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  "Idomeneo" Met Opera NY Saturday 25th March 4.55 pm
Idomeneo, the King of Crete, is caught in a hideous dilemma having promised the god Neptune that he will sacrifice the first living creature he meets when he arrives on land after the Trojan War—if the god will spare him and his army during a ferocious storm at sea.
But that first person is his beloved son, Idamante. Torn between paternal love and responsibility to the vengeful god, he seeks to find a way out of his bargain...with predictably disastrous results!
Considered Mozart's first mature work, his score builds a swelling sound and colorscape as the wonderful libretto unwinds a fantastical tale of honour, love and triumph for the ages.
  "Madama Butterfly " [CL] Covent Garden Saturday 1st April 7.15 pm
 Pinkerton meets Cho-Cho San and immediately falls in love.
Three years after Pinkerton's ship sails out of port, Butterfly waits patiently for her husband to come home. wishing to surprise him with their son
Pinkerton arrives in Japan with his American bride by his side. He goes to Butterfly to make his apologies and to finally end what Butterfly for three years has cherished in her heart.
Madama Butterfly is one of Puccini's most moving operas with "Un bel dì vedremo" (One fine day we shall see) among the best known of all Italian operatic arias, plus the equally famous Humming Chorus.
  "Who Killed the Holiday Rep ?" Wednesday 5th and Friday 7th April 7.30 pm
..In an in-house production Northern Lights Theatre presents a murder mystery comedy"Who Killed the Holiday Rep ?" which is set in the office of the ‘Golden Promise Travel Company’ in Benidorm.
..Alice Drabble is the company’s Holiday Rep. She isn’t especially happy at her work or dedicated to the organisation, yet something unusual has awoken her interest in the sultry Spanish resort… too late as it turns out!
..Her dead body is discovered two miles out at sea, drowned, trapped amongst a newly discovered shipwreck.
.With damaged diving gear, however, murder is suspected. But who would do such thing ?
 Scotland Yard and the FBI are involved with suspects from both sides of the Atlantic
  "Who Killed the Mad Scientist ?" Thursday 6th April 7.30 pm, and Saturday 8th 2.30 pm
..This Northern Lights Theatre murder mystery comedy, Who Killed the Mad Scientist ? concerns the eminent scientist Felix Oppenmeister who is perfecting an elixir, so far untested, which he hopes contains the secret to life itself.
..After three years,however, he becomes increasingly obsessed with his quest, and his sanity and unorthodox methods are now being called into question.
.I.It’s still a huge shock, though, when Oppenmeister’s dead body is discovered, “frazzled to a crisp”, while strapped to his own scientific contraption.
..Someone had to have immobilised him and turned on the power to the Doctor’s ‘Transpondster.’ But who??
  Murder is suspected and Detective Inspector Fingal of (Old) Scotland Yard is immediately dispatched to investigate.
  "Twelfth Night " NT Saturday 8th April 7.00 pm
Tamsin Greig is Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity.
A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love.
The nearby households of Olivia and Orsino are overrun with passion. Even Olivia's upright housekeeper Malvolia is swept up in the madness. Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible.
  "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern" NT [CL] Friday 21st April 7.00 pm
Half a century after its premiere on The Old Vic stage, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead, the play that made a young Tom Stoppard’s name overnight, returns to The Old Vic in its 50th anniversary celebratory production.
Against the backdrop of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, this mind-bending situation comedy sees two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz (Daniel Radcliffe) and Guildenstern (Joshua McGuire), take centre stage
The action takes place mainly "in the wings" of Shakespeare's, with brief appearances of major characters from Hamlet who enact fragments of the original's scenes.
  Between these episodes the two protagonists voice their confusion at the progress of events occurring onstage without them in Hamlet, of which they have no direct knowledge.
  "Eugene Onegin " Met Opera NY Saturday 22nd April 5.55 pm
In Tchaikovsky's Lyric Opera, Eugene Onegin, the hardened socialite, rejects the love of passionate Tatyana Larin, while his friend, poet and romantic Vladimir Lensky, falls head over heels for her sister Olga.
Onegin's annoyance at Vladimir leads him to pretend to seduce Olga, and Vladimir challenges Eugene to a duel to revenge his love. Eugene kills Vladimir and in his sorrow, he leaves his country estate forever.
Years later, Eugene meets Tatyana, now a confident, cold beauty, married to a prince. He falls madly in love with her; however, although she still loves him, Tatyana must reject Eugene as he rejected her years ago.
