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  "Rigoletto" [CL]RoH Opera Saturday 20th January 7.15 pm
Rigoletto, court jester to the libertine Duke of Mantua, is cursed by the father of one of the Duke’s victims for his irreverent laughter. When the Duke seduces Rigoletto’s daughter Gilda, it seems the curse is taking effect…with tragic consequences.
Giuseppe Verdi wrote in 1855 that Rigoletto was his ‘best opera’ and,indeed, it has remained one of the most popular of all operas.
David McVicar’s production highlights the cruelty at the heart of the court of Mantua. Richly dressed courtiers engage in orgies and revelries to Verdi’s heady, spirited dances.
The opera’s many musical highlights include the ebullient ‘La donna è mobile’, in which the Duke boasts of his disregard for women, and the gorgeous Act III quartet that beautifully weaves the voices together as the story quickens to its shattering conclusion.
  "Follies" NT [CL] Friday 26th January 7 pm
Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21.
New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves.
Including such classic songs as Broadway Baby, I’m Still Here and Losing My Mind, Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre.
This production runs without an interval. This is true to the spirit of how Sondheim intended the piece to be performed.
This is an encore of the original November screening when the sound was unsatisfactory. Anyone who came that night and is due free tickets should contact Bob Downing on 01262 601006.
  "Tosca" Met Opera NY Saturday 27th January 5.55 pm
Puccini's opera takes place in Rome in 1800, during the month of June. A tragic and political love story, Tosca explores how love overcomes all.
Under the cloud of rebellion on all sides, Rome is in the middle of a tumultuous change as the Royalist regime is winning over the Republic
Whilst the merciless Baron Scarpia is rounding up rebels and jailing them, Tosca rehearses in a church before meeting her fugitive lover Cavaradossi.
When the embittered Baron catches up with him he falls for Tosca, much to her anger, and tortures her lover in front of him.
If she yields to him, she is promised his life under the guise of a false execution. But Scarpia's meanness knows no bounds and before the day is out, all life will be extinguished.
  Bridlington's First Silent Film Festival at Spotlight features some of cinema's greatest silent film stars.
  Festival 1 Thursday 1st February 7.30 pm

Buster Keaton 'Neighbours' 1920 A young couple who live next to each other in tenement apartments do everything they can to be together -a Romeo and Juliet story with Buster and Virginia's families hating each other over the fence separating their buildings.

Laurel & Hardy 'Leave 'Em Laughing' 1928 Leaving the dentist's office, where Hardy's teeth have been extracted by mistake, the boys, still under the influence of laughing gas, meet up with a traffic cop and cause a huge traffic jam.
Charlie Chaplin 'The Circus' 1928 Wrongfully accused of criminal acts, a tramp unwittingly ducks into a big top, where his bumbling attempts to avoid pursuing police officers earn the laughter and applause of the circus-goers. Impressed, the ringmaster decides to employ the tramp as an entertainer. In between getting trapped in a lion's cage and partaking in clumsy high wire escapades, he falls for a beautiful show rider, who unfortunately has eyes for a daring tightrope acrobat.
Silent film pianist at selected performances Mr Geoff Allanach
  Festival 2 Friday 2nd February 7.30 pm
Laurel & Hardy 'Liberty' 1929 Two escaped convicts change clothes in the getaway car, but wind up wearing each other's pants. The rest of the film involves their trying to exchange pants, in alleys, in cabs and finally high above the street on the girders of a construction site,
Charlie Chaplin 'The Pawn Shop'1916 Charlie competes with his fellow shop assistant. He is fired by the pawnbroker and rehired. He nearly destroys everything in the shop and and himself. He helps capture a burglar and destroys a client's clock while examining it in detail.
Buster Keaton 'The Navigator' 1924 Rollo decides to marry his sweetheart Betsy and sail to Honolulu. When she rejects him he decides to go alone but boards the wrong ship, the "Navigator" owned by Betsy's father. Unaware of this, Betsy boards the ship to look for her father. whom spies capture before cutting the ship loose. It drifts out to sea with the two socialites each unaware of there being anyone else on board.
Silent film pianist at selected performances Mr Geoff Allanach
  Festival 3 Saturday 3rd February 7.30 pm
Buster Keaton 'Cops' 1922 A series of mishaps manages to make a young man get chased by a big city's entire police force.
Laurel & Hardy 'Habeas Corpus' 1928 A loony scientist hires Laurel and Hardy to raid the cemetery to keep him supplied with dead bodies for his experiments.
