: Bradley Cooper

Writers: Eric Roth (screenplay by), Bradley Cooper (screenplay by) 

Stars: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott 

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First Man
Feb
28
7:30 PM19:30

First Man

A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.

Director: Damien Chazelle

Writers: Josh Singer (screenplay by), James R. Hansen (based on the book by)

Stars: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke 

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Don Quixote (ROH Live)
Feb
19
7:15 PM19:15

Don Quixote (ROH Live)

Don Quixote and his servant Sancho Panza set out to have a chivalrous adventure. They meet Kitri and Basilio, a young couple who cannot marry because Kitri's father is determined to marry her off to the wealthy Gamache. Don Quixote decides to intervene.

With Don Quixote's help, Kitri and Basilio convince her father to let them marry. Don Quixote also persuades Gamache that he would prefer to marry the barmaid anyway. Kitri and Basilio celebrate, and everyone cheers Don Quixote on his way.

Violetta’s scandalous relationship with Alfredo is jeopardizing Giorgio Germont’s daughter’s engagement, and Germont persuades Violetta to leave his son. Heartbroken, Violetta promises not to tell Alfredo why. Alfredo is stunned when Violetta disappears, and decides she must have left him from self-interest. He confronts her at a Paris party and leaves her. Only when Violetta is dying does he learn the truth.

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La Traviata (ROH Live)
Jan
30
6:45 PM18:45

La Traviata (ROH Live)

Alfredo Germont and the courtesan Violetta Valéry fall in love at a party in Violetta's Paris salon. Alfredo is determined to cure Violetta of her tuberculosis, and the couple leave Paris and begin a contented life in the country. But Violetta's happiness is destroyed when Alfredo's father Giorgio Germont pays her a visit.

Violetta’s scandalous relationship with Alfredo is jeopardizing Giorgio Germont’s daughter’s engagement, and Germont persuades Violetta to leave his son. Heartbroken, Violetta promises not to tell Alfredo why. Alfredo is stunned when Violetta disappears, and decides she must have left him from self-interest. He confronts her at a Paris party and leaves her. Only when Violetta is dying does he learn the truth.

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The Queen of Spades (ROH Live)
Jan
22
6:45 PM18:45

The Queen of Spades (ROH Live)

The penniless soldier Gherman has fallen in love with Liza, even though she is engaged to his friend Yeletsky. Gherman learns that Liza's guardian the Countess knows a winning three-card formula. Gherman determines to wrest the secret from the Countess, gain a fortune through gambling and marry Liza.

Gherman and Liza admit they love each other, and Gherman persuades Liza to let him into the Countess's room. But when he tries to wrest the Countess's secret from her, she dies of fright. The following evening, the Countess's ghost appears to Gherman. She commands him to marry Liza and tells him the 'secret of the three cards'. But will this help Gherman satisfy his desires or drive him further towards madness?

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Edie
Dec
13
7:30 PM19:30

Edie

83 year old Edie believes that it is never too late - packing an old camping bag, leaving her life behind and embarking on an adventure she never got to have - climbing the imposing Mount Suilven in Scotland.

Director: Simon Hunter

Writers: Simon Hunter (based on an idea by), Edward Lynden-Bell (story by), Elizabeth O'Halloran (screenplay) 

Stars: Sheila Hancock, Kevin Guthrie, Paul Brannigan

Producer, Mark Stothert, will be giving a pre-show talk.

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The Nutcracker (ROH Live)
Dec
3
7:15 PM19:15

The Nutcracker (ROH Live)

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.

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Phantom Thread
Nov
22
7:30 PM19:30

Phantom Thread

Set in 1950's London, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson

Stars: Vicky Krieps, Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville 

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La Bayadère (ROH Live) PLUS The Sun is God
Nov
13
7:15 PM19:15

La Bayadère (ROH Live) PLUS The Sun is God

Nikiya, a temple dancer, is in love with the warrior Solor. The High Brahmin pursues Nikiya, and when she rejects him, he plans to take revenge on Solor.

