A jam-packed Autumn of screenings is headed by a fresh take on Strindberg’s Miss Juliestarring a talented young cast of actors. There’s also three Shakespeare performances to enjoy: the RSC present Troilus and Cressida and an updated version of The Merry Wives of Windsor from Stratford-upon-Avon, while Ian McKellen brings the curtain down on an incredible career as King Lear. Meanwhile, NT Live gifts us two Alan Bennett productions, the brand new Allelujah! and Mark Gatiss in the title role in The Madness Of George III.
Plus there’s a couple of installments from the Royal Ballet (Mayerling and La Bayadère) to sample and more Metropolitan Opera than you can shake a conductor’s baton at.
NT Live: Julie
Thu 06 September, 7pm
A contemporary reworking of August Strindberg’s Miss Julie, starring The Crown’s Vanessa Kirby. During a wild, late night party a tempestuous affair begins that leaves the title character fighting to survive the night.
RSC Live: The Merry Wives of Windsor
Thu 27 September, 7pm
RSC’s new production screened from Shakespeare’s hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon. Shakespeare regular Sir John Falstaff decides to revive his ailing fortunes by seducing the titular wives. But they’re soon on to his plan, and set out to turn the tables…
Met Opera: Aida 2018
Mon 08 October, 7pm
Verdi’s masterpiece of love and divided loyalties. The Egyptian soldier Radamès hopes to lead the King of Egypt’s army, but has fallen in love with the Ethiopian slave Aida. Fate would also have it that the King’s daughter is in love with him and Aida’s father – the King of Ethiopia – is captured in battle and brought to Egypt…
The Royal Ballet: Mayerling
Mon 15 October, 7.15pm
Based on the shocking true events that led to the deaths of Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria and his lover Mary Vetsera. Forty years on from its conception and original production, this fascinating creation returns to the Royal Ballet.
Met Opera: Samson et Dalila
Sun 21 October, 2pm
Camille Saint-Saëns’ biblical epic Samson et Dalila is given a new lease of life with a monumental staging from Tony Award-winning director Darko Tresnjak. The phenomenal setting for the final act is something in particular not to be missed.
NT Live: King Lear
Tue 23 October, 7pm
Ian McKellen’s Shakespearean swan song sees him “reign supreme” (The Telegraph) as the insecure and tragic King Lear. Screened from the Duke of York Theatre, where McKellen made his West End debut over fifty years ago…
Met Opera: La Fanciulla del West
Fri 02 November, 1pm
The American West, as envisaged by Puccini. The love and treachery of the Wild West appears as never before in one of the composer’s most inventive and colourful operas. Based on the play by David Belasco (Madame Butterfly).
Met Opera: Marnie
Sun 11 November, 2pm
Adapted from the novel by Winston Graham (Poldark) which inspired Hitchcock’s film, Nico Muhly’s new opera takes a fresh look at the psychological thriller of a woman who assumes multiple identities to avoid retribution after stealing a large sum of money from her employers…
The Royal Ballet: La Bayadère
Thu 15 November, 1.30pm
A revival of the classic 19th century ballet,La Bayadère is most famous for itsKingdom of the Shades scene, one of the most celebrated sequences of all time. In an opium-induced dream, the warrior Solor sees his beloved Nikiya’s ghost dancing in the starlit Himalayas.
RSC Live: Troilus and Cressida
Mon 19 November, 7pm
One of Shakespeare’s ‘problem plays’, that treads the line between tragedy and comedy. Set in the closing years of the Trojan War, Troilus and Cressida fall madly in love, before she is traded away in exchange for a prisoner…
NT Live: Allelujah!
Thu 22 November, 7pm
Just recently announced, Alan Bennett’s sharp and hilarious new play is ‘just what the doctor ordered’ (Daily Telegraph). Filmed live at London’s Bridge Theatre during its limited run, don’t miss this ‘rousing chorus line for the NHS’ (Observer) broadcast to our Great Hall.
NT Live: The Madness of George III
Wed 05 December, 7pm
Sherlock’s Mark Gatiss stars in the National Theatre’s production of Alan Bennett’s play. In the lead up to the Regency Crisis, the King is plagued by intermittent bouts of madness, calling in to question his fitness to rule…
Met Opera: La Traviata
Mon 17 December, 2pm
Verdi’s timeless opera about Violetta the fallen woman (“la traviata”). As a life lived in freedom begins to take its mortal toll, the love of young Alfredo convinces her to abandon her previous life and settle down in the country. But when his father confronts her she is forced to make an agonising choice for the one she loves.
The Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker
Tue 18 December, 7pm
The Nutcracker has long been one of the most delightful ways to discover the enchantment of ballet – and makes for a delicious seasonal treat for all the family. Tchaikovsky’s much-loved music is matched to a magical adventure on Christmas Eve for Clara and her Nutcracker doll.
For more details on each of the screenings and to book tickets, visit the screenings page.