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Ambassadors Cinemas

Ambassadors Cinemas

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Ambassadors Cinemas

Ambassadors Cinemas
The Ambassadors
Peacocks Centre
Woking
Surrey
GU21 6GQ
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By car:

The Ambassadors Cinemas are part of the Peacocks Centre in central Woking, easily accessible from the M25 (Jct 10,11), M3 (Jct 3) and A3. Undercover parking for 2,500 cars is available in the Peacocks. Find out more about Woking parking charges.

By train:

Frequent trains from London Waterloo and towns in the surrounding area. Woking BR is five minutes walk away. Train information: 08457 484950 (24 hours) or check your train times online.

By bus or coach:

The limited space for coaches to drop off directly outside the theatres is reserved for groups with mobility difficulties. Please contact the Groups Hotline 0844 871 7601 for a permit for this space or for details of alternative coach parking facilities.


Contact Information

Book online: Use the links below

Telephone Booking: 0844 871 7643

Customer Service: 0844 871 7627

Groups Bookings: 0844 871 7601

Access Bookings: 0844 871 7645

Stage Door / Admin:* 01483 545999
*please note it is not possible to assist
with bookings on this number

Baby Flicks - Parent and Baby Screenings

Each Friday during school term time The Ambassadors Cinemas present Baby Flicks. A great way for mums, dads, grandparents and child minders to enjoy the latest blockbuster movie without worrying if their baby is restless or needs changing half way through the movie.

There is space for buggies so a sleeping baby need not be disturbed and all the baby paraphernalia attached to the average buggy can stay right where it is in case needed. Screenings are scheduled for around midday and the lighting in the screen is kept slightly brighter than usual so that parents can see to feed or change their babies and keep an eye on active toddlers, and the sound level will be reduced to protect tiny ear drums. Children under 12 months are free. Details of the screenings are advertised on the weekly cinema leaflet and on the website.

Family Flicks

Every Saturday and during most school holidays The Ambassadors Cinemas brings you Family Flicks. We will be screening fantastic films at a family friendly price providing everyone with the opportunity to start the weekend with a fun trip to the movies.

There is a programme of great kids' films that the whole family can enjoy. All films will be screened at 10.20am and tickets are just £2.* Adults pay the same but must be accompanied by at least one child. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Details of the screenings are advertised on the weekly cinema leaflet and eflyer, on Family Flicks flyers and on the website.

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BARGAIN MONDAYS (Excludes Bank Holidays) OFF PEAK TUE-FRI BEFORE 5PM PEAK TUE-FRI AFTER 5PM/SAT, SUN & BANK HOLS ALL DAY 3D SUPPLIMENT (Applies Mon-Sun)
ADULT


TICKETS BEFORE 6PM £5.50

AFTER 6PM £6.50
£7.50 £9.00 £2
CHILD
(12& under)
£5.50 £6.50 £1
TEEN (13-17) £6.00 £7.00 £1
STUDENT* £6.50 £7.50 £1
SENIOR £5.50 £6.50 £1
FAMILY £21.00 £26.00 £4
THEATRE CARD MEMBERS £5 £5 £2

FOR PRICING OF CULTURAL CONTENT FILMS, PLEASE SEE THE INDIVIDUAL SCREENING TIMES.

FAMILY FLICKS: All tickets £2.00.

*Students only on the door.

A 60p per ticket booking fee applies to phone and online bookings.

Subtitled Films

At The Ambassadors Cinemas we aim to provide a wide range of subtitled films each week. Subtitled films have the dialogue printed along the bottom of the film image for you to read simultaneously with the action.

Subtitled films are advertised in The Ambassadors weekly film guide and on our website. Box Office also has details of all subtitled screenings.

Audio described Screenings

At The Ambassadors Cinemas we aim to provide a wide range of audio described films each week. You can collect a headset from a member of the cinema FOH staff in the cinema foyer, who will also meet you at the end of the film to collect the headset, which is worn for the duration of the film. The headset is battery operated and has a volume control. You set the switch to the loop symbol to hear the soundtrack as well as the audio description.

Audio described films are advertised in The Ambassadors weekly film guide and on the website. Box Office also has details of all audio described screenings.

