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Exhibitions

Free

Michael Landy: The Essex Way

Thursday 16 September 2021 - Saturday 31 December 2022

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

See a large-scale collage along our building’s magnificent 140m curved wall, created by artist Michael Landy.

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Exhibitions

Free

Michael Landy: Essex Man (after Collet)

Thursday 16 September 2021 - Saturday 31 December 2022

10:00 pm - 5:00 pm

See artist Michael Landy’s artwork ‘Essex Man (after Collet)’ (2021) – a larger-than-life standing figure in our Welcome Area made from a hand drawn reproduction of the original ‘Essex Man’ illustration by Edward Collet in a 1990s Sunday Telegraph.

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Exhibitions

Free

Sculpture at Firstsite

Saturday 20 November 2021 - Sunday 27 November 2022

See artworks by artists Sarah Lucas, Ryan Gander, Julian Opie and Bharti Kher in our new sculpture park.

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Exhibitions

Free

Simon Carter and Jevan Watkins Jones: Shore Lines

Saturday 11 December 2021 - Sunday 4 September 2022

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Imagine two drawings by two artists drifting across a five-mile stretch of salt-water, merging and morphing on the surface as they meet. Artists Simon Carter and Jevan Watkins Jones collaborate in this collection of charcoal drawings inspired by their…

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Exhibitions

Free

Keep Being Amazing

Saturday 22 January - Sunday 21 August 2022

Explore the ground-breaking Firstsite Holiday Fun programme through vibrant artworks in this interactive exhibition celebrating the fun, friendly and creative ethos of Holiday Fun and the families who attend.

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Parent and Toddler

Thursday 24 March - Thursday 15 December 2022

These artist-led sessions provide a safe and fun environment for children under 5 and parents/carers to use their imagination and curiosity to explore, test and experiment with a range of art activities and materials.

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Exhibitions

Free

The Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion exhibition activities

Saturday 7 May - Sunday 11 September 2022

Enjoy free participatory art activities as part of the current exhibition, The Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion.    Lightbox activity The Singh Twins make their lightbox artworks by moving images around on a computer. They think carefully about where…

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Exhibitions

Free

The Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion

Saturday 7 May - Sunday 11 September 2022

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

See vast intricate and colourful artworks from internationally acclaimed artists, The Singh Twins. Delve into hidden details of Europe’s colonial past and its legacies, including current debates around ethical trade, responsible consumerism and decolonisation and racism.

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Dance and Movement for Well-being

Friday 1 July - Friday 16 December 2022

A gentle session for over 60s to ease joint mobility, improve agility, balance and self-awareness in movement. Every Friday 10:30am during term times.

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Limitless Street Dance

Tuesday 5 July - Tuesday 20 December 2022

Breakdance skills for 8 – 14 year olds. Join the Limitless dancers Andi Mill and Isaac James to try out the basics of street dancing in a cool, fun and energetic environment.

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Children & Families

Free

Holiday Fun Summer 2022: Make

Friday 19 August 2022

10:00 am

More times available

Get making over the Summer school holidays with a variety of free, creative activities.

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Children & Families

Free

Holiday Fun Summer 2022: Multi-sports

Friday 19 August 2022

10:45 am

More times available

Keep the kids active and entertained over the Summer school holiday with fun sports activities taking place on Firstsite’s lawn in Colchester town centre

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Cinema

DC League Of Super Pets

Friday 19 August 2022

11:00 am

More times available

When Superman and the rest of the Justice League are kidnapped, Krypto must convince a rag-tag shelter pack—Ace the hound, PB the potbellied pig, Merton the turtle, and Chip the squirrel—to master their own newfound powers and help him rescue the Super Heroes.

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Children & Families

Free

Holiday Fun Summer 2022: Canteen

Friday 19 August 2022

11:45 am

More times available

Enjoy freshly made hot meals for all the family over the Summer half term school holiday at Firstsite’s canteen in Colchester town centre.

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Cinema

Minions: The Rise Of Gru

Friday 19 August 2022

1:20 pm

More times available

This summer, from the biggest global animated franchise in history, comes the origin story of how the world’s greatest supervillain first met his iconic Minions, forged cinema’s most despicable crew and faced off against the most unstoppable criminal force ever assembled in Minions: The Rise of Gru.

