Adapted from Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel. Theodore Decker was 13 years old when his mother was killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The tragedy changes the course of his life, sending him on a stirring odyssey of grief and guilt. Through it all, he holds on to one tangible piece of hope from that terrible day... a painting of a tiny bird chained to its perch. The Goldfinch.
Multi-award-winning director Emma Rice brings her unique, exuberantly impish vision to Angela Carter’s great last novel in this brand-new theatre production. A big, bawdy tangle of theatrical joy and heartbreak, Wise Children is a celebration of show business, family, forgiveness and hope, with a generous dash of Shakespeare.
In Brixton, Nora and Dora Chance – twin chorus girls born and bred south of the river – are celebrating their 75th birthday. Over the river in Chelsea, their father – and greatest actor of his generation – Melchior Hazard turns 100 on the same day. As does his twin brother Peregrine. If, in fact, he’s still alive. And if, in truth, Melchior is their real father after all… Performed by a talented ensemble cast, this entertaining, all-singing and dancing show opened to a raft of 4 and 5-star reviews at London’s Old Vic in 2018.
A powerful biographical thriller, Hotel Mumbai is a vivid depiction of the devastating 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. Inspired by the 2009 documentary Surviving Mumbai, and starring Dev Patel, Armie Hammer, Nazanin Boniadi and Anupam Kher, this white-knuckle retelling recounts how guests and staff at the city’s opulent Taj Mahal Palace Hotel fought to survive during those four terrifying days.
See the hilarious, award-winning, one-woman show that inspired the BBC’s hit TV series Fleabag,broadcast live to cinemas from London’s West End. Written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Killing Eve) and directed by Vicky Jones, Fleabag is a rip-roaring look at some sort of woman living her sort of life.
Fleabag may seem oversexed, emotionally unfiltered and self-obsessed, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. With family and friendships under strain and a guinea pig café struggling to keep afloat, Fleabag suddenly finds herself with nothing to lose.
Winter 1968 and showbiz legend Judy Garland (Renée Zellweger) arrives in Swinging London to perform a five-week sold-out run at The Talk of the Town. It is 30 years since she shot to global stardom in The Wizard of Oz, but if her voice has weakened, its dramatic intensity has only grown. As she prepares for the show, battles with management, charms musicians and reminisces with friends and adoring fans, her wit and warmth shine through.
Join us to celebrate Wirksworth Wizarding Day!
Grindelwald has escaped custody and sets about gathering followers, his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards to rule over all non-magical beings. Only Albus Dumbledore and Newt Scamander can help save the magical world from the dark wizard.
Royal Opera favourite Bryn Terfel heads the cast for this new production of Donizetti’s comedy of domestic drama across two generations. The witty story of a middle-aged man whose supposed young wife runs rings around him – with her own ulterior romantic purpose in mind – has long delighted and surprised audiences, not least as presented with the sparkle of its music and the virtuoso skill of its performers.
Damiano Michieletto’s exhilarating production shows how contemporary the characters still are and how immediate and touching the story remains.
A group of German construction workers start a tough job at a remote building site in the Bulgarian countryside. The foreign land awakens the men's sense of adventure, but they are also confronted with their own prejudice and mistrust due to the language barrier and cultural differences. The stage is quickly set for a showdown when two men begin to compete for recognition and favor from the local villagers. In German & Bulgarian with English subtitles.
With a warm welcome and nibbles from The Wirksworth Twinning Association.
This new film presents every single attributed Leonardo painting, in Ultra HD quality, never seen before on the big screen. Key works include The Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, Lady with an Ermine, Ginevra de’ Benci, Madonna Litta, Virgin of the Rocks, and many more. The film also looks afresh at Leonardo’s life, his inventiveness, his sculptural skills, his military foresight and his ability to navigate the treacherous politics of the day.
A misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuriesold curse, in this stop motion adventure. To celebrate Halloween we'll also be running a special eco-friendly (and spooky) craft workshop for kids beforehand.
Joker centers around the origin of the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen. Todd Phillips' exploration of Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix), a man disregarded by society, is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.
