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   "Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake"  June Saturday 22nd 7 pm and Sunday 23rd 3 pm
Tchaikovsky's 1876 ballet Swan Lake is given a fresh look for the 21st century by Matthew Bourne and award-winning designers Lez Brotherston (set and costumes) and Paule Constable (lighting).
 
Retaining the iconic elements of the original - Prince Siegfried, the swan that turns into a beautiful woman named Odette, the evil Von Rothbart, and the tragic ending - this Swan Lake is perhaps best known for replacing the female corps-de-ballet with a menacing male ensemble, shattering convention and taking the dance world by storm.
 
Collecting over 30 international accolades including an Olivier and three Tony Awards, Bourne’s thrilling, audacious and emotive interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece is a passionate and contemporary Swan Lake for our times.
  All £16  
  "Not A Game For Girls" Spotlight Drama LIVE Tuesday 25th to Saturday 29th June 7.30 pm
Directed by Joan Sanders Spotlight's in-house drama company brings you the moving and inspiring story of Dick Kerr's Ladies.
 
With no men’s football to entertain a war-weary nation women’s teams sprang up across the country with the Dick Kerr’s Ladies, formed in 1917, becoming the most famous.
 
Attracting crowds of over 50,000 they became so popular the Football Association tried to ban them.
 
Over one hundred years later it is time their story was told.
 
This charming play deserves the attention of as many people as possible, principally owing to the timeless humanity of the story, because it doesn’t matter if you like football or not; in fact, it’s likely to kindle an interest in football that was never there before! Such is the power of the story re-told by Benjamin Peel in this play with music.
 

Adults £10 Under 16s £6

   A Classic Musical  Monday 1st July 12.45 pm
On the first Monday in every month Spotlight presents a classic musical, on the big screen, in a dementia-friendly environment for people with that condition and their carers.
 
Based on best practice recommendations, the lights will be on low throughout and the bar area will be available as a 'quiet zone' for anyone who needs a break.
 
During the interval, around half way through, tea and biscuits wil lbe available.
 
Screenings start around 12.45 pm and end approximately at 4 pm
 
Details of films will appear nearer the time.
      ADMISSION FREE
  "Westlife Twenty Tour Live" Saturday 6th July 8 pm
Westlife are back! It’s been 20 years since they smashed into the charts in 1999 with ‘Swear It Again’ and went on to achieve a staggering 14 number one UK singles, selling 55 million records worldwide. Now, their highly anticipated reunion tour – which is their fastest selling one – is coming to cinemas worldwide on Saturday 6 July
 
The final spectacular show of the UK and Ireland leg of the ‘The Twenty Tour’ will be broadcast LIVE to cinemas from Dublin’s iconic Croke Park stadium
 
Irish heartthrobs Shane, Nicky, Mark and Kian will perform brand-new music alongside their greatest hits and all 14 of their UK No.1 singles, including ‘Uptown Girl’ ‘Flying Without Wings', ‘You Raise Me Up’ and 'If I Let You Go'.
 
For one unforgettable night, Westlife fans from coast to coast will raise the roof once more, in celebration of one of pop’s most sensational comebacks.
  All £16   
  "Spartacus" Australian Ballet .. Sunday 7th July 7 pm
Spartacus tells the story of its eponymous hero who, after being captured as a prisoner of war by consul Crassus, is trained to become a gladiator in Ancient Rome.
 
Horrified by the violence he is forced to endure, Spartacus is spurred to rebellion and incites his fellow captives to rise up.
 
The rebels storm Crassus’ villa where Spartacus’ wife, Flavia, is enslaved.
 
n a moment of mercy, Spartacus spares Crassus’ life, but this only triggers an epic battle between the Roman army and the rebel forces.
 
Aram Khachaturian’s epic score from 1954 is music on a grand scale, canvassing everything from brass fanfares to Armenian-inspired folk music, driving, energetic rhythms and sweeping cinematic climaxes
  All £16   
  "Small Island" NT Olivier Theatre Saturday 13th July 7 pm
Andrea Levy’s epic, Orange Prize-winning novel bursts to new life on the Olivier stage.
 
A company of 40 tells a story which journeys from Jamaica to Britain, through the Second World War to 1948 – the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury.
 
