|The Theory of Everything tells the extraordinary story of one of the world's greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking (Eddie Redmayne, Les Misérables, My Week With Marilyn) received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane (Felicity Jones, Like Crazy, The Amazing Spider-Man 2) fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of—time. Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science, and achieving more than they could ever have dreamed. The film is based on the memoir "Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen," by Jane Hawking, and is directed by Academy Award winner James Marsh (Man on Wire). Official Web Site|
The critically-acclaimed black comedy Birdman tells the story of a washed-up actor (Michael Keaton)—famous for portraying an iconic superhero—as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career and himself. Also starring Zach Galifianakis, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts and Edward Norton, Birdman is directed and co-written by Alejandro González Iñárritu (Biutiful, Babel, 21 Grams, Amores Perros). Official Web Site
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|"I want my 93 grand." A brutal hoodlum (Lee Marvin), betrayed and left for dead in a deal gone bad by his wife (Angie Dickinson) and best friend (John Vernon), wreaks remorseless revenge all the way up the ladder of the Syndicate in this ultra-cool, surrealistic film noir from John Boorman, director of Deliverance. Keenan Wynn and Carroll O'Connor co-star.|
Nov 21 & 22: Point Blank, directed by John Boorman, starring Lee Marvin.
Nov 28 & 29: Spirited Away, in Japanese with English subtitles!
Dec 5 & 6: Monty Python and the Holy Grail, makes Ben Hur look like an epic!
Dec 12 & 13: Christmas Evil, John Waters' favorite holiday film!
Dec 19 & 20: Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale, from the land of the original Santa Claus!
Dec 26 & 27: Love Actually, the ultimate romantic comedy!
|A despairing father is torn between love for his family and duty to a corrupt city in Verdi's searing early tragedy. Placido Domingo stars as the Doge of Venice, whose son Jacopo (Francesco Meli) has been convicted of murder and treason, although his wife Lucrezia (Maria Agresta) is sure of his innocence. But the Doge, trapped by the machinations of a corrupt city, is forced to make a terrible decision. Despite the opera's sombre soul, the music for I Due Foscari contains exhilarating forerunners of Verdi's later style—particularly in the fiercely virtuosic writing for the heroine Lucrezia and her magnificent duets with the Doge in Act I and with her doomed husband in Act II. American director Thaddeus Strassberger, making his Royal Opera debut, depicts a Venice that is rotten to its core. Mattie Ullrich's opulent costume designs reference the opera’s 15th-century setting while suggesting the corruption lurking beneath. The spare sets of award-winning British designer Kevin Knight illustrate the Foscaris' isolation and the decay of the city, before flaring out into grand guignol for the opera's brilliant Act III carnival. Conducted by Antonio Pappano. Ticketing Information|
|Hayao Miyazaki's Academy Award-winning masterpiece Spirited Away was the biggest box office hit of all time in Japan and a film that helped redefine the possibilities of animation for American audiences and a generation of new filmmakers. Wandering through an abandoned carnival site, ten-year-old Chichiro is separated from her parents and stumbles into a dream-like spirit world where she is put to work in a bathhouse for the gods, a place where all kinds of nonhuman beings come to refresh, relax and recharge. Here she encounters a vast menagerie of impossibly inventive characters—shape-shifting phantoms and spirits, some friendly, some less so—and must find the inner strength to outsmart her captors and return to her family. Combining Japanese mythology with Through the Looking Glass-type whimsy, Spirited Away cemented Miyazaki's reputation as an icon of inspired animation and wondrous, lyrical storytelling.|
|Hermia loves Lysander and Helena loves Demetrius—but Demetrius is supposed to be marrying Hermia. When the Duke of Athens tries to enforce the marriage, the lovers take refuge in the woods and wander into the midst of a dispute between the king and queen of the fairies, Oberon and Titania. Shakespeare put some of his most dazzling dramatic poetry at the service of this teasing, glittering, hilarious and amazingly inventive play, whose seriousness is only fleetingly glimpsed beneath its dreamlike surface. Michelle Terry (Titania/Hippolyta) won the 2011 Olivier Best Actress Award for her portrayal of Sylvia in Tribes (Royal Court). Ticketing Information|
It's Square Pegs at the Round Table as England's zaniest humorists take on
the Middle Ages and convert Arthurian legend into uncontrollable lunacy! Written
and performed by all your favorites—Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam,
Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin—Monty Python and the Holy Grail has been fully re-mastered in high definition. If you’re already a fan (and name one person who’s seen it who isn’t!), you won’t want to miss the chance to enjoy the film the way it’s meant to be experienced—on the Big Screen, in a movie theater, with other die-hard fans laughing at the gags (the clippety-clopping coconuts!) and reciting the dialog (“It’s just a flesh wound!”). And if you’ve never seen this comic masterpiece, you’re in for a very special treat. As reviewer Jeff Shannon writes, “The comedy highlights are too numerous to mention...The sum of this madness is a movie that’s beloved by anyone with a pulse and an irreverent sense of humor.” What more can we say, except "Ni!"