Harold Lloyd 'Safety Last' 1923 A boy (Harold Lloyd) moves to New York City to make enough money to support his loving girlfriend, but soon discovers that making it in the big city is harder than it looks. On hearing that a store manager will pay $1,000 to anyone who can draw people to his store, he convinces his friend to climb the building and split the profit with him. But when his pal gets in trouble with the law, he must complete the crazy stunt on his own.  It includes one of the most famous images from the silent film era: Lloyd clutching the hands of a large clock as he dangles from the outside of a skyscraper above moving traffic. The film was highly successful and critically hailed, and it cemented Lloyd's status as a major figure in early motion pictures
Silent film pianist at selected performances Mr Geoff Allanach
  "L'Elisir d'Amore " Met Opera NY Saturday 10th February 5 pm
In Donizetti's comic opera when the shy Nemorino approaches the beautiful but shy Adina, he proclaims his love to her - only to find her indifferent to him.
Nemorino buys a bottle of the "potion" from a traveling salesman not realising it is a fake.
Nemorino, with his new,found confidence that he believes his elixir has given him, acts indifferently to Adina, who immediately agrees to marry a soldier out of revenge.
When the nuptials are called Nemorino panics; he buys yet another bottle, using money earned through enlisting with the army as a last resort. Comically, this brings all the local girls to him, but not Adina.
Will these two be able to stop playing mind games long enough to realise their love for each other?
  "Tosca"[CL] RoH Opera Sunday 11th February 2 pm

From its strident opening chords Puccini's Tosca conjures up a world of political instability and menace. Jonathan Kents production for The Royal Opera captures the dangerous political turbulence of Rome in 1800.

The Chief of Police, Scarpia – one of the most malevolent villains in opera – ruthlessly pursues and tortures enemies of the state.
His dark, demonic music contrasts with the expansive melodies of the idealistic lovers, Tosca and Cavaradossi, who express their passion in sublime arias, including ‘Vissi d’arte’ and ‘E lucevan le stelle’.
A candle-lit church, Scarpia’s gloomy study with its hidden torture chamber and the false optimism of a Roman dawn: this handsome production throws into relief the ruthlessly taut drama, as the tension is wound up towards a fateful conclusion.
  "Twelfth Night" [CL] RSC Saturday 17th February 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".
  "A Bunch of Amateurs" Tuesday 20th - Saturday 24th February 7.30 pm
Keen to boost his flagging career, fading Hollywood action hero Jefferson Steele arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford only to find that this is not the birthplace of the Bard, but a sleepy Suffolk village.

Added to his surprise instead of Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judi Dench, the cast are a bunch of amateurs trying to save their theatre from developers.
Jefferson's monstrous ego, vanity and insecurity are tested to the limit by the enthusiastic am-dram thespians, and, as acting worlds collide and Jefferson's career implodes, he discovers some truths about himself-along with his inner Lear !
Written originally as a film but adapted by Ian Hislop and Nick Newton for the stage, the result is a terrific comedy packed with killer comic dialogue and plenty of twists and turns brought to you by Spotlight's in house drama group.
  "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" [CL] NT Young Vic [Cert 15] Sunday 25th February 7 pm
Regarded as a twentieth century masterpiece,Tennessee Williams’ searing, poetic story of a family’s fight for survival stars Sienna Miller as Maggie,Jack O’Connell as Brick and Colm Meaney as Big Daddy
A return to the stage for director Benedict Andrews following his smash hit production of A Streetcar Named Desire.
On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell
Brick and Maggie dance round the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real – and which will win out?
  "The Winter's Tale" [CL] RoH Ballet Saturday 3rd March 7.15 pm
Christopher Wheeldon, Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet, created his adaptation of Shakespeare’s late great romance The Winter’s Tale for The Royal Ballet in 2014.
King Leontes, possessed by a mad jealousy, believes his pregnant wife Hermione to be having an affair with his childhood friend King Polixenes.
His actions tear their families apart.
The story follows the destruction of a marriage through consuming jealousy, the abandonment of a child and a seemingly hopeless love.
Yet, through remorse and regret – and after a seemingly miraculous return to life – the ending is one of forgiveness and reconciliation
  "La Bohème" Met Opera NY Sunday 4th March 2 pm
A four-act tragedy, by Puccini, the story delves into 1830s Paris where a group of struggling artists live in destitute slum conditions, yet are determined to celebrate love in all its simple glory.
