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  "A Seaside Spectacular" Every Tuesday 14th August to 25th September 7.30 pm
After many years of success Spotlight Theatre once again present their annual Summer Show, “A Seaside Spectacular”.
This traditional Show has all the ingredients in it to ensure our audiences get the happy holiday feeling, singing along to songs from the Sixties until today.
Of course no summer show would be complete without comedy and we will ensure you will have a laugh too.
Our members are working hard to give you the best entertainment they can provide. Always a success, a good night not to be missed whilst on holiday
Look forward to seeing you there!.
  "Dick Whittington" Pantomime Every Wednesday 15th to 29th August 2.30 pm & 7.30 pm
Styletrax Productions bring you the classic story of Dick Whittington, his journey to London to seek his fortune, and his subsequent adventures with Tommy the cat who he meets as he leaves the city.
Hearing the church bells of London calling him back - they seem to be saying "Turn again Whittington, Lord Mayor of London!" Dick returns and meets Alice Fitzwarren, the daughter of a rich merchant, who gets him a job working in her father's shop, while Tommy befriends Sarah the cook by catching rats and mice in the kitchen.
The villain of the story is King Rat whose activities result in Dick running away to sea with Tommy, hotly pursued by Alice and Sarah...........
A traditional panto with singing, dancing and comedy will keep you richly entertained as in true panto fashion, love conquers all.
  "The Greatest Showman" FILM PG Rated Every Friday 17th August to 28th September 7.30 pm
The Greatest Showman is a 2017 American musical film starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, and Zendaya.
P.T Barnum is a dreamer and a visionary, a family man whose wealthy, high-class in-laws scoff at his lowbrow, vulgar aspirations to entertain the masses with his circus which includes a bearded lady, a strongman, a dwarf,and trapeze artists.
Ladies and gents, this is the moment you've all been waiting for...The world is singing along with the most entertaining movie of the year and now you can too with this special sing-along screening of The Greatest Showman, the Golden Globe winner for Best Original Song. It's your time to shine – have fun, sing loud and 'Come Alive' – It's Showtime! Tickets on sale now!
  The Rhythm & Blues Show Thursday 16th,23rd,30th August 7.30 pm
It's time to roll over Beethoven as Remarkable Arts brings you an uplifting, feel-good summer show full of cool tunes & red hot dance moves.
A cast of professional musicians, outstanding singers & captivating dancers bring you an evening to remember.
With music from The Blues Brothers, James Brown, Etta James, Chuck Berry, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and many more, you'd best hot-foot it down to the Spotlight and get ready to shake your tail feather with the Rhythm & Blues show.
  Jonas Kaufmann "Under the Stars" Saturday 1st September 7.30 pm
Regarded as one of the world's greatest living tenors, Jonas Kaufmann has captivated audiences for years with his incredible voice.
Captured live this summer at the Waldbühne amphitheatre (Berlin), performing famous arias and popular songs from his bestselling album Dolce Vita, this is a big screen treat not to be missed.
The Dolce vita album includes arias and songs from Puccini, Leoncavallo, de Curtis, Rota and others.
  "Swinging the Lamp" [LIVE] Thursday 6th September 8 pm
Swinging the Lamp is a tribute “in words and song” written by Beverley actor Gordon Meredith about his friend Jim, who fished the Arctic seas at the height of Hull’s fishing industry and was at sea when the triple trawler tragedy happened 50 years ago in 1968.
The production, performed with local actor Richard Avery and musician Pete Fletcher, was first performed at East Riding Theatre in February 2018, and Gordon said: “Jim was a fascinating character and had so many fabulous stories to tell about his life at sea."
“Swinging the Lamp is part story-telling, part theatre and part folk music, and I hope it will help evoke life in the fishing communities of Hull and Grimsby and remember the life of Jim.”
  "La Bohème" Handa Opera Sydney Harbour Sunday 16th September 7 pm
The story delves into 1830s Paris where a group of struggling artists live in destitute slum conditions, yet are determined to celebrate love in all its simple glory.
When Rodolfo helps his pretty neighbour Mimi to find her keys in the dark, their hands touch, and attraction flares within them.
But their happiness is threatened when Rodolfo learns that Mimì is gravely ill
Puccini’s romantic depiction of bohemian Paris, with wonderful music and a love story drawn from everyday life, has captivated audiences around the world, making La Bohème one of the best-loved of all operas.
