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Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake

 

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lakecomes to cinemas with a fresh look for the 21st century and is ‘as bold and beautiful as ever’ (★★★★★ Telegraph). This thrilling, audacious and witty production is perhaps still best known for replacing the female corps-de-ballet with a menacing male ensemble, which shattered convention, turned tradition upside down and took the dance world by storm. Retaining the iconic elements of the original staging loved by millions around the world, Matthew Bourne and award-winning designers Lez Brotherston (Set & Costumes) and Paule Constable (Lighting) have created a ‘spellbinding’ (★★★★★ Independent) re-imagining of this classic New Adventures production. Filmed live at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake stars Will Bozier as The Swan/The Stranger, Liam Mower as The Prince and Nicole Kabera as The Queen.

Collecting over thirty international accolades including an Olivier Award and three Tonys on Broadway, Matthew Bourne’s powerful interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s beloved tale is ‘still original, still unmissable’ (★★★★★ Metro), a passionate and contemporary Swan Lake for our times.

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Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet

 

Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliethas been hailed as ‘the single most eagerly awaited dance show for 2019’ by The Daily Telegraph. This passionate and contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic story of love and conflict is set in the not too distant future in ‘The Verona Institute’.  Here ‘difficult’ young people are mysteriously confined by a society that seeks to divide and crush their youthful spirit and individuality. Our two young lovers must follow their hearts as they risk everything to be together. A timeless story of forbidden love, repressed emotions and teenage discovery, filmed live at Sadler’s Wells in London especially for cinemas.

Bursting with youth, vitality and Matthew Bourne’s trademark storytelling, the UK’s brightest young dance talent join the New Adventures company, with direction and choreography by Matthew Bourne, design by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Paul Groothuis and new orchestrations of the Prokofiev score by Terry Davies, played live by the New Adventures Orchestra conducted by Brett Morris.

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Matthew Bourne’s The Car Man

 

A sensational new dance event for cinemas from the internationally acclaimed choreographer Matthew Bourne and his Dance Company New Adventures, The Car Man is loosely based on Bizet’s popular opera (CARMEN) and has one of the most thrilling and instantly recognisable scores in classical music, brilliantly arranged by Terry Davies. The familiar 19th Century Spanish cigarette factory becomes a greasy garage-diner in 1960’s America where the dreams and passions of a small-town are shattered by the arrival of a handsome stranger. Fuelled by heat and desire, the inhabitants are driven into an unstoppable spiral of greed, lust, betrayal and revenge. Lez Brotherston’s epic design, Chris Davey’s evocative lighting and Matthew Bourne’s vivid storytelling take in a wealth of cinematic references, creating a powerful and uncompromising vision of small-town America.

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Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella

 

Neil Westmoreland – Resident DirectorFollowing the sold-out and critical success of The Red Shoes New Adventures returned in 2017 with one of our most popular and beloved productions, Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella – a thrilling and evocative love story, set in London during the Second World War.Matthew Bourne’s interpretation of the classic fairy tale has, at its heart, a true war-time romance. A chance meeting results in a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing young RAF pilot, together just long enough to fall in love before being parted by the horrors of the Blitz.

With Lez Brotherston’s sumptuous costumes and sets, which won an Olivier Award for his original designs, lighting by Olivier Award-winning Neil Austin and video and projection designed by Duncan McLean, Cinderella is performed in Surround Sound, designed by Paul Groothuis and featuring a specially commissioned recording played by a 60 piece orchestra.

Matthew Bourne’s vivid story telling has never been more heart-stopping and touching, and will take the audience into the heart of Prokofiev’s magnificent score, and the sights and sounds of war-torn London.

Theatrical rights are available from the 1st of November 2019 to the 31st of June 2020 for cinemas across Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Romania.

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The Royal Opera House 2019/20 Live Cinema Season

 

12 BLOCKBUSTER TITLES, ONE CINEMA SEASON LIVE FROM THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE 2019/20

With 12 titles set to be broadcast to more than 1,000 cinemas in 40 countries across the globe, the Royal Opera House’s Live Cinema Season 2019/20 will showcase a wide variety of ballet and opera, including some exciting new works, all relayed live from Covent Garden.

The 2019/20 Season will feature the great classic of The Royal Ballet’s repertory Swan Lake and world-renowned opera stars including Jonas Kaufmann, Bryn Terfel, Erwin Schrott, Nina Stemme and Sonya Yoncheva among many others. As an optional addition to the season, the 2016 production of The Nutcracker will be available on DCP throughout December 2019.

Including some of The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet’s much-loved classical repertory, the world’s top ballet and opera stars, and four brand new productions, Pannonia Entertainment distributes live satellite broadcasts and recorded shows of performances from the Covent Garden to cinemas across Hungary, Poland and Romania.

