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Ambassadors Cinemas, Woking

Ambassadors Cinemas, Woking

The Ambassadors Cinemas is proud to present the very best in entertainment with our Event Cinema Screenings / Cultural Screenings.
You can enjoy a vast array of theatre, ballet, opera, concerts and even exhibitions in the comfort of your local cinema, either transmitted live via satellite or pre-recorded. See what is on offer below and experience something a bit different on your doorstep.

 

NT Live: Julie


NT Live: Julie

Rating: 15
 
Director: Carrie Cracknell
 
Cast: Vanessa Kirby, Eric Kofi
 
 
Julie
by Polly Stenham
after Strindberg
 
Vanessa Kirby (The Crown, NT Live: A Streetcar Named Desire) and Eric Kofi Abrefa (The Amen Corner) feature in the cast of this brand new production, directed by Carrie Cracknell (NT Live: The Deep Blue Sea) and broadcast live from the National Theatre to cinemas.
 
Wild and newly single, Julie throws a late night party. In the kitchen, Jean and Kristina clean up as the celebration heaves above them. Crossing the threshold, Julie initiates a power game with Jean – which rapidly descends into a savage fight for survival.
 
This new version of August Strinberg’s play Miss Julie, written by Polly Stenham, remains shocking and fiercely relevant in its new setting of contemporary London.
 
 
Show image photograph (Vanessa Kirby and Eric Kofi Abrefa) by Rosaline Shahnavaz
 
Thu 06 September
NT Live: King Lear


NT Live: King Lear

Director: Sam Mendes
 
Cast: Simon Russell Beale
 
 
King Lear
By William Shakespeare
 
★★★★★ ‘Ian McKellen reigns supreme in this triumphant production.’ (Daily Telegraph)
 
Broadcast live from London’s West End, see Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (Independent) of King Lear in cinemas.
 
Chichester Festival Theatre’s production received five-star reviews for its sell-out run, and transfers to the West End for a limited season.  Jonathan Munby directs this ‘nuanced and powerful’ (The Times) contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play.
 
Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear sees two ageing fathers – one a King, one his courtier – reject the children who truly love them.  Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends.
 
 
Show image photograph (Ian McKellen) by Andy Gotts
 
Thu 27 September
NT Live: The Madness of George III


NT Live: The Madness of George III

Director: Adam Penford
 
Cast: Mark Gatiss, Adrian Scarborough
 
 
The Madness of George III
by Alan Bennett
 
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.
 
Written by one of Britain’s best-loved playwrights Alan Bennett (The History Boys, The Lady in the Van), this epic play was also adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film following its premiere on stage in 1991.
The cast of this new production includes Olivier Award-winners Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Wolf Hall, NT Live Coriolanus) in the title role, and Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey, Upstairs Downstairs, After the Dance).
 
It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy. With the King’s mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown, and expose the fine line between a King and a man. 
Show image photograph (Mark Gatiss) by Creative by Wren
 
Tue 20 November
RSC Live: Merry Wives of Windsor


RSC Live: Merry Wives of Windsor

Down on his luck in the suburbs, John Falstaff plans to hustle his way to a comfortable retirement by seducing the wives of two wealthy men. Unknown to him, it’s the women of Windsor who really pull the strings, orchestrating Falstaff’s comeuppance amidst a theatrical smorgasbord of petty rivalries, jealousies and over-inflated egos. For a fat Englishman, a Welshman and a Frenchman, the only way is Windsor...
 
David Troughton returns to the Company as John Falstaff, following his recent title role in Titus Andronicus and Gloucester in King Lear.
 
Wed 12 September
RSC Live: Troilus and Cressida


RSC Live: Troilus and Cressida

Running time: TBC

Director: Gregory Doran

 

Virtuoso percussionist Evelyn Glennie collaborates with Artistic Director Gregory Doran to create a satirical futuristic vision of a world resounding with the rhythm of battle.

Wed 14 November
Bolshoi 2018-19: CarmenPetrushka


Bolshoi 2018-19: CarmenPetrushka

Music: Georges Bizet, Rodion Shchedrin and Igor Stravinsky
 
Choreography: Alberto Alonso and Edward Clug
 
Libretto: (For Carmen Suite) Alberto Alonso after Prosper Mérimée
 
Distribution: The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet
 
 
Carmen: Impetuous Carmen seduces Don José in order to convince him to let her out of jail. Once outside, she thinks she’s finally free before realizing that she’s in fact prisoner of a love triangle: she wants to be with the famous Torero Escamillo, but she can’t make Don José go away.
 