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|Bill Nighy (Pride, Love Actually, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and Carey Mulligan (Inside Llewyn Davis, The Great Gatsby, An Education) star in the highly anticipated production of David Hare's Skylight, directed by Stephen Daldry (The Audience, The Hours, Billy Elliot), recorded live from the West End earlier in 2014 by National Theatre Live. On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis (Mulligan) receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant (Nighy), a successful and charismatic restaurateur whose wife has recently died. As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires. Skylight was originally produced at the National Theatre in 1995, and won an Olivier Award for Best Play. Ticketing Information|
|L'Elisir D'Amore is Donizetti's romantic comedy of rural life which comes up trumps in director Laurent Pelly's staging, matching the piece's perfect blend of sentiment and tomfoolery. Italian conductor Daniele Rustioni conducts this star-studded cast revival. Lucy Crowe takes the soprano lead as Adina, the most sophisticated woman in the village, loved from afar by Vittorio Grigolo's dashing but shy Nemorino, with Bryn Terfel as the larger-than-life travelling quack, Doctor Dulcamara. L'Elisir D'Amore, to be recorded live from the Royal Opera House stage in late 2014, is one of the most frequently performed of all Donizetti's operas, combining a touching love story and hilarious comedy with beautiful music, including the much-loved aria "Una furtiva lagrima." The opera's premiere in Milan in 1832 was a triumph and secured Donizetti's place as one of the leading Italian opera composers of his day. The Royal Opera's charming production is set in the sun-drenched countryside of 1950s Italy, complete with haystacks, Vespas and even a stray dog. It is injected with lively, visual humour, from Nemorino's tipsy clowning to Dulcamara's lumbering truck from which he sells his quack remedies. Donizetti deftly brings his characters alive with a sparkling score: Nemorino's love for Adina is expressed through lyrical arias; Adina's animated, flamboyant style softens as her feelings towards Nemorino begin to change—and all the while Dulcamara endlessly chatters away with irrepressible self-belief. Ticketing Information|
|Andrea Chénier is the best-known opera by Umberto Giordano, one of Puccini's leading rivals. It presents a fictionalized account of the life of the pre-Romantic French poet who was guillotined during the Reign of Terror in 1794. Chénier and the servant Carlo Gérard both love the young aristocrat Maddalena. When Maddalena loses everything in the French Revolution, Chénier offers her protection, and so incites the envy of Gérard, now a powerful official. Tenor Jonas Kaufmann stars; his three arias provide highlights on an evening that also offers major opportunities to Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek as his beloved Maddalena. Andrea Chénier, to be recorded live in the UK in early 2015, has become celebrated for the lyrical music it offers the tenor who takes the leading role, with the off-the-cuff Improvviso of Act I and his final aria "Come un bel dì di maggio" particular highlights. But there are thrilling moments for the whole cast, including Maddalena's ardent aria "La mamma morta," Gérard's "Nemico della patria!" and a host of dramatic duets and characterful ensembles. With a string of successes for The Royal Opera to his name, director David McVicar brings Giordano's thrilling historical drama back to the iconic Covent Garden stage for the first time since 1985. Ticketing Information|
|Der Fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman), Wagner's early opera, explores the themes of damnation and redemption that continued to fascinate the librettist and composer throughout his career. In this tale of a sea captain forced to sail the seven seas for eternity until released by the faithful love of a good woman, Wagner created two unforgettable characters operating near the limits of human emotion. Tim Albery's Olivier-nominated production for The Royal Opera, to be recorded live on stage early in 2015, delves deep into the psychology of Wagner's cursed wandering Dutchman (Bryn Terfel) and his beloved Senta, detailing the monomania and uncompromising idealism that finally drives them apart. Michael Levine's elemental single set is dominated by a rolling metal hull that represents the Dutchman's phantom ship, the poverty of Senta's home and the treacherous sea. Ticketing Information|
|Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, a major work created by the unique partnership of playwright Bertolt Brecht and composer Kurt Weill receives its first ever Royal Opera production in spring 2015 and will be recorded live on stage at that time. One of the great epic operas of the 20th century, Mahagonny is a satire on money, morality and pleasure-seeking among the dubious citizens of a fictional city. Three criminals on the run find they can go no further and found a city—Mahagonny, city of gold. The destitute and the disenchanted flock to Mahagonny, among them the prostitute Jenny and the lumberjack Jim Mahoney with his three friends. This exhilarating new staging is by John Fulljames, The Royal Opera's Associate Director of Opera, with a new English translation by Jeremy Sams. The starry cast includes Anne Sofie von Otter as the great survivor Leokadja Begbick, Christine Rice as Jenny (who leads the opera's best-known number the "Alabama Song"), and Willard White as the fugitive Trinity Moses. The Royal Opera's Associate Director of Opera John Fulljames directs The Royal Opera's first production of the work in collaboration with designer Es Devlin (Don Giovanni, Les Troyens). They focus on Brecht and Weill's stinging critique of consumerism while finding new relevance in our insatiable depletion of the earth's resources. Mark Wigglesworth conducts. Ticketing Information|
|Join The Royal Opera for one of the most popular operas of all time as John Copley's timeless production of La Bohème returns to the Covent Garden stage for the very last time. To be recorded live in mid-2015, the tender and ultimately tragic love story is given moving expression through Puccini's beautiful and memorable score. Cinema audiences will be treated to a world-class cast including Anna Netrebko as Mimi and Joseph Calleja as Rudolfo. The captivating story unfolds against the colourful spectacle of the Café Momus and brings the noise and vibrancy of bohemian 19th century Paris to life in stunning detail. Dan Ettinger conducts the stunning score in what promises to be a revival that goes down in Royal Opera history. Sung in Italian with English subtitles. Ticketing Information|