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  "Romeo and Juliet" Met Opera NY Saturday 21st January 5.55 pm
Romeo and Juliet is an opera in five acts by Charles Gounod to a French libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré, based on The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.
 
 It was first performed at the Théâtre Lyrique (Théâtre-Lyrique Impérial du Châtelet), Paris on 27 April 1867
   
 This opera is notable for the series of four duets for the main characters and the waltz song `Je veux vivre` for the soprano.
   
The Metropolitan Opera present Barlett Sher's lushly vivid production of Gounod's romantic opera.
 
  "Amadeus" NT [CL] [Cert 12A] Saturday 4th February 7 pm
Music. Power. Jealousy.
 
Lucian Msamati (Luther, Game of Thrones, NT Live: The Comedy of Errors) plays Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s iconic play, broadcast from the National Theatre, and with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia.
 
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna, the music capital of the world – and he’s determined to make a splash.
 
Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy his name.
 
Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music, and ultimately, with God.
  "Saint Joan " NT [CL] [Cert 12A] Saturday 18th February 7 pm
Gemma Arterton is Joan of Arc, broadcast live from the Donmar Warehouse.
 
Bernard Shaw’s classic play follows the life and trial of a young country girl who declares a bloody mission to drive the English from France.
 
As one of the first Protestants and nationalists, she threatens the very fabric of the feudal society and the Catholic Church across Europe.
 
 Josie Rourke (Coriolanus, Les Liaisons Dangereuses) directs Gemma Arterton (Gemma Bovery, Nell Gwynn, Made in Dagenham) in this electrifying production.
  "The Odd Couple" Tuesday 21st to Saturday 25th February 7.30 pm
Spotlight Theatre Drama performsthe female version of Neil Simon's classic comedy.
 
The plot remains the same, only the sexes have changed. Oscar and Felix have morphed into Olive and Florence.
 
They have weekly get-togethers with the girls, not the guys. They play Trivial Pursuit, not poker. And the objects of desire living in the apartment upstairs have changed from English sisters to Spanish brothers.
   
Olive and the girls are enjoying their Trivial Pursuit when Florence arrives, fresh from being dumped by her husband. Fearful that Florence might attempt suicide, Olive invites her to move in. Big mistake. Olive’s easy-going outlook on life soon clashes with Florence’s highly-strung neurotic tendencies, testing their friendship to the limit.
 
  "Rusalka" Met Opera NY Sunday 26th February 5.55 pm
Rusalka is a water nymph who is immortal, and falls in love with a mortal man — a prince who finds himself repeatedly drawn to the quiet lake where Rusalka lives.
 
Rusalka decides to give up her immortality to pursue true love but is rejected by the prince and left to a hellish life of eternal solitude.
 
Of course, there's much more to the story — the truly romantic part. The prince realizes his mistake, seeks Rusalka out, and willingly makes his own, ultimate sacrifice, to restore her immortality.
   
  "Song to the Moon" is probably the best known piece from Dvorak's opera.
 
  "The Sleeping Beauty " [CL] Covent Garden Saturday 4th March 7 pm
 Tchaikovsky was delighted with the invitation to write the music for a ballet based on Charles Perrault's well known fairy tale
 
A baby princess, condemned at her christening by an evil fairy to prick her finger and die on her 16th birthday, is saved by the gift of the good Lilac Fairy, who
declares the princess will only sleep until awakened by the kiss of a prince.
 
The fairy tale, replete with a king and queen, fairies both good and evil, a beautiful princess and dream prince, magical stage effects, and courtly splendor, lent itself perfectly to the full evening ballet.
 
  "La Traviata " Met Opera NY Saturday 11th March 5.55 pm
 Verdi's Lyric Opera is a story of doomed love in which Violetta, the mistress of a wealthy baron, meets Alfredo at a party and becomes smitten with him.
 
Violetta leaves the baron, and she and Alfredo move into a secluded country villa together, where they live happily for a while,but, unknown to Alfredo, his father convinces Violetta that continuing her relationship with Alfredo will prevent Alfredo's sister from making a good marriage.
 
With great sadness, Violetta decides that she must not only break permanently with Alfredo, she must keep him at a distance by returning to the baron.
   
  Misunderstanding her motives, Alfredo goes into a jealous rage with tragic consequences.
 
  "Hedda Gabler " NT [CL] [Cert 12A] Sunday 19th March 7 pm
“I’ve no talent for life.”
 
Just married. Bored already. Hedda longs to be free...
 
Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel.
 
Tony Award-winning director Ivo van Hove (A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic Theatre) returns to National Theatre Live screens with a modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece.
   
 Ruth Wilson (Luther, The Affair, Jane Eyre) plays the title role.
 
  "Idomeneo" Met Opera NY Saturday 25th March 4.55 pm
Idomeneo, the King of Crete, is caught in a hideous dilemma having promised the god Neptune that he will sacrifice the first living creature he meets when he arrives on land after the Trojam War—if the god will spare him and his army during a ferocious storm at sea.
 