Infra-red System

There is an infra-red audio enhancement system for the hearing impaired in each of the six screens. This system uses wireless infra-red transmitters to instantly relay the film sound to the user via a headset. (The quality of sound is similar to that of an FM radio compared to a digital radio). You can choose between a headset or necklace depending on your hearing requirements. Headsets or necklaces should be collected from the Cinema Pic 'n' Mix counter in the main cinema foyer and returned at the end of the screening. The headset is a set of headphones that plugs into the receiver (which is worn around the neck) and can only be used by customers that do not have a hearing aid or those that have a hearing aid without the T setting.

The necklace is an individual loop that you wear around your neck and can be used with a hearing aid in the T setting. Customers therefore with a hearing aid will require a loop necklace and customers without a hearing aid will need a headset. When using either system it is advisable that you sit in the central area of the screen auditorium. An instruction card is issued giving full instructions for the user.

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A Most Wanted Man


A Most Wanted Man

Running time: 2h 35m

Rated 15

Director: Anton Corbijn

Cast: Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Willem Dafoe, Daniel Brühl, Nina Hoss, Martin Wuttke

Present day Hamburg: a tortured and near-dead half-Chechen, half-Russian man on the run arrives in the city's Islamic community desperate for help and looking to recover his late Russian father's ill-gotten fortune.

Thu 02 October
A Walk Among The Tombstones


A Walk Among The Tombstones

Running time: 2h 25m

FLS

Rated 15

Director: Scott Frank

Cast: Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, David Harbour

Private investigator Matthew Scudder is hired by a drug kingpin to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife.

Thu 02 October
Fri 03 October
Sat 04 October
Sun 05 October
Mon 06 October
    20:25
Tue 07 October
    20:25
Wed 08 October
Thu 09 October
    20:25
Dracula Untold


Dracula Untold

Running time: 2h 05m

FLS

Rated 15

The following is an Additional Needs screening: Fri 3 October 12.55

Director: Gary Shore

Cast: Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper, Sararh Gadon:

Facing threats to his kingdom and his family, Vlad Tepes looks to make a deal with dangerous supernatural forces - without succumbing to the darkness himself.

Fri 03 October
Sat 04 October
Sun 05 October
Mon 06 October
Tue 07 October
Wed 08 October
Thu 09 October
Earth to Echo 2D


Earth to Echo 2D

Running time: 2h

The following is a Family Flicks screening: Sat 4 October at 10.20

Rated PG

Director:  Dave Green

Cast: Teo Halm, Astro, Reese Hartwig

After receiving a bizarre series of encrypted messages, a group of kids embark on an adventure with an alien who needs their help.
 

Sat 04 October
Gone Girl


Gone Girl

Running time: 3h

FLS

Rated 18

Director: David Fincher
 
Cast:
Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris

With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.
 

Thu 02 October
    19:50
Fri 03 October
Sat 04 October
Sun 05 October
Mon 06 October
Tue 07 October
Wed 08 October
Thu 09 October
Pride


Pride

Running time: 2h 30m

Rated 15

Director: Matthew Warchus

Cast:  Bill Nighy, Andrew Scott, Dominic West

UK gay and lesbian activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984.
 

Thu 02 October
  20:10
Fri 03 October
17:35  
Sat 04 October
17:35  
Sun 05 October
17:35  
Mon 06 October
17:35  
Tue 07 October
17:35  
Wed 08 October
17:35  
Thu 09 October
17:35  
The Boxtrolls 2D


The Boxtrolls 2D

Running time: 2h 10m

All screenings from Fri 3 Oct – Thur 9 Oct have Audio Description facilities

Rated PG

Director: Graham Annable, Anthony Stacchi

Cast: Ben Kingsley, Jared Harris, Nick Frost

A young orphaned boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator. Based on the children's novel 'Here Be Monsters' by Alan Snow.
 

Fri 03 October
  12:30   18:05
Sat 04 October
Sun 05 October
  12:30 15:35  
Mon 06 October
      18:05
Tue 07 October
      18:05
Wed 08 October
  12:30    
The Equalizer


The Equalizer

Running time: 2h 45m

FLS

Rated 15

All screenings from Fri 3 Oct – Thur 9 Oct have Audio Description facilities

Director:  Antonie Fuqua

Cast: Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloe Grace Moretz

A man believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and has dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when he meets a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can't stand idly by - he has to help her.

Thu 02 October
Fri 03 October
Sat 04 October
Sun 05 October
Mon 06 October
Tue 07 October
Wed 08 October
Thu 09 October
The Rewrite


The Rewrite

Running time: 2h 20m

FLS

Preview

Rated 15

Director: Marc Lawrence

Cast: Marisa Tomei, Allison Janney, Hugh Grant

An Oscar-winning writer in a slump leaves Hollywood to teach screenwriting at a college on the East Coast, where he falls for a single mom taking classes there.