Adapted for the stage by Helen Edmundson, Small Island follows three intricately connected stories.
 
 Hortense yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica, Gilbert dreams of becoming a lawyer, and Queenie longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots.
 
Hope and humanity meet stubborn reality as the play traces the tangled history of Jamaica and the UK.
 
    All £16   
  "Victoria" Northern Ballet.. Sunday 14th July 7 pm
This co-production between Northern Ballet and the National Ballet of Canada tells the astounding life story of Queen Victoria through the eyes of her youngest child and lifelong companion Beatrice.
 
Travelling back in time from Victoria’s death bed, Beatrice relives her memories of her mother as a secluded widow before discovering her anew as she transcribes the Queen’s intimate diaries.
 
From the accession of the teenage princess Victoria, Beatrice uncovers her mother’s challenging relationship with her own mother; the truth about her passionate marriage to Prince Albert; and her ambiguous relationship with John Brown; as well as key events of her reign from the Opium Wars to the Great Exhibition.
 
Wife, mother, lover, Empress; Victoria presents the various, often conflicting faces of this emblematic monarch.
  All £16
   "Mary Poppins Returns" FILM Every Thursday starting 25th July to 19th September 7.30 pm
This fantasy adventure, starring Emily Blunt Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer and Julie Walters with Colin Firth and Meryl Streep, is set in 1930s depression-era London.
 
Michael, his three children and their housekeeper, Ellen , live on Cherry Tree Lane but after he suffers a personal loss Michael is now in danger of losing the house.
 
An artist at heart, he has followed in his father’s footsteps to the Fidelity Fiduciary Bank, and now needs to find a certificate that proves his father’s ownership of shares. But also like his dad, Michael has lost sight of what truly matters.
 
The enigmatic nanny Mary Poppins re-enters the lives of the Banks family, and, along with the optimistic street lamplighter Jack, uses her unique magical skills to help the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.
  Adults £7 Children £5
   "Bohemian Rhapsody" FILM 12A Every Friday starting 26th July to 20th September 7.30 pm
Rami Malek earned the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury who is now considered one of the most legendary singers in Rock history.
 
It all began in 1970 when Freddie joined together with Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon to create Queen, a rock band with a difference.
 
With a slew of hits and an unending talent for song writing and outstanding vocal work , Queen quickly became one of the most popular bands the UK has ever seen,
 with Freddie Mercury the star of the Show.
 
Bohemian Rhapsody explores the history and life of the members of Queen, revealing insight into the people who created something truly extraordinary.
 
This film contains sequences of flashing lights which might affect customers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy.
  All £6
   "André Rieu - Shall We Dance ?" Saturday 27th July 7 pm  Sunday 28th July 3 pm
André welcomes you to Maastricht, performing live from the stunning medieval town square with his 60-piece Johann Strauss Orchestra, as well as a cast of over 100 dancers.
 

André commented,"This year will be extra special – performing the music of my heart: the Waltz. Come and join us for “The Beautiful Blue Danube” and many more surprises,some of which we will reveal during the next weeks to come!

 
I want to see everyone waltzing in the cinema aisles!”.
 
A highlight of the year for so many, André’s cinema concerts are unique with the warmth and energy being beamed direct to audiences.
 
Hosted by Good Morning Britain’s Charlotte Hawkins, the concert will also take audiences behind the scenes, as well as an exclusive stage-side interview with André!
    All £16  
   "Songs from the Musicals" Every Tuesday from 30th July to 24th September 7.30 pm
After its great success last year "Songs from the Musicals" is back once again this summer, bringing another glorious celebration of some of the very best songs from  hit West End productions.
 

Starring members of Spotlight Theatre, the show brings together a selection of the finest and best loved songs from the most successful West End musicals of all time, and celebrates the entertaining melodies of some of our best - loved songwriters, in one spectacular show.

 
 "Songs from The Musicals" pays homage to the magic of the musical in this hit packed show featuring songs made famous in  *Phantom of The Opera* * Chicago*  *Miss Saigon* *Barnum* * Wicked* * Hairspray * and many more.
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    Adults £10 Child £7  
  "Take That- Greatest Hits Live" Saturday 3rd August 8 pm
Celebrating 30 incredible years, Take That are bringing their huge 2019 Greatest Hits tour to cinemas for one night only!
 
