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  "Red Riding Hood" Dec 10/16/17/22/23/29/ 30 Jan 6/7 -7.30pm.... Dec 11/18 Jan 8 2.30 pm
All was well in Fairy-tale land.
 
The sky was blue, the birds were singing, and Little Red Riding Hood was enjoying her 'happily ever after'
 
 Things were perfect... until the arrival of the Big Bad Wolf !  
   
Join Red and all her friends in this reimagining of the classic tale full of music, laughs, and classic family fun.
   
 
  "A Christmas Old Time Music Hall" Tuesday, Wednesday,Thursday December 6-8/13-15 7.30pm
Enjoy an evening of old time music hall memories with Spotlight Theatre's in-house company.
 
Join in some well known chorus songs including a selection from Showboat.
 
There will also be old time solo songs, plus comedy routines, so don't miss out on an evening of fun and laughter.
 
And, being the festive time of the year, there will also be the traditional Christmas carols for all to join in.
   
 
  "Nutcracker" [CL] Covent Garden Ballet Sunday 11th December 7.15 pm
 The Nutcracker Ballet is based on the story "The Nutcracker and the King of Mice" written by E.T.A. Hoffman. Although what is seen on the stage today is different in detail from the original story, the basic plot remains the same.
   
Young Marie Stahlbaum's favorite Christmas toy, the Nutcracker, comes alive and, after defeating the evil Mouse King in battle, whisks her away to a magical kingdom populated by dolls.
 
 The Russian composer Tchaikovsky was commissioned by the choreographer Marius Petipa to write the music for the ballet and his score has become one of his most famous compositions
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  "L'Amour De Loin" [CL] Met Opera NY Sunday 18th December 5.55 pm
L’Amour de Loin is based on a twelfth-century troubadour song by a French prince, Jaufré Rudel, who fantasizes about a perfect woman (he tried all the local ones in his youth) only to learn from a traveling knight that she exists: she’s Clémence, Countess of Tripoli.
 
  The prince composes songs for her, the Traveller crosses the ocean to sing them and courtship by aquatic messenger ensues.
 
At first, Clémence finds Jaufré’s attention presumptuous while the prince rails at the knight for singing his songs, but eventually Jaufre makes the crossing whch is hard, and at the end of which he is gravely ill, and dies happily in Clémence’s embrace
 
The first opera by the Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho premiered in 2000.
 
  "The Muppet Christmas Carol" [FILM] Tuesday 20th December 2 pm
Starring Michael Caine, The Muppet Christmas Carol is a traditional holiday story, authored by Charles DIckens.
 
 But the Muppets take their own spin on the premises with this detailed and thorough movie rendition.
 
Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge, has the perfect arrogance and humanity, and acts convincingly opposite the Muppets.
   
A Christmas Family Story, serving as a good introduction for Children to the work of Charles Dickens.
   
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  "The Wizard of Oz" [FILM] Tuesday 20th December 7 pm
Made in 1939, The Wizard of Oz is an absolute masterpiece of groundbreaking visuals and deft storytelling.
 
Frank Baum's classis tale comes to magisterial Technicolour life.
 
The Wizard of Oz stars legendary Judy Garland as Dorothy, an innocent farm girl whisked out of her mundane earthbound existence into a land of pure imagination.
 
Dorothy's journey in Oz will take her through emerald forests, yellow brick roads and creepy castles, all with the help of some unusual but earnest song happy friends.
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  "The Polar Express" [FILM] Wednesday 21st December 2 pm
Animation, the Polar Express has become another must see Christmas Family film.
   
 A young boy on a magical train, loaded with children, travels north over mountains and bridges and through a desert of ice and snow to reach the North Pole
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During his adventure he learns about friendship, bravery and the spirit of Christmas
   
Upon arrival at the North Pole, Santa Claus is waiting to give the first gift of Christmas.
 
Starring Tom Hanks as the voiceover of the animated image of the Train inspector,
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  "No Man's Land" NT [Cert 15] Wednesday 21st December 7 pm
Following their hit run on Broadway, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart return to the West End stage in Harold Pinter’s No Man's Land, broadcast live to cinemas from Wyndham’s Theatre, London.
 
One summer's evening, two ageing writers, Hirst and Spooner, meet in a Hampstead pub and continue their drinking into the night at Hirst's stately house nearby.
 
As the pair become increasingly inebriated, and their stories increasingly unbelievable, the lively conversation soon turns into a revealing power game, further complicated by the return home of two sinister younger men.
 
Also starring Owen Teale and Damien Molony, don’t miss this glorious revival of Pinter’s comic classic. The broadcast will be followed by an exclusive Q&A with the cast and director Sean Mathias.
 
  "Nabucco" Met Opera NY Sunday 8th January 5.55 pm
Verdi's impressively epic opera takes you far back in time to Babylon, where tensions rise between the Hebrews and the Babylonians.
 
