Don Pasquale (ROH Live)
Oct
24
7:30 pm19:30

Don Pasquale (ROH Live)

Don Pasquale, a wealthy old bachelor, is outraged when he hears his nephew Ernesto intends to marry the impoverished widow Norina. He determines to marry himself and disinherit Ernesto. Ernesto and Norina despair, but their friend Doctor Malatesta promises to help them – and teach Pasquale a lesson. Malatesta persuades Norina to disguise herself as his sister, then presents her to Don Pasquale as a potential bride. Pasquale is so delighted with the young woman’s docile behaviour that he demands they marry at once.

The marriage takes place – witnessed by a fake notary – after which the young bride becomes utterly overbearing and unpleasant, tormenting her ‘husband’. When Pasquale discovers a note from his ‘wife’ arranging a rendezvous with a lover, he determines to confront her and end his misery. The conspirators are now set to reveal their trickery, but will Don Pasquale forgive them?

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Concerto / Enigma Variations / Raymonda Act III (ROH Live)
Nov
5
7:15 pm19:15

Concerto / Enigma Variations / Raymonda Act III (ROH Live)

Concerto: Youthful energy and technical precision are combined in Kenneth MacMillan’s virtuoso ballet, set to Shostakovich’s Second Piano Concerto.

Enigma Variations: The essence of British ballet, with music by Elgar, period designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman and Ashton's signature choreographic style.

Raymonda Act III: The final act of Petipa's grand ballet classic, which contains some of the greatest choreography in Russian ballet, was adapted by Rudolf Nureyev.

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Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Film)
Nov
7
7:30 pm19:30

Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Film)

When biographer Lee Israel falls out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception.

Director: Marielle Heller

Writers: Nicole Holofcener (screenplay by), Jeff Whitty (screenplay by)

Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells

Running time: 1hr 46mins

Certificate: 15

Doors: 7pm

Film: 7.30pm

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Yesterday (Film)
Nov
28
7:30 pm19:30

Yesterday (Film)

A struggling musician realises he's the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles after waking up in an alternate timeline where they never existed.

Director: Danny Boyle

Writers: Jack Barth (story by), Richard Curtis (screenplay) |

Stars: Himesh Patel, Lily James, Sophia Di Martino

Running time: 1hr 56mins

Certificate: 12A

Doors: 7pm

Film: 7.30pm

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Coppélia (ROH Live)
Dec
10
7:15 pm19:15

Coppélia (ROH Live)

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.

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The Nutcracker (ROH Special Screening)
Dec
17
7:15 pm19:15

The Nutcracker (ROH Special Screening)

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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The Sleeping Beauty (ROH Live)
Jan
16
7:15 pm19:15

The Sleeping Beauty (ROH Live)

The wicked fairy Carabosse is furious she wasn’t invited to Princess Aurora’s christening. She gives the baby a spindle, saying that one day the Princess will prick her finger on it and die. The Lilac Fairy makes her own christening gift a softening of Carabosse’s curse: Aurora will not die, but will fall into a deep sleep, which only a prince’s kiss will break.

On her 16th birthday, Aurora discovers the spindle and pricks her finger. She falls into an enchanted sleep, and the whole palace sleeps with her. One hundred years later, Prince Florimund discovers the palace, hidden deep within a great, dark forest. He wakes Aurora with a kiss.

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La bohème (ROH Live)
Jan
29
7:45 pm19:45

La bohème (ROH Live)

When Rodolfo, a penniless poet, meets Mimì, a seamstress, they fall instantly in love. But their happiness is threatened when Rodolfo learns that Mimì is gravely ill.

Rodolfo is painfully aware that he cannot afford the medicine and care Mimì needs, and so separates from her. As her sickness takes hold Mimì returns to Rodolfo’s garret. They are joyfully reunited – but, despite the care of Rodolfo and his friends, Mimì dies.

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Marston & Scarlett (ROH Live)
Feb
25
7:15 pm19:15

Marston & Scarlett (ROH Live)

Cathy Marston is previously an Associate Artist of the Royal Opera House and Director of Bern Ballett, and much in demand internationally. The inspiration for her first work for The Royal Ballet Main Stage is the momentous life and career of the cellist Jacqueline du Pré. A new work by Liam Scarlett, The Royal Ballet’s Artist in Residence, provides the second part of the programme.

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Fidelio (ROH Live)
Mar
17
7:15 pm19:15

Fidelio (ROH Live)

Beethoven’s only opera is a masterpiece, an uplifting story of risk and triumph. In this new production, conducted by Antonio Pappano, Jonas Kaufmann plays the political prisoner Florestan, and Lise Davidsen his wife Leonore (disguised as ‘Fidelio’) who daringly sets out to rescue him. Set in strong counterpoint are the ingredients of domestic intrigue, determined love and the cruelty of an oppressive regime. The music is transcendent throughout and includes the famous Act I Quartet, the Prisoners’ Chorus and Florestan’s impassioned Act II cry in the darkness and vision of hope. Tobias Kratzer’s new staging brings together the dark reality of the French Revolutionary ‘Terror’ and our own time to illuminate Fidelio’s inspiring message of shared humanity.