  "The Merry Widow Ballet" Australian Ballet Saturday 22nd September 7.30 pm
The Merry Widow has the distinction of being the first full-length ballet commissioned for the Australian Ballet.
Step into the ballrooms of Paris and join us in a light-hearted production filled  with tangled affairs, narrow misses and jealous lovers.
The tiny nation of Pontevedro is on the verge of bankruptcy, and the dashing Count Danilo must rescue his country by marrying the newly widowed and fabulously wealthy Hanna Glawari. But trouble brews when he discovers that he rejected her when she was his childhood sweetheart. Will she forgive him?
 With wow-moments, lavish glamour, show-stopping costumes and breathtaking dancing, The Merry Widow is a production you don't want to miss.
  "Julie" NT [Cert 15] Saturday 29th September 7 pm
August Strindberg's Miss Julie finds a new home in contemporary London, as Carrie Cracknell directs a cast including Vanessa Kirby and Eric Kofi Abrefa 
Wild and newly single, Julie throws a late night party, and 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 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
Contains strobe lighting
  "The Winter's Tale" The Globe Theatre Thursday 4th October 7.15 pm
Considered either as a comedy or a romance, Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale contains his most famous and challenging stage direction: 'Exit, pursued by a bear'.
The plot story moves between King Leontes' court in Sicilia and Bohemia.
The complications arise from King Leontes' and his Queen's friendly attentions to the visiting King of Bohemia.
In a trial the Oracle of Delphi declares the queen guiltless but the King still banishes her.
Their young son, Mamillius dies of grief but the Queen's newborn baby daughter, Perdita, is rescued from death by a Bohemian shepherd who raises her as his daughter.
There is a long time lapse of sixteen years between the Queen's banishment and the delayed happy ending which has a few surprises.
  "Aida" Met Opera New York Saturday October 6th 5.55 pm
Set in Ancient Egypt, Aida is a timeless story of love and betrayal against the backdrop of war
. The story is a roller coaster of emotions told through Verdi’s powerful music.
Aida, an Ethiopian princess, captured and brought into slavery in Egyp falls .in love with a General, Radames, and he with her.
When he is chosen to lead a war with Ethiopia he struggles to choose between his love for her and his loyalty to the Pharaoh
To complicate the story further, Radames is loved by the Pharaoh’s daughter Amneris, although he does not return the feeling.
  Cliff Richard Live October Friday 12th 8 pm Sunday14th 3pm
The 60th Anniversary Tour broadcast LIVE to your local cinema on Friday 12 October, with special encore screenings on Sunday 14 October in celebration of Sir Cliff's 78th birthday.
103 album releases, 123 single hits and the equivalent of 20 years spent in the UK charts. Britain’s Ultimate Pop Star, Sir Cliff Richard is celebrating 60 years in the music business and he wants to invite you to the most fabulous big screen party of the year!
Featuring his greatest hits across six decades, this will be his most exciting tour yet. His incredible energy and passion on stage will sweep you off your feet and be sure to have you swaying in the aisles. 
   "King Lear" NT  Saturday 13th October 7 pm
 King Lear, old and tired, divides his kingdom among his daughters, giving great importance to their protestations of love for him.
When Cordelia, youngest and most honest, refuses to idly flatter the old man in return for favor, he banishes her and turns for support to his remaining daughters.
But Goneril and Regan have no love for him and instead plot to take all his power from him.
In a parallel, Lear's loyal courtier Gloucester favors his illegitimate son Edmund after being told lies about his faithful son Edgar. Madness and tragedy befall both ill-starred fathers.
  "The Importance of being Earnest" Classic Spring Sunday October 14th 7.15 pm
Widely considered one of the funniest plays in English, Wilde’s much loved masterpiece throws love, logic and language into the air to make one of theatre’s most dazzling firework displays.
Two bachelors, John ‘Jack’ Worthing and Algernon ‘Algy’ Moncrieff create alter egos named Ernest to escape their tiresome lives and then attempt to win the hearts of two women who, conveniently, claim to only love men called Ernest.
The pair struggle to keep up with their own stories and become tangled in a tale of deception, disguise and misadventure.
The elaborate plot ridicules Victorian sensibilities with some of the best loved, and indeed bizarre, characters to be found on the modern stage.
