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  "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
  "A Midsummer Night's Dream" LIVE Tuesday 22nd - Saturday 26th October 7.30 pm
Spotlight Drama presents one of Shakespeare’s most accessible plays, a timeless farce with a bit of magic thrown in for good measure as a feuding fairy King and Queen of the forest cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play.
As their dispute grows, the magical royal couple meddle with mortal lives leading to love triangles, mistaken identities and transformations… with hilarious, but dark consequences.
Shakespeare's litmus test for success was the response of his theatre-goers, and it is oft-quoted how he’d have been aghast at his plays being studied in depth.
With this in mind for some time, director Mel Jones has had his own “Dream" to present this play on the Spotlight stage, so a talented cast of over 20 Spotlight theatre actors has now come together to present a “not to be missed” production.
  Adults £10 Child £7
   "RAYMONDA" Bolshoi Ballet  Sunday 27th October 3pm
Raymonda is betrothed to Jean de Brienne, a gallant knight who pledged to go on a crusade led by the King of Hungary.
When her beloved leaves, Abderakhman, a foreign knight, makes a bid for the hand of Raymonda and threatens her fate when she rejects him…
Set to music by Alexander Glazunov, Raymonda is a must-see of the Bolshoi, a work of living dance history.
Being one of legendary choreographer Marius Petipa’s final works, he fully armed this ballet with beautiful court scenes, romantic corps de ballet dances, Hungarian czardas and a title role suited for the most outstanding ballerina.
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   "Manon" Met Opera  Sunday 27th October 7 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.
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   "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 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.
Extracts from three Verdi operas "Nabucco", "Simon Boccanegra", and"Macbeth make up the program.
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  "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
  "All About Eve" NT Noel Coward Theatre Saturday 2nd November 3 pm
Starring Gillian Anderson and Lily James "All About Eve" tells the story of Margo Channing. Legend. True star of the theatre. The spotlight is hers, always has been.
But now there’s Eve. Her biggest fan. Young, beautiful Eve. The golden girl, the girl next door. But you know all about Eve…don’t you…?
Adapted by Ivo van Hove from the 1950 Twentieth Century Fox film by Joseph L Mankiewicz and the play “The Wisdom of Eve” by Mary Or, this new production, lifting the curtain on a world of jealousy and ambition, asks why our fascination with celebrity, youth and identity never seems to get old.
  All £16
  "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.
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  " Billy Connolly - The Sex life of Bandages" Cert 15 Sunday 3rd November 7 pm
Hailed as the UK’s most influential comedian of all time, legendary Scot Billy Connolly is coming to cinemas with this brilliant show from his final stand-up tour.
Recorded in 2015, during the Australian leg, this whip smart routine is a riotous journey filled with outrageous tales and blistering observations of everyday absurdities.
Screening as a special one-night-only event, Connolly will also muse upon his career, life and legacy in a deeply personal interview filmed exclusively for cinema.
???? ‘Can he still hold an audience in his thrall - warm us, cheer us, tickle us? Abso - Billy - lutely!' The Telegraph
 ???? 'Beautifully funny' The Guardian
???? 'Connolly has still got his funny bones' The Evening Standard
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   Classic Musical -[Dementia Friendly FILM]  Monday 4th November 1.30 pm
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 will be available.
Screenings start around 1.30 pm and end approximately at 4.45 pm 
The title will be announced nearer the time.
  "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
  All £16
  "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
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  "Hansard" NT Saturday 16th November 7 pm
It’s a summer’s morning in 1988 and Tory politician Robin Hesketh has returned home to the idyllic Cotswold house he shares with his wife of 30 years, Diana. 
But all is not as blissful as it seems.
Diana has a stinking hangover, a fox is destroying the garden, and secrets are being dug up all over the place.
As the day draws on, what starts as gentle ribbing and the familiar rhythms of marital sparring quickly turns to blood-sport.
Lindsay Duncan and Alex Jennings, both two-time Olivier Award winners, return to the National Theatre to play Diana and Robin with Simon Godwin  directing Simon Woods’ witty and devastating portrait of the governing class.
  All £16
   "LE CORSAIRE " Bolshoi Ballet  Sunday 17th November 2 pm
On  the  bazaar  square  of  Andrinopolis,  the  Pacha is  struck  by  the beauty of Medora and tries to buy her, but the lovely young woman is  not  for  sale.
As  the  transaction  is  about  to  come  to  a  close, Medora is kidnaped by Conrad, a charming corsair who catches her eye...
Bolshoi Prima Ballerina,the “mesmerizing” Ekaterina Krysanova and Leading Soloist Igor Tsvirko ignite Medora and Conrad’s passion with undeniable intensity.
With music by Adolphe Adam, Le Corsaire remains a breathtaking production reworked by Alexei Ratmansky, who has created enough dancing for nearly the entire troupe, along with luxurious cinematic sets and a shipwreck, bringing the magic of this company to life.