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Cinema

DC League Of Super Pets (Relaxed)

Saturday 20 August 2022

11:00 am

More times available

Krypto the Super-Dog and Superman are inseparable best friends, sharing the same superpowers and fighting crime in Metropolis side by side.

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Cinema

Kino Dreams: Kings Of The Road (4K)

Saturday 20 August 2022

1:20 pm

Bruno, witnesses the sad sight of a VW beetle car storming straight into the River Elbe. An impromptu relationship begins

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Cinema

Fire Of Love

Saturday 20 August 2022

4:50 pm

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FIRE OF LOVE tells a story of primordial creation and destruction, following two bold explorers as they venture into the unknown, all for the sake of love.

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Talks & Events

The Singh Twins in conversation

Sunday 21 August 2022

3:00 pm

Please note that this event has been cancelled. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the artists are no longer able to do this talk. Those who have booked to attend will be contacted by our team to organise a refund.  Join…

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Cinema

National Theatre Live: Prima Facie

Sunday 21 August 2022

7:00 pm

More times available

Jodie Comer (Killing Eve) makes her West End debut in the UK premiere of Suzie Miller’s award-winning play.

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Children & Families

Free

Holiday Fun Summer 2022: Street Dance

Monday 22 August 2022

10:45 am

More times available

Children can show off their best moves over the Summer school holiday with Street Dance at Firstsite Holiday Fun in Colchester!

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Cinema

Brian & Charles (Parent & Baby)

Monday 22 August 2022

11:00 am

Without friends or family to rely on, Brian decides to build a robot for company.

‘Charles’ is not only Brian’s most successful invention, but he appears to have a personality all of his own and quickly becomes Brian’s best friend, curing his loneliness and opening Brian’s eyes to a new way of living.

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Community and Partners

Free

Art in the Community

Tuesday 23 August 2022

1:00 pm

More times available

Art in the Community sessions are for people who use creativity to improve their well-being, and for recovery from mental and physical issues

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Cinema

Minions: The Rise Of Gru (Relaxed)

Tuesday 23 August 2022

1:15 pm

This summer, from the biggest global animated franchise in history, comes the origin story of how the world’s greatest supervillain first met his iconic Minions, forged cinema’s most despicable crew and faced off against the most unstoppable criminal force ever assembled in Minions: The Rise of Gru.

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Children & Families

Free

Holiday Fun Summer 2022: Drumming

Wednesday 24 August 2022

10:45 am

More times available

Learn the basics of African Drumming with drumming tutor Hassan who is experienced in teaching people of all levels.

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Cinema

Where The Crawdads Sing (captioned)

Wednesday 24 August 2022

3:30 pm

Where the Crawdads Sing tells the story of Kya, an abandoned girl who raised herself to adulthood in the dangerous marshlands of North Carolina.

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Free

YAK | Young Art Kommunity

Thursday 25 August 2022

5:00 pm

More times available

Young Art Kommunity (YAK) is Firstsite’s young-people peer led group which organises events and activities within the gallery and in the wider community.

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Cinema

Joyride

Friday 26 August 2022

7:00 pm

More times available

Joy is angry – she’s got a baby and motherhood does not come naturally to her; she feels she’s tossed her own dreams aside to give a screeching monster unconditional love.

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Cinema

Kino Dreams: The Salt Of The Earth

Saturday 27 August 2022

2:00 pm

Salgado’s accomplished, moving work and his inspirational life are revealed to us in this Oscar-nominated documentary by his son, Juliano Salgado, and world-renowned filmmaker Wim Wenders (Buena Vista Social Club, Wings of Desire, Paris, Texas, Pina), himself an avid photographer.

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Cinema

Hit The Road

Saturday 27 August 2022

4:30 pm

More times available

Driving across endless miles of rugged landscape, a family navigates a long road trip alongside a range of conflicting emotions.

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Cinema

The Harder They Come (Re 2022)

Saturday 27 August 2022

7:30 pm

Wishing to become a successful Reggae singer, a young Jamaican man finds himself tied to corrupt record producers and drug pushers.

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Cinema

Kino Dreams: The American Friend (4K)

Sunday 28 August 2022

1:30 pm

Tom Ripley, who deals in forged art, suggests a picture framer he knows would make a good hit man.

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Cinema

Fadia’s Tree

Sunday 28 August 2022

4:30 pm

Spanning fifteen years, this story of a friendship that stays connected across a divided land and a fragmented people adopts a birds’ eye perspective to reflect on freedom of movement, exile and the hope of return.