Originally broadcast LIVE on Saturday 8 June, from the last UK concert of the tour, you’ll have front row seats as Gary, Mark and Howard perform their biggest hits from the last three decades.
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With previous tours featuring walls of water, enormous holograms, a massive mechanical elephant and a carousel of dancers and band members suspended in the air, who knows what Gary, Mark and Howard will come up with in this anniversary show. Get ready for the biggest cinema party of the year!
 
Prepare to throw your hands in the air – this is one party you’ll never forget!
   
NB This is a recording of the original live show. All £16   
  "The Lehman Trilogy" NT Saturday 10th August 7pm
The story of a family and a company that changed the world, told in three parts on a single evening.
 
Sam Mendes directs Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles who play the Lehman Brothers, their sons and grandsons.
 
On a cold September morning in 1844 a young man from Bavaria, standing on a New York dockside dreaming of a new life in the new world, is joined by his two brothers, and an American epic begins.
 
163 years later, the firm they establish – Lehman Brothers – spectacularly collapses into bankruptcy, and triggers the largest financial crisis in history.
 
Please note: This production features some video effects that may cause dizziness. It also contains moments and themes that some people may find distressing;
  All £16
  "The Merry Wives of Windsor" Globe Theatre Saturday 7th September 7 pm
Gutsy, colloquial and bustling with vivid characters, The Merry Wives of Windsor is a brilliantly constructed farce and the only comedy Shakespeare set in his native land.
 
Sir John Falstaff is in financial difficulties. On top of that, Justice Shallow and his youthful cousin, Slender, have come to Windsor because he has conned them out of money.
 
Falstaff decides to woo the wives of two of Windsor’s leading merchants, Page, and Ford, to get money out of them.
 
He sends his page, Robin, to each of the wives with a letter but, when the wives compare the letters they find that they are identical.
 
Unknown to Falstaff, it’s the women of Windsor who really pull the strings, orchestrating Falstaff’s comeuppance amidst a theatrical smorgasbord of petty rivalries, jealousies and over-inflated egos.
  All £16
  "Blackout" LIVE Saturday 14th September 7.30 pm
Written by Richard Green and Norman F Parker "Blackout" is staged by Green Ginger Productions.
 
It is Hull 1942
 
Bobby Cook comes upon a dangerous secret which leads to him being kidnapped.
 
Meanwhile, Reverend Manners rehearses a concert with the Newlands Avenue WI in aid of war savings.
 
It's a show full of popular WW2 songs and good British humour, and is being staged to commemorate "The day war broke out" 80 years ago, 1st September 1939.
 
  All £10
  "Hi-de-Hi! " LIVE Saturday 21st September 7.30 pm
Written by Paul Carpenter and Ian Gower, Green Ginger Productions bring to the stage an adaptation of the hugely popular sitcom Hi-de-Hi!, originally written and created by Jimmy Perry and David Croft, and broadcast on BBC TV in the 80's.
 
Set in the late 1950s and early 60s it followed the trials and tribulations of the camp's staff at a time when the popularity of domestic holidays was already in decline
 
The show became known for its long-running comedy themes, such as the smouldering passion of Gladys Pugh for the camp's uptight and rather innocent manager Jeffrey Fairbrother, and Peggy's dreams of becoming a Yellowcoat.
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"Hi-de-Hi!" and "Good morning campers" became two well known catchphrases.
 
All the well loved characters appear in this highly amusing play set in Joe Maplin's holiday camp.
  All £12
 
"And Then There Were None" LIVE
25 - 28 September 7.30 pm
Spotlight's Northern Lights Theatre group presents a stage production of this classic Agatha Christie murder mystery.
 
"Ten . . ." Ten strangers are lured to an isolated island mansion off the Devon coast by a mysterious "U. N. Owen."
 
"Nine . . ." At dinner a recorded message accuses each of them in turn of having a guilty secret, and by the end of the night one of the guests is dead.
 
"Eight . . ." Stranded by a violent storm, and haunted by a nursery rhyme counting down one by one . . . as one by one . . . they begin to die.
 