Starting on the Greek island of Hydra in 1960, where Leonard Cohen, then a struggling and unknown fiction writer, and Marianne Ihlen, a single mother with a young son, became part of a community of expat artists, writers and musicians. Never-before-seen footage shot by Broomfield and legendary documentarian D.A. Pennebaker make for a unique portrait of an idyllic 1960's bohemia.
“A genuine modern masterpiece” – Mark Kermode.
Martin Ward is a cove fisherman without a boat- his brother having repurposed their trawler as a day tripper for tourists and thus driven a wedge between the two. The height of the summer season finds Martin on the wrong side of simmering tension between the locals and tourists when a family tragedy changes everything.
Shot in Cornwall on 16mm black and white film and processed by hand, Bait is an utterly unique, handcrafted monochrome exploration of communities facing up to a changing world.
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.
A witty and devastating new play.
Join an incredible array of singers and musicians who came together to honor one of the world’s most remarkable artists, Joni Mitchell, on her 75th Birthday.
Captured over two nights in November 2018 by The Music Center at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, the entire concert, along with special behind-the-scenes interviews with the artists, will be here for a special one off screening.
42nd Street, the legendary Broadway musical theatre classic, is a glorious and utterly moreish extravaganza of glitz. Telling the story of Peggy Sawyer, a talented young performer with stars in her eyes who gets her big break on Broadway, this is the largest ever staging of the Tony Award-winning musical and it was filmed live at the magnificent Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, in the heart of London’s West End.
Fresh off the bus from small-town America Peggy is just another face in the chorus line on Broadway’s newest show. But when the leading lady gets injured, Peggy might just have the shot at stardom she’s always dreamed of…
The story of the brittle but vital relationship between L. S. Lowry, and his bedridden, unhappy and controlling mother. Engrossing and entertaining, Mrs Lowry & Son offers up a veritable masterclass in acting, with Vanessa Redgrave and Timothy Spall spellbinding as a mother and son separated by art and ambition.
This fluid, dream-like adaptation of Justin Torres’ autobiographical novel about a mixed-race family with three inseparable young sons in upstate New York, is a lyrical, impressionistic, arrestingly beautiful and strongly performed work of cinema. A heartbreaking film – part coming of age story, part sexual exploration, part magical realism – explores the animalism of young children alongside that of violent, warring adults.
Directed by Chris Morris, the creator of British cult-comedy-hit Four Lions.
An impoverished preacher who brings hope to the Miami projects is offered cash to save his family from eviction. He has no idea his sponsor works for the FBI, who plan to turn him into a criminal by fueling his mad-cap revolutionary dreams.
Enjoy this tasting evening of indulgence with Robert Bagot of Buon Vino, sampling delicious Italian wines - perfectly paired with some very special Award Winning British and Italian cheeses.
Space is limited to 15 places at £35 a ticket. For this you will sample six amazing wines married up with 6 great cheeses.
The acclaimed TV show finally gets the big screen treatment with this feature-length adaptation of the ITV drama mega-hit, following the saga of the Crawley family and the servants who work for them in the early 20th century English countryside. Hugh, Maggie and the gang are back for one final fling, expect luxury, intrigue and laughs in abundance.
A powerfully intimate and insightful portrait of the internationally renowned INXS frontman. Deftly woven from an extraordinary archive of rich imagery, Michael’s private home movies and those of his lovers, friends, and family, the film delves beneath the public persona of the charismatic ‘Rock God’ and transports us through the looking glass to reveal a multifaceted, intensely sensitive and complex man.
An affecting human drama of love, loss, and resilience unfolds against the backdrop of World War I. The women of the Paridier farm, under the deft hand of Hortense, the family's matriarch must grapple with the workload while the men, including two sons, are off at the front. In French with English subtitles.
With a warm welcome and nibbles from The Wirksworth Twinning Association.
Featuring a Tony Award-winning performance from host of the The Late Late Show, James Corden, the hilarious West End and Broadway hit One Man, Two Guvnors returns to cinemas to mark National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday.
Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancée’s dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers.