  "Samson and Dalila" Met Opera New York Saturday October 20th 5.55 pm
Saint-Saens opera is set in ancient Palestine where the Hebrews are held in bondage to the Philistines. Samson, the leader of the Hebrews, leads his people in a revolt against the Philistines.
His amazing strength defeats all foes but, unfortunately, a beautiful Philistine woman, Dalila, seduces him.
He tells her the secrets of his strength, and the Philistines conquer the Hebrews again
In the end, Samson is able to conjure up his strength one last time to destroy both the Philistines and himself.
  "Mayerling" RoH Ballet Sunday October 21st 7 pm
Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria-Hungary is emotionally unstable and haunted by his obsession with death but he is forced to marry Princess Stephanie.
Soon afterwards his former lover Marie Larisch introduces him to a new mistress, Mary Vetsera, a young woman who shares his morbid fascination, which ultimately leads to tragedy.
The music of Franz Liszt sweeps the story to its intense conclusion, and sumptuous designs by Nicholas Georgiadis bring to life the formal, oppressive world of the Austro-Hungarian court.
Based on a true story from 1889 this dark and intense ballet was created for The Royal Ballet in 1978 and is regarded by many as among Kenneth MacMillan's finest works.
  "Die Walkure" RoH Opera Sunday 28th October 5 pm
Wotan craves the ring, but, bound by his own laws, he can’t retrieve it himself.
With a mortal woman he has twins, Siegmund and Sieglinde, and he hopes Siegmund will become the free agent he needs to take the ring,but, separated at birth, the twins meet as adults and fall in love.
Wotan’s wife Fricka points out that Siegmund can never be independent while he enjoys Wotan’s protection.
Wotan bitterly concedes, and Siegmund dies in battle – but the Valkyrie Brünnhilde rescues the pregnant Sieglinde, so, in punishment for her defiance, Wotan incarcerates Brünnhilde on a rock, surrounded by a ring of fire.
Die Walküre is the second work of Richard Wagner’s four-opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen, following Das Rheingold. It has become the most performed opera of the cycle.
  "The Girl of the Golden West" Met Opera New York Saturday 3rd November 5.55 pm
It’s the Gold Rush of 1849 and plucky, gun-toting, saloon owner Minnie plays surrogate mother to the rough crew of miners who frequent her bar, whilst batting back the affections of the local Sheriff.
 When Minnie falls in love with the wanted bandit Ramerrez, however, everything looks set to change
 Written by Puccini this is a tale of true love and second chances set in a world of gun fights, poker games and stagecoach robberies, combining the suspense and action of a great Western with the emotional punch of Italian opera.
 "Allelujah ! " NT   Sunday 4th November 7 pm
London’s Bridge Theatre presents a new play by Alan Bennett. This new drama is set at a failing NHS hospital and is laced with Bennett’s trademark wit.
Located on the edge of the Pennines,The Beth is a local hospital of the old kind having faithfully served the community for many years.
With cost-cutting measures happening across the service however, The Beth’s future hangs in the balance and its fight for survival becomes the subject of a documentary,so the television cameras move in and start to capture the day-to-day reality of life at The Beth.
On the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward beds are hard to come by. But the old people’s choir with its newest member, the Pudsey Nightingale, are in fine voice.
  "Fallen Leaves " [LIVE] Tuesday 6th November 7.30 pm
This live show is an Other Lives Production.
Fallen Leaves highlights the global nature and magnitude of the Great War but pays particular attention to the contribution and courage of the people of Yorkshire.
The show, comprising a cavalcade of sketches, songs, letters and other material which tell the stories of six real people from Yorkshire, three men and three women, who were alive in 1918, examines the effect of the war on them and its impact on society and the world because of that war.
The actors play a variety of roles giving voice to prominent figures of that time, but returning on a timeline basis to their main real-life characters, and in this way we see the contrast between the public perception of the war and the personal reality of the conflict.
  "The Milligan Papers" Friday 9th November 7.30 pm
Hambledon Productions are celebrating 100 years of Spike Milligan with this spirited revival of the celebrated The Milligan Papers, written by his longstanding collaborator John Antrobus.