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Cinema

The Railway Children Return

Monday 29 August 2022

1:15 pm

More times available

Inspired by one of the most beloved British family films of all time, THE RAILWAY CHILDREN RETURN is an enchanting, moving and heart-warming adventure for a new generation.

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Cinema

Mahanagar (The Big City) (Re: 2022)

Monday 29 August 2022

3:45 pm

Life at home changes when a housewife from a middle-class, conservative family in Calcutta gets a job as a saleswoman.

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Cinema

Where Is Anne Frank

Friday 2 September 2022

12:00 pm

More times available

Fiery teenager Kitty, Anne Frank’s imaginary friend to whom her famous diary is dedicated, comes to life in the modern day in the Amsterdam house where Anne had taken refuge with her family.

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Cinema

Eric Ravilious: Drawn to War

Friday 2 September 2022

4:00 pm

More times available

ERIC RAVILIOUS: DRAWN TO WAR is a true story. Eric Ravilious is as compelling and enigmatic as his art.

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Exhibitions

Free

Opening Celebration | Mehdi Jalalaghdamian: Art In Exile

Friday 2 September 2022

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us to celebrate the opening of our Museum of the year Exhibition, Mehdi Jalalaghdamian: Art in Exile.

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Exhibitions

Free

Mehdi Jalalaghdamian: Art In Exile

Saturday 3 September 2022 - Sunday 3 September 2023

Artist, Mehdi Jalal Aghdamian, draws attention to the experiences of refugees and asylum seekers worldwide through the traditional craft of Persian rug making

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Community and Partners

Free

Colchester Record Fair

Saturday 3 September 2022

10:00 am

Colchester’s Record Fair returns to Firstsite, a treat for both enthusiasts and casual collectors alike. Come browse through stall holders’ collections of vinyl and CDs from a vast range of genres. Grab yourself a bargain – or perhaps something a little rarer.  

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Cinema

Blind Ambition + Q&A

Saturday 3 September 2022

1:30 pm

An unlikely team of Zimbabwean refugees turned sommeliers shake up the international wine establishment when they compete in the World Wine Tasting Championships. ‘Blind Ambition’ is an inspiring underdog story for the ages.

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Cinema

Kino Dreams: Paris, Texas

Saturday 3 September 2022

4:30 pm

Travis Henderson, an aimless drifter who has been missing for four years, wanders out of the desert and must reconnect with society, himself, his life, and his family.

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Cinema

Eiffel

Saturday 3 September 2022

7:30 pm

More times available

Set in 1880s Belle Epoque Paris, the film follows Gustave Eiffel (Romain Duris) as he embarks upon the all-consuming task of designing and constructing one of the world’s best-loved land-marks – the Eiffel Tower.

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Cinema

Kino Dreams: Pina

Sunday 4 September 2022

2:15 pm

This film explores the life and work of this artist of movement while we see her company perform her most notable creations where basic things like water, dirt and even gravity take on otherworldly qualities in their dancing. 

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Cinema

Laal Singh Chaddha

Sunday 4 September 2022

4:30 pm

‘Laal Singh Chaddha’, a simple man whose extraordinary journey will fill you with love, warmth and happiness. Watch Laal’s beautiful journey in cinemas worldwide on August 11th.

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Cinema

Where is Anne Frank (Parent & Baby)

Monday 5 September 2022

11:30 am

Fiery teenager Kitty, Anne Frank’s imaginary friend to whom her famous diary is dedicated, comes to life in the modern day in the Amsterdam house where Anne had taken refuge with her family.

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Cinema

National Theatre Live: Much Ado About Nothing

Thursday 8 September 2022

7:00 pm

More times available

The legendary hotel Messina on the Italian Riveria has been visited by artists, celebrities and royalty.

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Cinema

Anaïs In Love

Friday 9 September 2022

12:00 pm

More times available

A free-spirited but directionless young woman embarks on an affair with a charismatic older woman in this sparkling and elegant romantic comedy.

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Cinema

Nope

Friday 9 September 2022

7:00 pm

More times available

Oscar winner Jordan Peele disrupted and redefined modern horror with Get Out and then Us. Now, he reimagines the summer movie with a new pop nightmare: the expansive horror epic, Nope.

