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  "A Christmas Old Time Music Hall" [LIVE] December 11,12,13 7.30 pm
 
Ladies and Gentlemen!.
 
Members of Spotlight Theatre are pleased to present an evening of popular songs, from the era of Music Hall including traditional christmas carols, melodrama and tom foolery, where talented artistes will titillate, amuse and wring your withers.
 
You are promised an evening of good old fashioned fun and laughter which is simply not be missed. In fact… proper Music Hall.
 
A pre festive cheer, to start your Christmas Holidays.
  Adult £10 Child £7
   "Sleeping Beauty" Pantomime December 14,21- 7.30 pm, 16,23,24,26,30,31- 2.30 pm, 15,22,28,29 2.30 & 7.30 pm, January 4,5- 2.30 & 7.30 pm, 6- 2.30 pm
Don't get caught snoozing this festive season, book your Panto tickets now for this new spectacular, must-see production from Styletrax.
 
By pricking her finger on an enchanted spinning wheel a beautiful Princess is placed under a curse and forced to sleep for 100 years. Can the Princess’s Nanny and Best friend Joey, help save her?.
 
Of course it only takes one kiss from a prince to awaken her, but who will outwit the evil Carbosse and foil her wicked plans?
 
Spotlights intimate auditorium gets you right into the thick of the action.
 
With a young and energetic cast, supported by technical wizardry of the LED screen, laughs and jollity are guaranteed. Boos and cheers are most welcome too.
  Adult £11 Child £8
  "La Traviata" Met Opera New York Tuesday 18th December 7 pm
In Verd's La Traviata, as one of the most beautiful courtesans of Paris, the alluring Violetta has many admirers but has let none of these wealthy suitors near her heart,preferring their generosity with their wallets to their baser attentions.
 
It is in this world she meets Alfredo, a handsome yet penniless member of the bourgeois who wins her love and whisks her away to a countryside idyll in the hope of escaping her past life.
 
Can their passion survive the reality of poverty, reputation and illness, or will everything they have fought to flee overwhelm the strongest emotion of them all?
  All £16  
  André Rieu New Year Concert from Sydney Sunday January 6th 7 pm & Sunday 13th 3 pm
The King Of Waltz André Rieu brings to millions of fans across the world, his New Years concert recorded live in Sydney’s stunning Town Hall.
 
Join the maestro for a magical evening of music and dance featuring his world class sopranos, the Platin tenors and plenty of surprises.
 
With show tunes, classical music and plenty of festive fun it promises to be a great way to start the new year!
 
Enjoy backstage access, interviews with André and his special guests, musical favourites and much, much more, exclusive to cinema.
  Adult £16 Child £10  
  "Antony & Cleopatra" NT Olivier Theatre Sunday 20th January 7 pm
Broadcast live from the National Theatre, Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power.
 
Caesar and his assassins are dead.
 
General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome.
 
But at the fringes of a war-torn empire the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love.
 
In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war.
  All £16
  "Adriana Lecouvreur" Met Opera New York Saturday 12th January 5.55 pm
Adriana Lecouvreur was the only successful opera by Francesco Cilea
 
The action takes place in the year 1730, in Paris.
 
Adriana Lecouvreur, an actress at the Comédie-Française, is in love with Maurizio, the Count of Saxony,but he cannot decide if he loves Adriana or the Princesse de Bouillon.
 
The show centers on the rivalry between Adriana and the Princess as they fight for Maurizio's love.
 
Meanwhile, Michonnet, the stage manager at the Comédie-Française is also in love with Adriana.
  All £16
  "The Queen of Spades" RoH Opera Saturday 26th January 6.45 pm
Based on a short story by Alexander Pushkin, one of his favourite writers, Tchaikovsky began work on The Queen of Spades in 1889.
 
The penniless soldier Gherman has fallen in love with Liza, even though she is engaged to his friend Yeletsky.
 
Gherman learns that Liza's guardian the Countess knows a winning three-card formula, so he determines to get it, to gain a fortune through gambling and marry Liza.
 
Tragedy ensues and Gherman is haunted by a ghost.
 
 
  All £16
 
  "Carmen" Met Opera New York Saturday 2nd February 5.55 pm
Georges Bizet’s Carmen is one of the most successful operas ever written.
 
Its gorgeous melodies have secured the opera’s hold on the popular imagination – Escamillo’s Toreador Song, Carmen’s Habanera, Don José’s Flower Song and many passages for orchestra and chorus are among the most widely known pieces of Western classical music.
 
Don José falls in love with Carmen and sacrifices everything to be with her.
 
When Carmen becomes infatuated with the toreador Escamillo, she loses interest in Don José, whose love quickly turns to violent jealousy ending in tragedy



All £16
  "La Traviata" RoH Opera Sunday 3rd February 6.45 pm
As one of the most beautiful courtesans of Paris, the alluring Violetta has many admirers but has let none of these wealthy suitors near her heart,preferring their generosity with their wallets to their baser attentions.
 