Chockfull of zany, Milliganesque humour, incorporating wordplay, puns, surrealism and absurdism,this unabashed, fresh and vibrant salute to one of the all time geniuses of British comedy sees the original scripts updated and adapted for a modern day audience.
Revel in a hilarious take on the parable of Jonah and the Whale, that “cake”elusive Pimpernel and the incredible case of the vanishing Flying Scotsman. All this –and less! in The Milligan Papers.
Performed by three comically skilled actors taking on a long list of madcap characters, plus live sound effects, this is an exciting tour-de force of timeless, nonstop laughs.
  "Marnie" Met Opera New York Saturday 10th November 5.55 pm
A world premiere opera from composer Nico Muhly, with a libretto by Nicholas Wright, Marnie isbased on the novel by Winston Graham.
A young woman makes her way through life by embezzling from her employers, before she moves on and changes her identity.
When her current boss Mark Rutland catches her red-handed, he blackmails her into a loveless marriage.
Marnie is left with no choice but to confront the hidden trauma from her past.
  "Degas:Passion For Perfection" Sunday November 11th 7.30 pm
Edgar Degas [19 July 1834 – 27 September 1917] was a French artist famous for his paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings- he is especially identified with the subject of dance; more than half of his works depict dancers.
Regarded as one of the founders of Impressionism he rejected the term, preferring to be called a realist.
He was a superb draftsman, and particularly masterly in depicting movement, as can be seen in his rendition of dancers, racecourse subjects and female nudes.
"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see."
"Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do."
Based on an exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, this film is brought to you by Seventh Art Productions Ltd.
  "Moving North: Coastal comes to Bridlington" Friday 16th November 2.30 & 7 pm
Back by popular demand - a rare opportunity to experience a remarkable mix of archive footage all about the places – and people - we know so well, as the Yorkshire Film Archive takes you on a journey through time revealing the rich film heritage of our Yorkshire coastline, with Bridlington centre stage.
From early images of egg harvesting on the cliffs at Bempton to a Yorkshire TV documentary about the country’s most poisonous fish presented by Michael Clegg, life boats and lobster fishing, wartime activities and pleasure cruises there is something for everyone!
With Bridlington beach and harbour a familiar backdrop, you’re bound to recognise familiar faces and places, and who knows, perhaps you might even spot family or friends fleetingly captured on film.
   "Everybody's Talking About Jamie"  Sunday 18th November 7.15 pm
A new musical for today: Based on true events, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is a brave, reckless and unconventional tale about a boy with a secret passion for drag.

Jamie New lives on a council estate in Sheffield, and he doesn’t quite fit in but, supported by his incredible mother Margaret, he overcomes the prejudice that he faces and decides to make his dreams come true.

Nobody can tell Jamie that he can’t, and soon he beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness into the spotlight as his drag persona Mimi Me takes centre stage.
A 5 star revue by everyone who saw it. Don't miss this wonderful musical this time round !!
  "Made in Dagenham- the Musical" [LIVE] November 19th-23rd 7.30 pm , 24th 2.30pm & 7.30 pm
In June 1968, when the women workers at the Dagenham Ford factory go on strike over proposals to downgrade their skill set and subsequently their pay, Rita, an ordinary working class mum of two, and machinist for the plant, almost by accident finds herself leading the fight for justice.
In a stand of unity the Ford machinists in Liverpool also join the cause, so U.S executives of Ford try to fight the girls by ‘laying off’ the men and causing hardship for many families.
Can the girls win their fight for equal pay and justice in the workplace?
Performed by Spotlight Theatre’s youth group, Northern Lights Theatre, this heart-warming, uplifting and inspiring musical includes some classical British banter, and a lot of comedy, uplifting musical numbers and some moments of sobriety.
Please Note, There is Strong “Factory Language” used in this production
  "La Bayadere " RoH Ballet Sunday 25th November 7 pm
An iconic 19th-century Russian ballet, La Bayadère was originally performed at the Bolshoi Theatre in St Petersburg in 1877, and was regularly performed within the former Soviet Union throughout the 20th century.
Nikiya, a temple dancer, is in love with the warrior Solor.
The High Brahmin pursues Nikiya, and when she rejects him, he plans to take revenge on Solor by telling his fiancée about his affair but his plan ends in disaster.
La Bayadere remained unknown in the West until 1961 and was first performed by The Royal Ballet in 1989.