"Seven . . ."Which among them is the killer and will any of them survive?
  Adults £10 Child £7
  "One Man, Two Guvnors" NT Sunday 29th September 7 pm
Featuring a Tony Award-winning performance from host of the The Late Late Show, James Corden.
 
Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancée’s dad
 
But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers.
 
Holed up at The Cricketers’ Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be re-united with Rachel.
 
To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple.
  All £16
 
 "Wise Children " Old Vic     Saturday 5th October 7 pm
In Brixton, Nora and Dora Chance – twin chorus girls born and bred south of the river – are celebrating their 75th birthday on 23 April, Shakespeare’s birthday,
 
Over the river in Chelsea, their father and greatest actor of his generation Melchior Hazard turns 100 on the same day. As does his twin brother Peregrine. If, in fact, he’s still alive. And if, in truth, Melchior is their real father after all…
 
A big, bawdy tangle of theatrical joy and heartbreak, Wise Children is a celebration of show business, family, forgiveness and hope. Expect show girls and Shakespeare, sex and scandal, music, mischief and mistaken identity.
 
Emma Rice brings her unique, exuberantly impish vision to Angela Carter’s great last novel, Wise Children, launching her new theatre company of the same name and its London residency at The Old Vic.
 Cert 15
  All £16
  "Rigoletto" Bregenz lake stage. Sunday 6th October 7.30 pm
The court jester Rigoletto jokes about the licentious ways of his master the duke, whom he actively supports in his various conquests.His laughter incenses Monterone, whose daughter has been dishonoured by the duke, and it sticks in his throat when Monterone curses him.
 
Without realising it, Rigoletto becomes an accomplice in the kidnapping of his own daughter Gilda, whom he protectively keeps confined to the house. She sees the duke's advances  as a chance to escape from her father's custody.
 
Rigoletto engages a murderer to put an end once and for all to the duke's egotistical philandering. But when Rigoletto is about to throw the shrouded body into the water, he hears the duke singing his cynical credo "La donna è mobile" and fears for his daughter's life …
 
Giuseppe Verdi's masterpiece – compelling, blood-curdling and beautiful – is being performed for the first time on the Bregenz lake stage.
 
  All £16  
   "Turandot" Met Opera  Saturday 12th October 5.55 pm
Turandot, a beautiful and brutal princess, has challenged many suitors to answer three riddles on pain of death, but no one has ever succeeded.
 
Calaf is a brave, selfish prince from a different land, who, having watched the princess behead a rival suitor, and fallen instantly in love, declares his suit to the princess.
 
She presents her riddles, and in triumph, the unknown prince answers.
 

Turandot despairs and the prince takes pity – offering the ice-cold princess a riddle of his own.

 
But Calaf’s riddle risks more than his own life – everyone else’s hangs in the balance.
 
Turandot, Puccini’s final opera (unfinished at his death), includes ‘Nessun Dorma’ - arguably the most famous aria ever written.
     
  "The Pirates of Penzance" ENOScreen Sunday 13th October 7 pm
Directed by Mike Leigh (Palme d’Or winner and five-time Oscar nominee), Gilbert & Sullivan’s popular comic opera features much-loved favourites including ‘A Policeman’s Lot is not a Happy One’ and ‘I am the Very Model of a Modern Major General’.
 
‘Precise and pricelessly funny production’ ***** The Stage
 
‘A jolly good show’ ***** The Telegraph
 
‘A delightful surprise’ **** The Times
 
Brought to you by Altive Media and English National Opera
 
  All £16
  "Don Giovanni" RoH Opera Saturday 19th October 6.45 pm
Mozart's work has beguiled and entranced in equal measure since its premiere in 1787.
 
Perfectly situated between tragedy and comedy, as no other opera, this potent drama combines glorious music with a seductive central character who is endlessly fascinating in his complexity.
 
The impulsive, charismatic Don Giovanni is a serial seducer, accompanied by his long-suffering servant Leporello - but when he commits murder, he unleashes a dark power beyond his control.
 
Don Giovanni continues to seduce and betray with his usual rapacity.
 
Haunted by the ghost of the murdered man, he decides to invite him to dinner. The ghost urges him to repent – but Don Giovanni refuses.
  All £16
   "Manon" Met Opera  Sunday 27th October 5.55 pm
Set in France during the reign of Louis XV, Manon is an opéra comique in five acts by Jules Massenet.
 