Wed 08 October
Thu 09 October
  18:05
What We Did on Our Holiday


What We Did on Our Holiday

Running time: 2h 5m

FLS

All screenings from Fri 3 Oct – Thur 9 Oct have Audio Description facilities

The following screenings are  Subtitled: Sun, Mon & Wed 6.00 and Tue 8.35

Rated 12A

Director: Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin

Cast: Rosamund Pike, David Tennant, Ben Miller

Explores the meaning of life and suggests how best to live and love.

 

Thu 02 October
Fri 03 October
Sat 04 October
Sun 05 October
Mon 06 October
      18:00 20:35
Tue 07 October
      18:00 20:35
Wed 08 October
Thu 09 October
      18:00 20:35
The Riot Club


The Riot Club

Running time: 2h 20m

FLS

All screenings from Fri 3 Oct – Thur 9 Oct have Audio Description facilities

Rated 15

Director: Lone Scherfig

Cast: Natalie Dormer, Sam Claflin, Jessica Brown Findlay

Two first-year students at Oxford University join the infamous Riot Club, where reputations can be made or destroyed over the course of a single evening.

Thu 02 October
    18:00 20:30
Fri 03 October
15:35     20:30
Sat 04 October
  17:55   20:30
Sun 05 October
  17:55   20:30
Mon 06 October
      20:30
Tue 07 October
      20:30
Wed 08 October
15:35     20:40
Thu 09 October
      20:40
The Hundred-Foot Journey


The Hundred-Foot Journey

Running time: 2h 35m

The following is a Parent & Baby screening: Fri 3 October at 11.00

Rated PG

Director: Lasse Hallström

Cast: Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal

The Kadam family leaves India for France where they open a restaurant directly across the road from Madame Mallory's Michelin-starred eatery.

Thu 02 October
    17:20
Fri 03 October
11:00 This is a baby flicks performance    
Sat 04 October
  12:50  
Sun 05 October
  12:50  
Planes: Fire and Rescue 2D


Planes: Fire and Rescue 2D

Running time: 1h 50m

Rated U

Director: Roberts Gannaway

Cast: Dane Cook, Ed Harris, Julie Bowen

When Dusty learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he joins a forest fire and rescue unit to be trained as a firefighter.

Sat 04 October
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes


Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Running time: 2h 40m

Rated 12A

Director: Matt Reeves

Cast: Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species.

Sat 04 October
Sun 05 October
How to Train Your Dragon 2 2D


How to Train Your Dragon 2 2D

Running time: 2h 05m

Rated PG

Director: Dean DeBlois

Cast: Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler

When Hiccup and Toothless discover an ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace.

Sat 04 October
Bolshoi Ballet (Live): Ivan the Terrible


Bolshoi Ballet (Live): Ivan the Terrible

Running time: 2h 15m

FLS

Music: Sergei Prokofiev

Libretto: Yuri Grigorovich

Choreography: Yuri Grigorovich

Cast: The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet

As young Ivan IV is crowned, he has to choose one of the 13 Boyar daughters to be his wife and tsarina. He selects Anastasia, and the two eventually fall deeply in love. When the Boyars plot against him and poison his beloved wife, Tsar Ivan finds himself surrounded by enemies. Haunted by dark thoughts and phantoms, he slowly sinks into madness.

Drawing on the music composed by Prokofiev for the 1944 Eisenstein film, Ivan the Terrible is a work in the true Bolshoi style. Yuri Grigorovich’s powerful and fascinating epic dramatises Ivan the Terrible’s controversial reign, and portrays events in 16th-century Russia in visually stunning scenes. His choreography, full of vigour, strength and wild jumps, also includes great grace and fragility in the female roles. Sensitive classical and powerful character dance blend to create a lyrical epic, rich in the colours of medieval Russia.

Recently revived, Ivan the Terrible is an essential part of the company’s repertoire, a 20th-century classic and a wonderful theatrical experience.

Sun 19 April 2015
Bolshoi Ballet (Live): Swan Lake


Bolshoi Ballet (Live): Swan Lake

Running time: 2h 40m

FLS

Music: Piotr Tchaikovsky

Libretto: Yuri Grigorovich
Choreography: Yuri Grigorovich

Cast: The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet

At the palace, the royal family and their guests are gathered for Prince Siegfried’s birthday celebrations. In a majestic ceremony, Siegfried is made a knight; young girls try to attract his attention, as he must choose a wife during the ball. Overcome by the sudden awareness of his future responsibilities, he escapes into the night and meets a strange flock of swans by a magical lake.