Nabucco (The legendary Placido Domingo) is King, but his days are numbered, at least according to his treacherous daughter Abigaille, who plans to over throw her father and expel the Israelites.
 
But first she must dispose of her kidnapped sister, whose time in captivity has found her sympathetic and dedicated to restoring peace..
   
  Redemption, revenge, love and despair -Nabucco is a magnificent example of Verdi's genius.
 
  "The Tempest "[CL] RSC Saturday 14th January 7 pm
On a distant island a man waits.Robbed of his position, power and wealth, his enemies have left him in isolation
 
. But this is no ordinary man, and this no ordinary island. Prospero is a magician, able to control the very elements and bend nature to his will.
 
When a sail appears on the horizon, he reaches out across the ocean to the ship that carries the men who wronged him.
   
Creating a vast magical storm he wrecks the ship and washes his enemies up on the shore. When they wake they find themselves lost on a fantastical island where nothing is as it seems.
  "Romeo and Juliet" Met Opera NY Saturday 21st January 5.55 pm
Romeo and Juliet is an opera in five acts by Charles Gounod to a French libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré, based on The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.
 
 It was first performed at the Théâtre Lyrique (Théâtre-Lyrique Impérial du Châtelet), Paris on 27 April 1867
   
 This opera is notable for the series of four duets for the main characters and the waltz song `Je veux vivre` for the soprano.
   
The Metropolitan Opera present Barlett Sher's lushly vivid production of Gounod's romantic opera.
 
  "Amadeus" NT [CL] [Cert 12A] Saturday 4th February 7 pm
Music. Power. Jealousy.
 
Lucian Msamati (Luther, Game of Thrones, NT Live: The Comedy of Errors) plays Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s iconic play, broadcast from the National Theatre, and with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia.
 
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna, the music capital of the world – and he’s determined to make a splash.
 
Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy his name.
 
Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music, and ultimately, with God.
 
  "Saint Joan " NT [CL] [Cert 12A] Saturday 18th February 7 pm
Gemma Arterton is Joan of Arc, broadcast live from the Donmar Warehouse.
 
Bernard Shaw’s classic play follows the life and trial of a young country girl who declares a bloody mission to drive the English from France.
 
As one of the first Protestants and nationalists, she threatens the very fabric of the feudal society and the Catholic Church across Europe.
 
 Josie Rourke (Coriolanus, Les Liaisons Dangereuses) directs Gemma Arterton (Gemma Bovery, Nell Gwynn, Made in Dagenham) in this electrifying production.
 
  "Rusalka" Met Opera NY Saturday 25th February 5.55 pm
Rusalka is a water nymph who is immortal, and falls in love with a mortal man — a prince who finds himself repeatedly drawn to the quiet lake where Rusalka lives.
 
Rusalka decides to give up her immortality to pursue true love but is rejected by the prince and left to a hellish life of eternal solitude.
 
Of course, there's much more to the story — the truly romantic part. The prince realizes his mistake, seeks Rusalka out, and willingly makes his own, ultimate sacrifice, to restore her immortality.
   
  "Song to the Moon" is probably the best known piece from Dvorak's opera.
 
  "The Sleeping Beauty " [CL] Covent Garden Saturday 4th March 7 pm
 Tchaikovsky was delighted with the invitation to write the music for a ballet based on Charles Perrault's well known fairy tale
 
A baby princess, condemned at her christening by an evil fairy to prick her finger and die on her 16th birthday, is saved by the gift of the good Lilac Fairy, who
declares the princess will only sleep until awakened by the kiss of a prince.
 
The fairy tale, replete with a king and queen, fairies both good and evil, a beautiful princess and dream prince, magical stage effects, and courtly splendor, lent itself perfectly to the full evening ballet.
 
 
  "La Traviata " Met Opera NY Saturday 11th March 5.55 pm
 Verdi's Lyric Opera is a story of doomed love in which Violetta, the mistress of a wealthy baron, meets Alfredo at a party and becomes smitten with him.
 
Violetta leaves the baron, and she and Alfredo move into a secluded country villa together, where they live happily for a while,but, unknown to Alfredo, his father convinces Violetta that continuing her relationship with Alfredo will prevent Alfredo's sister from making a good marriage.
 
With great sadness, Violetta decides that she must not only break permanently with Alfredo, she must keep him at a distance by returning to the baron.
   
  Misunderstanding her motives, Alfredo goes into a jealous rage with tragic consequences.
 
  "Hedda Gabler " NT [CL] [Cert 12A] Sunday 19th March 7 pm
“I’ve no talent for life.”
 
Just married. Bored already. Hedda longs to be free...
 
Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel.
 
Tony Award-winning director Ivo van Hove (A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic Theatre) returns to National Theatre Live screens with a modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece.
   
 Ruth Wilson (Luther, The Affair, Jane Eyre) plays the title role.
 
  "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 Trojam 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 honor, 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.
 
 
   
  "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.
 
 
  "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.
 
  "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.
   
   
  "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
   
   
  "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.

  "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.
 
  "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.
   
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