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Community and Partners

Free

Rice and Spice Festival

Saturday 10 September 2022

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Celebrate Colchester’s diverse community through food, music and performances at the town’s annual festival of Rice and Spice – including children’s activities, workshops and a huge variety of food stalls.

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Cinema

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (Director’s Ed 4K)

Saturday 10 September 2022

1:30 pm

For the first time on the big-screen, director Robert Wise’s definitive vision, eagerly anticipated by Star Trek fans for over two decades, has been meticulously restored and remastered with enhanced visual effects.

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Cinema

Girls Can’t Surf

Saturday 10 September 2022

4:30 pm

More times available

‘Girls Can’t Surf’ is a feature documentary which tells the untold story of how a band of renegade surfer girls in the 1980s fought to create their own professional sport, changing surf culture forever.

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Cinema

My Old School

Sunday 11 September 2022

11:30 am

More times available

The astonishing true story of Scotland’s most notorious imposter. It’s 1993 and 16 year old Brandon is the new kid in school. Soon he’s top of the class, acing exams and taking the lead in the school musical. He’s the model pupil, until he’s unmasked…

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Cinema

Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan (Director’s Cut 4K)

Sunday 11 September 2022

2:00 pm

One of the most celebrated and essential adventures from the Star Trek universe, ‘Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan’ celebrates 40 years with the director’s cut on the big screen.

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Cinema

Glyndebourne’s La bohème

Sunday 11 September 2022

7:00 pm

In La bohème Puccini elevates ordinary people to the level of the extraordinary, the tragic, the timeless –transformed by a score that has seduced generations of audiences

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Cinema

Joyride (Parent & Baby)

Monday 12 September 2022

11:30 am

Joy (Colman) and Mully (Reid) are two lovable rogues. Joy is angry – she’s got a baby and motherhood does not come naturally to her; she feels she’s tossed her own dreams aside to give a screeching monster unconditional love.

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Cinema

Mr Malcolm’s List

Friday 16 September 2022

3:00 pm

More times available

Julia is a society lady jilted by London’s most eligible bachelor Mr. Malcolm, when she fails to meet one of the items on his list of requirements for a bride. Feeling shunned and humiliated, she enlists her friend Selina to help her take revenge.

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Cinema

The Feast

Saturday 17 September 2022

7:30 pm

More times available

When a wealthy family and their guests gather for a dinner party in the remote Welsh countryside, they have little idea of what awaits them in this carnivorously chilling new horror film. Find out more at www.thefeast.film

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Cinema

Official Competition

Sunday 18 September 2022

4:00 pm

More times available

Penelope Cruz stars as a brilliant but demanding director who casts a mainstream-blockbuster actor (Antonio Banderas) and an esoteric theatre performer (Oscar Martinez) to lead her next project.

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Cinema

Mr Malcolm’s List (Parent & Baby)

Monday 19 September 2022

11:30 am

Julia is a society lady jilted by London’s most eligible bachelor Mr. Malcolm, when she fails to meet one of the items on his list of requirements for a bride. Feeling shunned and humiliated, she enlists her friend Selina to help her take revenge.

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Cinema

Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO

Thursday 22 September 2022

7:00 pm

The Red Ribbon Army was once destroyed by Son Goku. Individuals, who carry on its spirit, have created the ultimate Androids, Gamma 1 and Gamma 2. These two Androids call themselves “Super Heroes”. They start attacking Piccolo and Gohan…

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Cinema

It Snows In Benidorm

Friday 23 September 2022

12:00 pm

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Bank worker Peter lives a grey life in Manchester dealing with late repayments and posting daily about the weather. After an unexpected early retirement, he decides to visit his brother in Benidorm only to discover that he has disappeared.

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Cinema

Her Way

Saturday 24 September 2022

1:30 pm

More times available

Marie (Calamy) is a confident, optimistic sex worker in Strasbourg who is determined to provide a better life for her 17-year-old son, Adrien (Nissim Renard). He is a bottomless pit of apathy and negativity whose only passion in life is for cooking.

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Cinema

The Royal Opera House: Madama Butterfly (Live)

Tuesday 27 September 2022

7:15 pm

On a starlit night in Nagasaki, these are the words spoken by American naval officer Pinkerton to young geisha Cio-Cio-San.

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Cinema

RSC: Richard III (Live)

Wednesday 28 September 2022

7:00 pm

Young Richard of Gloucester uses the chaos of the Wars of the Roses to begin his unscrupulous climb to power in this classic Shakespearean history of a king in the throes of jealousy and murder.

