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Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez, with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage!
Courgette (Zucchini) is an intriguing nickname for a 9-year-old boy. Although his unique story is surprisingly universal. After his mother's disappearance, Courgette is befriended by a police officer Raymond, who accompanies him to his new foster home filled with other orphans his age. At first he struggles to find his place in this strange, at times, hostile environment. Yet with Raymond's help and his new-found friends, Courgette eventually learns to trust and might find true love.
Director: Claude Barras
Stars: Gaspard Schlatter, Sixtine Murat, Paulin Jaccoud
Run Time: 66 minutes
Frank Adler is a single man raising a child prodigy - his spirited young niece Mary - in a coastal town in Florida. Frank's plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the 7-year-old's mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank's formidable mother, Evelyn, whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary.
Director: Marc Webb
Stars: Chris Evans, Mckenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan
Run Time: 104 minutes
Cpl. John McBurney is an injured Union soldier who finds himself on the run as a deserter during the Civil War. He seeks refuge at an all-female Southern boarding school where the teachers and students seem more than willing to help. Soon, sexual tensions lead to dangerous rivalries as the women tend to his wounded leg while offering him comfort and companionship.
Director: Sofia Coppola
Stars: Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning
Run Time: 94 minutes
Spark is a wisecracking teenage monkey who lives on an abandoned planet with his friends Chunk and Vix. Thirteen years ago, power-hungry Zhong seized control of their planet Beta, wiping out Spark's family and sending him into hiding. Now, Zhong plans to use the deadly space Kraken to destroy the entire universe, and no one but Spark can stop him
Director: Aaron Woodley
Stars: Jessica Biel, Patrick Stewart, Susan Sarandon
Run Time: 91 minutes
George Beard and Harold Hutchins are two overly imaginative pranksters who spend hours in a treehouse creating comic books. When their mean principal threatens to separate them into different classes, the mischievous boys accidentally hypnotize him into thinking that he's a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dim-witted superhero named Captain Underpants.
Director: David Soren
Stars: Kevin Hart, Thomas Middleditch, Ed Helms
Run Time: 89 minutes
Join Musical Theatre Graduate Laura in this fun-filled workshop including singing, dancing, drama and games and including hit musicals like Hairspray and Mamma Mia! At the end of the day there will be a chance to perform what you have learnt to the adults collecting you.
Suitable for Ages 8 and up
Bring a packed lunch
The Tuck Shop will be open selling sweets, crisps and drinks.
The incredible Billie Piper (Penny Dreadful, Great Britain) returns in her Evening Standard Best Actress award-winning role.
A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in Simon Stone’s radical production of Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece. The unmissable theatre phenomenon sold out at the Young Vic and critics call it ‘an extraordinary theatrical triumph’ (The Times) and ‘stunning, searing, unmissable’ (Mail on Sunday). Billie Piper’s lead performance is described as ‘spellbinding’ (The Evening Standard), ‘astonishing’ (iNews) and ‘devastatingly powerful’ (The Daily Telegraph).
Set in contemporary London, Piper’s portrayal of a woman in her thirties desperate to conceive builds with elemental force to a staggering, shocking, climax.
Please note this broadcast does not have an interval.
* PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PERFORMANCE OF 'YERMA' INCLUDES STROBE LIGHTING *
Based on the powerfully moving true story of the challenging relationship between “Old” Tom and “Young” Tommy Morris, the dynamic father-son team who ushered in the modern game of golf. As their fame grew, Tom an dTommy, Scotland’s Gold Royalty; were touched by drama and personal tragedy. At first matching his father’s success, Tommy’s talent and fame grew to outshine his father’s accomplishments and respect as founder of the Open Championship in 1860 with a series of his own triumphs. But in contrast to Tommy’s public persona, his personal turmoil ultimately led him to rebel against both the aristocracy who giave him opportunity and the parents who shunned his passionate relationship wish wife.
Director: Jason Connery
Stars: Peter Mullan, Jack Lowden, Ophelia Lovibond and Sam Neill.
Run Time: 117 mins.