Out & Proud - a new season screening in partnership with Wirksworth & District LGBTQIA+
Kena lives on a Nairobi housing estate with her mother. Helping her father, convenience store owner John, campaign for a local election, she befriends Ziki, the daughter of his political rival. As Kena and Ziki’s relationship deepens, so do the stakes, forcing them to choose between openness and secrecy, happiness and safety.
Parts in Swahili with English subtitles.
Lewis Hancock brings his version of Alan Bennett’s dramatic monologue to our stage for two special live performances, followed by accompanying pieces; Horatius by Lord Macauley and The Descent of Man by Don Nigro.
Lewis was trained at the Central School, and has worked in regional Rep, on screen and in many roles for Radio 4. Superb live theatre.
WAFF 2019 LAUNCH EVENT
After a collision with a shipping container at sea, a resourceful sailor (Robert Redford) finds himself, despite all efforts to the contrary, staring his mortality in the face.
Mark Daly and Michael Harding have been working together as Animat since 2005 and have established a national reputation in the UK for their unique live rescore events, performing at cinemas, festivals and other venues across the country with cult films.
Derby Jazz are back for another superb evening of live music. Known internationally for his work with Soft Machine, Phill Miller and South African jazz composer Chris McGregor. Fred’s range on guitar and electric bass is astonishing, covering classical acoustic through swing to full on psychedelic jazz/rock.
The sea women of Japan's Shima Peninsula maintain an ancient tradition of diving for pearls, urchins and abalone, without the benefit of modern gear or protection. For over 2000 years, the Ama-San have been diving in this way. A stunning portrait which stunningly captures the day to day lives of these daring matriarchs.
In Japanese with English subtitles.
Follow Australian ultra-runner and politician Pat Farmer on his 4,647km Spirit Of India run, which took him from the southernmost tip of India to its northern border over two gruelling months of 80km days and extreme heat, cold, snow and rain. However, as the run progresses, the feat is met by apathy from the Australian media, and the film becomes an affecting and often hilarious tale of triumph over adversity.
The Brit Rock Film Tour comprises the best new climbing films, from the UK’s top adventure filmmakers, featuring some of the country’s most popular climbers. Leading filmmaker and founder of the Brit Rock Tour Alastair Lee is collaborating with the best of the UK’s adventure filmmakers as well as his own new productions resulting in this stunning new line up of compelling stories from the vertical world
The Women’s Adventure Film Tour is a celebration of the inspiring women around us who are doing extraordinary things in the name of adventure. This selection of unique films are carefully chosen to show awesome women achieving their adventurous goals. These films showcase real stories about women from a variety of cultures and sports around the world.
The concept is simple – we've put on a great film and you cycle to it. Have a drink and a piece of cake, chat, watch the film and cycle home.
The Bikes of Wrath; a story of adventure and humanity in the American heartland, which follows five Australian friends as they attempt to cycle 2,600 kilometres from Oklahoma to California in honour of John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Grapes of Wrath. Travelling through rural towns and the communities of Middle America, exploring the wealth gap, religion, immigration and the American Dream.
Every November, Kendal Mountain Festival brings thousands of outdoor enthusiasts from across the globe together to share and celebrate the best stories from the world of adventure. Stories of human endurance, breathtaking environments and soul-stirring journeys. We’re thrilled to be hosting the best of the festival again this year for the UK premiere.
Between 2011 and 2015 UK adventurer Sarah Outen traversed the globe. Sarah was the engine, travelling by bike, kayak and rowing boat across Europe and Asia, the Pacific Ocean, North America and finally the Atlantic. Sarah’s incredible four-year odyssey saw her travel over 20,000 miles. As she migrated between cultures, climates and landscapes under her own power.
Career con artist Roy Courtnay (Ian McKellen) can hardly believe his luck when he meets well-to-do widow Betty McLeish (Helen Mirren) online. As Betty opens her home and life to him, Roy is surprised to find himself caring about her, turning what should be a cut-and-dry swindle into the most treacherous tightrope walk of his life.
Shakespeare’s timeless tragicomedy of obsession and redemption is reimagined in this stunning production co-directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh.
King Leontes appears to have everything: power, wealth, a loving family and friends. But sexual jealousy sets in motion a chain of events with tragic consequences… The Winter’s Tale stars a remarkable group of actors, featuring Judi Dench as Paulina.
