QUEEN C*** SACRED, OR PROFANE?
Saturday 16 March 2019 – 7.45pm
Absurd, feminist, character comedy, “side splittingly funny” – with Virgin Mary, Theresa May, Burt the drag king, Frida Kahlo and more. All power to the feminine, the wrathful, the sensual! Reclaiming the body – joyfully, darkly, anarchically…
INSPIRED PRIMARYFEST 2019
Thursday 14 March 2019 – 6PM
Come and support Somerset primary school children in this inspiring and fun evening of dance and drama performances.
METAMORPHOSIS – Beyond the Horizon
Saturday 09 March 2019 – 7.45PM
‘As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a monstrous vermin.’
The critically-acclaimed Beyond The Horizon in association with Birmingham Old Rep present their haunting, twisted reimagining of Franz Kafka’s absurd tale.
ALAN CARR – WORK IN PROGRESS SHOW
Wednesday 06 March 2019 – 8PM
Join Alan Carr, for a night of work in progress comedy with support from Angela Barnes. This is your chance to see Alan do one of his first work-in-progress shows this year.
LA FILLE DU REGIMENT – MET
Sunday 03 March 2019 – 2PM
Full of wit and invention, Donizetti’s comic opera is a delight, a tale of secret identities, long-lost family, and murky pasts.
CHICAGO – High School Edition
Thursday 28 February 2019, FRIDAY 1 MARCH, SATURDAY 2 MARCH – 7pm
Following the success of We Will Rock You, Frome College presents this sizzling, high energy show featuring iconic numbers including All That Jazz, Cell Block Tango and Razzle Dazzle! Chicago promises to be the hottest ticket in town!
THE GREATEST SHOWMAN Sing Along
Thursday 21 February 2019 – 2pm
Join us as we sing along to this smash it musical! In case you haven’t heard about it, The Greatest Showman is a biographical musical drama starring Hugh Jackman as American showman PT Barnum. A perfect half term treat for all the family.
DON QUIXOTE – ROH
Tuesday 19 February 2019 – 7.15pm
Sunny, charming, funny and touching – Don Quixote is a ballet as full of uplifting emotion as it is of astonishing ballet technique.
Sunday 17 February 2019 – 6.45pm
Postponed from 1 Feb
This hugely popular comic returns with a fresh crop of quick-fire observational gags, delivered with utter conviction.
Please note the earlier start time of 6.45pm. Tickets will be valid.
Please call the box office if you are unable to make the date and we will refund you.
AND BEFORE I FORGET I LOVE YOU, I LOVE YOU
Friday 15 February 2019 – 7.45PM
Based on his and his brother’s experiences seeing their mum deteriorate and die from Alzheimer’s just three years after being diagnosed, and on Pip’s intensive research. Pip takes the audience on a journey full of smiles, laughter, respect and tears.
CARMEN – MET
Saturday 02 February 2019 – 5.55PM
Composer Bizet died just three months after Carmen’s disastrous premiere, never knowing that his creation would become one of the most popular operas of all time. Don’t miss this revival of Sir Richard Eyre’s dynamic production.
I’M NOT RUNNING – NTL
Thursday 31 January 2019 – 7PM
I’m Not Running is an explosive new play by David Hare, premiering at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas.
LA TRAVIATA – ROH
Wednesday 30 January 2019 – 18.45PM
Richard Eyre’s stunning production of Verdi’s best-loved opera returns with star sopranos Ermonela Jaho and Angel Blue as Violetta. The cast also includes Placido Domingo and Charles Castronvo. Sung in Italian with English subtitles. Live Opera Broadcast
3FALL DANCE COMPANY SPRING TOUR
Thursday 24 January 2019 – 7.45PM
3Fall Dance Company is based in West Sussex, providing performances and workshops across the UK. The Company works with three professional choreographers each year to create an annual spring tour consisting of works by these choreographers and works created by some of the dancers themselves.
THE QUEEN OF SPADES – ROH
Tuesday 22 January 2019 – 18.45PM
Tchaikovsky’s most ambitious opera receives star treatment in Stefan Herhelm’s staging, with a cast including Eva-Maria Westbrook, Felicty Palmer and Aleksandrs Antonenko. Based on a short story by Pushkin and comes to the Royal Opera House in a new production that has already garnered five-star reviews in Amsterdam.
THE MADNESS OF GEORGE III – NTL
Thursday 17 January 2019 – 7PM
Multi-award-winning drama The Madness of George III will be broadcast live to cinemas, in National Theatre Live’s first ever broadcast from Nottingham Playhouse.