Feeling lonely and isolated, Wilson (Woody Harrelson) tracks down Pippa (Laura Dern), the ex-wife who left him 17 years earlier. She tells the neurotic and middle-aged misanthrope that he is the father of a teenager named Claire (Isabella Amara). Shocked, excited and hopeful, Wilson embarks on a madcap quest to connect with the daughter he never knew he had.
Director: Craig Johnson
Stars: Woody Harrleson, Laura Dern and Isabella Amara.
Runtime: 101 minutes
Sew your own cute emoji cushion to take home You choose and cut out your preferred emoji expression and sew yourself a snuggle cushion to take home.
Ideal activity for 8 years and upwards.
Please note that 8-10 year old's should be accompanied by an adult for the movie but can attend the workshop on their own. Under 8s attending the workshop should be accompanied by an adult.
Combined ticket: £12 includes child entry to the film.
The Emoji Movie (PG)
Hidden inside a smartphone, the bustling city of Textopolis is home to all emoji’s. Each emoji has only one facial expression, except for Gene, an exuberant emoji with multiple expressions. Determined to become "normal" like the other emoji’s, Gene enlists the help of his best friend Hi-5 and a notorious code breaker called Jailbreak. During their travels through the other apps, the three emoji’s discover a great danger that could threaten their phone's very existence.
Director: Tony Leondis
Stars: T.J. Miller, Anna Faris, Sofía Vergara, Patrick Stewart
Run Time: TBC
Roy Chubby Brown returns with his meatiest show yet!
He’s still rude, he’s still crude and this time he’s turning headlines into punch lines as his rip-roaring brand of banter continues to burst bellies across the country. Chubby doesn’t hold back from sharing his outlandish views on news, women and gender, sailing close to the mark, even the most seasoned of fans will be left gob-smacked!
As politically incorrect as ever “The World’s Most Outrageous Comedian” is far too rude for TV, so this live performance is the only place to catch the flamboyant comedian.
If easily offended please stay away!
Alverton Singers present a Gilbert & Sullivan Gala Evening in support of Herriot Hospice Homecare.
The programme includes excerpts from The Gondoliers, Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado and a complete performance of Trial By Jury
Mitch Buchannon is head of a team of the most elite lifeguards in the country, maybe even the planet. But the council is about to cut this beach hero's funding.
With the Baywatch brand in danger, what can Mitch and the team do to salvage this impending wreckage?
It's time to bring in Matt Brody - double gold medallist and a bit of a loose cannon.
With Matt now a part of the team, it's business as usual until a dead body turns up on the shore. Investigating further, all hell is about to break loose for the Baywatch gang, as they go to new lengths to protect the safety of those on the beach.
Director: Seth Gordon Run Time: 119 minutes
Stars: Zac Effron, Dwayne Johnson
When four lifelong friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there's enough dancing, drinking, brawling, and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.
Director: Malcolm D. Lee
Stars: Kate Walsh, Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah
Run Time: TBC
The Wainwrights in Colour- Andy Beck
The Wainwrights in Colour- Andy Beck
For the past ten years, Teesdale based artist ANDY BECK has been completing a fascinating and unique project on the Lake District Fells- The Wainwrights in Colour. This task has been to find and locate every single location that master fell walker Alfred Wainwright visited to take his photographs for his pen and ink illustrations in his seven Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells.
These drawings by Wainwright were produced in the 1950’s and 60’s so Andy’s detailed watercolour sketches not only add colour to these scenes but also record the changes in the landscape over the past 50 years.
Obtaining every one of these 1500 references has meant that Andy has had to become acquainted with the fells in a more intimate way than most regular walkers. The weather, light and conditions have all played a major part in this challenge which have only added to the back story for this labour of love.
From long days out on the fells covering miles of rough terrain to quiet nights wildcamping on the mountain tops under a star filled sky Andy has interesting, funny and moving anecdotes to relate that explain the trials and tribulations of this one off journey.
Mozart’s glorious opera The Magic Fluteis brought enchantingly to life in David McVicar’s production with beautiful sets by John Macfarlane. Prince Tamino promises the Queen of the Night that he will rescue her daughter Pamina from the enchanter Sarastro. He begins his quest, accompanied by the bird-catcher Papageno – but all is not as it seems...David McVicar’s classic production embraces both the seriousness and comedy of Mozart’s work. The audience is transported to a fantastical world of dancing animals, flying machines and dazzlingly starry skies. The setting provides a wonderful backdrop for Mozart’s kaleidoscopic score, from the Queen of the Night’s coloratura fireworks to Tamino and Pamina’s lyrical love duets and Papageno’s hearty, folksong-like arias.