White swan by day, human by night, the beautiful Odette awaits an oath of true love to break the curse. The great legend of the enigmatic swan/woman is one of the most romantic classical ballets, appropriately set in the era of courtly romance and characterised by elegance, style and harmony.

With Tchaikovsky’s famous, lyrical score, Swan Lake depicts the tragic love between Princess Odette and Prince Siegfried, and will no doubt be performed to perfection by the unparalleled virtuosity of Russia’s great Bolshoi Ballet. This universal and enchanting masterpiece of love, deception and drama is a must.

Sun 25 January 2015
Bolshoi Ballet (Live): The Legend Of Love


Bolshoi Ballet (Live): The Legend Of Love

Running time: 3h

FLS

Music: Arif Melikov

Libretto: Nâzım Hikmet

Cast: The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet

The royal apartments of Queen Mekhmene Banu are plunged into mourning – her young sister, Princess Shyrin, is dying. The Princess will only be saved if the Queen gives Shyrin her beauty. The Queen decides to sacrifice herself, but later regrets her action when she is disfigured and Shyrin falls in love with the Queen’s own lover, the painter Ferkhad.

This splendid tale of forbidden love, self-sacrifice, jealousy and suffering returns to the Bolshoi stage after a ten-year absence. The Legend of Love is one of Russian master Yuri Grigorovich’s earliest choreographic works, and its storyline explores the conflict between love and duty through its two heroines.

Featuring dance movements, sets and costumes inspired by the Middle East, this stunning ballet, which uses pure dance to tell the story, is further enriched by the talent of the Bolshoi troupe.

Sun 26 October
Bolshoi Ballet (Live): The Nutcracker


Bolshoi Ballet (Live): The Nutcracker

Running time: 2h 20m

FLS

Music: Piotr Tchaikovsky

Libretto: Yuri Grigorovich

Choreography: Yuri Grigorovich

Cast: The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet

On Christmas Eve, Marie’s godfather, Drosselmeyer, gives her a strange toy: a wooden nutcracker carved in the shape of a little man. At midnight, when the celebrations are over, all the toys magically come to life. The nutcracker grows to human size and takes charge of the tin soldiers, flying to the rescue of Marie, who is threatened by the Mouse King and his mouse army.

Based on E. T. A. Hoffmann’s story, The Nutcracker is one of the greatest classics in the world. With iconic music by Tchaikovsky, and enchanting sets and costumes, this beautiful tale explores the universal themes of love, power and evil.

This choreographic version, created for the Bolshoi by Yuri Grigorovich, is full of romanticism and philosophical reflections on ideal love. Masterfully interpreted by the Bolshoi dancers, it will enchant the whole family for the festive season, proving that one is never too young or too old to be swept away by The Nutcracker.

Sun 21 December
Bolshoi Ballet (Rec): La Bayadere


Bolshoi Ballet (Rec): La Bayadere

Running time: 2h 45m

FLS

Music: Ludwig Minkus

Libretto: Marius Petipa and Sergei Khudekov

Original choreography: Marius Petipa

New version: Yuri Grigorovich

Cast: Svetlana Zakharova (Nikiya), Maria Alexandrova (Gamzatti) and Vladislav Lantratov (Solor)

When the beautiful dancer Nikiya and the warrior Solor meet in secret, they swear eternal mutual fidelity. However, the High Brahmin, who is also in love with Nikiya, overhears them. He rushes to reveal their secret to the Rajah, who has decided that Solor will marry his beloved daughter Gamzatti.

La Bayadère (the word refers to an Indian temple dancer) is a key work in the classical repertoire and this is a magnificent production. The story of impossible love between Nikiya and Solor is set against the backdrop of a lush, mysterious India. Marius Petipa’s choreography, here in a new scenic version by Yuri Grigorovich, is exquisite; the scene known as The Kingdom of the Shades is one of the most celebrated in the history of ballet. Bolshoi principals Svetlana Zakharova and Maria Alexandrova bring the characters of this romantic ballet to life.