THE TRAGEDY OF KING RICHARD THE SECOND – NTL
Tuesday 15 January 2019 – 7PM
Simon Russell Beale returns to National Theatre Live screens following broadcasts of Timon of Athens and King Lear, and his recent role in the National Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of The Lehman Trilogy.
ADRIANA LECOUVREUR – MET
Saturday 12 January 2019 – 5.55PM
For the first time at the Met, soprano Anna Netrebko sings the role of Adriana Lecouvreur, the eighteenth-century actress whose real-life intrigues inspired Cilea’s tragic opera.
DAMIAN WILSON AND ADAM WAKEMAN
Friday 11 January 2019 – 7.45pm
Damian Wilson & Adam Wakeman embark on their second full UK tour. Great musicianship, great singing, great songs and a great atmosphere.
ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA – NTL
Thursday 10 January 2019 – 7PM
Broadcast live from the National Theatre, Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL – Pip Utton
Sunday 23 December 2018 – 4PM
Pip Utton returns to the Merlin to perform again his entrancing reading of one of the best loved and most famous of all Christmas ghost stories. A magical way to get into the Christmas spirit!
“A masterful performance. Utton IS Charles Dickens” Edinburghreview.com
TOM CARPENTER AND FRIENDS AT CHRISTMAS
Wednesday 19 December 2018 – 7.45pm
Tom’s show will feature a number of favourite tracks from his beloved jazz as well as some new originals and of course those Christmas songs to get you in the festive spirit.
LA TRAVIATA – The Met
Sunday 16 December 2018 – 17.55pm
Directed by Michael Mayer, this new production of Verdi’s timeless tragedy features a dazzling eighteenth-century setting that changes with the seasons.
THE NUTCRACKER – Merlin Theatre Productions
Thursday 06 December 2018, TO SATURDAY 15 DECEMBER – various times
Can Clara and her brother Fritz bring the Nutcracker back to life and restore him to the throne? After last year’s hugely successful Hansel and Gretel, MTP returns with a beautiful imagining of this Christmas favourite.
Thursday 22 November 2018, FRIDAY 23 NOVEMBER, SATURDAY 24 NOVEMBER – 7.45pm
A chance meeting between a phonetics expert and a flower girl on a rainy evening in Covent Garden is the beginning of Shaw’s brilliant comedy. Written in 1914 it shocked its audience then, and still has relevance today.
TROILUS AND CRESSIDA – RSC
Saturday 17 November 2018 – 7PM
Virtuoso percussionist Evelyn Glennie collaborates with RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran to create a satirical futuristic vision of a world resounding with the rhythm of battle, broadcast live to cinemas from Shakespeare’s home town.
LA BAYADÈRE – ROH
Tuesday 13 November 2018 – 7.15pm
Natali Makarova’s production of this 19th-century classic ballet brings an exotic world of temple dances and noble warriors to life.
MARNIE – the Met
Sunday 11 November 2018 – 17.55pm
Based on the novel that also inspired Hitchcock’s celebrated thriller, composer Nico Muhly’s Marnie receives its US premiere at the Met this season.
SPIN DANCE SHOWCASE
Saturday 10 November 2018 – 7PM
Join Spin Dance Fitness Studio to raise money for Lisa’s Army at this family-friendly annual showcase. This year’s theme is Halloween
Wednesday 07 November 2018 – 7.30PM
A film and talk by Mark McGann
The story of a man who battles for mental stability in a terrifying new world. Written and directed by Mark McGann and starring his brother Paul McGann, Perplexed Music is inspired by Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Petrarchan sonnet of the same name.
AT THE END WE BEGIN
Saturday 03 November 2018 – 7.45pm
Critically acclaimed Richard Chappell Dance presents their first full length work. Using T S Eliot’s classic series Four Quartets as a point of departure, At the end we begin is Richard Chappell Dance’s most dynamic and emotionally fuelled work to date.
ALLELUJAH! – NTL
Thursday 01 November 2018 – 7PM
Alan Bennett’s sharp and hilarious new play is ‘just what the doctor ordered’ (Daily Telegraph). Filmed live at London’s Bridge Theatre during its limited run, don’t miss this ‘rousing chorus line for the NHS’ (Observer)
STORIES ON A STRING
Wednesday 31 October 2018 – 2pm
City girl Jacina leaves her phone-fuelled life to travel deep into the Amazon jungle on a quest. But there’s no WiFi in the rain forest so Jacina must rely on her eyes, her ears and her heart, as the mysterious creatures of the jungle reveal a new path and a way back home. Journey to the heart of the mysterious rain forest with live Brazilian music, songs and puppetry.