As well as being a comedy The Magic Flute is an expression of Mozart’s profound spiritual beliefs: Enlightenment concerns with the search for wisdom and virtue are at the heart of this enchanting tale. The Magic Flutewas an instant success with audiences and Mozart’s supposed rival Salieri described it as an ‘operone’ – a great opera.
NB Sung in German with English Subtitles
In an attempt to revisit a creative collaboration and revive his marriage, a theatre director brings together a group of performers to spend a week with him and his wife in an isolated, mountainous part of southern France. As the work progresses, fiction and reality become blurred and there is a constant tension between the characters' own lives and the nature of the work - an investigation into the changing nature of love.
Director: Jon Sanders
Stars: Meret Becker, Douglas Finch, Maxine Finch
Run Time: 99 minutes
When the evil mayor of Oakton decides to tear down Liberty Park and build an amusement park in its place, Surly, Buddy, Andie and the rest of the animals are suddenly homeless! Surly tries to fight back, but realizes it’s not going to be easy.The mayor has got an animal control squad patrolling the park… Precious has been dognapped by the mayor’s hyperactive daughter… And Surly has offended Mr. Feng, an adorable city mouse with deadly kung-fu skills.Surly realizes that he has to put aside his differences with the animals and get everybody to work together in order to defeat the mayor, rescue Precious, and save Liberty Park… Before it’s too late!
Director: Cal Brunker
Stars: Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph
Run Time: (TBC)
Henry VIII is the only king whose shape your remember. He bestrides our history like a colossus and the decisions he took still reverberate today. The Reformation is the first Brexit; his minsiters devised the doctrine of parliamentary sovereignty and his tumultuous personal life pitted religion against politics as brutally as in our own age of Isis. In this lecture David Starkey draws on his unique knowldge of Henry's reign on the one hand, and his insights as a leading commentator on modern politics on the other, to illuminate both the Tudor age and our own.
‘Maudie’, based on a true story, is an unlikely romance in which the reclusive Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) hires a fragile yet determined woman named Maudie (Sally Hawkins) to be his housekeeper. Maudie, bright-eyed but hunched with crippled hands, yearns to be independent, to live away from her protective family and she also yearns, passionately, to create art. Unexpectedly, Everett finds himself falling in love. ‘Maudie’ charts Everett’s efforts to protect himself from being hurt, Maudie’s deep and abiding love for this difficult man and her surprising rise to fame as a folk painter.
Director: Aisling Walsh
Stars: Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke, Kari Matchett
Run Time: 115minutes
3 Count Wrestling made a hard hitting return to the Forum this past April for the first time since 2013 with their own unique brand of family friendly pro wrestling. Come the 30th September they're back with one of their most unpredictable nights of the year - 3CW presents DARKEST DEEDS! A night of pro wrestling mystery and intrigue, we'll see the mysterious DARKEST DRAW match as well as appearances from local hero and worldwide star Martin Kirby, the current 3CW Champion (at press time) Alex Gracie, ITV World of Sport sensation El Ligero and many more! Tickets start from £12 and a family discount is available!! Ringside seating is available but is selling as quickly as ever - please don't delay if you want the best seats in the house!!
Paris, 1964. Alberto Giacometti, the celebrated artist, bumps into his old friend, a respected American critic, James Lord, and suggests that he sit for a portrait because he has an interesting face. Lord is flattered by the request, but as the days go by and turn into weeks and weeks seemingly with no end in sight, he realises his entire life has been hijacked by the erratic genius. The portrait continues to ebb and flow. Veering between frustration and joy, Lord ultimately sees logic in the artist's chaotic mind and witnesses Giacometti complete one of his last masterpieces.
Another chance to see Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch take on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy.
As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.
Tickets On Sale 10 am Friday 7th April....