Petruska: At Saint-Petersburg’s carnival, three puppets are playing the same role over and over: the unhappy lover Petrushka, the coquette and a Moor. Fed up with this endless part that never goes well for him, Petrushka attacks his rival and flees from the puppets theater.
 
Sun 19 May 2019
Bolshoi 2018-19: Don Quixote


Bolshoi 2018-19: Don Quixote

Running time: TBC
Music: Léon Minkus
 
Choreography: Alexei Fadeyechev
 
Libretto: Marius Petipa after Miguel de Cervantes
 
 
Live recording from on April 10, 2016.
 
Inspired by heroic stories of brave knights, Don Quixote of La Mancha and his faithful servant Sancho Panza set out on an adventure to meet his ideal woman, Dulcinea.
 
Cervantes' hero comes to life in the Bolshoi's critically acclaimed staging of this exalting performance. With panache and sparkling technique, principal dancers Ekaterina Krysanova and Semyon Chudin lead the spectacular cast of toreadors, flamenco dancers, gypsies, and dryads in virtuosic dancing that is quintessential Bolshoi.
 
Sun 02 December
Bolshoi 2018-19: La Bayadere


Bolshoi 2018-19: La Bayadere

Rated:12A
 
Music: Léon Minkus
 
Choreography: Yuri Grigorovich
 
Libretto after: Marius Petipa and Sergei Khudekov
 
 
La Bayadere is one of the greatest works classical ballet history - a story of love, death and vengeful judgement set in India.
 
The temple dancer Nikiya and the warrior Solor fall deeply in love, giving way to heated passions, and murderous intrigues when the Rajah and his daughter Gamzatti discover their forbidden love.
 
Dazzling sets, costumes, and one of the most iconic scenes in ballet, the "Kingdom of the Shades," illuminate the tragic tale of the temple dancer Nikiya’s doomed love for the warrior Solor, and their ulimate redemption.
 
Sun 20 January 2019
Bolshoi 2018-19: La Sylphide


Bolshoi 2018-19: La Sylphide

Running time: TBC

 

Music: Herman Severin Løvenskiold

Choreography: Johan Kobborg after August Bournonville

Libretto: Adolphe Nourrit and Filippo Taglioni

 

La Sylphide is one of the world’s oldest surviving ballets, and a treasure in the Danish Bournonville style.

On the day of his wedding, the young Scotsman James is awoken with a kiss from an ethereal winged creature, a Sylph. Entranced by her beauty, James risks everything to pursue an unattainable love...

Restaged for the Bolshoi by Bournonville expert Johan Kobborg, this production is the ultimate romantic masterpiece.

Sun 11 November
Bolshoi 2018-19: The Golden Age


Bolshoi 2018-19: The Golden Age

Music: Dmitri Shostakovich
 
Choreography: Yuri Grigorovich
 
Libretto: Yuri Grigorovich and Isaak Glikman
 
Cast: Nina Kaptsova (Rita), Ruslan Skvortsov (Boris), Mikhail Lobukhin (Yashka) and Ekaterina Krysanova (Lyuska)
 
 
 
 
 
In the 1920’s, The Golden Age cabaret is a favorite nightly haunt. The young fisherman Boris falls in love with Rita. He follows her to the cabaret and realizes that she is the beautiful dancer “Mademoiselle Margot,”, but also the love interest of the local gangster Yashka…
 
With its jazzy score by Shostakovich and its music-hall atmosphere featuring beautiful tangos, The Golden Age is a refreshing and colorful dive into the roaring 20’s. A historic ballet that can be seen only at the Bolshoi!
 
Sun 07 April 2019
Bolshoi 2018-19: the Nutcracker


Bolshoi 2018-19: the Nutcracker

Running time: TBC
Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
 
Choreography: Yuri Grigorovich
 
Libretto: Yuri Grigorovich
 
 
On Christmas Eve, Marie’s Nutcracker doll magically transforms into a prince and their wonderful adventure begins.
 
The holiday classic returns to the majestic Bolshoi stage for a live broadcast of a timeless story, The Nutcracker, taking audiences of all ages on a magical journey through a world of enchantment complete with dancing snowflakes and dolls that have come to life, accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s beloved score.
 
