From Academy Award winner Tom Hooper, director of Les Misérables and The King's Speech. Based on the legendary Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. Using innovative motion capture technology Hooper brings this daring new vision to screen with a fabulous cast including; Idris Elba, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen and Rebel Wilson. A musical spectacular for the whole family.
This exhibition will display more than 50 paintings, prints and drawings in which this modern master of British art turned his unflinching eye firmly on himself. One of the most celebrated painters of our time, Lucian Freud is also one of very few 20th-century artists who portrayed themselves with such consistency.
Spanning nearly seven decades his self-portraits give a fascinating insight into both his psyche and his development as a painter, from his earliest portrait painted in 1939 to the final one executed 64 years later. When seen together, his portraits represent an engrossing study into the dynamic of ageing and the process of self-representation.
Frustrated with the direction of the church, Cardinal Bergoglio (Jonathan Pryce) requests permission to retire in 2012 from Pope Benedict (Anthony Hopkins). Instead, facing scandal and self-doubt, the introspective Pope Benedict summons his harshest critic and future successor to Rome to reveal a secret that would shake the foundations of the Catholic Church.
Director Greta Gerwig returns to cinema with her much anticipated follow up to her breakout hit Lady Bird, which was based one her own adolescence. In Little Women, we follow the lives of four sisters, Amy, Jo, Beth and Meg, as they come of age in 1800s America during the aftermath of the Civil War. Though all very different from each other, the March sisters stand by each other through difficult and changing times.
To celebrate the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth, Seventh Art Productions presents In Search Of Mozart. Produced in association with the world's leading orchestras and musicians told through a 25,000 mile journey along every route Mozart followed, this is a detective story that travels to the heart of Europe, and the heart of a genius itself.
To mark Holocaust Memorial Week; when an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor, and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp. In Italian with English subtitles.
With a warm welcome and nibbles from The Wirksworth Twinning Association.
Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel Small Island comes to life in an epic new theatre adaptation. Embark on a journey from Jamaica to Britain, through the Second World War to 1948 – the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury.
The play 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.
A WWII satire that follows a lonely German boy named Jojo whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother is hiding a young Jewish girl in their attic. Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (the film’s director and comedian extraodinaire, Taika Waititi), Jojo must confront his blind nationalism head on. Charming and hilarious… if a little on the nose.
Puccini’s opera of young love in 19th-century Paris is packed with beautiful music, including lyrical arias, celebratory choruses for Act II’s evocation of Christmas Eve in the Latin Quarter and a poignant final scene over which the composer himself wept.
Richard Jones’s character-led production perfectly captures La bohème’s mixture of comedy, romance and tragedy, with striking designs by Stewart Laing. The cast features some of the greatest interpreters of Puccini’s bohemian lovers performing today.
Set in 1825, Clare, a young Irish convict woman, chases a British officer through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. On the way she enlists the services of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy, who is also marked by trauma from his own dark past.
Filmed live at the Adelphi Theatre in the heart of London’s West End, and strutting onto the big screen! With songs from Grammy and Tony award winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, book by legendary Broadway playwright Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles), and direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde, Hairspray), the musical is based on the film written by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth.
Seberg is inspired by real events about the French New Wave darling and Breathless star, Jean Seberg (another excellent performance by Kristen Stewart), who in the late 1960s was targeted by Hoover's FBI, because of her political and romantic involvement with civil rights activist Hakim Jamal.
Sam Mendes (Skyfall) 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 stands on a New York dockside. Dreaming of a new life in the new world. He 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.
An enthrallingly tense wartime thriller à la Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk. Schofield and Blake, two young British soldiers during WWI, are given a seemingly impossible mission. With time against them, they must deliver a message, deep in enemy territory, that will stop their own men, and Blake's own brother, walking straight into a deadly trap.
Gillian Anderson (X-Files) and Lily James ( Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) lead in All About Eve.
The play 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…?
Join us on Valentine’s Day for Richard Linklater’s delightful opening to his renowned “Before Trilogy”. American tourist Jesse and French student Celine meet by chance on the train from Budapest to Vienna. Sensing that they are developing a connection, Jesse asks Celine to spend the day with him in Vienna, and she agrees. So they pass the time before his scheduled flight the next morning together, taking in the sights and the first embraces of an enduring love.
Super spy Lance Sterling and scientist Walter Beckett are exact opposites. Lance is suave and debonair. Walter is not. But what Walter lacks in social skills he makes up for in invention, creating the awesome gadgets Lance uses on his epic missions. But when events take an unexpected turn, Walter and Lance suddenly have to rely on each other in a whole new way.
Starring Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie, based on the real scandal, Bombshell is a revealing look inside the most powerful and controversial media empire of all time; Fox News, and the explosive story of the women who brought down the infamous man who created it. A fascinating tale of bravery in the face of overt chauvinism.
An electrifying crime thriller about Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler), a charismatic New York City jeweller always on the lookout for the next big score. When he makes a series of high-stakes bets that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime, Howard must perform a precarious high-wire act, balancing business, family, and encroaching adversaries on all sides, in his relentless pursuit of the ultimate win.