  "Coppelia" [CL] Australian Ballet Sunday 23rd April 7 pm
This sparkling tale of magic and mischief romps along to Delibe's lilting score. It’s amusing fun for the whole family – but its playful confusion of girl and doll packs a contemporary punch in the“uncanny valley” of the modern era.
Swanilda and Franz are in love … until a beautiful stranger appears in town. But Dr Coppelius’ haughty daughter is not what she seems, and Swanilda must rescue Franz from the magician’s sinister doll-filled lair – with the help of some fancy footwork!
Coppélia brims with lively dancing and 19th-century charm,sorcery and masquerade, romance and high jinks – this is the funniest, sunniest ballet you’ll see all year.
  "Julius Caesar " [CL] RSC Saturday 29th April 7 pm
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar is believed to have been written in 1599.
In Julius Caesar, a charismatic military leader inspires jealousy in the Roman Senators.
His friends and enemies conspire to kill him.
His friend Brutus participates in the assassination, but is later killed in the ensuing civil war.
Although the title is Julius Caesar, Caesar is not the most visible character in its action, appearing alive in only three scenes. Marcus Brutus speaks more than four times as many lines, and the central psychological drama of the play focuses on Brutus' struggle between the conflicting demands of honor, patriotism and friendship.
  "Fiddler on the Roof" Monday 1st to Saturday 6th May 7.30 pm
Set in Imperial Russia in 1905 the story centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his Jewish religious and cultural traditions as outside influences encroach upon the family's lives.
He must cope both with the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters, who wish to marry for love – each one's choice of a husband moves further away from the customs of his faith – and with the edict of the Tsar that evicts the Jews from their village.
The original Broadway production of the show, which opened in 1964, had the first musical theatre run in history to surpass 3,000 performances.
Performed by Spotlight's own company Fiddler features some of the best known songs in the world of show music including "Matchmaker, Matchmaker" ,"If I Were a Rich Man" and "Sunrise, Sunset"
  "Der Rosenkavalier " Met Opera NY Saturday 13th May 5.30 pm
 The aristocratic Marschallin is increasingly aware of things: middle-age is approaching, her beauty is fading, and her young lover Octavian has fallen in love with someone younger and prettier than she. She knew this would happen one day.
Der Rosenkavalier is a rambunctious Viennese comedy, a bitter-sweet coming of age story that chronicles Octavian's transition from a sweet, adulterous relationship with the Marschallin to eventual marriage to Sophie von Faninal, a 15-year-old ingenue.
Strauss’s most popular opera concerns a wise woman of the world who is involved with a much younger lover but ultimately forced to accept the laws of time, giving him up to a pretty young heiress.
  "Hopeless Romantics" Saturday 20th May 7.30 pm
This new play by Nick Lane ( “My Favourite Summer” and “Me and Me Dad” } and Fiona Wass is performed by The Reform Theatre Company.
“In an age of internet dating, speed dating, blind dating and Tinder, isn't it harder not to find someone these days? Alan doesn't think so-he's single.Which wouldn't be a problem, but his sisters are all living romantic dreams with their various successful partners.
So at an anniversary dinner, Al rather recklessly asks Zoe, a girl on work experience, to pose as his girlfriend for the night.
Unfortunately for Al, Zoe's got romantic problems of her own... amongst other things! Will it be the start of a beautiful friendship or the end of the world as they know it?
  "Obsession" [CL] NT Live Barbican Cert 15 Sunday 21st May 7 pm
Jude Law stars in a new stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti’s 1943 film, "Obsession", directed by Ivo van Hove.
Gino is a drifter, down-at-heel and magnetically handsome.
At a road side restaurant he encounters husband and wife, Giuseppe and Giovanna.
Irresistibly attracted to each other, Gino and Giovanna begin a fiery affair and plot to murder her husband.
But, in this chilling tale of passion and destruction, the crime only serves to tear them apart.
  "Antony and Cleopatra" [CL]RSC Saturday 27th May 7 pm
This play was performed first circa 1607.
 The plot follows the relationship between Cleopatra and Mark Antony from the time of the Sicilian revolt to Cleopatra's suicide during the Final War of the Roman Republic.
 The major antagonist is Octavius Caesar, one of Antony's fellow triumvirs of the Second Triumvirate and the first emperor of the Roman Empire.
The tragedy is mainly set in Rome and Egypt, and is characterized by swift shifts in geographical location and linguistic register as it alternates between sensual, imaginative Alexandria and a more pragmatic, austere Rome
  "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf ?" [CL] NT Sunday 28th May 7 pm
Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill star in this new production of multi Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Edward Albee's 5-star play.