When Rodolfo helps his pretty neighbour Mimi to find her keys in the dark, their hands touch, and attraction flares within them.
The story then moves on over the course of a few months, where Mimi is found to be terminally ill from consumption; despite having broken up, Rodolfo cares for her deeply, and is heartbroken to hear that she is dying.
.He carries her upstairs to his couch and caresses her, as she slips away in his arms.
  "Semiramide" Met Opera NY Saturday 10th March 5.55 pm
The overture to Rossini’s ancient royal drama Semiramide is one of his most popular.
In the ancient world where conspiracy, murder and secrecy are the rule of the day, Semiramide has ruled for decades, after conspiring with her lover Assur to murder her husband King Nino.
Now she is due to elect her successor. Assur assumes the crown is his, but is furious when Semiramide leaves it to the young officer Arsace, whom she loves.
When Arsace learns from the high priest Oroe that he is Semiramide and Nino’s son, lost since his father’s murder tragedy ensues.
  "Carmen" [CL] RoH Opera Sunday 11th March 6.45 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.
  "David Hockney at the Royal Academy of Arts" [CL] Sunday 18th March 7 pm
New to Spotlight EXHIBITION ON SCREEN is the originator and market leader for bringing to cinemas blockbuster art events from galleries around the world.
 Widely considered Britain’s most popular artist, David Hockney is a global sensation with exhibitions in London,New York, Paris and beyond, attracting millions of visitors worldwide
Now entering his 9th decade he shows absolutely no evidence of slowing down or losing his trademark boldness.
This revealing film features intimate and in-depth interviews with Hockney, and focuses on two major exhibitions held in 2012 and 2016 at the Royal Academy of Art in London.- A Bigger Picture 2012 and 82 Portraits and One Still Life 2016.
  films are shot for the big screen and offer an immersive, cinematic journey through the world’s most loved art and its creators.
  "Julius Caesar " [CL] NT Saturday 24th March 7 pm
Broadcast from The Bridge Theatre, London,Ben Whishaw and Michelle Fairley play Brutus and Cassius, David Calder plays Caesar and David Morrissey is Mark Antony, in Shakespeare's political thriller.
Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate
Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down
After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital.


Nicholas Hytner’s production will thrust the audience into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake.
  "Lady Windermere's Fan" [CL] Classic Spring Sunday 25th March 7.15 pm
Lady Windermere’s Fan is one of Oscar Wilde’s most witty and uncompromisingly satirical plays.
It examines the gender politics within marriage and society, and the ambiguous idea of sexual morality among the upper classes.
The play revolves around Lady Windermere’s twenty-first birthday and her husband is giving a ball in honour of the occasion.
 Lady Windermere, trusting and innocent, receives information that “poor, dear Windermere” has been seeing another woman and has apparently set her up in style. At first, Lady Windermere does not believe the reports, but the seed of suspicion has been sown.
“Good heavens! how marriage ruins a man! It's as demoralizing as cigarettes, and far more expensive.”
  "Cosi fan Tutte" Met Opera NY Saturday 31st March 5.55 pm
Originally set in Naples,this production of Mozart's comic opera is set in Coney Island of the 1950s, filling the stage with fire-eaters, bearded ladies and carousels.
The story begins with a wager - the cynical philosopher Don Alfonso bets two young soldiers that their fiancees will be unfaithful, but they have unshaken faith in them.
The soldiers agree to pretend to be called away on duty and then return in disguise and try and seduce their the other's betrothed.
And so begins a comedy of the sexes in this deliciously sparkling opera.
  "Bernstein Centenary " [CL] RoH Sunday 1st April 7.15 pm
The Royal Ballet celebrates the centenary of Leonard Bernstein's birth.
Leonard Bernstein was one of the first classical composers in America to achieve both popular and critical acclaim. He was eclectic in his sources – drawing on jazz and modernism, the traditions of Jewish music and the Broadway musical – and many of Bernstein’s scores are remarkably well suited to dance.
The Royal Ballet has united all three of its associate choreographers to celebrate the dynamic range and danceability of Bernstein’s music.
The programme includes two world premieres by Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor and Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon.
At the heart of the programme is the first revival of Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett’s The Age of Anxiety, created in 2014 to Bernstein’s soul-searching Second Symphony.
