Adapted from Jack London’s seminal novel, The Call of The Wild vividly brings to the screen the story of Buck, a big-hearted dog whose blissful domestic life is turned upside down when he is suddenly uprooted from his California home and transplanted to the exotic wilds of the Alaskan Yukon during the Gold Rush of the 1890s.
Handsome, clever, and rich, Emma Woodhouse (Anya Taylor-Joy) is a restless queen bee without rivals in her sleepy little town. In this glittering satire of social class and the pain of growing up, Emma must adventure through misguided matches and romantic missteps to find the love that has been there all along.
In the summer of 1979, two families, who had been working on their audacious plan for more than two years, try to flee East Germany in a self-made hot-air balloon. But after the balloon crash-lands just before the West German border, they face a nerve-wracking race against the clock, and the two families attempt to build a new escape balloon, before the Stasi can catch them. With a warm welcome and nibbles from The Wirksworth Twinning Association.
In German with English subtitles.
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.
Liam Scarlett’s glorious production of Swan Lake, new in 2018, returns for its first revival. While remaining faithful to the Marius Petipa/Lev Ivanov text, Scarlett’s additional choreography and John Macfarlane’s magnificent designs breathe new life into what is arguably the best-known and most-loved classical ballet.
The entire Company shines in this eternal tale of doomed love, a masterpiece filled with iconic moments. Tchaikovsky’s first score for ballet soars with its symphonic sweep and combines perfectly with exquisite choreography from the grand pas de deux of Prince Siegfried and Odile to the swans at the lakeside.
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.
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.
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.
One man has seen more of the natural world than any other. This unique feature documentary is his witness statement. In his 93 years, David Attenborough has visited every continent on the globe, exploring the wild places of our planet and documenting the living world in all its variety and wonder. Now, for the first time he reflects upon both the defining moments of his lifetime as a naturalist and the devastating changes he has seen.
Honest, revealing and urgent, A Life On Our Planet is a powerful first-hand account of humanity's impact on nature and a message of hope for future generations. The film will be followed by a Q&A with David Attenborough live from the World Premiere at the iconic Royal Albert Hall.
The incredible, true story of Marie Curie (Rosamund Pike) and her ground-breaking scientific achievements. In Paris, 1893, Marie meets fellow scientist Pierre Curie. The pair go on to marry, raise two daughters and change the face of science forever by jointly winning the Nobel Prize for the discovery of radium in 1903. Marie Curie was the first female scientist to win the esteemed prize.
Set in a suburban fantasy world, two teenage elf brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot, go on a journey to discover if there is still a little magic left out there in order to spend one last day with their father, who died when they were too young to remember him.
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.
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.
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.
The story of the 1970 Miss World Competition starring Keira Knightley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Greg Kinnear (wearing a stunning fake nose) as Bob Hope. The movie tells two different stories: that of feminist activist Sally Alexander protesting the competition, and of Jennifer Hosten, the first black woman to ever be crowned Miss World.
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.
A fantastically exciting, playful and inventive saxophonist, Art Themen has been a leading figure on the UK jazz scene for over 50 years, famously combining his role as a consultant orthopaedic surgeon with duties in the bands of Alexis Korner and Stan Tracey. With Art in this trio are organist Pete Whittaker, formerly of The Nigel Price Organ Trio, and drummer George Double who has worked as a sideman to Shirley Bassey and Jack Jones.
When her husband is taken hostage by his striking employees, a trophy wife (Catherine Deneuve) takes the reigns of the family business and proves to be a remarkably effective leader. Business and personal complications arrive in the form of her ex-lover (Gérard Depardieu), a former union leader. With a warm welcome and nibbles from The Wirksworth Twinning Association.
In French with English subtitles.
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.
Jo March reflects back and forth on her life, telling the beloved story of the March sisters - four young women each determined to live life on their own terms.
This screening is showing with descriptive subtitles for people with hearing difficulties, to mark Deaf Awareness Week. We're hoping to engage as many people who have hearing difficulties as possible, so tickets for this screening are priced from £5.
Matthew Bourne’s ‘gorgeous take on the film classic’ (★★★★ The Times) comes to cinemas for the first time. Winner of two Olivier Awards, The Red Shoes is an ‘utterly enthralling’ (★★★★★ Daily Express) tale of obsession, possession and one girl’s dream to be the greatest dancer in the world. Victoria Page lives to dance but her ambitions become a battleground between the two men who inspire her passion.
Matthew Bourne’s magical adaptation of the classic Powell and Pressburger film is set to the achingly romantic music of golden-age Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann, the production is orchestrated by Terry Davies, with stunning designs by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Paul Groothuis and projection design by Duncan McLean. Filmed live at Sadler’s Wells in London especially for cinemas.
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?
Mick Fleetwood has assembled a stellar cast of musicians to celebrate the music that established Fleetwood Mac as one of the biggest bands in the world – the music of Peter Green.
With a line-up featuring Neil Finn, Noel Gallagher, Billy Gibbons, David Gilmour, Kirk Hammett, Jonny Lang, John Mayall, Christine McVie, Pete Townshend, Steven Tyler and Bill Wyman, this once-in-a-lifetime concert event captured at The London Palladium on 25 Feb 2020 is an absolute must-see for any music fan out there.
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.
Regarded as Britain’s greatest living playwright, Tom Stoppard’s critically acclaimed new play is a passionate drama of love, family and endurance.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Leopoldstadt was the old, crowded Jewish quarter of Vienna, Austria. But Hermann Merz, a factory owner and baptised Jew now married to Catholic Gretl, has moved up in the world.
We follow his family’s story across half a century, passing through the convulsions of war, revolution, impoverishment, annexation by Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. A company of 40 actors represent each generation of the family in this epic, but intimate play.
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).
From the writer of One Man, Two Guvnors comes a hilarious new play, set in 1940s British summertime.
After an aerial dog fight, Pilot Officer Jack Absolute flies home to rejoin his fearless young Hurricane squadron at RAF Fontwell. Once back on British soil, Jack is shocked to find his old flame, Lydia, on the base. He sets his sights on winning her heart, but with turbulence and hilarity never far away, his advances quickly turn to anarchy.
Staged to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, this joyous farce is directed by Thea Sharrock (Me Before You) and features a cast including Caroline Quentin and Richard Fleeshman.
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).