“He's blessed with the sort of laid-back charm and sharp turn of phrase you can't manufacture” – Daily Telegraph
Jason Manford, is back with a work in progress show ahead of his national tour in 2018, which promises to feature a wealth of comedy anecdotes, misunderstandings and audience banter delivered with Jason’s likeable charm and teasingly intelligent wit.
‘Sunday Night at the Palladium’ (ITV1), ‘Live at the Apollo’ (BBC One), ‘Have I Got News For You’, (BBC One), QI (BBC Two) and ‘The Royal Variety Performance’ (ITV1) have all helped establish Jason as a nationally known comic.
“Effortlessly entertaining” – Evening Standard
Over 16s only
Rural Arts - On Tour and Tangram Theatre present:
Five years ago, James best friend Tom was diagnosed with heart cancer and given three months to live. His last wish was to be given a full Viking burial.
This is the remarkable, hilarious, heart-lifting and outlandish story of how James actually gave his best mate the send off he wanted.
Originally developed at the Vaults Festival where it won the Origins Award, Team Viking was one of the runaway hots of the 2016 Edinburgh Festival, combining storytelling, music and comedy-theatre to rave reviews.
“To call it a comedy about friendship, mourning and terminal illness - which on one level it is - would in no way convey what a joyous thing it is” - The Stage
and support to be announced
The UK's leading comedian/magician is coming to Northallerton! Recently seen on ITV1’s ‘The Next Great Magician’ and star of BBC1’s ‘The Magicians.’ Expect Pete's trademark blend of crowd-pleasing comedy and jaw-dropping magic.
Other television appearances include BBC1’s ‘Let’s Sing & Dance for Comic Relief’, BBC2's 'The Sarah Millican Television Programme', BBC1's ’ The John Bishop Show’ and BBC1's 'Celebrity Mastermind.’
"The new poster-boy for British comedy magic" The Telegraph
"The best magic tricks in the universe" The Independent
“The man from Middlesbrough sets the pace for comedy-meets-magic in the 21st century” The Times
Suitable for Age 14+
Show: 7.30 pm
Manchester comedian and former regular contributor to XFM’s breakfast show, Hayley Ellis has gone from strength to strength since she began performing.
A regular MC at gigs around the country, Hayley’s natural warmth and charm make her impossible to dislike, something which has become evident in her success in new act competitions throughout the UK. She can also sometimes be heard on your wireless with Jason Manford (Absolute Radio) and her sketches and jokes have appeared on Newsjack (Radio 4).
Last summer, Hayley performed at the Edinburgh Festival with her second solo show “Fomo”.
Two of Hayley’s jokes were featured in the Top jokes of the Fringe 2016 by WOW 247.
“Ellis is a talent”...Fest Mag
“Outstanding. Her quick wit, ability to ad-lib and audience involvement provided the right tone and mood from the outset. Greatly entertained the crowd.”...Rock Radio
“Destined for comedy greatness. Don’t be surprised if you see Hayley Ellis on your TV soon, and I don’t mean on Crimewatch. One of the hottest comedy prospects going.”...Jim Salveson, Producer XFM Manchester Breakfast Show
King Lear decides to divide his kingdom amongst his three daughters, but fails to anticipate the consequences of his actions. His generosity is cruelly repaid. As he comes to realise the false values by which he has lived, he finally encounters his own humanity. Broadcast live to cinemas from the iconic Shakespeare’s Globe, this brand new retelling of one of the Bard’s greatest plays will capture your heart.
Why not climb aboard Captain Knickerbockers vessel the good ship Naughty Nellie and join family favourites 'Double Trouble' for a brand new swashbuckling panto adventure this Halloween!
Will Damian and Tom aka 'Swash' & 'Buckle' find all the treasure in the ocean before the evil sea witch 'Atlantica' casts her curse? Will the ship sink to the bottom of the sea? Will there be comedy by the bucket full? Find out by booking your tickets today!
Tickets: all £10.00
Special Family Ticket: £36.00
Hold the Front Page –
The Railway Town’s Newspaper – “Treasuring our Railway Heritage”
an evening with Peter Barron
Peter Barron is one of the UK’s most experienced newspaper editors and columnists. You’ll laugh out loud at the disasters and you’ll be moved to tears by the triumphs but there’s never a dull moment as Peter looks back on a career in the news which earned him an MBE.