It is in this world she meets Alfredo, a handsome yet penniless member of the bourgeois who wins her love and whisks her away to a countryside idyll in the hope of escaping her past life.
 
Can their passion survive the reality of poverty, reputation and illness, or will everything they have fought to flee overwhelm the strongest emotion of them all?
 
Richard Eyre's stunning production of Verdi's best-loved opera.
  All £16
  "I'm Not Running" NT Lyttleton Theatre Saturday 16th February 7 pm
I’m Not Running is an explosive new play by David Hare, premiering at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas.
 
Siân Brooke stars as Pauline Gibson who has spent her life as a doctor, and is now the inspiring leader of a local health campaign.
 
When she crosses paths with her old boyfriend, a stalwart loyalist in Labour Party politics, she’s faced with an agonising decision.
 
What’s involved in sacrificing your private life and your piece of mind for something more than a single issue?
 
Does she dare?
  All £16
  "Don Quixote " RoH Ballet Sunday 24th February 7 pm
Don Quixote and his servant Sancho Panza set out to have a chivalrous adventure.
 
They meet Kitri and Basilio, a young couple who cannot marry because Kitri's father is determined to marry her off to the wealthy Gamache.
 
Don Quixote decides to intervene.
 
Don Quixote is one of Marius Petipa's much-loved 19th-century classics - its story is drawn from Miguel de Cervantes's classic novel and set to Ludwig Minkus's score.
 
The ballet has long been acclaimed for its virtuoso dancing, beautiful and technically demanding 'vision scene' and the famously bravura and breath-taking Act III pas de deux.
All £16  
  "The Daughter of the Regiment" Met Opera New York Saturday 2nd March 5.55 pm
Marie, the adopted daughter of the 21st Regiment of the French army, has fallen in love with a young man who has saved her life, but is from an enemy nation.
 
Fortunately, the regiment backs down when they hear of how the young man saved their lovely Marie but their plans to wed are shattered when news about Marie’s birth family arises and she must leave the regiment.
 
The soldiers of the regiment are distraught and none seem able to deal with the change, but Tonio resolves to rescue Marie with the aid of the other soldiers, but will he be successful?
 
With its lovely melodies, vocal fireworks, and quick wit Donizetti's work is the perfect piece to brighten your day.
  All £16
  "The Tragedy of King Richard the Second" NT Sunday 3rd March7 pm
As the first in Shakespeare's five history plays, Richard II chronicles the wasteful habits and gradual demise of the last Plantagenet king who is irresponsible, foolish and vain.
 
His weak leadership sends his kingdom into disarray as the more he taxes the land, the more the nobles and citizens resent their ruler.
 
Then the exiled Henry Bolingbroke returns to seize power.
 
Instead of a dramatic defeat in battle, Richard is left to ruminate his own ruin in prison, bemoaning 'I wasted time and now time doth waste me'.
 
From the Almeida theatre Simon Russell Beale stars in this new production of Shakespeare’s play about the limits of power.
All £16  
  "Blowin' in the Wind' [LIVE] Friday March 8th 7.30 pm
Andante Live presents “Blowin’ in the Wind”. Combining the vocal harmonies of Vee Sweeney and Mark Rowson, 16 instruments between them and outstanding musicianship, they perform an uplifting and inspiring show to give you a fabulous evening of unforgettable music.
 
This show takes you back to the era of PEACE , PROTEST & LOVE with uniquely arranged classic songs such as “Mr Tambourine Man’, ‘Imagine’, ‘The Night They Drove Ol’ Dixie Down’, ‘Big yellow Taxi’,‘The Sound of Silence’, ‘All you need is Love’ and many more.
 
When Dylan, Baez and friends sang their songs of peace, protest & love, “times certainly were a- changin’..” 
  Adult £12 Child £8   
  "Die Walküre" Met Opera New York Saturday 30th March 5 pm
The second opera in Wagner's Ring Cycle holds special appeal for audiences with its dramatic power and remarkable music, including the famous ‘Ride of the Valkyries’.
 
In the highly emotional world of humanity love animates the actions of all the leading characters:
 
Wotan wants to protect his children but is forced to forsake them.
 
His twin offspring Siegmund and Sieglinde fall passionately in love, and his warrior daughter Brünnhilde defies Wotan by trying to protect the twins.
 
He punishes her by stripping her of her immortality and putting her to sleep surrounded by a wall of flames that only the greatest hero can brave.
All £16  
  "La Forza Del Destino" RoH Opera Saturday 6th April 6.15 pm
La Forza Del Destino is one of Verdi's most ambitious scores, with some of his most brilliant choral writing, plus one of his most memorable overtures.
 