Sun 07 December
Bolshoi Ballet (Rec): Romeo & Juliet


Bolshoi Ballet (Rec): Romeo & Juliet

Running time: 2h 15m

FLS

Music: Sergei Prokofiev

Libretto: Sergei Prokofiev, Sergei Radlov and Adrian Piotrovsky

Choreography: Yuri Grigorovich

Cast: Alexander Volchkov, Anna Nikulina

In Verona, the rivalry between the Capulets and the Montagues brings bloodshed to the city. When the Capulets organise a masked ball in honour of their daughter Juliet, Romeo Montague and his friend Mercutio attend incognito because of the hatred that tears the two houses apart. Romeo and Juliet fall madly in love, and are distraught when they realise they belong to rival families.

William Shakespeare’s timeless story, written in 1595, is brought to the stage through breathtaking choreography and Sergei Prokofiev’s much-loved score. With its famous melodies, rhythmic variety and universal theme, this story of impossible love remains an all-time favourite, and is one of the world’s most popular ballets.

Stellar performances by Alexander Volchkov and Anna Nikulina illuminate this masterpiece, making the immortal tale of the lovers of Verona an unforgettable experience.

 

Sun 08 March 2015
Bolshoi Ballet (Rec): The Pharaoh's Daughter


Bolshoi Ballet (Rec): The Pharaoh's Daughter

Running time: 2h 30m

FLS

Music: Cesare Pugni

Libretto: Jean-Henry Saint-Georges and Marius Petipa

Choreography, sets and costumes: Pierre Lacotte

Cast: Svetlana Zakharova, Ruslan Skvortsov and Nina Kaptsova

Young Englishman Lord Wilson is travelling through Egypt when a powerful storm breaks out. He is forced to take shelter in the nearest pyramid, where the daughter of one of Egypt’s most powerful pharaohs lies entombed. Lord Wilson falls asleep and begins to dream that the princess has come to life.

The plot of this lavish production is loosely based on Théophile Gauthier’s novel Le Roman de la Momie. French choreographer Pierre Lacotte was exclusively commissioned in 2000 by the Bolshoi Theatre to resurrect Marius Petipa’s mighty Egyptian fresco, and he succeeded brilliantly in giving new life to this forgotten masterpiece.

With its exotic setting, impressive parades, spectacular variations and crowd scenes, this grand 19th-century Orientalist fantasy is one of the most remarkable productions in the Bolshoi’s repertoire. The main roles are here danced by Bolshoi principals Svetlana Zakharova, Nina Kaptsova and Ruslan Skvortsov.

Sun 23 November
English National Opera Live: Carmen


English National Opera Live: Carmen

FLS

Wed 01 July 2015
English National Opera Live: La Traviata


English National Opera Live: La Traviata

FLS

La Traviata tells the moving story of how the beautiful but fragile courtesan Violetta is coerced into sacrificing her one hope of personal happiness for the sake of her lover’s reputation.

A tragic and resonant tale of society and morality, Verdi’s masterpiece combines compelling characters with hugely powerful, moving and instantly recognisable melodies, making it one of the most emotionally engaging and popular operas of all time. Peter Konwitschny’s celebrated production of La Traviata returns to ENO, cutting to the very heart of the opera’s themes of passionate love and tragic death with a modern and uncluttered staging, and a running time of less than two hours.

Wed 11 March 2015
English National Opera Live: Pirates Of Penzance


English National Opera Live: Pirates Of Penzance

FLS

Tue 19 May 2015
National Theatre (Encore): Frankenstein


National Theatre (Encore): Frankenstein

National Theatre Live’s thrilling broadcast of Frankenstein returns to cinemas due to unprecedented audience demand.

Directed by Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle and featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as The Creature and Jonny Lee Miller as Victor Frankenstein and his creation. The production was a sell-out hit at the National Theatre in 2011, and the broadcast has since become an international sensation, experienced by almost half a million people in cinemas around the world.

Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered Creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal.

Urgent concerns of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale.

Thu 30 October
National Theatre Live: JOHN


National Theatre Live: JOHN

FLS

JOHN contains adult themes, strong language and nudity. Suitable for 18yrs+

Internationally renowned DV8 Physical Theatre bring their powerful new production to the National Theatre. The company’s new production, JOHN, authentically depicts real-life stories, combining movement and spoken word to create an intense and moving theatrical experience. Don’t miss this eagerly anticipated new production, broadcast live from the National Theatre.

Tue 09 December
NT Encore Screening - Treasure Island


NT Encore Screening - Treasure Island

FLS

Suitable for 10 years +

Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life in a thrilling new stage adaptation by Bryony Lavery, broadcast live from the National Theatre.