  "Christmas with Steptoe and Son" [LIVE] Wednesday 28th November 7.30 pm
Christmas simply wouldnt be Christmas without a visit to 26 Oil Drum Lane to catch up with the nations favourite rag-andbone-men and indulge in some classic, festive misadventures!
Albert and Harold united by blood, divided over everything else seem doomed to spend Christmas in each others company. But Harold has his flights of fancy including a flight he fancies abroad or to throw the biggest Christmas party Londons ever had to offer!
His dirty old man Albert, of course, has other ideas. Who wouldnt want to spend Christmas as Mrs. Boxwoods B&B in Bognor Regis anyway??
Another much-loved episode of classic comedy from Ray Galton and Alan Simpson,freshly adapted for the stage and presented by Hambledon Productions, the company behind the recent sell-out successes“Just Like That! The Tommy Cooper Show”and “Steptoe and Son"
  "Troilus and Cressida" NT Friday 30th November 7 pm
Shakespeare's play explores heroism, love and betrayal during the Trojan War.

The Greek army is camped outside Troy and Achilles - their military hero - refuses to fight,while,inside the city, Troilus, the Trojan King's son, falls in love with Cressida, whose father has defected to the Greek camp.

Cressida is exchanged for a Trojan prisoner of war. As he attempts to visit her in the Greek camp, Troilus glimpses Diomedes flirting with her, and decides to avenge her perfidy.
Achilles is prompted to return to battle only after his dear friend and possible lover, Patroclus, is killed by Hector before the Trojan walls.
Virtuoso percussionist Evelyn Glennie collaborates with RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran to create a satirical futuristic vision of a world resounding with the rhythm of battle,
  "A Christmas Old Time Music Hall" [LIVE] December 4,5,6,11,12,13 7.30 pm
Ladies and Gentlemen!.
Members of Spotlight Theatre are pleased to present an evening of popular songs, from the era of Music Hall includingt traditional christmas carols, melodrama and tom foolery, where talented artistes will titillate, amuse and wring your withers.
You are promised an evening of good old fashioned fun and laughter which is simply not be missed. In fact… proper Music Hall.
A pre festive cheer, to start your Christmas Holidays.
   "The Nutcracker" RoH Ballet  Saturday 8th December 7 pm
Clara is given an enchanted Nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve. As midnight strikes, she creeps downstairs to find a magical adventure awaiting her and her Nutcracker
The magician Drosselmeyer transforms the drawing room for a battle between mice and toy soldiers, and, during the battle, Clara saves the Nutcracker's life - so breaking a magical spell that turned him from a boy to a toy - and the Mouse King is defeated.
In celebration, Drosselmeyer sweeps Clara and the Nutcracker off to the Kingdom of Sweets, where they meet the Sugar Plum Fairy and take part in a wonderful display of dances.
Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous, sugar-spun music is the most recognizable of all ballet scores.
   "The Madness of George 111" NT  Sunday 9th December 7 pm
Written by Alan Bennett 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 and Adrian Scarborough
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.
   "Sleeping Beauty" Pantomime December 14,21- 7.30 pm, 16,23,24,26,30,31- 2.30 pm, 15,22,28,29 2.30 & 7.30 pm, January 4,5- 2.30 & 7.30 pm, 6- 2.30 pm
Don't get caught snoozing this festive season, book your Panto tickets now for this new spectacular, must-see production from Styletrax.
By pricking her finger on an enchanted spinning wheel a beautiful Princess is placed under a curse and forced to sleep for 100 years. Can the Princess’s Nanny and Best friend Joey, help save her?.
Of course it only takes one kiss from a prince to awaken her, but who will outwit the evil Carbosse and foil her wicked plans?
Spotlights intimate auditorium gets you right into the thick of the action.
With a young and energetic cast, supported by technical wizardry of the LED screen, laughs and jollity are guaranteed. Boos and cheers are most welcome too.
  "La Traviata" Met Opera New York Tuesday 18th December 5.55pm
In Verd's La Traviata, as one of the most beautiful courtesans of Paris, the alluring Violetta has many admirers but has let none of these wealthy suitors near her heart,preferring their generosity with their wallets to their baser attentions.
It is in this world she meets Alfredo, a handsome yet penniless member of the bourgeois who wins her love and whisks her away to a countryside idyll in the hope of escaping her past life.