The Marquis of Calatrava forbids his daughter Leonora to marry the South American nobleman Don Alvaro.
 
The lovers attempt to elope, but the Marquis catches them and in the ensuing altercation, Alvaro accidentally kills the Marquis, who curses his daughter as he dies
 
Leonora and Alvaro become separated during their escape but Leonora's brother Don Carlo di Vargas decides to find them and avenge his father.
 
Don Carlo joins the Spanish army under a false name, little knowing that Don Alvaro has done the same thing and complications ensue.......
All £16
  "Sister Act - the Musical" [LIVE] 30th April, 1 - 4 May 7.30 pm, 5 May 2.30 pm
Christmas 1977 and Deloris Van Cartier dreams of being a star. Auditioning for a slot at the nightclub of her boyfriend, notorious hoodlum Curtis Jackson, she inadvertently stumbles across something she was not meant to see and now she has become a serious threat to him
 
Deloris runs to the police, who place her in hiding as a nun at the Queen of Angels Cathedral, until Curtis is brought to trial.
 
With the Cathedral lacking funds and its closure imminent the Mother Superior is also now obliged to give refuge to a nightclub singer whose life is in imminent danger.
 
The introduction of Deloris causes chaos so with her survival and that of the church both at stake, will Deloris find the sanctuary she needs or will the attempts to keep the church going threaten to expose her ?
 
Based on the 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg this production is by Spotlight's own in-house company.
Adult £10 Under 16 £6
  "Faust" RoH Opera Sunday 5th May 6.45 pm
Disillusioned with life, the aged philosopher Faust calls upon Satan to help him.
 
The devil Méphistophélès appears and strikes a bargain with him: he will give him youth and the love of the beautiful Marguerite, if Faust will hand over his soul.
 
Faust agrees, and Méphistophélès arranges matters so that Marguerite becomes infatuated with Faust who,however, soon abandons her.
 
Her brother Valentin returns from war and is furious to find his sister pregnant. Will Faust repent his destructive actions, and can his soul, and Marguerite's, be saved?
 
Gounod's Faust (1859) was one of the world's most popular operas from the 1860s to World War II.
All £16  
  "Dialogues Des Carmelites" Met Opera New York Saturday 11th May 5 pm
Composed by Francis Poulenc this is the tragic story of the nuns of a Carmelite convent who, during the Terror following the French Revolution, live in hope and fear under the constant threat of the guillotine.
 
The ever-fearful Blanche de la Force joins the Carmelite order but when the order is suppressed under the Revolution, the sisters swear that they are willing to die a martyr’s death for their faith.
 
In the turmoil, Blanche flees to her home; in the meantime, however, her father has become a victim of the Terror and when she learns that the other sisters are to be victims of the Terror Blanche overcomes her fear of dying and joins them.
 
All £16  
  " Ballet Triple " RoH Ballet Saturday 18th May 7 pm
The contemporary face of The Royal Ballet is shown in works from three of today's leading choreographers.
 
Wheeldon's Within the Golden Hour is based around seven couples separating and intermingling, to music by Vivaldi and Bossi and lit with rich colours suggested by sunset.
 
Pite's Flight Pattern, revived for the first time, uses Górecki's familiar music and a large dance ensemble for a poignant and passionate reflection on migration
 
Between them, a new work created on The Royal Ballet by the acclaimed choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui has its premiere to bring the contemporary truly up-to-date.
All £16  
  "All My Sons" NT Old Vic Sunday 19th May 7 pm
Jeremy Herrin directs Sally Field and Bill Pullman in Arthur Miller’s blistering drama.
 
'You don’t realise how people can hate, Chris, they can hate so much they’ll tear the world to pieces…’
 
America, 1947. Despite hard choices and even harder knocks, Joe and Kate Keller are a success story. They have built a home, raised two sons and established a thriving business.
 
But nothing lasts forever and their contented lives, already shadowed by the loss of their eldest boy to war, are about to shatter. With the return of a figure from the past, long buried truths are forced to the surface and the price of their American dream is laid bare.



All £16
  "Romeo and Juliet" RoH Ballet Saturday 15th June 7 pm
Romeo and Juliet fall passionately in love, but their families are caught up in a deadly feud, and having married in secret tragic circumstances lead Romeo to fight and kill Juliet's cousin Tybalt.
 
As punishment, he is banished from the city, and when Juliet's parents force her to marry Paris, she takes drastic action by drinking a potion to make her appear dead so she can escape to join Romeo.
 
Her plan fails however with further tragic consequences.
 
Kenneth MacMillan's passionate choreography for Romeo and Juliet shows The Royal Ballet at its dramatic finest while Sergey Prokofiev's iconic score provides the basis for the ballet's romantic pas de deux and vibrant crowd scenes.
All £16  
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