Sun 23 December
Bolshoi 2018-19: The Sleeping Beauty


Bolshoi 2018-19: The Sleeping Beauty

Rated: 12A
 
 
The Princess Aurora falls under the curse of the Evil Fairy Carabosse on her sixtenth birthday, falling into a deep slumber of one hundred years. Only the kiss of a prince could break the spell.
 
A resplendent fairytale ballet perfomed by the Bolshoi, The Sleeping Beauty features  scores of magical characters including fairies, the Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots, and a beautiful young Princess Aurora performed by Olga Smirnova, a “truly extraordinary talent” (The Telegraph). This is classical ballet at its finest.
 
Sun 10 March 2019
ELVIS: 68 Come Back Special - 50th anniversay


ELVIS: 68 Come Back Special - 50th anniversay

Running time: 2 hours
Rated: U
 
Director: Steve Binder
 
Cast: Elvis Presley
 
 
'Elvis: '68 Comeback Special' sees Elvis performing his legendary '68 Comeback concert. Originally airing as a TV special, having not appeared on stage in front of a live audience for more than seven years, this spectacular performance is seen by many as the Memphis icon's most substantial achievement as a stage performer. This cinema exclusive includes a special introduction and studio tour by Steve Binder (the original Producer and Director), including special guest appearances and commentary offering a unique perspective on Elvis and his iconic status. A must-see for fans of Elvis and Rock and Roll.
 
Please note: This film - ELVIS COME SPECIAL - contains a sequence of flashing lights which might affect customers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy.
Thu 16 August
Funny Girl - the Musical


Funny Girl - the Musical

Following the critically acclaimed West End run, this utterly irresistible new production of Funny Girl stars Olivier Award-winning Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice.
 
Funny Girl brought global fame to Barbra Streisand 50 years ago, boasting some of the most iconic songs in film and theatre history, including People and Don’t Rain On My Parade. Half a century later, this ‘exhilarating embrace of a production’ (The Independent) comes to cinema screens after wowing critics and audiences alike in London’s West End. This iconic musical tells the story of Fanny Brice, whose vocal talents and comedic ability see her rise from Brooklyn music hall singer to Broadway star.
 
Wed 24 October
National Theatre Live: Allelujah


National Theatre Live: Allelujah

Filmed live at London’s Bridge Theatre during its limited run, don’t miss Alan Bennett's ‘rousing chorus line for the NHS’ (Observer) in your local cinema.
 
The Beth, an old fashioned cradle-to-grave hospital serving a town on the edge of the Pennines, is threatened with closure as part of an efficiency drive. A documentary crew, eager to capture its fight for survival, follows the daily struggle to find beds on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward, and the triumphs of the old people’s choir. 
 
Alan Bennett’s celebrated plays include The History Boys, The Lady in the Van and The Madness of George III, all of which were also seen on film. Allelujah! is his tenth collaboration with award-winning director Nicholas Hytner.
 
Letterpress graphic by Alan Kitching, art directed by Michael Mayhew.
 
Thu 01 November
NT Live: Antony & Cleopatra


NT Live: Antony & Cleopatra

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.
 
Caesar and his assassins are dead. General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome. But at the fringes of a war-torn empire the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love. In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war.
 
Director Simon Godwin returns to National Theatre Live screens with this hotly anticipated production, following previous broadcasts of Twelfth Night, Man and Superman and The Beaux’ Stratagem.
 
Thu 06 December
NT Live: Im Not Running


NT Live: Im Not Running

Running time: TBC
I’m Not Running is an explosive new play by David Hare, premiering at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas.
 
Pauline Gibson has spent her life as a doctor, the inspiring leader of a local health campaign. When she crosses paths with her old boyfriend, a stalwart loyalist in Labour Party politics, she’s faced with an agonising decision.
 
What’s involved in sacrificing your private life and your piece of mind for something more than a single issue? Does she dare?
 
Hare was recently described by The Washington Post as ‘the premiere political dramatist writing in English’. His other work includes Pravda and Skylight, broadcast by National Theatre Live in 2014.
 