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Cinema

The Royal Opera House: Madama Butterfly (Encore)

Sunday 2 October 2022

2:00 pm

On a starlit night in Nagasaki, these are the words spoken by American naval officer Pinkerton to young geisha Cio-Cio-San.

But as they both learn, words and promises carelessly spoken can have indelible consequences.

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Cinema

The Royal Ballet: Mayerling (Live)

Wednesday 5 October 2022

7:15 pm

Inspired by dark and gripping real-life events, this Royal Ballet classic depicts the sexual and morbid obsessions of Crown Prince Rudolf leading to the murder-suicide scandal with his mistress Mary Vetsera.

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Cinema

National Theatre Live: Jack Absolute Flies Again

Thursday 6 October 2022

7:00 pm

A rollicking new comedy by Richard Bean (One Man, Two Guvnors) and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night).

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Cinema

Billy Joel Live at Yankee Stadium

Saturday 8 October 2022

1:45 pm

More times available

In celebration of 50 years of Billy Joel, “Live at Yankee Stadium” comes to the big screen for a special two-night fan event.

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Cinema

The Royal Ballet: Mayerling (Encore)

Sunday 9 October 2022

2:00 pm

Inspired by dark and gripping real-life events, this Royal Ballet classic depicts the sexual and morbid obsessions of Crown Prince Rudolf leading to the murder-suicide scandal with his mistress Mary Vetsera.

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Cinema

The Royal Opera House: Aida (Live)

Wednesday 12 October 2022

6:45 pm

Princess Aida has been kidnapped: a valuable prize in a war between Egypt and Ethiopia.

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Cinema

The Royal Opera House: Aida (Encore)

Sunday 16 October 2022

2:00 pm

In this new production, director Robert Carsen situates Verdi’s large-scale political drama within a contemporary world, framing its power struggles and toxic jealousies in the apparatus of a modern, totalitarian state.

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Cinema

The Royal Opera House: La Bohème (Live)

Thursday 20 October 2022

7:15 pm

Penniless writer Rodolfo believes that art is all he needs – until he meets Mimì, the lonely seamstress who lives upstairs.

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Cinema

The Royal Opera House: La Bohème (Encore)

Sunday 23 October 2022

2:00 pm

Penniless writer Rodolfo believes that art is all he needs – until he meets Mimì, the lonely seamstress who lives upstairs.

So begins a timeless love story that blooms, fades, and rekindles with the passing seasons.

But while the couple’s friends Marcello and Musetta passionately row and make up, a force greater than love threatens Rodolfo and Mimì.

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Cinema

National Theatre Live: The Seagull

Thursday 3 November 2022

7:00 pm

More times available

Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) makes her West End debut in this 21st-century retelling of Anton Chekhov’s tale of love and loneliness.

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Cinema

The Royal Ballet: A Diamond Celebration (Live)

Wednesday 16 November 2022

7:15 pm

Celebrating the 60th anniversary of The Friends of Covent Garden, this programme recognizes the amazing support of all ROH Friends past and present.

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Cinema

The Royal Ballet: A Diamond Celebration (Encore)

Sunday 20 November 2022

2:00 pm

Celebrating the 60th anniversary of The Friends of Covent Garden, this programme recognizes the amazing support of all ROH Friends past and present.

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Cinema

The Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker (Live)

Thursday 8 December 2022

7:15 pm

Peter Wright’s much-loved production for The Royal Ballet, with gorgeous period designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman, keeps true to the spirit of this festive ballet classic, combining the thrill of the fairy tale with spectacular classical dancing

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Cinema

The Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker (Encore)

Sunday 11 December 2022

2:00 pm

Join Clara at a delightful Christmas Eve party that becomes a magical adventure once everyone else is tucked up in bed.

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Cinema

National Theatre Live: The Crucible

Thursday 26 January 2023

7:00 pm

More times available

A witch hunt is beginning in Arthur Miller’s captivating parable of power with Erin Doherty (The Crown) and Brendan Cowell (Yerma). Raised to be seen but not heard, a group of young women in Salem suddenly find their words…

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Cinema

National Theatre Live: Othello

Thursday 23 February 2023

7:00 pm

More times available

Wed in secret, Desdemona and Othello crave a new life together. But as unseen forces conspire against them, they find their future is not theirs to decide.

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