Manon is beautiful and impulsive, and loves romance almost as much as she loves diamonds.
 
She meets and falls in love with the handsome young student Des Grieux and they elope to Paris.
 
But when the wealthy Monsieur G.M. asks Manon to be his mistress she is torn between a life with Des Grieux and one of luxury.
 
Manon is Massenet's most popular and enduring opera and has maintained an important place in the repertory since its creation - it is the quintessential example of the charm and vitality of the music and culture of the Parisian Belle Époque.
     
   "Plácido Domingo 50th Anniversary Gala Evening"  Tuesday 29th October 7.30 pm
Plácido Domingo has been at home on the world’s stages for over half a century. Well over 4,000 singing and conducting engagements to date have taken him across the globe, from leading opera houses to historic concerts celebrating some of the greatest international events
 
He began his illustrious career in Italy precisely at the Arena di Verona in the summer of 1969, with Turandot and Don Carlo. A top-level international career then followed, which continues to this day, as a tenor, baritone, orchestra conductor, general manager and mentor of young talents.
 
The performances already scheduled with which he will be the star of 2019, therefore further strengthen the deep bond between the Verona amphitheatre’s Opera Festival and this great artiste, 50 years after his debut on the world’s largest stage.
 
Extracts from three Verdi operas "Nabucco", "I Due Foscari", and"Macbeth make up the program.
  All £16  
  "LANDMARKS" LIVE Friday 1st November 7.30 pm
Written by Nick Darke and directed by Ricard Avery this is an Other Lives production.
 
The year is 1935
 
In this engaging and gentle comic story of folklore and myth the tractor is taking over from the horse and the balance of nature is being upset.
 
When a stranger appears, Wilf and Totty take drastic action to see whether he is an Angel, a Ghost, or worse...a Boggart !
 
Nick Darke was a Cornishman who cared passionately about the environment, and his play was based on interviews with farmers and villagers in rural Cheshire.
 
  All £11
  "Dracula Live" Northern Ballet.. Saturday 2nd November 7 pm
Imagine a world where you can only go out after dark, where you feel a constant hunger for human blood but where for all eternity you will appear young and beautiful. Welcome to the world of Dracula.
 
A creature who should inspire repulsion in every living thing but who has seduced countless generations, Bram Stoker’s legendary vampire lives on in this extraordinary ballet.
 
The dark tale of the immortal Count is played out through Northern Ballet’s unique blend of sensuous dancing, gripping theatre and gothic sets and costumes.
 
If you think you know what to expect from ballet, think again. This is ballet with a dramatic bite that will leave you thirsty for more - don’t miss your chance to experience it.
 
. All £16
  "Madama Butterfly " Met Opera Saturday 9th November 5.55 pm
Cio-Cio-San, the young Japanese bride of dashing American officer Lieutenant Pinkerton, finds her romantic idyll shattered when he deserts her shortly after their marriage but she lives in hope that one day he will return.
 
Three years later, when Cio-Cio-San and her little son see Pinkerton’s ship in the harbour she excitedly expects his visit which, when it happens, leads to tragedy.
 
Although the premiere at La Scala, Milan, in 1904 was poorly received, that same year Puccini revised and restaged the opera for performances in Brescia, to great acclaim. Madama Butterfly quickly became a hugely popular opera with performers and audiences alike, and remains one of Puccini’s most performed works.
 
'One Fine Day' is the opera's most famous aria and one of the most popular in the soprano repertoire
   
  "Triple Ballet" RoH Sunday 10th November 2.30 pm
From the Royal Ballet’s classical origins in the works of Petipa, to the home-grown choreographers who put British ballet on the world stage, this mixed programme highlights the versatility of the Company
 
"Raymonda" Act III The final act of Petipa's grand ballet classic, full of sparkle and precise technique, and containing some of the greatest choreography in Russian ballet, was adapted by Rudolf Nureyev.
 
Ashton’s "Enigma Variations" is quintessentially British in every way – from its score by Elgar and period designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman, to Ashton’s signature style, the essence of British ballet.
 