JUAN MARTIN SOLO
Wednesday 31 October 2018 – 7.45pm
“A giant of the flamenco tradition” The Times
The supreme artist of the flamenco guitar, guitarist/composer Juan Martín plays
and introduces his compositions within the forms of the great tradition.
Tuesday 30 October 2018 – 7.45pm
Like gripping and exciting theatre? Then ‘Ghost Voices’ has it all:
History, ghosts, a promise, atonement – whatever else happens, prepare to be haunted!
CHILDREN ARE STINKY
Monday 29 October 2018 – 2pm
Children are Stinky is an exciting award-winning children’s comedy by Circus Trick Tease.
Set in the 1990s, plenty of in-jokes and a cleverly choreographed nostalgic mash-up hooks parents in for a rollicking trip down memory lane. This is an enjoyable show for all ages that encourages the slight of years to be proud of themselves.
LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST – The Met
Saturday 27 October 2018 – 17.55pm
Boasting gunfights, poker games, and stagecoach robbers, La Fanciulla del West combines the action of a great adventure with the emotional punch of Italian opera.
FUNNY GIRL – THE MUSICAL
Thursday 25 October 2018 – 7PM
Part of a worldwide release of the smash-hit stage production that played to critical acclaim at the Menier Chocolate Factory, in the West End and on tour, starring Sheridan Smith.
AT HOME WITH WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
Wednesday 24 October 2018 – 7.45pm
Pip Utton is William Shakespeare at home. He looks back on his loves: the desire, the exhilaration, but also the fear of rejection and grief for lost love in an entertaining romp around Shakespeare’s life.
MAYERLING – ROH
Monday 22 October 2018 – 2.30pm
A classic of the Royal Ballet repertory, with its emotional depth, haunting imagery and one of the most demanding roles ever created for a male dancer.
SAMSON ET DALILA – The Met
Monday 22 October 2018 – 17.55pm
Tony Award–winning director Darko Tresnjak gives Saint-Saëns’s biblical epic its first new Met production in twenty years.
THE TREE CONFERENCE 2018
Sunday 21 October 2018 – 10AM-5PM
Calling for citizen-led reforestation, the Tree Conference 2018 features Isabella Tree, Dr Martin Bidartondo, Peter Macfadyen, Mary Reynolds Thompson and others. Welcoming all tree lovers to explore planting projects and science news, this is a vibrant networking hub for information and hope.
Thursday 18 October 2018, Friday 19 October, Saturday 20 October – 7.45pm
March 18th 1918. A British dug out just outside the town of St. Quentin, France.
R C Sherriff’s classic war drama leaves us in no doubt about man’s ability to
destroy, and man’s capacity for courage.
A FROG CALLED WOANDA
Monday 08 October 2018 – 6.30pm
A French show suitable for 6-10 year olds.
Told through live action, puppetry, music and shadows, this is a funny and
touching story of love, loss and friendship.
AIDA – The Met
Saturday 06 October 2018 – 17.55pm
With heart-stopping music and spectacular set pieces, including the famous Triumphal March, Verdi’s towering masterpiece opens the new Live in HD season with a bang.
PHILL JUPITUS JUPLICITY
Wednesday 03 October 2018 – 7.45pm
Join stand-up comedian, poet, improviser, and TV stalwart Phill Jupitus for over an hour of tales, laughs and diversions.
POETRY PLATTER: POETS, PRATTLERS AND PANDEMONIALISTS…
Tuesday 02 October 2018 – 7pm supper for 8pm show
What happens when three poets decide to put on a show? Join Dave, Emma, and Steve as they meet in a pub somewhere a lot like Wolverhampton. Will they be distracted by beer and scratchings? Will they put the world to rights? Come and find out.
KING LEAR – NTLive
Thursday 27 September 2018 – 7PM
Broadcast live from London’s West End, see Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (Independent) of King Lear.
TAIKO MEANTIME: RESONANCE TOUR 2018
Sunday 23 September 2018 – 7.45pm
With new repertoire ranging from delicate composition to explosive chest-thumping barnstormers – Taiko Meantime’s new show promises to be a feast for the ears, eyes and internal organs!
Friday 21 September 2018 – 7.45pm
As seen and heard on BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show, BBC One’s John Bishop Show and the BBC Proms Podcast, award-winning comedian and musician Vikki Stone is popping a piano in the back of the car and heading out on tour.