It’s a dark, stormy night. The stars are out. Jim, the inn-keeper’s granddaughter, opens the door to a terrifying stranger. At the old sailor’s feet sits a huge sea-chest, full of secrets. Jim invites him in – and her dangerous voyage begins.

Wed 18 February 2015
NT Live - Treasure Island


NT Live - Treasure Island

FLS

Suitable for 10 years +

Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life in a thrilling new stage adaptation by Bryony Lavery, broadcast live from the National Theatre.

It’s a dark, stormy night. The stars are out. Jim, the inn-keeper’s granddaughter, opens the door to a terrifying stranger. At the old sailor’s feet sits a huge sea-chest, full of secrets. Jim invites him in – and her dangerous voyage begins.

Thu 22 January 2015
One Direction - Where We Are


One Direction - Where We Are

Sat 11 October
Sun 12 October
14:30  
ROH Live - Alices Adventure in Wonderland


ROH Live - Alices Adventure in Wonderland

FLS

Starring Lauren Cuthbertson and Federico Bonelli
Composer Joby Talbot
Conductor David Briskin
Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon

Christopher Wheeldon’s full-length ballet based on Lewis Carroll’s book is an exuberant piece of storytelling featuring an instantly recognisable cast of characters, among them a tap-dancing Mad Hatter, a tetchy White Rabbit and a raucously bad-tempered Queen of Hearts.

Wheeldon, along with composer Joby Talbot and designer Bob Crowley, have created a genuine family ballet in the spirit of Carroll’s much-loved children’s classic. While regular ballet goers can appreciate nods to other famous works – there’s a parody of the Rose Adagio from The Sleeping Beauty, for example, with jam tarts instead of flowers – the ballet is above all a brilliant realisation of Carroll’s zany dream-world featuring stunning choreography, a colourful score and ingenious stage-magic.

Tue 16 December
ROH Live - Andrea Chenier


ROH Live - Andrea Chenier

FLS

Starring Jonas Kaufmann, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Željko Lučić
Composer Umberto Giordano
Conductor Antonio Pappano
Director David McVicar

Umberto Giordano’s Andrea Chénier (1896) presents a fictionalised account of the last years of the French poet André Chénier, guillotined during the Reign of Terror in 1794. It is the greatest of Giordano’s operas and shows why Puccini sometimes feared Giordano as a rival. Taking the starring role of Chénier, with its three marvellous arias, is Jonas Kaufmann, Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek sings the role of Chénier’s beloved Maddalena (which includes the great aria ‘La mamma morta’, a favourite with Maria Callas) and Serbian baritone Željko Lučić stars as Carlo Gérard – the servant-turned-revolutionary who is Chénier’s rival for the love of Maddalena. With a string of successful productions for The Royal Opera to his name, including Rigoletto and Les Troyens, director David McVicar brings Giordano’s thrilling historical drama back to the Royal Opera House for the first time since 1985 in a stunning new production.

Thu 29 January 2015
ROH Live - Der Fliegende Hollander


ROH Live - Der Fliegende Hollander

FLS

Starring Bryn Terfel, Adrianne Pieczonka, Peter Rose
Composer Richard Wagner
Conductor Andris Nelsons
Director Tim Albery

Wagner’s first masterpiece explores the themes of damnation and redemption that would fascinate the composer throughout his career. In this tale of a captain forced to sail the seas for eternity unless released by the faithful love of a good woman, and the lonely girl who longs to save him, Wagner created two unforgettable characters operating near the limits of human emotion. Tim Albery’s atmospheric 2009 modern-dress staging provides an ideal platform on which Bryn Terfel’s turbulent Dutchman and Adrianne Pieczonka’s visionary Senta will explore their passions and struggle to find salvation in a hostile world. Admired for his Wagner interpretations with the CBSO and at Bayreuth, Andris Nelsons returns to steer the orchestra through Wagner’s stormy score.