But that first person is his beloved son, Idamante.Torn between paternal love and responsibility to the vengeful god, he seeks to find a way out of his bargain...with predictably disastrous results!
 
Considered Mozart's first mature work, his score builds a swelling sound and colorscape as the wonderful libretto unwinds a fantastical tale of honor, love and triumph for the ages.
 
  "Madama Butterfly " [CL] Covent Garden Saturday 1st April 7.15 pm
 Pinkerton meets Cho-Cho San and immediately falls in love.
 
Three years after Pinkerton's ship sails out of port, Butterfly waits patiently for her husband to come home. wishing to surprise him with their son
 
Pinkerton arrives in Japan with his American bride by his side. He goes to Butterfly to make his apologies and to finally end what Butterfly for three years has cherished in her heart.
 
Madama Butterfly is one of Puccini's most moving operas with "Un bel dì vedremo" (One fine day we shall see) among the best known of all Italian operatic arias, plus the equally famous Humming Chorus.
 
 
   
  "Two Murder Mystery Plays" Wednesday 5th to Friday 7th April 7.30 pm, Saturday 8th 2.30 pm
"Who Killed the Mad Scientist ?" is the story of the eminent Scientist Felix Oppenmeister who is perfecting an elixir, so far untested, which he hopes contains the secret to life itself. After three years he becomes increasingly obsessed with his quest, and his sanity and unorthodox methods, are now being called into question.
 
But when Oppenmeister is found dead in suspicious cicumstances murder is suspected and Detective Inspector Fingal of (Old) Scotland Yard is immediately dispatched to investigate.
 
"Who Killed the Holiday Rep ?" is set in the office of the ‘Golden Promise Travel Company’ in Benidorm. Alice Drabble is the company’s Holiday Rep and something unusual has awoken her interest in the sultry Spanish resort… too late as it turns out!
 
Her dead body is discovered two miles out at sea, drowned, trapped amongst a newly discovered shipwreck. With damaged diving gear, however, murder is suspected. But who would do such thing ?
 
With suspects from both sides of the Atlantic Scotland Yard and the FBI are involved.
 
Northern Lights Theatre presents an evening of mystery with two back to back comedies.
 
  "Twelfth Night " NT Saturday 8th April 7.00 pm
Tamsin Greig is Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity.
 
A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love.
 
The nearby households of Olivia and Orsino are overrun with passion. Even Olivia's upright housekeeper Malvolia is swept up in the madness. Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible.
 
 
  "Eugene Onegin " Met Opera NY Saturday 22nd April 5.55 pm
In Tchaikovsky's Lyric Opera, Eugene Onegin, the hardened socialite, rejects the love of passionate Tatyana Larin, while his friend, poet and romantic Vladimir Lensky, falls head over heels for her sister Olga.
 
  Onegin's annoyance at Vladimir leads him to pretend to seduce Olga, and Vladimir challenges Eugene to a duel to revenge his love. Eugene kills Vladimir and in his sorrow, he leaves his country estate forever.
 
Years later, Eugene meets Tatyana, now a confident, cold beauty, married to a prince. He falls madly in love with her; however, although she still loves him, Tatyana must reject Eugene as he rejected her years ago.
   
  "Coppelia" [CL] Australian Ballet Sunday 23rd April 7 pm
This sparkling tale of magic and mischief romps along to Delibe's lilting score. It’s amusing fun for the whole family – but its playful confusion of girl and doll packs a contemporary punch in the“uncanny valley” of the modern era.
 
Swanilda and Franz are in love … until a beautiful stranger appears in town. But Dr Coppelius’ haughty daughter is not what she seems, and Swanilda must rescue Franz from the magician’s sinister doll-filled lair – with the help of some fancy footwork!
 
Coppélia brims with lively dancing and 19th-century charm.Sorcery and masquerade, romance and high jinks – this is the funniest, sunniest ballet you’ll see all year.
   
   
  "Julius Caesar " [CL] RSC Saturday 29th April 7 pm
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar is believed to have been written in 1599.
 
In Julius Caesar, a charismatic military leader inspires jealousy in the Roman Senators.
 
His friends and enemies conspire to kill him.
 
His friend Brutus participates in the assassination, but is later killed in the ensuing civil war.
 
Although the title is Julius Caesar, Caesar is not the most visible character in its action, appearing alive in only three scenes. Marcus Brutus speaks more than four times as many lines, and the central psychological drama of the play focuses on Brutus' struggle between the conflicting demands of honor, patriotism and friendship.
 
  "Fiddler on the Roof" Monday 1st to Saturday 6th May 7.30 pm
Set in Imperial Russia in 1905 the story centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his Jewish religious and cultural traditions as outside influences encroach upon the family's lives.
 
