This Spring, we are bringing you a stimulating range of cultural live screenings where you can experience the magic of live shows without travelling afar, and without burning a hole in your wallet.
Each broadcast of stage performance is filmed live in the theatre with close ups and camera movement throughout the auditorium to ensure that cinema/venue audiences get the ‘best seat in the house’ view and enjoy the best live experience of the production.
Royal Opera House Productions
Rigoletto – Giuseppe Verdi wrote in 1855 that Rigoletto was his ‘best opera’. He had had to overcome state censorship to stage it. Rigoletto was performed 250 times since and has remained one of the most popular of all operas. (Screening on 16 January)
Carmen – best-known work by French composer Georges Bizet. The opera’s 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. (Screening on 6 March)
Exhibitions on Screen
Canaletto and the Art of Venice – immerse into the life and art of Venice’s famous view-painter. The remarkable group of over 200 paintings, drawings and prints on display offer unparalleled insight into the artistry of Canaletto and his contemporaries, and the city he became a master at capturing. (Screening on 6 February)
David Hockney at the Royal Academy of Art – Widely considered Britain’s most popular artist, David Hockney is a global sensation with worldwide exhibitions. This film features intimate and in-depth interviews with Hockney, this revealing film focuses on two blockbuster exhibitions held in 2012 and 2016 at the Royal Academy of Art in London. (Screening on 27 March)
The Winter’s Tale – Christopher Wheeldon, Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet, created his adaptation of Shakespeare’s late great romance The Winter’s Tale for The Royal Ballet in 2014. It received ecstatic praise at its premiere, acclaimed by critics and audiences alike for its intelligent, distinctive and emotionally powerful story, told through exquisite dance. (Screening on 5 March)
Bernstein Centenary – In celebrating the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, the Roya Ballet united the Company’s three associate choreographers Wayne McGregor, Liam Scarlett and Christopher Wheeldon and created an all-Bernstein programme to honour the dynamic range and danceability of Bernstein’s music. (Screening on 3 April)
National Theatre Live (NT Live)
Cat on A Hot Tin Roof – Directed by Benedict Andrews, Tennessee Williams’ 20th century masterpiece played a strictly limited season in London’s West End in 2017 starred Sienna Miller alongside, Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney. (Screening on 26 February)
Julius Caesar – 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. (Screening on 29 March)
Royal Shakespeare Company Live (RSC Live)
Twelfth Night is a tale of unrequited love – hilarious and heartbreaking. Twins are separated in a shipwreck, and forced to fend for themselves in a strange land. Christopher Luscombe, Director of the Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing (2014 and 2016), returns to the Royal Shakespeare Company to tackle Shakespeare’s greatest comedy. (Screening on 19 February)
The contemporary production of Shakespeare’s darkest psychological thriller – Macbeth marks both Christopher Eccleston’s RSC debut and the return of Niamh Cusack to the RSC The victorious Macbeth meets three witches on the heath while returning from battle. Driven by their disturbing prophecies, he sets out on the path to murder. (Screening on 29 April)
Tosca 2018 – Giacomo Puccini’s thrilling Tosca is a story of love, terror, the abuse of power, and the unquenchable longing for freedom. (Screening on 1 February)
L’Elisir d’Amore – Charmingly staged by Bartlett Sher, Donizetti’s beloved masterpiece combines deft comic timing with touching emotional depth. (Screening on 13 February)
La Bohème 2018 – The world’s most popular opera returns with an exciting young cast in Franco Zeffirelli’s legendary recreation of 19th-century Paris is sure to take your breath away. (Screening on 1 March)
Semiramide 2018 – The all-star bel canto cast features Angela Meade in the title role of the murderous Queen of Babylon, who squares off in breathtaking duets with Arsace, a trouser role sung by Elizabeth DeShong. (Screening on 15 March)
Così fan tutte 2018 – A winning cast comes together for Phelim McDermott’s clever vision of Mozart’s comedy about the sexes, set in a carnival-esque, funhouse environment inspired by 1950s Coney Island. (Screening on 31 March)
Luisa Miller 2018 – Plácido Domingo adds yet another chapter to his legendary Met collection with this rarely performed Verdi gem, a heart-wrenching tragedy based on Friedrich Schiller’s novel Intrigue and Love. (Screening on 17 April)
Cendrillon 2018 – For the first time ever, Massenet’s sumptuous version of the Cinderella story comes to the Met in this imaginative storybook production directed by Laurent Pelly. (Screening on 28 April)
Here’s a quick link to our what’s on screenings page to book tickets and find out more.