Darlington is known as the birthplace of the Railways and as a results Peter firmly believes this was one of the major factors the Northern Echo was also born in the town in 1870. Peter has always had a passion for railway history and during his editorship he ran a campaign “Treasuring our Railway Heritage” in which he urged the town to do more to capitalise on its railway history. Without the railways there perhaps wouldn't have been a paper, without the paper then Peter's career may have taken a different track.
Time: 7.30 pm
In support of the Wensleydale Railway
Inspired by the life of Nina Simone, Black Is The Color Of My Voice follows a successful jazz singer and civil rights activist seeking redemption after the untimely death of her father. She reflects on the journey that took her from a young piano prodigy destined for a life in the service of the church, to a renowned jazz vocalist at the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement.
The second part of the evening is Apphia's Soul Sessions cabaret, celebrating Simone's brilliant music. Campbell may wear Simone's trademark head wrap but her performance goes beyond impersonation.
★★★★The Times - Apphia Campbell is nothing short of sensational... she will make you cheer for her, smile with her and then sting your eyes with tears
★★★★★Broadway Baby - A compelling and heartbreaking story, punctuated with bursts of song.
★★★★Ed Festival Magazine Campbell transfixed, she charmed, she entertained and ultimately moved a packed theatre with her touching portrayal of the jazz musician.
Scamp Theatre and Freckle Productions present
Touching, funny and utterly orginal, Scamp Theatre's delightful adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's STICK MAN is coming to The Forum.
What starts off as a morning jog becomes quite the misadventure for Stick Man: a dog wants to play fetch with him, a swan builds a nest with him, and he even ends up on a fire! How will Stick Man ever get back to the family tree?
This award-winning production, from the teams behind Tiddler and other Terrific Tales and The Scarecrows' Wedding, features a trio of top actors and is packed full of puppetry, songs live music and funky moves.
Most suitable for all aged 3+ but all ages welcome.
"More fun than you can shake a stick at" - Daily Mail
"Wonderfully exuberant an dimaginative! Our 3 year old was engrossed from start to finish"- Time Out Critics' Choice
Award winning comedian and actor Omid Djalili known for his legendary stand-up performances, is back on a nationwide tour! Intelligent, sometimes provocative and always entertaining, his stand-up is a hugely energetic and captivating comedy masterclass. His credits range from Hollywood to television and the West End stage. Earning praise across the world for his performances Omid recently starred in Dickensian (BBC1), Lucky Man (Sky1) and Going Forward (BBC4) with Jo Brand.
‘One of the most joyfully smart, stimulating and entertaining comedians this country has’ The Telegraph.
‘Belly laughs with a subtle blend of mainstream gags and subversive twinkle’ Sunday Times.
‘Confident, engaging, thoughtful show... did someone say national treasure? Metro
Age restriction: 16+
Rural Arts - On Tour and The Forum present:
This friendly and talented multi-instrumental duo will take you on a joyous vibrant musical journey, bringing together the sounds of world, roots and jazz music.
Frankie plays sax, vocals, clarinet, flute, guitar and percussion; Peter’s on guitar, vocal, banjo, ukulele, tres (traditional Cuban guitar) accordion and suitcase.
Their repertoire draws from a wide range of styles, including Bluegrass, Latin and Caribbean New Orleans, Balkan and more. Blending all these influences they create an upbeat ‘feel good’ rhythmic and rootsy sound all of their own.
“Musical sunshine from a multi-talented and multi-instrumental duo” - Leeds Gig Guide
Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas.
New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves.
Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, it’s directed by Dominic Cooke (The Comedy of Errors).
Winner of Academy, Tony, Grammy and Olivier awards, Sondheim’s previous work includes A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd and Sunday in the Park with George.
Achieving the Dream - hosted by Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team
Doug Scott, CBE and Chris Brown, MBE will be explaining the highs and lows of their lives mountaineering.
In aid of Cleveland Mountain Rescue, Community Action Nepal and Claro Enterprises:
Rory Kinnear (The Threepenny Opera, Penny Dreadful, Othello) is Marx and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night, Green Wing) is Engels, in this new comedy written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London, the production is directed by Nicholas Hytner and reunites the creative team behind Broadway and West End hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors.