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  "42nd Street-The Musical" Sunday 17th 7 pm and Sunday 24th November 3 pm
42nd Street is the song and dance, American dream fable of Broadway. Bonnie Langford plays legendary diva ‘Dorothy Brock’ alongside Tom Lister as ‘Julian Marsh’, Clare Halse as ‘Peggy Sawyer’ and Ashley Day as ‘Billy Lawlor’.
Based on the 1932 novel by Bradford Ropes, 42nd Street tells of the great director Julian Marsh and his upcoming production of the musical Pretty Lady.
But when the show’s star is forced to drop out of the production, Marsh calls on unknown chorus girl Peggy Sawyer, who takes to the stage a “youngster” and comes back a “star”.
With a classic score including "We're in the Money", "Lullaby of Broadway", "42nd Street", "Shuffle Off To Buffalo" and "About a Quarter to Nine", this heart-warming musical provides exceptional tap routines and classic comedy.
  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.
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  " Romeo + Juliet" New Adventures Sunday 24th November 7 pm
Imagine a time when love is forbidden…
Matthew Bourne’s Romeo + Juliet, with music by Prokofiev, is a passionate and contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic love story.
Confined against their will by a society that seeks to divide, our two young lovers must follow their hearts as they risk everything to be together.
Bursting with youth, vitality and Matthew Bourne’s trademark storytelling, the UK’s brightest young dance talent join the New Adventures company, with direction and choreography by Matthew Bourne, design by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Paul Groothuis and new orchestrations of the Prokofiev score by Terry Davies, played live by the New Adventures Orchestra conducted by Brett Morris
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  "A Christmas Yule Remember" LIVE 3 ,4,5 and 10,11,12 December 7.30 pm
Members of Spotlight are performing this brand new show for Christmas.
A host of Christmas No 1s, and comedy songs to take you into the Festive mood, including...
"Ernie the Milkman" Benny Hill; "Mary's Boy Child" Boney M.; “Do They Know It’s Christmas”;
"Return to Sender" ELVIS. ;"Something Stupid" Frank Sinatra ;"He Ain't Heavy He’s My Brother" Hollies.;"Rockabye" Clean Bandit;."Perfect" Ed Sheeran,
These songs plus many more will bring back some happy memories of Christmas in the past.
A Feel Good factor show taking us towards the happiest time of the year.
Musical Director. Geoff Allanach. Director. Victoria Mitchell.
  Adults £10 Under 16s £7
  "Present Laughter " NT Saturday 7th December 7 pm
Matthew Warchus directs Andrew Scott in Noël Coward’s provocative comedy Present Laughter. 
As he prepares to embark on an overseas tour, star actor Garry Essendine’s colourful life is in danger of spiralling out of control
Engulfed by an escalating identity crisis as his many and various relationships compete for his attention, Garry’s few remaining days at home are a chaotic whirlwind of love, sex, panic and soul-searching.
Captured live from The Old Vic in London, Present Laughter is a giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, desire and loneliness.
  All £16
  "Snow White" LIVE 13,14,20,21,27,28 Dec 3,4 Jan 7.30 pm 15,22,29 Dec 5 Jan 2.30 pm
Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs
The tale of a young girl fighting the threat of an evil queen is brought to life on the Spotlight stage in a production full of music, dance, laughter, drama and song !
Can Snow White defeat the Queen and win her one true love, and can she rely on the seven strangers she meets to help her through ?
Come along to find out if our heroine wins out, or will evil prevail?
Enhance your festivities with this adaptation of a classic pantomime with a modern twist ! Fun for the whole family!
  Adults £10 Under 16s £7
  "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
  "A Merry Little Christmas" LIVE Thursday 19th and Monday 23rd December 7.30 pm
Bridlington based Remarkable Arts wishes you 'A Merry Little Christmas', with a feel good show full of uplifting seasonal music, dance, laughter - and a chance to sing along.
 This Christmas at the Spotlight Theatre the tinsel is set, the stars will sparkle and even the angels will sing.
  Adults £10 Child £6
  "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
  "André Rieu - 70 Years Young" Sunday 5th and Sunday 12th January 7 pm
In this exclusive cinema event Charlotte Hawkins welcomes audiences from around the world to André’s castle in Maastricht for a birthday celebration, during which we discover how his life and experiences are reflected in his breathtaking concerts.
During the party, André is talking to Charlotte about his life and music. It’s been an incredible journey; from growing up in a musical family, his church choir days, his marriage to Marjorie,
The Salon Orchestra, forming The Johann Strauss Orchestra, the breakaway success of The Second Waltz and his record-breaking world tours
This unique anniversary event will take you on an unbelievable journey around the world to André Rieu’s most amazing concert locations, such as Schönbrunn Vienna, Radio City Music Hall New York, Brazil, Mexico, the Coronation Concert in Amsterdam and Australia.