"Concerto", MacMillan’s fusion of classical technique with a contemporary mind, set to Shostakovich’s Second Piano Concerto, completes a programme that shows the breadth of the Company’s heritage.
  All £16
  "The Mikado " ENOScreen Sunday 10th November 7 pm
Set in an ever-so English 1930s seaside hotel, Altive Media and English National Opera's iconic production of The Mikado is a popular hit with audiences of all ages.
 
Experience Gilbert and Sullivan’s irresistible combination of virtuosic wit, memorable melodies and hilarious antics in this much-loved production from Jonathan Miller.
 
‘A glorious production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s best comic opera’   **** Daily Express
 
‘Bright and Sharp.  The pace never really lets up’   ***** The Guardian
 
 ‘Hilariously funny’’  ***** Bachtrack
 
  All £16
  "Akhnaten" Met Opera Saturday 23rd November 5.55pm
Watching Philip Glass‘s Akhnaten is a thought-provoking, absorbing experience.
 
The opera explores the reign of Pharaoh Amenhotep IV who renamed himself Akhnaten as he changed Egypt’s entire religion to worship the sun god, Aten.
 
Although the story is told chronologically, the piece is not predominantly plot driven, with the majority of scenes meditating on an event that occurred during Akhnaten’s reign, whether that be his coronation or his building of the new city of Akhetaten.
 
Akhnaten uses texts drawn from ancient hymns, prayers, letters and inscriptions sung in their original Egyptian, Hebrew and Akkadian to explore the life of the Egyptian pharaoh who fathered a new religion.
 
   
  "Coppélia" RoH Ballet Sunday 15th December 7.15 pm
Toy maker Dr Coppélius seems to have a beautiful young woman in his house: Coppélia, who sits and reads on his balcony.
 
Franz and his fellow young villagers are curious about her and how she ignores them all, but his fiancée Swanilda is not pleased by Franz’s interest in another woman, while, at the same time, being equally curious.
 
When Dr Coppélius goes to the local tavern, the young villagers slip into his house to introduce themselves to the strangely silent young woman, only to be astonished at what they find...........!
 
A classic returns to the Royal Ballet repertory with Ninette de Valois’ charming and funny Coppélia – a story of love, mischief and mechanical dolls set to Delibes’ delightful score
 
  All £16
  "The Nutcracker " RoH Ballet Sunday 22nd December 7.15 pm
Peter Wright's interpretation of The Nutcracker has been enchanting children and adults alike since its first performance by The Royal Ballet in 1984. 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 the lively Christmas party that is hosted by the Stahlbaum family,
 
The young Clara creeps downstairs on Christmas Eve to play with her favourite present – a Nutcracker
 
But the mysterious magician Drosselmeyer is waiting to sweep her off on a magical adventure involving the Mouse King, the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy treats them to a wonderful display of dances.
 
  All £16
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  "Wozzeck" Met Opera Saturday 11th January 5.55pm
Composed by Alban Berg, Wozzeck, first performed at the Berlin State Opera on 14 December 1925, was an immediate success, and is acknowledged as a core piece in the 20th-century operatic repertory.
 
The story takes place in the 19thcentury, in a military town and surrounding area, where a soldier, Wozzeck, is humiliated by his Captain, who criticises him for leading an immoral life.
 
Wozzeck and Marie have a son, but they are not married.
 
Wozzeck's dark and anxious character is accentuated by a fear of dusk, when he often has visions of death and destruction.
 
When Marie, who is troubled by these visions, gradually abandons Wozzeck and has an affair with the Drum Major, Wozzeck loses his tenuous hold on reality…....
   
  "The Sleeping Beauty" RoH Ballet Saturday 18th January 7.15 pm
The wicked fairy Carabosse is furious she wasn’t invited to Princess Aurora’s christening. She gives the baby a spindle, saying that one day the Princess will prick her finger on it and die.
 
The Lilac Fairy makes her own christening gift a softening of Carabosse’s curse: Aurora will not die, but will fall into a deep sleep, which only a prince’s kiss will break.
 
The masterful 19th-century choreography of Marius Petipa is combined with sections created for The Royal Ballet by Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell and Christopher Wheeldon.
 
