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A SMALL FAMILY BUSINESS – NT Live

210 min | NR
A riotous exposure of entrepreneurial greed by Olivier Award-winning playwright Alan Ayckbourn (Bedroom Farce, A Chorus of Disapproval), A SMALL FAMILY BUSINESS returns to the National Theatre for the first time since its celebrated premiere in 1987, when it won the Evening Standard Award for Best Play. Moments after taking over his father-in-law’s business, Jack McCracken discovers his extended family to be thieves and adulterers, looting the business from their suburban homes. Rampant self-interest takes over and comic hysteria builds to a macabre climax.

 

Directed By
Adam Penford

Written By
Alan Ayckbourn

Language
English

Cast Includes
Nigel Lindsay, Debra Gillett

Official Site
http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/productions/45345-a-small-family-busin

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LA TRAVIATA – Royal Opera House

180 min | NR
Verdi’s tragic tale of a Parisian courtesan who sacrifices all for love is vividly presented in Richard Eyre’s production of LA TRAVIATA. Alfredo and the courtesan Violetta fall passionately in love, but Alfredo’s father Giorgio disapproves of their relationship. Giorgio convinces Violetta that she must leave Alfredo, for the family’s sake – not realizing that Violetta is very ill. Alfredo, distraught, believing that Violetta has left him out of self-interest, is enraged. When Violetta is on her deathbed Giorgio understands the extent her sacrifice. He confesses all to Alfredo, who is with Violetta as she dies.

 

Directed By
Richard Eyre

Written By
Giuseppe Verdi

Language
Italian with English subtitles

Cast Includes
Renee Fleming, Monika-Evelyn Liiv, Kostas Smoriginas

Official Site
www.roh.org.uk/productions/la-traviata-by-richard-eyre

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OF MONTREAL: THE PAST IS A GROTESQUE ANIMAL

87 min | NR
THE PAST IS A GROTESQUE ANIMAL is a personal, accessible look at Kevin Barnes, frontman of the endlessly versatile indie pop band of Montreal, whose pursuit toward making transcendent music at all costs drives him to value art over human relationships. As he struggles with all of those around him, family and bandmates alike, he’s forced to reconsider the future of the band and ask whether it’s all really worth it.

 

Directed By
Jason Miller

Cast Includes
Kevin Barnes, Dottie Alexander, James Huggins

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DRIVING MISS DAISY – Broadway

90 min | NR
Two of the world’s greatest living actors, Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones, star in the theatrical revival of of timeless American classic. Captured live in HD during the show’s recent sold out Australian tour, this cinema broadcast of DRIVING MISS DAISY tells the story of the decades-long relationship between an elderly Southern Jewish woman and her compassionate African-American chauffeur. Their iconic tale of pride, changing times, and the transformative power of friendship has warmed the hearts of millions worldwide.

 

Directed By
David Esbjornson

Written By
Alfred Uhry

Cast Includes
Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones

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DRIVING MISS DAISY – Broadway

90 min | NR
Two of the world’s greatest living actors, Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones, star in the theatrical revival of of timeless American classic. Captured live in HD during the show’s recent sold out Australian tour, this cinema broadcast of DRIVING MISS DAISY tells the story of the decades-long relationship between an elderly Southern Jewish woman and her compassionate African-American chauffeur. Their iconic tale of pride, changing times, and the transformative power of friendship has warmed the hearts of millions worldwide.

 

Directed By
David Esbjornson

Written By
Alfred Uhry

Cast Includes
Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones

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NABUCCO – Royal Opera House

170 min | NR
Plácido Domingo, one of the most celebrated talents of our time, headlines this unmissable new production of NABUCCO. Verdi’s genre-defining masterwork features some of the greatest choral music ever written, offering melody, power, and raw drama on an epic scale. The plot is based on the biblical story of King Nebuchadnezzar (Nabucco), and focuses on his imprisonment of the Hebrews, his struggle against his unscrupulous daughter, his divine punishment, and final salvation. Verdi’s themes of nationhood, faith, love, and redemption call upon the full might of the Royal Opera House’s orchestra and stellar lead talent.

 

Directed By
Daniele Abbado

Written By
Guiseppe Verdi (composter)

Language
Italian

Cast Includes
Placido Domingo, Vitalij Kowaljow, Marianna Pizzolato

Official Site
www.Screenvision.com/ROH

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HENRY IV pt. 1 – Royal Shakespeare Company

180 min | NR
With his crown under threat from enemies both foreign and domestic, Henry IV prepares for war. Having deposed the previous king, he is only too aware of the tenuousness of his position, and of the price to be paid if he falters. As his father prepares to defend his crown, Prince Hal is languishing in the taverns and brothels of London, revelling in the company of his friend, the notorious Sir John Falstaff. With the onset of the war, Hal and Falstaff are thrust into the brutal reality of the battlefield, where Hal must confront his responsibilities to family and throne.

 

Directed By
Gregory Doran, Robin Lough (screen director)

Written By
William Shakespeare

Language
English

Cast Includes
Jasper Britton, Alex Hassell, Elliot Barnes-Worrell

Official Site
onscreen.rsc.org.uk/

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HENRY IV pt. 1 – Royal Shakespeare Company

180 min | NR
With his crown under threat from enemies both foreign and domestic, Henry IV prepares for war. Having deposed the previous king, he is only too aware of the tenuousness of his position, and of the price to be paid if he falters. As his father prepares to defend his crown, Prince Hal is languishing in the taverns and brothels of London, revelling in the company of his friend, the notorious Sir John Falstaff. With the onset of the war, Hal and Falstaff are thrust into the brutal reality of the battlefield, where Hal must confront his responsibilities to family and throne.

 

Directed By
Gregory Doran, Robin Lough (screen director)

Written By
William Shakespeare

Language
English

Cast Includes
Jasper Britton, Alex Hassell, Elliot Barnes-Worrell

Official Site
onscreen.rsc.org.uk/

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B.B. KING: THE LIFE OF RILEY

133 min | NR
Narrated by Morgan Freeman, B.B. KING: THE LIFE OF RILEY is the untold story of an orphan boy from the heart of the Mississippi Delta, who rose to music stardom around the world and inspired a generation of fans against all odds. The documentary includes never before seen interviews with rock legends including U2’s Bono, Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Ringo Starr and many others. Experience the inspirational journey of survival for the very first time with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and15 time GRAMMY winning artist Riley ‘BB’ King.

 

Directed By
Jon Brewer

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THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME (reprise) – NT Live

180 min | NR
Following its smash-hit live broadcast in 2012, the National Theatre production of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT–TIME returns to cinemas. Based on the acclaimed novel by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott, this award winning production has been hailed as a phenomenal combination of storytelling and spectacle. Christopher, fifteen years old, has an extraordinary brain but is ill–equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion of killing his neighbor’s dog, his own detective work takes him on a frightening journey that upends his world.

 

Directed By
Marianne Elliott

Written By
Simon Stephens

Language
English

Cast Includes
Luke Treadaway, Una Stubbs, Nicola Walker

Official Site
www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/ntlive