1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Broke, restless and horny, the thirty-two-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy.
Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures. His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair at his wasted genius, his only hope is a job on the railway. But there’s still no one in the capital who can show you a better night on the piss than Karl Heinrich Marx.
The young Clara creeps downstairs on Christmas Eve to play with her favourite present – a Nutcracker doll. But the mysterious magician Drosselmeyer is waiting to sweep her off on a magical adventure. After defeating the Mouse King, the Nutcracker and Clara travel through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy treats them to a wonderful display of dances. Back home, Clara thinks she must have been dreaming – but doesn’t she recognize Drosselmeyer’s nephew?
Peter Wright’s nigh-on definitive production for The Royal Ballet ranks as one of the most enduring and enchanting versions of The Nutcracker. With its festive period setting, dancing snowflakes and enchanting stage magic, Lev Ivanov’s 1892 ballet has become the perfect Christmas entertainment, with Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous, sugar-spun music the most recognizable of all ballet scores.
Loosely based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, the ballet opens with a lively Christmas party, its Victorian setting captured in opulent detail by Julia Trevelyan Oman’s designs. Wright’s choreography ingeniously incorporates surviving fragments of the ballet’s original material, including the sublime pas de deux for the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince. But in emphasizing the relationship between Clara and the Nutcracker Prince, the production also gains a touching subtext of first love.
Stephen K Amos- Bread and Circuses
Brexit. Trump. No more Mary Berry on the Great British Bake Off. Things are looking bleak, so wouldn’t it be better to just forget all about it? Comic maestro Stephen K Amos might not be able to provide bread to the hungry masses, but no one else is going to put on a better circus. Leave your problems behind for the evening in the company of the ‘effusively charming’ Amos and who knows? Maybe the world will seem just a little bit brighter.
After all, when Ancient Rome needed to distract itself from politics, a few solutions were suggested, but none hit the spot quite like the simple idea of giving the people cheap food and plentiful entertainment – ‘panem et circenses’ or ‘bread and circuses’. Our circuses might no longer involve gladiator fights to the death, but the same principle applies. Modern politics is a confusing mess, so no one can blame you for giving it a miss in favour of a night of laughs.
‘Deliciously deft…we roared at ad-libbing that was first rate throughout…you’ll leave the show smiling’ The Times
‘The feel good comedy of a true stand-up legend’ Perth Now
‘Laughs came thick and fast throughout…don’t miss it’ The Age Melbourne
‘A note perfect hour’ Metro
Tickets - £17.50
Age – 16+
Tosca is one of the great evenings of opera, and from its strident opening chords conjures up a world of political instability and menace.
Jonathan Kent’s production for The Royal Opera captures the dangerous political turbulence of Rome in 1800. The Chief of Police, Scarpia – one of the most malevolent villains in opera – ruthlessly pursues and tortures enemies of the state. His dark, demonic music contrasts with the expansive melodies of the idealistic lovers, Tosca and Cavaradossi, who express their passion in sublime arias, including ‘Vissi d’arte’ and ‘E lucevan le stelle’. Giacomo Puccini’s dramatic work was a hit with audiences on its 1900 premiere and it remains one of the most performed of all operas – with its gripping plot and glorious music, it’s easy to see why.
A candle-lit church, Scarpia’s gloomy study with its hidden torture chamber and the false optimism of a Roman dawn: this handsome production throws into relief the ruthlessly taut drama, as the tension is wound up towards a fateful conclusion. Puccini’s meticulously researched score is infused with the same authentic detail, from distant cannon fire during the Act I Te Deum to tolling church bells and the sounds of a firing squad.
THE HOUGHTON WEAVERS have been entertaining folk for over 40 years with their unique blend of popular folk music, humour and audience participation.
In their time together, the group – comprising Tony Berry, David Littler and Steve Millington – have performed thousands of concerts, recorded over 30 albums, starred in several of their own highly successful BBC radio and TV series, and made countless appearances on other programmes.