Can their passion survive the reality of poverty, reputation and illness, or will everything they have fought to flee overwhelm the strongest emotion of them all?
  André Rieu New Year Concert from Sydney Sunday January 6th 7 pm & Sunday 13th 3 pm
The King Of Waltz André Rieul brings to millions of fans across the world, his New Years concert recorded live in Sydney’s stunning Town Hall.
Join the maestro for a magical evening of music and dance featuring his world class sopranos, the Platin tenors and plenty of surprises.
With show tunes, classical music and plenty of festive fun it promises to be a great way to start the new year!
Enjoy backstage access, interviews with André and his special guests, musical favourites and much, much more, exclusive to cinema.
  "Antony & Cleopatra" NT Olivier Theatre Sunday January 20th 7 pm
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.
  "Adriana Lecouvreur" Met Opera New York Saturday 12th January 5.55 pm
Adriana Lecouvreur was the only successful opera by Francesco Cilea
The action takes place in the year 1730, in Paris.
Adriana Lecouvreur, an actress at the Comédie-Française, is in love with Maurizio, the Count of Saxony,but,he cannot decide if he loves Adriana or the Principessa for much of the opera
The show centers on the rivalry between Adriana and the Princesse de Bouillon as they fight for Maurizio's love.
Meanwhile, Michonnet, the stage manager at the Comédie-Française is also in love with Adriana.
  "The Queen of Spades" RoH Opera Saturday 26th January 6.45 pm
Based it on a short story by Alexander Pushkin, one of his favourite writers, Tchaikovsky began work on The Queen of Spades in 1889.
The penniless soldier Gherman has fallen in love with Liza, even though she is engaged to his friend Yeletsky.
Gherman learns that Liza's guardian the Countess knows a winning three-card formula, so he determines to get it, to gain a fortune through gambling and marry Liza.
Tragedy ensues and Gherman is haunted by a ghost.
  "Carmen" Met Opera New York Saturday 2nd February 5.55 pm
Georges Bizet’s Carmen is one of the most successful operas ever written.
Its gorgeous melodies have secured the opera’s hold on the popular imagination – Escamillo’s Toreador Song, Carmen’s Habanera, Don José’s Flower Song and many passages for orchestra and chorus are among the most widely known pieces of Western classical music.
Don José falls in love with Carmen and sacrifices everything to be with her.
When Carmen becomes infatuated with the toreador Escamillo, she loses interest in Don José, whose love quickly turns to violent jealousy ending in tragedy

  "La Traviata" RoH Opera Sunday 3rd February 6.45 pm
As one of the most beautiful courtesans of Paris, the alluring Violetta has many admirers but has let none of these wealthy suitors near her heart,preferring their generosity with their wallets to their baser attentions.
It is in this world she meets Alfredo, a handsome yet penniless member of the bourgeois who wins her love and whisks her away to a countryside idyll in the hope of escaping her past life.
Can their passion survive the reality of poverty, reputation and illness, or will everything they have fought to flee overwhelm the strongest emotion of them all?
Richard Eyre's stunning production of Verdi's best-loved opera.
  "I'm Not Running" NT Lyttleton Theatre Saturday February 16th 7 pm
I’m Not Running is an explosive new play by David Hare, premiering at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas.
Siân Brooke stars as Pauline Gibson who has spent her life as a doctor, and is now 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?
  "Don Quixote " RoH Ballet Sunday 24th February 7 pm
Don Quixote and his servant Sancho Panza set out to have a chivalrous adventure.
They meet Kitri and Basilio, a young couple who cannot marry because Kitri's father is determined to marry her off to the wealthy Gamache.
Don Quixote decides to intervene.
Don Quixote is one of Marius Petipa's much-loved 19th-century classics - its story is drawn from Miguel de Cervantes's classic novel and set to Ludwig Minkus's score.
The ballet has long been acclaimed for its virtuoso dancing, beautiful and technically demanding 'vision scene' and the famously bravura and breath-taking Act III pas de deux.
  "The Daughter of the Regiment" Met Opera New York Saturday 2nd March 5.55 pm
Marie, the adopted daughter of the 21st Regiment of the French army, has fallen in love with a young man who has saved her life, but is from an enemy nation.