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SWAN LAKE (Ballet) – Royal Opera House 2019-20

 

Live: Wednesday 1 April 2020, 19:15 UK time
Encore: Sunday 5 April 2020, 14:00
DCP Window: 22 April – 21 May
Run Time: about 2 hours 55 minutes, including two intervals

Music: Tchaikovsky
Choreography: Liam Scarlett after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov

Liam Scarlett’s glorious production of Swan Lake, new in 2018, returns for its first revival. While remaining faithful to the Marius Petipa/Lev Ivanov text, Scarlett’s additional choreography and John Macfarlane’s magnificent designs breathe new life into what is arguably the best-known and most-loved classical ballet. The entire Company shines in this eternal tale of doomed love, a masterpiece filled with iconic moments. Tchaikovsky’s first score for ballet soars with its symphonic sweep and combines perfectly with exquisite choreography from the grand pas de deux of Prince Siegfried and Odile to the swans at the lakeside. An intoxicating mix of spectacle and intimate passion, the overall effect is irresistible.

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THE CELLIST / DANCES AT A GATHERING

 

Live: Tuesday 25 February 2020, 19:15 UK time
Encore: Sunday 1 March 2020, 14:00 UK time
DCP Window: 18 March – 17 April
Approximate running time: 2 hours 30 minutes, including one interval

 

Cathy Marston has previously been an Associate Artist of the Royal Opera House and Director of Bern Ballett, and is much in demand internationally. The inspiration for her first work for The Royal Ballet Main Stage is the momentous life and career of the cellist Jacqueline du Pré. Jerome Robbins’s elegant and elegiac classic forms the second part of the programme. This exercise in pure dance for five couples, set to music by Chopin, is a masterpiece of subtlety and invention.

THE CELLIST
Choreography Cathy Marston
Music Philip Feeney
Scenario Cathy Marston and
Edward Kemp
Set designer Hildegard Bechtler
Costume designer Bregje van Balen
Lighting designer Jon Clark
Conductor Andrea Molino

 

DANCES AT A GATHERING
Choreography Jerome Robbins
Music Fryderyk Chopin
Costume Designer Joe Eula

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THE SLEEPING BEAUTY (Ballet) – Royal Opera House 2019-20

 

Live: Thursday 16 January 2020, 19:15 UK time
Encore: Sunday 19 January 2020, 14:00 UK time
DCP Window: 6 February – 6 March
Run Time: about 3 hours, including two intervals

Music: Tchaikovsky
Choreography: Marius Petipa / Additional choreography: Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell, Christopher Wheeldon

This production of The Sleeping Beauty has been delighting audiences in Covent Garden since 1946. A classic of Russian ballet, it established The Royal Ballet both in its new home after World War II and as a world-class company. Sixty years later, in 2006, the original staging was revived, returning Oliver Messel’s wonderful designs and glittering costumes to the stage. Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score and Marius Petipa’s original choreography beautifully combine with sections created for The Royal Ballet by Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell and Christopher Wheeldon. This ballet is sure to cast its spell over anyone who sees it.

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THE NUTCRACKER (Recorded 2016) – Royal Opera House 2019-20

 

Available on DCP from: Thursday 17 December 2019 until Tuesday 31 December 2019
Run Time: about 2 hours 15 minutes (intervals TBC)

Music: Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
Choreography: Peter Wright after Lev Ivanoc
Dancers: TBC

The Royal Ballet’s glorious production of The Nutcracker, created by Peter Wright in1984, is the production par excellence of an all-time ballet favourite. It is Christmas Eve and Herr Drosselmeyer the magician sweeps young Clara away on a fantasy adventure in which timeis suspended, the family
living-room becomes a great battlefield, and a magical journeytakes them through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets. Tchaikovsky’s glitteringscore, the gorgeous festive stage designs, and The Royal Ballet’s captivating dancingincluding an exquisite pas de deux between the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince, make thisNutcracker the quintessential Christmas experience.

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COPPÉLIA (Ballet) – Royal Opera House 2019-20 

 

Live: Tuesday 10 December 2019, 19:15 UK time
Encore: Sunday 15 December 2019, 14:00 UK time
DCP Window: 2 January – 1 February
Run Time: about 2 hours 30 minutes including one interval

Music: Léo Delibes
Choreographer: Ninette de Valois after Lev Ivanov and Enrico Cecchetti

A classic returns to The Royal Ballet repertory with Ninette de Valois’ charming and funny Coppélia – a story of love, mischief and mechanical dolls. The intricate choreography is set to Delibes’ delightful score and shows off the technical precision and comedic timing of the whole Company. Osbert Lancaster’s designs bring a colourful storybook world to life in this Christmas treat for the whole family.

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CONCERTO / ENIGMA VARIATIONS / RAYMONDA ACT III (Ballet) – Royal Opera House 2019-20

 

Live: Tuesday 5 November 2019, 19:15 UK time
Encore: Sunday 10 November 2019, 14:00 UK time
DCP Window: 26 November – 25 December
Run Time: 3 hours TBC

Music: Donizetti
Director: Damiano Michieletto
Conductor: Evelino Pidò
Choreographer: Rudolf Nureyev after Marius Petipa

From The Royal Ballet’s classical origins in the works of Marius Petipa, to the home-grown choreographers who put British ballet on the world stage, this mixed programme highlights the versatility of the Company. Petipa’s Raymonda Act III is Russian classical ballet summarized in one act, full of sparkle and precise technique, while Ashton’s Enigma Variations is quintessentially British in every way – from its score by Elgar and period designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman, to Ashton’s signature style, the essence of British ballet. Concerto, MacMillan’s fusion of classical technique with a contemporary mind, completes a programme that shows the breadth of The Royal Ballet’s heritage.

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