 

Tue 24 February 2015
ROH Live - Guillaume Tell


ROH Live - Guillaume Tell

FLS

Starring Gerald Finley, Malin Byström, John Osborn, Enkelejda Shkosa, Sofia Fomina and Nicolas Courjal
Composer Gioachino Rossini
Conductor Antonio Pappano
Director Damiano Michieletto

Opening with what is arguably the most exciting of all operatic overtures, Rossini’s final opera helped to lay the foundations of the genre of French grand opéra that dominated European stages throughout the mid-19th century. The opera’s theme is liberty, as exemplified in the struggle against Austrian occupation led by the Swiss archer and patriot Guillaume Tell: in the opera’s most famous scene, Tell shoots an apple from his son’s head, a feat that inspires his countrymen to revolt. Rossini’s score is one of his most outstanding, and packed with glorious arias, choruses and ensembles, as those who have heard Antonio Pappano’s admired recording will know. The exciting young Italian director Damiano Michieletto makes his debut with what promises to be a spectacular and thought-provoking production.

Sun 05 July 2015
ROH Live - I due Foscari


ROH Live - I due Foscari

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Starring Plácido Domingo, Francesco Meli, Maria Agresta and Maurizio Muraro
Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor Antonio Pappano
Director Thaddeus Strassberger

Plácido Domingo returns to give his first London performances of another major Verdi baritone role. I due Foscari is based on a play by Byron set in 15th-century Venice. The two Foscari of the title are the city’s Doge, Francesco Foscari (sung by Domingo) and his son, Jacopo (Francesco Meli), who has been brought back from exile to face charges of treason. Jacopo is innocent, but neither the pleas of Jacopo’s wife Lucrezia (Maria Agresta) nor those of his powerful father are enough to save Jacopo from condemnation by the hostile Council of Twelve. This taut, sombre drama provides the basis for one of Verdi’s most arresting early scores, not heard at the Royal Opera House since 1995 and newly presented in an acclaimed staging by the American director Thaddeus Strassberger, which had a much praised premiere in Los Angeles in 2012 and has gone on to further success in Valencia and Los Angeles.

Mon 27 October
ROH Live - La Boheme


ROH Live - La Boheme

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Starring Anna Netrebko, Joseph Calleja, Lucas Meachem and Jennifer Rowley
Composer Giacomo Puccini
Conductor Dan Ettinger
Director John Copley

The most popular opera of all returns in one of The Royal Opera’s best loved stagings, regularly revived since its opening night in 1974 – and now being seen for the very last time. John Copley’s keen stagecraft and loving attention to period and dramatic detail make his production a masterpiece of realism, while Julia Trevelyan Oman’s designs evoke the atmosphere of 19th-century Paris. Several of today’s greatest opera stars return to bid farewell to this sublime staging, notably Anna Netrebko as Mimì, and Joseph Calleja as her lover, Rodolfo. Israeli conductor Dan Ettinger conducts one of Puccini’s most emotional and melodious scores, in a revival that promises to go down in Royal Opera history.

Wed 10 June 2015
ROH Live - La Fille mal gardee


ROH Live - La Fille mal gardee

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Composer Ferdinand Hérold
Conductor Barry Wordsworth
Choreographer Frederick Ashton

Frederick Ashton’s final full-length ballet is one of his most joyous creations, inspired by his love for the Suffolk countryside. It is based on an 1828 French ballet and the music was adapted by John Lanchbery from Ferdinand Hérold’s original score. La Fille mal gardée was a resounding success on its premiere in 1960 and has remained a firm favourite in The Royal Ballet’s repertory. The ballet is laced with good humour and a whirl of dancing chickens, grouchy guardians and halfwit suitors take to the stage. Ashton affectionately incorporated elements of national folk dance into his choreography, from a Lancashire clog dance to a maypole dance, making La Fille mal gardée (despite its title) The Royal Ballet’s most emphatically English work. Osbert Lancaster’s colourful designs reinforce the robust wit of the production.

Tue 05 May 2015
ROH Live - L'elisir d'amore


ROH Live - L'elisir d'amore

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Starring Vittorio Grigolo, Lucy Crowe, Bryn Terfel and Levente Molnár
Composer Gaetano Donizetti
Conductor Daniele Rustioni
Director Laurent Pelly

Donizetti’s romantic comedy of rural life shines brilliantly in Laurent Pelly’s hilarious staging, which matches the piece’s perfect blend of sentiment and tomfoolery. Italian conductor and former Jette Parker Young Artist Daniele Rustioni conducts a starry cast. Lucy Crowe takes the dazzling soprano lead as Adina, the most sophisticated woman in the village, loved from afar by Vittorio Grigolo’s handsome but shy Nemorino. Nemorino meets a worrying rival in Levente Molnár’s braggart Sergeant Belcore, until the love potion sold to him by Bryn Terfel’s larger-than-life travelling quack, Dr Dulcamara, gives him a powerful dose of courage – with both comic and touching results.