Thu 31 January 2019
Oscar Wildes the Importance of Being Earnest


Oscar Wildes the Importance of Being Earnest

Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes

Rated: 12A

Director: TBC

Cast: TBC

 

A new production of one of the funniest plays in English, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, will be broadcast live to cinemas from the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End. Wilde’s much-loved masterpiece throws love, logic and language into the air to make one of theatre’s most dazzling firework displays. Jack, Algy, Gwendolyn and Cecily discover how unsmooth runs the course of true love, while Lady Bracknell keeps a baleful eye on the mayhem of manners. This is the fourth and final play from the Oscar Wilde Season, a year-long celebration of the brilliant Victorian playwright being staged by the Classic Spring Theatre Company.

Tue 09 October
ROH 2018-19: Die Walkure


ROH 2018-19: Die Walkure

Running time: 5 hours 50 minutes

Antonio Pappano conducts a great cast including Stuart Skelton, Emily Magee, John Lundgren and Nina Stemme in the second opera in Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen.

Sun 28 October
ROH 2018-19: Don Quixote


ROH 2018-19: Don Quixote

Running time: 3 hours

Love and friendship triumph in Carlos Acosta's vibrant production of this dazzling ballet.

Tue 19 February 2019
ROH 2018-19: Faust


ROH 2018-19: Faust

Running time: 3 hours 30 minutes

Gounod's most popular opera returns in David McVicar's stunning Parisian production, with singers including Michael Fabiano, Diana Damrau and Erwin Schrott.

Tue 30 April 2019
ROH 2018-19: La Bayadere


ROH 2018-19: La Bayadere

Running time: 2 hours 50 minutes

Natalia Makarova's production of this 19th-century classic ballet brings an exotic world of temple dancers and noble warriors to life.

Tue 13 November
ROH 2018-19: La Forza Del Destino


ROH 2018-19: La Forza Del Destino

Running time: TBC

Christof Loy directs a star-studded cast of singers, including Anna Netrebko, Jonas Kaufmann and Christopher Maltman, in Verdi's epic opera, conducted by Antonio Pappano.

Tue 02 April 2019
ROH 2018-19: La Traviata


ROH 2018-19: La Traviata

Running time: 3 hours 20 minutes

Richard Eyre's stunning production of Verdi's best-loved opera returns with star sopranos Ermonela Jaho and Angel Blue as Violetta; the casts also include Plácido Domingo and Charles Castronovo.

Wed 30 January 2019
ROH 2018-19: Mayerling


ROH 2018-19: Mayerling

Running time: 3 hours

Dangerous desires, family secrets and political intrigues twist through every moment of daring choreography in Kenneth MacMillan's ballet inspired by true events.

Mon 15 October
ROH 2018-19: Romeo and Juliet


ROH 2018-19: Romeo and Juliet

Running time: 3 hours

Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers encounter passion and tragedy in Kenneth MacMillan's 20th-century ballet masterpiece.

Wed 12 June 2019
ROH 2018-19: Royal Ballet Triple Bill


ROH 2018-19: Royal Ballet Triple Bill

Running time: TBC

The contemporary face of The Royal Ballet in revivals of works by Wheeldon and Pite and a world premiere by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.

Thu 16 May 2019
ROH 2018-19: The Nutcracker


ROH 2018-19: The Nutcracker

Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes

A Christmas treat for the whole family and a classic with a special place in the hearts of ballet fans around the world.

Mon 03 December
ROH 2018-19: The Queen of Spades


ROH 2018-19: The Queen of Spades

Running time: TBC

Tchaikovsky's most ambitious opera receives star treatment in Stefan Herheim's staging, with a cast including Eva-Maria Westbroek, Felicity Palmer and Aleksandrs Antonenko

Tue 22 January 2019
The Winters Tale - Live from the Globe


The Winters Tale - Live from the Globe

Running time: TBC
In a fit of groundless jealousy, Leontes wrecks his marriage, defies the gods, destroys his family and ruins himself. As the years roll around, a new generation flee their own country and take refuge in Sicilia. Unknowingly they bring with them the key to the past, present and future…
 
A ‘winter’s tale’ is a fantasy, and The Winter’s Tale is Shakespeare’s great play of the irrational and inexplicable. The play’s uncontrollable emotions – rage, love, grief and forgiveness – range across gender, country, class and age. Its universe is full of monsters, gods and natural disasters, and its colossal sweep takes us from stifling courts to unbuttoned festivals.
 
Thu 04 October