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Tuesday 11 April 2017 – ROH: Live Opera JEWELS

7.15pm £11/£10

George Balanchine’s evocation of the sparkle of emeralds, rubies and diamonds is a brilliant ballet classic. The French Romantic music of Fauré provides the impetus for the subtlety and lyricism of ‘Emeralds’, while the fire of ‘Rubies’ comes from Stravinsky and the jazz-age energy of New York. Grandeur and elegance complete the ballet with the splendour of Imperial Russia and the peerless music of Tchaikovsk yin ‘Diamonds’.

Jewels is a masterclass in the many luminous facets of classical ballet and indeed of The Royal Ballet itself: the virtuoso choreography of Balanchine, the intensity of the soloists and the precision of the entire Company.

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Thursday 11th May – NT Live: Obsession

7pm £11/£10

Jude Law (The Young Pope, Closer, The Talented Mr Ripley) stars in the stage production of Obsession, broadcast live from the Barbican Theatre in London. Ivo van Hove (NT Live: A View from the Bridge, Hedda Gabler) directs this new stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti’s 1943 film.

Gino is a drifter, down-at-heel and magnetically handsome. At a road side restaurant he encounters husband and wife, Giuseppe and Giovanna. Irresistibly attracted to each other, Gino and Giovanna begin a fiery affair and plot to murder her husband. But, in this chilling tale of passion and destruction, the crime only serves to tear them apart.

The stage production of Obsession is produced by Barbican Theatre Productions Limited, London and Toneelgroep Amsterdam; co-commissioned by Wiener Festwochen and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg; co-produced by Holland Festival and David Binder Productions; and supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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Thursday 18th May – NT Live: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

7pm £11/£10

Sonia Friedman Productions present Imelda Staunton (Gypsy, Vera Drake, the Harry Potter films), Conleth Hill (Game Of Thrones, The Producers), Luke Treadaway (A Street Cat Named Bob, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Hollow Crown) and Imogen Poots (A Long Way Down, Jane Eyre) in James Macdonald’s critically acclaimed, 5 star production of Edward Albee’s landmark play, broadcast live to cinemas from the Harold Pinter Theatre, London.

In the early hours of the morning on the campus of an American college, Martha, much to her husband George’s displeasure, has invited the new professor and his wife to their home for some after-party drinks. As the alcohol flows and dawn approaches, the young couple are drawn into George and Martha’s toxic games until the evening reaches its climax in a moment of devastating truth-telling.

««««« ‘Imelda Staunton is at her magnificent best. A first-rate revival of an astonishing play.’ The Guardian

««««« ‘Conleth Hill is superb. Exquisite.’ Evening Standard

««««« ‘Luke Treadaway and Imogen Poots are terrific.’ Metro

««««« ‘James Macdonald’s blistering production. Intoxicatingly good.’ Financial Times

 

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Wednesday 7 June – ROH:THE DREAM / SYMPHONIC VARIATIONS / MARGUERITE AND ARMAND LIVE BALLET

7.15pm £11/£10

Choreographer: Frederick Ashton

Music: Mendelssohn / Franck / Liszt

This gorgeous mixed programme demonstrates the great creative vision of Frederick Ashton, Founder Choreographer of The Royal Ballet. The Dream is Ashton’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s riotous comedy in which a forest sprite plays havoc, armed with a love potion.

Symphonic Variations was Ashton’s first work after World War II, and one of the Company’s first to be performed on the huge main stage of the Royal Opera House, in 1946. With six

dancers performing a series of quartets, duets, sextets and solos to Franck’s brooding

Variations symphoniques, this seminal masterpiece celebrates the pure beauty of movement. Marguerite and Armand is Ashton’s beautiful and emotional retelling of a well-known story, familiar to us through Verdi’s opera La traviata. Ashton famously created this poignant ballet on Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev in 1963.

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Monday 19th June – Monday Night Cinema: Long forgotten fields

7.30 £5/£4

Nominated for Best UK Feature at Raindance Film Festival, 2016, Long Forgotten Fields is the dark love story of young couple Lily and Sam. On Sam’s return from military service, Lily sets her heart on revitalising their relationship. But with Sam’s worsening PTSD isolating him from friends, family and the community, she is drawn deeper into his post war world.

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Wednesday 28th June – Wednesday 28th June ROH: Live Opera OTELLO

7.15pm £11/£10

World-famous tenor Jonas Kaufmann makes his role debut as Otello in Verdi’s passionate retelling of Shakespeare’s great tragedy of jealousy, deception and murder. Soprano Maria Agresta will be his Desdemona and baritone Ludovic Tézier his nemesis Iago in a new production by Olivier Award-winning director Keith Warner.

A major work of the opera repertory, Verdi’s Otello draws on the full forces of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, the Royal Opera Chorus and this stellar line-up of principal singers, with exquisite duets, emotionally potent solo numbers and thrilling choruses. Particular highlights include Otello and Desdemona’s rapturous love duet and Desdemona’s poignant ‘Willow Song’. Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts this Italian masterpiece.

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Saturday 1st July: Music at The Edge – JD King’s Elvis

7.30pm £14

The sensational hit new tribute touring show, JD King’s Elvis, is wowing audiences around the world with a stunning recreation of Elvis Presley at his very best.

Not all Elvis impersonators are created equal, but this show certainly tops the bill. Press and media up and down the country regard JD King as the closest thing possible to the man himself.

As a young man, JD impersonates Elvis as he was during the zenith of his career, bringing an extra authenticity and dynamism to the act. The impersonator is an accomplished all-round performer, actor and musician in his own right and brings a broad knowledge of stagecraft, as well as the King himself, to his act.

JD has worked with Elvis’ original musicians, performed in Memphis and Las Vegas, and is now bringing his unique and powerful performances to UK theatres for the first time.

Don’t miss the chance to see the most exciting Elvis impersonator for a generation. Book today!

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www.jdkingelvis.co.uk

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Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th July – WBS Dance Presents Summer Dance

7.30 pm £5/£4

Our annual celebration of the many levels and styles of dance taught and developed at William Brookes. From A Level students who will be presenting their own choreography, to GCSE work and dance club presentations from students of all ages, these two evenings are a wonderful showcase of the dance work which has been created this year. Book early!

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