Special surprise guests will also join the celebration by sharing their birthday messages!
  All £16
  "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…....
  All £16
  "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
  "A Midsummer Night's Dream" NT Saturday 25th January 7 pm
 "The course of true love never did run smooth"
A feuding fairy King and Queen of the forest cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play.
As their dispute grows, the magical royal couple meddle with mortal lives leading to love triangles, mistaken identities and transformations… with hilarious, but dark consequences. 
Shakespeare’s most famous romantic comedy captured live from the Bridge Theatre in London. Gwendoline Christie , Oliver Chris , David Moorst and Hammed Animashaun lead the cast as Titania, Oberon, Puck and Bottom. 
All £16
   "GISELLE" Bolshoi Ballet  Sunday 26th January 3 pm
The young peasant girl Giselle dies when she learns that the man she loves, Albrecht, has betrayed her.
Against her own will, she joins the Wilis, vengeful spirits of jilted brides who condemn Albrecht to dance until he dies of exhaustion...
In this brand new production, renowned choreographer Alexei Ratmansky brings a fresh perspective to one of the oldest and greatest works of classical dance, giving the audience an opportunity to discover this iconic ballet anew.
Still deemed to provide one of the richest dramatic challenges for both a ballerina and her partner, this ballet with music by Adolphe Adam encapsulates all the themes characteristic of Romantic theater and Gothic literature.
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  "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’.
  All £16
  "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
  Raven - in Concert Saturday 8th February 7.30 pm
The multi-talented musicians of Raven have captivated sell-out audiences with their rootsy-soul blended with subtle harmonies.
‘The sound is joyful & harmonious…simply ravishing’. Yorkshire Post Magazine
A fundraising event on behalf of RSPB Bempton Cliffs.
  All £10
   "SWAN LAKE " Bolshoi Ballet  Sunday 23rd February 3 pm
Prince  Siegfried  is  summoned  by  his  parents  to  choose  a  bride.
However,  he  encounters  a  mysterious  swan-woman  by  the  lake, Odette, and is captivated by her.
His vow of eternal love to her will have irreversible consequences.
Tchaikovsky’s essential masterpiece returns with a new cast for the most beloved ballet in the classical canon.
Technically challenging and filled with vibrant emotion, with a stunning and world-famous corps de ballet in perfect unison, the legendary love story between Prince Siegfried and the dual personalities Odette/Odile, born at the Bolshoi Theatre, is a must-see.
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  "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.
  All £16
"A Sentimental Journey" LIVE
Saturday 7th March 7.30 pm
Born in 1922 Doris Day was a movie and singing icon of the 1950s.
The singer turned actress starred in films such as Calamity Jane and Pillow Talk and had a hit in 1956 with Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)
Her songs are as popular today as when she first recorded them.
She was an animal rights activist and for the last 30 years had lived on an animal sanctuary that she created in California.
The show 'Sentimental Journey' is a musical tribute to Doris and traces her life through song.  It is produced by Green Ginger Productions and will be staged by 3 former students of Park Street and Northern Theatre Company.
Ticket price includes a donation to the RSPCA All £12
  "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.
  All £16
  "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
   "ROMEO AND JULIET" Bolshoi Ballet  Sunday 29th March 3 pm
In Verona, Romeo and Juliet fall madly in love while their respective families, the Montagues and the Capulets, are caught in a bitter rivalry ending in heart-wrenching tragedy…
The star-crossed lovers’ tragic fate inspired Prokofiev a remarkable cinematic score, from the delicate theme of Juliet to the ominous Dance of the Knights.
Bolshoi stars Ekaterina Krysanova and Vladislav Lantratov wholly embody the two eternal lovers in Alexei Ratmansky’s stunning evocation of love at first sight
His brilliant and detailed adaptation set to Prokofiev’s romantic and cinematic score reignites the story of literature’s most celebrated star-crossed lovers like no other classical ballet choreographer today.
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  "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.
  All £16
  "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?
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   "JEWELS" Bolshoi Ballet  Sunday 19th April 4 pm
Emeralds, rubies and diamonds are the inspiration for choerographer George Balanchine's glittering triptych of abstract ballets in which each displays a facet of musical and dance styles intimately connected to his own life and career.
In the three acts Balanchine delves into the essence of each jewel, using music from different composers and incorporating different balletic styles.
'Emeralds', set to music by Fauré, is infused with a dreamy French romanticism.
The fiery 'Rubies' fizzes with the energy and exuberance of jazz-age New York in its setting of ebullient Stravinsky.
And 'Diamonds', using music from Tchaikovsky's Third Symphony, evokes the high classicism of Imperial Russia, here brilliantly danced by the Bolshoi.
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  "Cavalleria Rusticana/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.
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  "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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