The High Brahmin tells the Princess Gamzatti, Solor's fiancée, about Solor's secret affair with Nikiya. But Gamzatti does not want revenge on Solor, and instead arranges for Nikiya to be killed. As he celebrates his wedding to Gamzatti, Solor is haunted by Nikiya's shade. The gods are angered, and destroy the temple, killing everyone at the wedding. Finally, Solor and Nikiya are united in death.

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The Bookshop
Nov
8
7:30 PM19:30

The Bookshop

England 1959. In a small East Anglian town, Florence Green decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition, to open a bookshop.

Director: Isabel Coixet

Writers: Isabel Coixet (screenplay), Penelope Fitzgerald (novel)

Stars: Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Hunter Tremayne

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Die Walküre (ROH Live)
Oct
28
5:00 PM17:00

Die Walküre (ROH Live)

Wotan craves the ring, but, bound by his own laws, he can’t retrieve it himself. With a mortal woman he has twins, Siegmund and Sieglinde. He hopes Siegmund will become the free agent he needs to take the ring. Separated at birth, the twins meet as adults and fall in love.

Wotan’s wife Fricka points out that Siegmund can never be independent while he enjoys Wotan’s protection. Wotan bitterly concedes, and Siegmund dies in battle – but the Valkyrie Brünnhilde rescues the pregnant Sieglinde. In punishment for her defiance, Wotan incarcerates Brünnhilde on a rock, surrounded by a ring of fire.

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The Happy Prince
Oct
25
7:30 PM19:30

The Happy Prince

The untold story of the last days in the tragic times of Oscar Wilde, a person who observes his own failure with ironic distance and regards the difficulties that beset his life with detachment and humor.

Director: Rupert Everett

Writer: Rupert Everett

Stars: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Emily Watson 

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The Importance of Being Earnest (LIVE Theatre)
Oct
9
7:15 PM19:15

The Importance of Being Earnest (LIVE Theatre)

Live from the Vaudeville Theatre, London

A new production of one of the funniest plays in English, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, will be broadcast live to cinemas from the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End. Wilde’s much-loved masterpiece throws love, logic and language into the air to make one of theatre’s most dazzling firework displays. Jack, Algy, Gwendolyn and Cecily discover how unsmooth runs the course of true love, while Lady Bracknell keeps a baleful eye on the mayhem of manners.

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Madame
Sep
27
7:30 PM19:30

Madame

Adding a little spice to a waning marriage, Anne and Bob, a wealthy and well-connected American couple, move into a manor house in romantic Paris. While preparing a particularly luxurious ... See full summary »

Director:  Amanda Sthers

Writers:  Amanda Sthers (screenplay), Amanda Sthers (story) | 2 more credits »

Stars:  Toni ColletteHarvey KeitelRossy de Palma 

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Swan Lake (ROH Live)
Jun
12
7:15 PM19:15

Swan Lake (ROH Live)

Swan Lake was Tchaikovsky’s first score for ballet. Given its status today as arguably the best loved and most admired of all classical ballets, it is perhaps surprising that at its premiere in 1877 Swan Lake was poorly received. It is thanks to the 1895 production by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov that Swan Lake has become part of not only ballet consciousness but also wider popular culture. That success is secured not only by the sublime, symphonic sweep of Tchaikovsky’s score, but also by the striking choreographic contrasts between Petipa’s royal palace scenes and the lyric lakeside scenes created by Ivanov.

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Manon (ROH Live)
May
3
7:15 PM19:15

Manon (ROH Live)

Kenneth MacMillan’s source for Manon was the 18th-century French novel by Abbé Prévost, already adapted for opera by Massenet and Puccini. Renowned dance musician Leighton Lucas and his assistant Hilda Gaunt provided a score drawn from across Massenet’s music, including his famous yearning Elégie as the theme for the lovers.

The premiere was given on 7 March 1974, with the lead roles of Manon and Des Grieux danced by Antoinette Sibley and Anthony Dowell. The ballet quickly became a staple of The Royal Ballet’s repertory, and a touchstone of adult, dramatic dance.

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