The Houghton Weavers guarantee a wonderful evening of entertainment suitable for all the family. Their experience in the business together with their style and professionalism ensures that, as their motto says, they always `Keep Folk Smiling`.
The Winter’s Tale received ecstatic praise at its premiere, acclaimed by critics and audiences alike for its intelligent, distinctive and emotionally powerful story, told through exquisite dance. It is now widely judged to be a modern ballet classic.
The story follows the destruction of a marriage through consuming jealousy, the abandonment of a child and a seemingly hopeless love. Yet, through remorse and
regret – and after a seemingly miraculous return to life – the ending is one of
forgiveness and reconciliation. With powerful designs by Bob Crowley and atmospheric music by Joby Talbot, The Winter’s Tale is a masterful modern narrative ballet.
Carmen is the best-known work by French composer Georges Bizet, and one of the most famous operas in the entire art form – numbers such as the Habanera and the Toreador Song have permeated the popular consciousness as little else has. The opera’s heady combination of passion, sensuality and violence initially proved too much for the stage, and it was a critical failure on its 1875 premiere. Bizet died shortly after, and never learned of the spectacular success his Carmen would achieve: the opera has been performed more than five hundred times at Covent Garden alone.
This ever-popular opera is given a fresh point of view in Barrie Kosky’s highly physical production, originally created for Frankfurt Opera. The Australian director is one of the world’s most sought-after opera directors, whose Royal Opera debut with Shostakovich’s The Nose in 2016 was greeted with delight. For Carmen he has devised a far-from-traditional version, incorporating music written by Bizet for the score but not usually heard, and giving a new voice to the opera’s endlessly fascinating central character.
Sung in French with English Subtitles.
Leonard Bernstein was one of the first classical composers in America to achieve both popular and critical acclaim. He was eclectic in his sources – drawing on jazz and modernism, the traditions of Jewish music and the Broadway musical – and many of Bernstein’s scores are remarkably well suited to dance. He was particularly associated with Jerome Robbins, their credits together including Fancy Free andWest Side Story. To celebrate the centenary year of the composer’s birth, The Royal Ballet has united all three of its associate choreographers to celebrate the dynamic range and danceability of Bernstein’s music.
The programme includes two world premieres by Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor and Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon, marking each artist’s first foray into Bernstein. At the heart of the programme is the first revival of Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett’s The Age of Anxiety, created in 2014 to Bernstein’s soul-searching Second Symphony. Both symphony and ballet are inspired by W.H. Auden’s masterful modernist poem, itself written in response to the atmosphere of disillusionment and uncertainty that followed the end of World War II.
Verdi’s life-long love affair with Shakespeare’s works began with Macbeth, a play he considered to be ‘one of the greatest creations of man’. With his librettist, Francesco Maria Piave, Verdi set out to create ‘something out of the ordinary’. Their success is borne out in every bar of a score that sees Verdi at his most theatrical: it bristles with demonic energy.
The warrior Macbeth fights on the side of the King of Scotland – but when a coven of witches prophesy that he shall become king himself, a ruthless ambition drives Macbeth and his wife to horrific acts.
Murder makes Macbeth king, and intrigue and butchery are the hallmarks of his brief, doomed reign. The witches make another prediction, which also comes true: Macbeth and his lady lose their lives, and justice is restored.
Phyllida Lloyd’s 2002 production for The Royal Opera is richly hued, shot through with black, red and gold. The witches – imagined by designer Anthony Ward as strange, scarlet-turbaned creatures – are ever-present agents of fate. Lloyd depicts the Macbeths’ childlessness as the dark sadness lurking behind their terrible deeds. The Royal Opera’s production uses Verdi’s 1865 Paris revision of the opera, which includes Lady Macbeth’s riveting aria La Luce Langue.
Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital.
Nicholas Hytner’s production will thrust the audience into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake.
Swan Lake has had a special role in the repertory of The Royal Ballet since 1934.
This Season The Royal Ballet creates a new production with additional choreography by Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett. While remaining faithful to the Petipa-Ivanov text, Scarlett will bring fresh eyes to the staging of this classic ballet, in collaboration with his long-term designer John Macfarlane.
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.
Swan Lake was Tchaikovsky’s first ballet score. 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.