Together they create an enchanting sequence of gems in the ballet repertory – from the iconic Rose Adage, and the lilting Garland Waltz to the Vision Pas de deux, and the celebratory divertissements and final pas de deux that bring the ballet to its glorious close
 
Throughout, Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky’s masterful score takes ballet music to a height of passion, sophistication and intensity that arguably has never been surpassed.
  All £16
  "Porgy & Bess" Met Opera Saturday 1st February 5.55pm
Set in 1920s South Carolina, Porgy and Bess is a thought provoking, gritty and spirited ‘folk opera’.
 
When Bess is abandoned by her lover, the only person who shows her kindness is the crippled beggar Porgy.
 
They commit to a new life together, but the destructive forces of her violent ex-lover Crown and her drug dealer Sportin’ Life work against Bess to pull the pair apart.
 
Composer George Gershwin, infuses a wonderful operatic score with jazz, gospel and blues influence, lush orchestral underscoring and big spiritual chorus numbers. and many songs which have become popular jazz and blues covers, including the well-known ‘Summertime’, ‘A Woman Is a Sometime Thing’, ‘I Got Plenty O Nuttin’ and ‘I loves you, Porgy’.
   
  "La Bohème " RoH Opera Sunday 2nd February 7.15 pm
Irresistible in its witty, passionate blend of comedy and tragedy, the opera focusses on the lives of a group of young artists as they eke out an existence on the bohemian fringes of Paris.
 
When Rodolfo, a penniless poet, meets Mimì, a seamstress, they fall instantly in love.
 
But their happiness is threatened when Rodolfo learns that Mimì is gravely ill.
 
Puccini’s romantic depiction of bohemian Paris, with wonderful music and a love story drawn from everyday life, has captivated audiences around the world, making La Bohème one of the best-loved of all operas.
 
  All £16
  "Agrippina" Met Opera Saturday 29th February 5.55pm
 Handel's Agrippina premiered in 1709 but fell out of fashion in the mid-18th century. In the 20th century it was revived and modern critical opinion is that Agrippina is Handel's first operatic masterpiece, full of freshness and musical invention.
 
The Emperor Claudius is reported drowned at sea so his wife Agrippina determines to make her son Nerone the new Emperor.
 
But her plans go awry when Claudius turns up with his military commander Ottone, who saved his life and to whom he has promised the throne.
 
Agrippina plots to use the two men’s desire for the beautiful Poppea to create enmity between them and destroy Ottone.
 
Meanwhile, Nerone becomes seriously smitten with Poppea.
   
  "Der Fliegende Hollander" Met Opera Saturday 14th March 4.55pm
The setting is a Norwegian Fishing Village in the Eighteenth Century.
 
Richard Wagner’s opera tells the myth of the Flying Dutchman [sung by Sir Bryn Terfel], a ghostly sailor condemned to wander for all eternity, who sets foot on land every seven years to search for a bride who can bring him peace.
 
In a small Norwegian fishing village he encounters Senta, a young woman obsessed with his legend.
 
Can the power of true love break the curse and end his suffering?
 
Premiered in1843 it is a breathtaking story of sacrifice, punctuated with raging monologues, dizzying duets, rousing choruses and accompanied by an orchestra that is much more than a background for the voices, acting as a full-fledged player in the drama.
   
  "Fidelio" RoH Opera Sunday 22nd March 7.15 pm
Beethoven’s only opera is a masterpiece, an uplifting story of risk and triumph. In this new production, conducted by Antonio Pappano, Jonas Kaufmann plays the political prisoner Florestan, and Lise Davidsen his wife Leonore.
 
Leonore has disguised herself as a man and presented herself as Fidelio, in order to be hired as a deputy gaoler in the prison where her husband Florestan is unjustly held at the orders of the cruel Don Pizzaro.
 
Set in strong counterpoint are the ingredients of domestic intrigue, determined love and the cruelty of an oppressive regime.
 
The dramatic art of this magnificent work, which deals with liberty, faithfulness, idealism and justice, holds a universal value within it.
  All £16
  "Swan Lake" RoH Ballet Sunday 5th April 7.15 pm
Composed in 1876 by Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky the story begins with a hunting journey by Prince Siegfried, when he comes across a swan.
 
Before he is able to shoot, the swan turns into a beautiful woman named Odette.
 