  "Macbeth" [CL] RoH Opera Saturday 7th April 7.15 pm
 Verdi’s life-long love affair with Shakespeare’s works began with Macbeth, a play he
considered to be ‘one of the greatest creations of man’.
The warrior Macbeth fights on the side of the King of Scotland – but when a coven of witches prophesy that he shall become king himself, a ruthless ambition drives Macbeth and his wife to horrific acts.
Phyllida Lloyd’s production for The Royal Opera is richly hued, shot through with
black, red and gold.
The witches – imagined by designer Anthony Ward as strange, scarlet-turbaned creatures – are ever-present agents of fate.
  "Luisa Miller " Met Opera NY Saturday 14th April 5.30 pm
In Verdi's tragic story of fatherly love rising above social snobbery and rivalry, Placido Domingo sings the iconic role of Miller, Luisa's devoted father.
Luisa loves Rodolfo, the son of nobleman, Walter who,being a proud man refusing to have his son marry the poor daughter of a retired soldier, conspires with his retainer Wurm to part them and have Rodolfo marry a wealthy, widowed duchess, by throwing Luisa's father into jail for a perceived insult..
While Rodolfo meets with the duchess and confesses his love for Luisa, she is being poisoned by Wurm, who convinces her to marry him in order to save her father's life.
Luisa renounces Rodolfo and the deceit around the innocent couple culminates in tragedy.
  "Cendrillon" Met Opera NY Saturday 28th April 5.55 pm
Romantic and glittering, this witty and elegant production of Massenet's adaptation of the enduring Cinderella story has astoundingly pretty sets and costumes full of rococo flourish and fairytale magic.
When her father remarries a spiky and spoilt Madame after her mother's death, Cendrillon is cast as a servant in her own house. Whilst her stepmother and mean spirited step-sisters prepare for a lavish Royal ball, Cendrillon has only chores to do.
But when she finds herself alone and reflecting on her sorry situation she discovers help is at hand in the form of a Fairy Godmother.
Enchanted and transformed into the fairest maiden in the land Cendrillon heads to the ball where she catches the eye of a very important suitor..
  "Brigadoon" Sunday 29th April 2.30 pm, 30th April - 5th May 7.30 pm
Performed by Spotlight's in house company Brigadoon is a musical with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, and music by Frederick Loewe.
New Yorkers Tommy Albright and Jeff Douglas get lost while on holiday in the Scottish Highlands and stumble into Brigadoon, a mythical village that appears for a single day once every 100 years.
Tommy, engaged back in New York falls for headstrong Fiona, and Jeff flirts with Meg Brockie, but it is only when Harry Beaton, the rejected suitor of Fiona's sister, Jean,tries to leave the village that the two men realise the complicated truth - at the end of the day Brigadoon will disappear for the next 100 years and - if anyone succeeds in leaving, it and its people will be lost forever. Tommy is forced to choose - New York or Brigadoon ?
Includes songs "Almost Like Being in Love",and "Heather on the Hill".
  "Manon" [CL]RoH Ballet Sunday 6th May 7.15 pm
Kenneth MacMillan’s masterpiece of modern ballet, based on the 18th-century French novel by Abbé Prévost, is revived this Season as part of continuing celebrations of MacMillan’s profound impact on British ballet, to mark the 25th anniversary of his death.
MacMillan’s spectacular ensemble scenes for the whole Company create vivid, complex portraits of the distinct societies of Paris and New Orleans.
Manon’s brother Lescaut is offering her to the highest bidder when she meets Des Grieux and falls in love. They elope to Paris, but when Monsieur G.M. offers Manon a life of luxury as his mistress she can’t resist.
With the Lescauts’ encouragement Des Grieux cheats at cards in an attempt to win Monsieur G.M.’s fortune, but things go badly wrong.......
  "Don Pasquale " [CL] Teatro Alla Scala Opera Saturday 12th May 7 pm
In Donizetti's comic opera wealthy old bachelor, Don Pasquale decides to take a wife so that he may produce an heir, cutting his nephew, Ernesto, out of his inheritance.
His friend Dr Malatesta decides to play a practical joke: setting him up with his angelic “sister”: the convent-bound Sophronia.
Ernesto is in his uncle’s bad books for falling in love with the widow Norina, when his uncle had other ideas.
Ever the prankster, Malatesta convinces Norina to dress up as the meek Sophronia, marry the miser and then make his life a living hell.