Matthew Warchus directs Andrew Scott (BBC’s Sherlock, Fleabag) 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.
In 1862, daredevil balloon pilot Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones) teams up with pioneering meteorologist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) to advance human knowledge of the weather and fly higher than anyone in history. While breaking records and advancing scientific discovery, their voyage to the very edge of existence helps the unlikely pair find their place in the world they have left far below them.
Angelina Jolie returns in this Disney spin-off adventure. A formidable queen causes a rift between Maleficent and Princess Aurora. Together, they must face new allies and enemies in a bid to protect the magical lands which they share.
In a remote mountaintop setting somewhere in Latin America, a rebel group of teenage commandos perform military training exercises while watching over a prisoner (Julianne Nicholson) and a conscripted milk cow for a shadowy force known only as The Organization. After an ambush drives the squadron into the jungle, fracturing their intricate bond, the mission begins to collapse.
In Spanish with English subtitles.
American car designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale) battle corporate interference, the laws of physics and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford and challenge Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966. A white knuckle thrill ride.
When the transition is being made from silent films to `talkies', everyone has trouble adapting. Don and Lina have been cast repeatedly as a romantic couple, but when their latest film is remade into a musical, only Don has the voice for the new singing part. After a lot of practise with a diction coach, Lina still sounds terrible, and Kathy, a bright young aspiring actress, is hired to record over her voice.
As the Allies sweep across Germany, Lore leads her siblings on a journey that exposes them to the truth of their parents' beliefs. An encounter with a mysterious refugee forces Lore to rely on a person she has always been taught to hate. In German with English subtitles.
With a warm welcome and nibbles from The Wirksworth Twinning Association.
The Royal Ballet’s glorious production of The Nutcracker, created by Peter Wright in 1984, is the production par excellence of an all-time ballet favourite. It is Christmas Eve and Herr Drosselmeyer the magician sweeps young Clara away on a fantasy adventure in which time is suspended, the family living-room becomes a great battlefield, and a magical journey takes them through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets.
Tchaikovsky’s glittering score, the gorgeous festive stage designs, and The Royal Ballet’s captivating dancing including an exquisite pas de deux between the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince, make this Nutcracker the quintessential Christmas experience.
In Search of Beethoven offers a comprehensive and dynamic account of the life and works of the great composer. The film features 65 performances by the world’s finest musicians. In addition 100 interviews were conducted in the making of this beautifully crafted film
At this time of year it’s important to be thinking of others, and especially those worse off than ourselves. So we’ve come up with an idea to help share some festive good will around, and lend a helping hand to our community.
Sorry We Missed You is the latest offering from politically charged filmmaker Ken Loach (I, Daniel Blake).
Ricky and his family, have been fighting an uphill struggle against debt since the 2008 financial crash. An opportunity to wrestle back some independence appears with a shiny new van and the chance to run a franchise as a self employed delivery driver. It's hard work, and his wife's job as a carer is no easier. The family unit is strong but when both are pulled in different directions everything comes to breaking point.
A startling and confrontational look at the gig economy, and a film that highlights the cost of on demand culture. Something we can all be more mindful of as we approach Christmas.
Festive Food Drive
We'd like to ask all customers who attend to bring a donation for the Jigsaw Food Bank in Matlock. Suggestions of items can be found here.
Kate (Emilia Clarke) harrumphs around London, a bundle of bad decisions accompanied by the jangle of bells on her shoes, another irritating consequence from her job as an elf in a year-round Christmas shop. Tom (Golding) seems too good to be true when he walks into her life and starts to see through so many of Kate's barriers. As London transforms into the most wonderful time of the year.
Can you believe it’s been six long years since we all had the tune of “Let it Go” stuck in our heads. Well, rejoice, as the next installment is finally here. Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven leave Arendelle to travel to an ancient, autumn-bound forest of an enchanted land. They set out to find the origin of Elsa's powers in order to save their kingdom.
Join us on Boxing Day as we travel back in time with Judy Garland in the loveliest Christmas movie ever made. In the year leading up to the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, the four Smith daughters learn lessons of life and love, even as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York.