Wed 26 November
ROH Live - Manon


ROH Live - Manon

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Starring Marianela Núñez and Federico Bonelli
ComposerJules Massenet
Conductor Barry Wordsworth
Choreographer Kenneth MacMillan

Manon Lescaut is a beautiful young woman who falls prey to the moral corruption of 18th-century Paris. Kenneth MacMillan brings Manon’s story vividly to life, with his ballet, which evokes the brutality and decadence described in Abbé Prévost’s infamous novel, as well as the feckless character of Manon herself – torn between love for the poet Des Grieux and her desire for money and attention. The cast of complex characters includes the callous Monsieur GM, the swaggering Jailer, Manon’s roguish brother Lescaut and his coquettish Mistress, but at the ballet’s heart are the duets MacMillan created for Manon and Des Grieux, which are among the most emotionally intense and erotically charged ever choreographed.

Thu 16 October
ROH Live - Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny


ROH Live - Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

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Starring Christine Rice, Willard W. White, Anne Sofie von Otter, Kurt Streit, Peter Hoare and Darren Jeffery
Composer Kurt Weill
Conductor Mark Wigglesworth
Director John Fulljames

A major work from the remarkable partnership of playwright and poet Bertolt Brecht and composer Kurt Weill, Mahagonny was first performed in Leipzig in 1930. Its first ever Royal Opera staging, by Associate Director of Opera John Fulljames, is sung in English, and conducted by Mark Wigglesworth – recently announced as the successor to Edward Gardner as Music Director of English National Opera. Mahagonny is a satire on money, morality and pleasure-seeking among the dubious citizens of a fictional city. The richly varied, jazz-infused score, influenced by ragtime music, includes such irresistible melodies as the ‘Alabama Song’ and many dramatic ensembles. The superb cast includes Kurt Streit as the wild lumberjack Jimmy, Christine Rice as his sweetheart Jenny, Anne Sofie von Otter in a welcome return to The Royal Opera as the cunning Leokadja Begbick, and Peter Hoare and Willard W. White as her helpers and fellow-fugitives Fatty and Moses.

Wed 01 April 2015
ROH Live - Swan Lake


ROH Live - Swan Lake

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Composer Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
Conductor Boris Gruzin
Choreographer Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov

Swan Lake, surely the greatest of all Romantic ballets, is the captivating story of a beautiful woman transformed into a swan, and a heart-rending tribute to the power of love. Swan Lake is a perfect synthesis of choreography and music and, though Tchaikovsky did not live to see it become a success, his first ballet score is now synonymous with ballet itself, inspiring generations of dancers and crossing over into popular culture. From the earliest days of the Vic-Wells Ballet, Swan Lake has been one of The Royal Ballet’s signature works. In creating this production, Anthony Dowell aimed to return to an authentic version of the choreography created by the great Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov for the Mariinsky Theatre in 1895. Yolanda Sonnabend’s designs draw on the Russian Imperial Court of that period with an inspired blend of historical accuracy and gothic fantasy. The court scenes of Acts I and III have a dark glamour rooted in the opulent style of Carl Fabergé, while the famous lakeside ‘white’ acts are rich with mist, shadow and moonlight.

Tue 17 March 2015
RSC Live: Love's Labour's Lost


RSC Live: Love's Labour's Lost

Director: Christopher Luscombe

Summer 1914. In order to dedicate themselves to a life of study, the King and his friends take an oath to avoid the company of women for three years. No sooner have they made their idealistic pledge than the Princess of France and her ladies-in-waiting arrive, presenting the men with a severe test of their high-minded resolve.

Shakespeare's sparkling comedy delights in championing and then unravelling an unrealistic vow, and mischievously suggesting that the study of the opposite sex is in fact the highest of all academic endeavours.

Wed 11 February 2015
RSC Live: Love's Labour's Won


RSC Live: Love's Labour's Won

Director: Christopher Luscombe

Autumn 1918. A group of soldiers return from the trenches. The world-weary Benedick and his friend Claudio find themselves reacquainted with Beatrice and Hero. As memories of conflict give way to a life of parties and masked balls, Claudio and Hero fall madly, deeply in love, while Benedick and Beatrice reignite their own altogether more combative courtship.

Shakespeare's comic romance plays out amidst the brittle high spirits of a post-war house party, as youthful passions run riot, lovers are deceived and happiness is threatened.

Wed 04 March 2015
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