In the early hours of the morning on the campus of an American college, Martha, much to her husband George's displeasure, has invited the new professor Nick and his wife Honey to their home for some after-party drinks.
As the alcohol flows and dawn approaches, the young couple are drawn into George and Martha's toxic game until the evening reaches its climax in a moment of devastaing truth-telling.
"Imelda Staunton at her magnificent best. A first rate revival of an astonishing play. Perfection" The Guardian.
  "STEPTOE AND SON" Saturday 3rd June 7.30 pm
Hambledon Productions (The Tommy Cooper Show) breathe life back into the Steptoe household with this faithful, fresh and hilarious adaptation of original episodes from the long-running smash hit BBC sitcom.
Albert and Harold; father and son. One proclaims he’s “a poor old man” while the other protests that actually he’s “a dirty old man!” In actual fact, both are telling the truth.
These two warring rag-and-bone-men, in their Shepherd’s Bush scrapyard home, became household favourites for entire generations throughout the 60s and 70s and still they continue to entertain audiences today.
Now it’s time to relive some of their finest misadventures through this brand new production. Marking fifty-five years since the show’s first ever broadcast. Features the classic episodes: Divided We Stand, Men of Letters and Come Dancing.
  "Peter Pan " [CL] NT Saturday 10th June 2.30 pm
All children, except one, grow up…
Captured live at the National Theatre, a recorded performance of JM Barrie’s much-loved tale screens in cinemas.
When Peter Pan, leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow, headstrong Wendy helps him to reattach it.
In return, she is invited to Neverland, where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook await. A riot of magic, music and make-believe ensues.
A delight for children and adults alike, Sally Cookson (NT Live: Jane Eyre) directs this wondrously inventive production, a co-production with Bristol Old Vic theatre.
  "JUST LIKE THAT! THE TOMMY COOPER SHOW" Saturday 17th June 7.30pm
Tommy Cooper was a true comic genius. His impeccable timing, misfiring magic, trademark fez and quick-fire gags made him an international star and a true icon of the 20th Century.
"Just Like That!" embarks on a nationwide tour after sell-out success at the West End's Museum of Comedy. This all-encapsulating show features John Hewer giving "a perfect illusion of time travel" and delivering "nuances both obvious and subtle" as the man in the fez.
Complete with live musical accompaniment, this critically acclaimed tribute show is full of magic and mirth and is the perfect celebration of Britain's favourite comedian.
  "Salome" [CL] NT Cert 15 Saturday 24th June 7 pm
 The story has been told before, but never like this.
An occupied desert nation. .
A radical from the wilderness on hunger strike.
A girl whose mysterious dance will change the course of the world.
This charged retelling turns the infamous biblical tale on its head, placing the girl we call Salomé at the centre of a revolution.
  "Pure Imagination" Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd July 2pm
Spotlight's up and coming young people, its "Spotlight Stars" , present a new version of Pure Imagination.
Enjoy the enthusiasm of these talented 4 to 16 year olds as they perform song and dance to the music of popular shows including "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" and "Matilda".
  "Otello" [CL] RoH Covent Garden Saturday 1st July 7.15 pm
Jonas Kaufmann makes his role debut as Otello in Verdi’s passionate retelling of Shakespeare’s great tragedy of jealousy, deception and murder, conducted by Antonio Pappano.
The Moorish general Otello has been appointed Governor of Cyprus and married the beautiful young Venetian Desdemona. But their happiness is threatened when Otello's ensign Iago begins to hint that Desdemona has been unfaithful.
Otello is a tragic story of love that meets an unfortunate and untimely end at the hands of betrayal and manipulation. It highlights effects of jealousy- both personal and political- on the lives of the characters.
String, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments are used to portray different emotions.
  "La Boheme" [CL] Cert 12A Cinema Live from Taormina, Sicily. Saturday 8th July 7.30pm
La Bohème is one of opera’s most popular and unforgettable stories.
When young poet Rodolfo meets seamstress Mimi, it’s love at first sight.
But faced by the cruel realities of poverty and ill health, will the flame that burns between them flicker and die?
Or will the timeless strength of their youthful passion withstand every trial and tribulation that life can throw at them?.
Sit back and enjoy one of the most famous of Giacomo Puccini’s operas, performed in the Teatro Antico di Taormina ,the second largest ancient Greek theatre in Italy, dating from the early seventh century BC.