Lovestruck Ernesto is let in on the plot, the marriage takes place, and Pasquale finds himself unhappily “married” to an outspoken woman with an outrageous spending habit.


Don Pasquale’s witty musical score combines graceful lyricism with rollicking comedy, all fuelled by the seductive rhythm of the waltz
  "Cinderella" [CL] Sadler's Wells Ballet Sunday 20th May 7 pm
Performed by Matthew Bourne's New Adventures dance company the 60 piece orchestra recording of Prokofiev's score is brought to life by incredible choreography, the Olivier award winning costume/sets and lighting by Lez Brotherston and Neil Austin, respectively.
Matthew Bourne's interpretation of the classic fairy tale, has, at its heart, a true war-time romance. A chance meeting results in a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing young RAF pilot who fall in love before being parted by the horrors of the Blitz.
Prepare to be swept away by the magical choreography and glitz and glamour, and brought back to the stark realities of war ravaged London...
Part of the company's 30th anniversary celebrations and marking the 20th anniversary of Cinderella's West End appearance, this much loved interpretation of the classic fairytale returns to London's Sadler’s Wells theatre in a flurry of dance and glamour.
  "Macbeth" [CL] NT Saturday 2nd June 7 pm
Shakespeare's tragedy dramatises the damaging physical and psychological effects of political ambition on those who seek power for its own sake.
A brave Scottish general named Macbeth receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland, so, consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, he murders King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne for himself.
He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia and, forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion, he soon becomes a tyrannical ruler.
The bloodbath and consequent civil war swiftly take Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into the realms of madness and death.
Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff return to the National Theatre to play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.
  "An Ideal Husband" [CL] Classic Spring Sunday 10th June 7 pm
Written in 1895 the story revolves around blackmail and political corruption, and touches on the themes of public and private honour.
Sir Robert Chiltern is a respected government official and a loving husband but his friend, Lord Arthur Goring , is a notorious womanizer who lives a life of casual lounging, meaningless flirtations and multiple illicit affairs.
When old acquaintance Laura Cheveley arrives in London to stir up trouble, the lives of the two men become increasingly complicated and intertwined, and their true natures are revealed.
Deceit and lies weave themselves throughout as Wilde pulls the curtain on the hypocrisy of moralistic Victorian society. With wit and gaiety he paints a scathing critique of gossips, income gaps, sexist attitudes, and the perils of protecting one’s morals.
"Sooner or later," Wilde notes, "we shall all have to pay for what we do." But he adds that, "No one should be entirely judged by their past."
  "Swan Lake " [CL] RoH Ballet Saturday 16th June 7.15 pm
Swan Lake" is a ballet composed in 1876 by Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky.
The story begins with a hunting journey by Prince Siegfriend, 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.
Siegfriend 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 Siegfriend's plans, with tragic consequences.
  "Le Corsaire " [CL] Teatro Alla Scala Ballet Sunday 17th June 7 pm
Le Corsaire ballet, with music by Adolphe Adam, was first performed in 1856.
The most thrilling of all classical ballets the story tells of the escapades of a dashing pirate, Conrad, who journeys across the high seas to save his beautiful harem girl, Medora. It is a swashbuckling fantasy tale of captive maidens and cutthroats, love and betrayal.
The pas de deux is one of the most famous in all of the classical ballet repertoire, a show-stopping duet which is an audience favorite whenever and wherever it is danced.
 At this point in the story, Conrad the pirate has rescued Medora, a Greek slave girl from sale to Pasha's harem and taken her to his underground grotto where, having fallen in love with her, they dance this pas de deux in celebration of her rescue - but their joy is short-lived due to the jealousy of Conrad's right hand man..
  "Billy Budd " [CL] Teatro dell’Opera di Roma Saturday 23rd June 7 pm
Written by Benjamin Britten Billy Budd is a gripping psychological drama, based on the short novel by Herman Melville.
The opera takes place in 1797 (during the French Revolutionary Wars) on board the HMS Indomitable where a young sailor, having been pressed into the Royal Navy, finds himself serving under the repressive regime of master-at-arms John Claggart.
Unable to bear the goodness and beauty that Billy radiates, Claggart determines to destroy him, and incites a false charge of mutiny as a result of which, enraged by these accusations, Billy strikes the master-at-arms – and kills him.
His fate is now in the hands of the ship’s captain, Vere, whose mind we inhabit throughout the opera. What decision does Vere make, and how will he come to terms with what happened aboard the HMS Indomitable?

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