Fortunately, the regiment backs down when they hear of how the young man saved their lovely Marie but their plans to wed are shattered when news about Marie’s birth family arises and she must leave the regiment.
The soldiers of the regiment are distraught and none seem able to deal with the change, but Tonio resolves to rescue Marie with the aid of the other soldiers, but will he be successful?
With its lovely melodies, vocal fireworks, and quick wit Donizetti's work is the perfect piece to brighten your day.
  "Die Walküre" Met Opera New York Saturday 30th March 5 pm
The second opera in Wagner's Ring Cycle holds special appeal for audiences with its dramatic power and remarkable music, including the famous ‘Ride of the Valkyries’.
In the highly emotional world of humanity love animates the actions of all the leading characters:
Wotan wants to protect his children but is forced to forsake them.
His twin offspring Siegmund and Sieglinde fall passionately in love, and his warrior daughter Brünnhilde defies Wotan by trying to protect the twins.
He punishes her by stripping her of her immortality and putting her to sleep surrounded by a wall of flames that only the greatest hero can brave.
  "La Forza Del Destino" RoH Opera Saturday 6th April 6.15 pm
La forza del destino is one of Verdi's most ambitious scores, with some of his most brilliant choral writing, plus one of his most memorable overtures.
The Marquis of Calatrava forbids his daughter Leonora to marry the South American nobleman Don Alvaro.
The lovers attempt to elope, but the Marquis catches them and in the ensuing altercation, Alvaro accidentally kills the Marquis, who curses his daughter as he dies
Leonora and Alvaro become separated during their escape but Leonora's brother Don Carlo di Vargas decides to find them and avenge his father.
Don Carlo joins the Spanish army under a false name, little knowing that Don Alvaro has done the same thing and complications ensue.......
  "Faust" RoH Opera Sunday 5th May 6.45 pm
Disillusioned with life, the aged philosopher Faust calls upon Satan to help him.
The devil Méphistophélès appears and strikes a bargain with himr: he will give him youth and the love of the beautiful Marguerite, if Faust will hand over his soul.
Faust agrees, and Méphistophélès arranges matters so that Marguerite becomes infatuated with Faust who,however, soon abandons her.
Her brother Valentin returns from war and is furious to find his sister pregnant. Will Faust repent his destructive actions, and can his soul, and Marguerite's, be saved?
Gounod's Faust (1859) was one of the world's most popular operas from the 1860s to World War II,
  "Dialogues Des Carmelites" Met Opera New York Saturday 11th May 5 pm
Composed by Francis Poulenc this is the tragic story of the nuns of a Carmelite convent who, during the Terror following the French Revolution, live in hope and fear under the constant threat of the guillotine.
The ever-fearful Blanche de la Force joins the Carmelite order but when the order is suppressed under the Revolution, the sisters swear that they are willing to die a martyr’s death for their faith.
In the turmoil, Blanche flees to her home; in the meantime, however, her father has bevome a victim of the Terror and when she learns that the other sisters are to be victims of the Terror Blanche overcomes her fear of dying and joins them.
  " Ballet Triple " RoH Ballet Saturday 18th May 7 pm
The contemporary face of The Royal Ballet is shown in works from three of today's leading choreographers.
Wheeldon's Within the Golden Hour is based around seven couples separating and intermingling, to music by Vivaldi and Bossi and lit with rich colours suggested by sunset.
Pite's Flight Pattern, revived for the first time, uses Górecki's familiar music and a large dance ensemble for a poignant and passionate reflection on migration
Between them, a new work created on The Royal Ballet by the acclaimed choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui has its premiere to bring the contemporary truly up-to-date.
  "Romeo and Juliet" RoH Ballet Saturday 15th June 7 pm
Romeo and Juliet fall passionately in love, but their families are caught up in a deadly feud, and having married in secret tragic circumstances lead Romeo to fight and kill Juliet's cousin Tybalt.
As punishment, he is banished from the city, and when Juliet's parents force her to marry Paris, she takes drastic action by drinking a potion to make her appear dead so she can escape to join Romeo.
Her plan fails however with further tragic consequences.
Kenneth MacMillan's passionate choreography for Romeo and Juliet shows The Royal Ballet at its dramatic finest while Sergey Prokofiev's iconic score provides the basis for the ballet's romantic pas de deux and vibrant crowd scenes.

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