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Swan Lake (ROH Live)
Apr
1
7:15 pm19:15

Swan Lake (ROH Live)

Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful woman, Odette, he is enraptured. But she is under a spell that holds her captive, allowing her to regain her human form only at night.

The evil spirit Von Rothbart, arbiter of Odette’s curse, disguises his daughter Odile as Odette to trick Siegfried into breaking his vow of love. Fooled, Siegfried declares his love for Odile, and so dooms Odette to suffer under the curse forever.

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Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci (ROH Live)
Apr
21
7:00 pm19:00

Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci (ROH Live)

Two opera classics are drawn together in this wonderfully observed re-creation of life in a south Italian village as a travelling theatre visits and emotions erupt. The award-winning production by Damiano Michieletto presents vividly the fast-moving, shocking events brought about by secret love and uncontrollable jealousy. The music is full of Italianate melody in the great choruses that bring the villagers together in celebration and revelry, alongside the solo arias and tense confrontations that provoke violence and tragedy.

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The Dante Project (ROH Live)
May
28
7:15 pm19:15

The Dante Project (ROH Live)

Dante’s Divine Comedy is an epic journey through the afterlife: it encompasses the horrifying drama of Inferno and its damned, the lyrical mysticism of pilgrims on mount Purgatorio and the dazzling spheres of Paradiso with their endless configurations of light.

The poem was inspired by the agony of Dante’s own exile, and traces his path from crisis to revelation guided by his literary hero Virgil and his lost love Beatrice. In his new work, The Royal Ballet’s trailblazing Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor creates a world premiere in collaboration with an award-winning team – contemporary conductor-composer Thomas Adès, artist Tacita Dean, lighting designer Lucy Carter and dramaturg Uzma Hameed – to bring us closer to Dante and his extraordinary vision.

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Elektra (ROH Live)
Jun
18
7:45 pm19:45

Elektra (ROH Live)

Strauss’s thrilling and audacious adaptation of Greek tragedy receives a new staging by the award-winning Christof Loy. This uncompromising opera, about a daughter intent on bloody revenge and a mother driven to madness, has provoked critics to lively debate and both shocked and excited audiences since its 1909 premiere. Antonio Pappano conducts music that combines violence with moments of exquisite tenderness in his first Strauss interpretation for The Royal Opera since 2002. The outstanding cast includes Nina Stemme (Brünnhilde in last Season’s Der Ring des Nibelungen) in the title role, and Karita Mattila in her role debut as the haunted queen Klytämnestra.

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Stan & Ollie (Film)
Oct
10
7:30 pm19:30

Stan & Ollie (Film)

Laurel and Hardy, the world's most famous comedy duo, attempt to reignite their film careers as they embark on what becomes their swan song - a grueling theatre tour of post-war Britain.

Director: Jon S. Baird

Writers: Jeff Pope, 'A.J.' Marriot

Stars: Steve Coogan, John C. Reilly, Shirley Henderson

Running time: 1hr 38mins

Certificate: PG

Doors: 7pm

Film: 7.30pm

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Don Giovanni (ROH Live)
Oct
8
6:45 pm18:45

Don Giovanni (ROH Live)

The impulsive, charismatic Don Giovanni is a serial seducer, accompanied by his long-suffering servant Leporello. But when Don Giovanni commits murder, he unleashes a dark power beyond his control.

Don Giovanni continues to seduce and betray with his usual rapacity. Haunted by the ghost of the murdered man, he decides to invite him to dinner. The ghost urges him to repent – but Don Giovanni refuses.

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Green Book (Film)
Sep
26
7:30 pm19:30

Green Book (Film)

A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South.

Director: Peter Farrelly

Writers: Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly

Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini

Running time: 2hrs 10mins

Certificate: 12A

Doors: 7pm

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Colette (Film)
Sep
12
7:30 pm19:30

Colette (Film)

Colette is pushed by her husband to write novels under his name. Upon their success, she fights to make her talents known, challenging gender norms.

Director: Wash Westmoreland

Writers: Richard Glatzer (screenplay by), Wash Westmoreland (screenplay by), Rebecca Lenkiewicz (screenplay by), Richard Glatzer (story by)

Stars: Keira Knightley, Fiona Shaw, Dominic West

Running time: 1hr 51mins

Certificate: 15

Doors: 7pm

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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Britain in Bloom - Petworth Episode
Mar
29
6:30 pm18:30

Britain in Bloom - Petworth Episode

Chris Bavin meets the residents of Petworth in West Sussex who are entering Britain in Bloom for the very first time. These Bloomers want to engage the whole community, from the historic town centre to the modern housing estates on the outskirts, in an effort to bring the community spirit back to Petworth. Firstly, they want to spruce up the drab entrance to the town by the car park to impress the judges. Next, at the local primary school the young Bloomers are creating a brand new sensory garden in an unloved part of the playground. Finally, the team have set the local residents a challenge: to turn some overgrown allotments into award-winning show gardens. For even experienced Bloomers this would be a huge task and they have only got eight weeks until judging day.

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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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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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