  "Titus Andronicus " [CL] RSC Saturday 12th August 7 pm
Titus Andronicus, thought to be Shakespeare's first tragedy,is believed to have been written between 1588 and 1593,
The play is set during the latter days of the Roman Empire and tells the fictional story of Titus, a general in the Roman army, who is engaged in a cycle of revenge with Tamora, Queen of the Goths.
Titus is a ruler exhausted by war and loss, who relinquishes power but leaves Rome in disorder. Rape, cannibalism and severed body parts fill the moral void at the heart of this corrupt society.
Shakespeare’s gory revenge tragedy presents us with murder as entertainment, and, as the body count piles up, poses questions about the nature of sexuality, family, class and society.
It is Shakespeare's bloodiest and most violent work, and traditionally was one of his least respected plays; although it was extremely popular in its day, by the later 17th century it had fallen out of favour.
  "Angels in America" PART 1 (Millennium Approaches) [CL] NT Sunday 13th August 7 pm

It is 1985, Ronald Reagan is in the White House, and AIDS is causing mass death in the Americas.

In Manhattan, Prior Walter [Andrew Garfield] tells Louis, his lover of four years, that he has AIDS; Louis, unable to handle it, leaves him. As disease and loneliness ravage Prior, guilt invades Louis.
Joe Pitt,[Russell Tovey], a Mormon and Republican attorney, is pushed by right-wing fixer Roy Cohn toward a job at the United States Department of Justice. Both Pitt and Cohn are in the closet: Pitt out of shame and religious turmoil, Cohn to preserve his power and image.
Pitt's wife Harper[Denise Gough] is strung out on Valium, causing her to hallucinate constantly (sometimes jointly with Prior during his fever dreams) and she longs to escape from her sexless marriage.
An angel with ulterior motives commands Prior to become a prophet.
  "Angels in America" PART 2 (Perestroika) [CL] NT Sunday 20th August 7 pm
Pitt's mother and Belize, a close friend and drag queen, help Prior choose.
Joe leaves his wife and goes to live with Louis but the relationship doesn't work out due to ideological differences.
Roy is diagnosed with AIDS early on and as his life comes to a close he is haunted by the ghost of Ethel Rosenberg.
As the film continues, these lost souls come together to create bonds of love, loss, and loneliness and in the end, discover forgiveness and overcome abandonment.
Since its UK premiere at the same theatre in 1992 it has gone on to be regarded as one of the best plays of the modern era, as well as a seminal piece about homosexuality at the end of the 20th century.
  "Yerma" [CL] NT Live Young Vic Cert 15 Saturday 2nd September 7 pm
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.
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.
Billie Piper’s lead performance is described as ‘spellbinding’ (The Evening Standard), ‘astonishing’ (iNews) and ‘devastatingly powerful’ (The Daily Telegraph).
Please note this broadcast does not have an interval.
  "Coriolanus" [CL] RSC Saturday 14th October 7 pm
A full-throttle war play that revels in the sweat of the battlefield, Coriolanus transports us back to the emergence of the republic of Rome.
Caius Martius Coriolanus is a fearless soldier but a reluctant leader.
His ambitious mother attempts to carve him a path to political power, but he struggles to change his nature and do what is required to achieve greatness.
In this new city state struggling to find its feet, where the gap between rich and poor is widening every day, Coriolanus must decide who he really is and where his allegiances lie.
  "The Temperance Seven" Sunday 22nd October 7.30 pm
The Temperance Seven came to popularity during the resurgent trad-jazz era of the early 1960s, and in March 1961,‘You’re Driving Me Crazy’, produced by Sir George Martin became a No.1 hit.
Playing tuneful jazz classics and original numbers their unique sound, coupled with their musicianship and ingeniously humorous compositions, set them apart from their contemporaries.
The original members may have ceased to appear with the band but the current members can boast over 200 years of service between them.
 "Pasadena", "Hard Hearted Hannah", "Charleston" are three other items that will bring back a lot of musical memories of the sixties.
  "Twelfth Night" [CL] RSC Saturday 17th February 2018 7pm
'I am all the daughters of my father's house, And all the brothers too.'
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.
The first twin, Viola, falls in love with Orsino, who dotes on OIivia, who falls for Viola but is idolised by Malvolio.
Enter Sebastian, who is the spitting image of his twin sister...
Christopher Luscombe, directs Shakespeare’s greatest comedy, a brilliantly bittersweet account of "the whirligig of time".

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