She reveals that she is under a spell by the evil Von Rothbart, and can only be saved by a virgin prince who swears eternal fidelity to her.
 
Siegfried falls rapidly in love, inviting her that night to a ball at his castle where he will marry her and reverse her spell.
 
The evil sorcerer,not to be beaten, upsets Siegfried's plans, with tragic consequences.
 
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  "Tosca" Met Opera Saturday 11th April 5.55pm
Set in Rome at the time of Napoleon’s invasion of Italy, Tosca is a roller coaster story of love, lust, murder and political intrigue. With Puccini’s richly romantic score, it is one of the world’s most loved operas.
 
The plot centres around three main characters – Rome’s diva Floria Tosca, her lover Mario Cavaradossi (a painter and republican) and the corrupt Chief of Police, Baron Scarpia
 
Scarpia has long lusted after Tosca, and when he suspects Cavaradossi of assisting an escaped political prisoner, seizes the opportunity to kill two birds with one stone - he will manipulate Tosca into revealing the prisoner’s hiding place and Cavaradossi’s involvement, and have her for himself.
 
When Cavaradossi is captured, Scarpia offers Tosca a horrific bargain – she must give herself to Scarpia, or her lover is killed… what will she choose, and who will survive?
   
  "Cavalleria Rustcana/Pagliacci" RoH Opera Sunday 26th April 7 pm
Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana and Ruggero Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci are today Italian opera’s most famous double act.
 
The two works, each undeniable masterpieces of the verismo tradition of realism, share dramatic concision, melodic richness and an obsession with violent jealousy.
 
Damiano Michieletto’s production was an Olivier-Award-winning hit when first presented in 2015. He sets both operas within the same village, allowing characters from one piece to reappear in the other and offering theatrical realism within visuals that are modern yet timeless.
 
"Cavalleria Rusticana" tells a tragic tale of forsaken love and violent revenge, and "Pagliacci", is a thrilling opera of a violent jealousy.
 
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  "Maria Stuarda " Met Opera Saturday 9th May 5.55pm
What would have happened had Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots met face to face? A thrilling imagining of this showdown is at the heart of this opera.
 
Donizetti’s riveting opera transports you to a Britain at war with itself and overcome by uncertainty and strife.
 
Mary, Queen of Scots, has been imprisoned by her cousin Elizabeth I of England.
 
The Earl of Leicester urges Elizabeth to meet with Mary and be reconciled, but Elizabeth grows jealous of Leicester’s admiration for her cousin.
 
Having been banned by the authorities in Milan after its 1835 premiere, due to its perceived inflammatory content it lay neglected for over a hundred years until 1958 and is now recognized as containing some of Donizetti’s most moving music.
   
  "The Dante Project" RoH Ballet Sunday 31st May 7.15 pm
Dante’s Divine Comedy is an epic journey through the afterlife: it encompasses the horrifying drama of Inferno and its damned, the lyrical mysticism of pilgrims on mount Purgatorio and the dazzling spheres of Paradiso with their endless configurations of light.
 
The poem was inspired by the agony of Dante’s own exile, and traces his path from crisis to revelation guided by his literary hero Virgil and his lost love Beatrice.
 
In his new work, the Royal Ballet’s trailblazing Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor creates a world premiere in collaboration with an award-winning team – contemporary conductor-composer Thomas Adès, artist Tacita Dean, lighting designer Lucy Carter and literary advisor Uzma Hameed – to bring us closer to Dante and his extraordinary vision.
 
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  "Elektra" RoH Opera Sunday 21st June 7.15 pm
King Agamemnon sacrifices his daughter, Iphigenia, before he sets out to Troy to wage war, but his wife, Klytaemnestra, grows in hatred of him and is determined to kill him upon his return.
 
When he comes home from war, she murders him with the help of Aegisth, her lover
 
However, Klytaemnestra becomes weary for her safety, fearing that her three living children (Elektra, Chrysothemis, and Orest) will avenge their father's death
 
With the first chords of Elektra, we are plunged into a psychologically intense and violent world. The opera shocked audiences (and even its performers!) when it had its premiere in Dresden in 1909. At 90 minutes, this is one of Richard Strauss’s most concentrated works, and in style and instrumentation one of his most modernist scores.
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