New from visionary writer-director Terrence Malick (Badlands, Days from Heaven) is this reverent historical epic following a (real) unsung hero, Franz Jägerstätter, an Austrian conscientious objector who refused to fight for the Nazis in WWII. A Hidden Life explores the moral and emotional heart of Jägerstätter’s dilemma and the strength of his incorruptible personal faith.
James McAvoy returns to the stage in this inventive new adaptation.
Fierce with a pen and notorious in combat, Cyrano almost has it all... if only he could win the heart of his true love Roxane. There’s just one big problem: he has a nose as huge as his heart. Will a society engulfed by narcissism get the better of Cyrano - or can his mastery of language set Roxane’s world alight?
Edmond Rostand’s masterwork is adapted by Martin Crimp. This classic play will be brought to life with linguistic ingenuity to celebrate Cyrano’s powerful and resonant resistance against overwhelming odds.
From master satirist Armando Iannucci (BBC’s The Thick of It, HBO’s Veep, The Death of Stalin), comes this new take on the period comedy.
Dev Patel gives a fantastic performance as the titular hero; leading a starry, diverse ensemble cast including Ben Whishaw, Hugh Laurie, Peter Capaldi and Tilda Swinton, in this hilarious take on one of Charles Dickens’ best-loved novels. A semi-autobiographical tale following Copperfield’s vivid life from early youth through to middle age.
Juliette Binoche and Guillame Canet reunite for this wry, slyly seductive tale of sex, lies, and literature. Set amidst the bohemian intelligentsia of the Parisian publishing world, Non-Fiction traces the romantic and emotional fallout that results when a controversial writer begins blurring the line between fact and fiction. In French with English subtitles.
With a warm welcome and nibbles from The Wirksworth Twinning Association.
Polish director Agnieszka Holland's biopic commemorates the heroic efforts of Gareth Jones: the Welsh journalist who broke the story of the horrific famines within the Soviet Union in the 1930s. It depicts Jones' efforts to resist the Soviet secret service's attempts to censor him and his travels from Moscow to Kharkov. A gripping tale of espionage and betrayal.
Inspired by a shocking true story, a tenacious attorney (Spotlight’s Mark Ruffalo) uncovers a dark secret that connects a growing number of unexplained deaths due to one of the world's largest corporations polluting a local water supply. In the process, he risks everything, his future, his family, and his own life... to expose the truth.
A gorgeous new digital restoration of Federico Fellini’s pièce de résistance. Journalist and man-about-town Marcello struggles to find his place in the world, torn between the allure of Rome's elite social scene and the stifling domesticity offered by his girlfriend, all the while searching for a way to become a serious writer.
"Probably the greatest film ever made" - Nicolas Winding Refn
Looking at the life of Polish pianist and composer Frédéric François Chopin, whose grave in Paris remains a place of pilgrimage and whose music continues to sell out concert halls worldwide.
Former First Lady of the Philippines Imelda Marcos, she of the sensational shoe shopping habit and excesses so notorious they led to the spawning of an adjective, “Imeldific” – is the fascinating subject of this jaw-dropping new documentary. An acute study of the psychology of power and a portrait of someone with an incredible, almost inviolable, sense of entitlement.
From Robert Eggers, the visionary filmmaker behind modern horror masterpiece The Witch, comes a tale of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s who are faced with solitude, but start to lose their sanity and become threatened by their worst nightmares.
Taking its inspiration clearly from the likes of Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter. This film was shot on shimmering 35mm black and white with a daring and intense aspect ratio, The Lighthouse is a brilliant, original and distinctive existentialist work of cinema... with a jet black heart.
From master director Terry Gilliam. Toby (Adam Driver), a disillusioned advertising executive, becomes pulled in to a world of time jumping fantasy when a Spanish cobbler believes him to be Sancho Panza (Jonathan Pryce). He gradually becomes unable to tell dreams from reality.
Out & Proud - a new season screening in partnership with Wirksworth & District LGBTQIA+
Winner of the Best Foreign Language Film award at the 2018 Oscars. Marina (Daniela Vega), a transgender nightclub singer, comes under suspicion when her much older lover dies suddenly. After being harassed and threatened by her late boyfriend's vengeful relatives and the police, she must defend her rights as both Orlando's partner and as a human being.
In Spanish with English subtitles.
A blackly comic satirical thriller which wowed critics on its premiere at Cannes 2019 and went on to win the prestigious Palme d’Or. Full of energy, verve and a transgressive visual wit, Parasite is incredibly watchable. It is also brimming with rage, director Bong Joon-ho exposing the inequalities of contemporary capitalism and offering a real focus on the desperation, misery and immorality of poverty.
In Korean with English subtitles.
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 (disguised as ‘Fidelio’) who daringly sets out to rescue him.