He must cope both with the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters, who wish to marry for love – each one's choice of a husband moves further away from the customs of his faith – and with the edict of the Tsar that evicts the Jews from their village.
 
The original Broadway production of the show, which opened in 1964, had the first musical theatre run in history to surpass 3,000 performances.
 
Performed by Spotlight's own company Fiddler features some of the best known songs in the world of show music including "Matchmaker, Matchmaker" ,"If I Were a Rich Man" and "Sunrise, Sunset"
 
  "Der Rosenkavalier " Met Opera NY Saturday 13th May 5.30 pm
 The aristocratic Marschallin is increasingly aware of things: middle-age is approaching, her beauty is fading, and her young lover Octavian has fallen in love with someone younger and prettier than she. She knew this would happen one day.
 
Der Rosenkavalier is a rambunctious Viennese comedy, a bitter-sweet coming of age story that chronicles Octavian's transition from a sweet, adulterous relationship with the Marschallin to eventual marriage to Sophie von Faninal, a 15-year-old ingenue.
 
Strauss’s most popular opera concerns a wise woman of the world who is involved with a much younger lover but ultimately forced to accept the laws of time, giving him up to a pretty young heiress.
   
   
  "Antony and Cleopatra" [CL]RSC Saturday 27th May 7 pm
This play was performed first circa 1607.
   
 The plot follows the relationship between Cleopatra and Mark Antony from the time of the Sicilian revolt to Cleopatra's suicide during the Final War of the Roman Republic.
 
 The major antagonist is Octavius Caesar, one of Antony's fellow triumvirs of the Second Triumvirate and the first emperor of the Roman Empire.
 
The tragedy is mainly set in Rome and Egypt, and is characterized by swift shifts in geographical location and linguistic register as it alternates between sensual, imaginative Alexandria and a more pragmatic, austere Rome
   
   
  "STEPTOE AND SON" Saturday 3rd June 7.30 pm
Hambledon Productions (The Tommy Cooper Show) breathe life back into the Steptoe household with this faithful, fresh and hilarious adaptation of original episodes from the long-running smash hit BBC sitcom.
 
Albert and Harold; father and son. One proclaims he’s “a poor old man” while the other protests that actually he’s “a dirty old man!” In actual fact, both are telling the truth.
 
These two warring rag-and-bone-men, in their Shepherd’s Bush scrapyard home, became household favourites for entire generations throughout the 60s and 70s and still they continue to entertain audiences today.
   
Now it’s time to relive some of their finest misadventures through this brand new production. Marking fifty-five years since the show’s first ever broadcast. Features the classic episodes: Divided We Stand, Men of Letters and Come Dancing.

  "JUST LIKE THAT! THE TOMMY COOPER SHOW" Saturday 17th June 7.30pm
Tommy Cooper was a true comic genius. His impeccable timing, misfiring magic, trademark fez and quick-fire gags made him an international star and a true icon of the 20th Century.
 
"Just Like That!" embarks on a nationwide tour after sell-out success at the West End's Museum of Comedy. This all-encapsulating show features John Hewer giving "a perfect illusion of time travel" and delivering "nuances both obvious and subtle" as the man in the fez.
   
Complete with live musical accompaniment, this critically acclaimed tribute show is full of magic and mirth and is the perfect celebration of Britain's favourite comedian.
 
  "Titus Andronicus " [CL] RSC Saturday 12th August 7 pm
Titus Andronicus, thought to be Shakespeare's first tragedy,is believed to have been written between 1588 and 1593,
 
The play is set during the latter days of the Roman Empire and tells the fictional story of Titus, a general in the Roman army, who is engaged in a cycle of revenge with Tamora, Queen of the Goths.
 
Titus is a ruler exhausted by war and loss, who relinquishes power but leaves Rome in disorder. Rape, cannibalism and severed body parts fill the moral void at the heart of this corrupt society.
 
Shakespeare’s gory revenge tragedy presents us with murder as entertainment, and, as the body count piles up, poses questions about the nature of sexuality, family, class and society.
 
It is Shakespeare's bloodiest and most violent work, and traditionally was one of his least respected plays; although it was extremely popular in its day, by the later 17th century it had fallen out of favour.
   
  "The Temperance Seven" Sunday 22nd October 7.30 pm
The Temperance Seven came to popularity during the resurgent trad-jazz era of the early 1960s, and in March 1961,‘You’re Driving Me Crazy’, produced by Sir George Martin became a No.1 hit.
 
Playing tuneful jazz classics and original numbers their unique sound, coupled with their musicianship and ingeniously humorous compositions, set them apart from their contemporaries.
 
The original members may have ceased to appear with the band but the current members can boast over 200 years of service between them.
 
 "Pasadena", "Hard Hearted Hannah", "Charleston" are three other items that will bring back a lot of memories of the music of the sixties.
 
   
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