Set in strong counterpoint are the ingredients of domestic intrigue, determined love and the cruelty of an oppressive regime. The music is transcendent throughout and includes the famous Act I Quartet, the Prisoners’ Chorus and Florestan’s impassioned Act II cry in the darkness and vision of hope.
In this eagerly-awaited documentary, Phil Grabsky’s biographical account of Haydn’s life is a visual and aural extravaganza, including breath-taking performances by some of the world’s most celebrated musicians.
Winner of the Best Foreign Language Film at 2019 Oscars, and finally available to screen in cinemas. Cleo is one of two domestic workers who help Antonio and Sofía take care of their four children in 1970’s Mexico City. Complications soon arise when Antonio suddenly runs away with his mistress and Cleo finds out that she's pregnant. When Sofía decides to take the kids on vacation, she invites Cleo along for the ride.
In Spanish with English subtitles.
The story of Christ’s death and resurrection has dominated western culture for the past 2000 years. It is perhaps the most significant historical event of all time, as recounted by the gospels but, equally, as depicted by the greatest artists in history.
From the triumphant to the savage, the ethereal to the tactile, some of western civilization’s greatest artworks focus on this pivotal moment. This beautifully crafted film explores the Easter story as depicted in art, from the time of the early Christians to the present day.
Two opera classics are drawn together in this wonderfully observed re-creation of life in a south Italian village as a travelling theatre visits and emotions erupt. The award-winning production by Damiano Michieletto presents vividly the fast-moving, shocking events brought about by secret love and uncontrollable jealousy.
The music is full of Italianate melody in the great choruses that bring the villagers together in celebration and revelry, alongside the solo arias and tense confrontations that provoke violence and tragedy. With thrilling singing and intense drama, ‘Cav and Pag’ distils into one wonderful night out, the enduring appeal of Italian opera in its most familiar form.
France, 1760. A subversively seductive love story, Céline Sciamma’s superlative film explores the unique qualities of female-only spaces and the power of the female gaze as a vector of intimacy and desire, as two women grapple with their longing for each other within a society that prohibits not only sexual and emotional bonds between, but the wider control of their own artistry, bodies and lives.
In French with English subtitles.
Rural Suffolk in England, 1759. As the country waits for Halley’s comet, a young woman is sentenced to hang for a heinous murder.
When she claims to be pregnant, a jury of 12 matrons are taken from their housework to decide whether she’s telling the truth, or simply trying to escape the noose. With only midwife Lizzy Luke prepared to defend the girl, and a mob baying for blood outside, the matrons wrestle with their new authority, and the devil in their midst.
James Macdonald directs Maxine Peake (The Theory of Everything, Funny Cow) in this bold and gripping thriller.
Set across a 16-year span from Mad Men to the moon landings, this new production of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale imagines a world where the ghosts of fascist Europe collide with horrors of The Handmaid’s Tale, before washing up on a joyful seashore.
King Leontes rips his family apart with his jealousy but grief opens his heart. Will he find the child he abandoned before it is too late?
Strauss’s thrilling and audacious adaptation of Greek tragedy receives a new staging by the awardwinning director Christof Loy. This uncompromising opera, about a daughter intent on bloody revenge and a mother driven to madness, has provoked critics to lively debate and both shocked and excited audiences since its 1909 premiere. Antonio Pappano conducts music that combines violence with moments of exquisite tenderness in his first Strauss interpretation for The Royal Opera since 2002.
The outstanding cast includes Nina Stemme (Brünnhilde in last Season’s Der Ring des Nibelungen) in the title role, and Karita Mattila in her role debut as the haunted queen Klytämnestra.
This highly engaging film takes us on a journey through the life of one of the most prevalent female icons: Frida Kahlo. She was a prolific self-portraitist, using the canvas as a mirror through all stages of her turbulent and, at times, tragic life. Guided with interview, commentary and Frida’s own words, Exhibition on Screen uncovers that this, however, was not a life defined by tragedy.
Featuring key exhibitions and interviews with world-renowned Kahlo curators, we explore the extraordinary symbolism and themes in these personal canvases to seek a deeper understanding of the real Frida Kahlo.
How do any of us really know who we are? A man arrives in a strange town only to find that everyone knows his name, but thinks he’s someone else. A woman wonders why her husband is not the man he was, but starts to rather like it. Confusion mounts as everyone uncouples from themselves. Will they ever find themselves again? And do they really want to?
Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, a fairytale farce of everyday miracles, mistaken identity and double vision, is directed by comedy master Phillip Breen (The Provoked Wife 2019, The Hypocrite 2017, The Merry Wives of Windsor 2012).
Forced to flee his native land, Pericles becomes a refugee at the mercy of sea and strangers. Scarred by the heartbreaking loss of family and home, he submits to the rhythms of the ocean in the hope of a miracle. Located in a familiar world of precarious journeys and treacherous alliances, this is Shakespeare’s touching and hopeful tale of loss and reconciliation.
Director Blanche McIntyre returns to the RSC after her acclaimed Titus Andronicus (2017) and The Two Noble Kinsmen (2016).