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  "The Railway Children" [ENCORE] York Saturday 30th April 2.30 pm
The Railway Children tells the story of Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis, three children whose lives change dramatically when their father is mysteriously taken away.
 
They move from London to a cottage in rural Yorkshire with their mother, where they befriend the local railway porter, Perks, and embark on a magical journey of discovery, friendship and adventure.
 
But the mystery remains – where is Father, and is he ever coming back?
   
The stage version of E. Nesbit’s heart-warming tale from York.
 [Image - Anthony Robling]
  "Elektra" Met Opera New York Saturday 30th April 5.55 pm
A one-act opera by Richard Strauss,
 
Set in the city of Argos a few years after the Trojan war, it recounts the tale of Electra and the vengeance that she and her brother Orestes take on their mother Clytemnestra and step father Aegisthus for the murder of their father, Agamemnon.
 
   
 
    
  "Lucia di Lammermoor" [ENCORE] RoH Covent Garden Opera Sunday 1st May 7.15 pm
The setting is the Lammermuir Hills of Scotland (Lammermoor) in the 17th century and the story is loosely based upon Sir Walter Scott's historical novel The Bride of Lammermoor.
 
The emotionally fragile Lucia is driven to madness when manipulated to marry a man she does not love. Featuring the most famous mad scene in the repertory and full of ravishingly beautiful melodies, this timeless bel canto masterpiece evokes the passion and desperation of a woman used by her brother as a political pawn.
“Please note this production includes scenes featuring sex and violence”
 
     
  "ANNIE" Monday 2nd -Saturday 7th May 7.30 pm but Sunday 8th 2.30 pm
Spotlight brings you an in-house production of the well loved story of Annie, who must live in a miserable orphanage run by the tyrannical Miss Hannigan.
   
Her apparently hopeless situation changes dramatically when she is selected to stay at the residence of the wealthy munitions industrialist, Oliver Warbucks.
  
Having won over the seemingly cold-hearted Warbucks, he decides to help Annie find her long lost parents by offering a reward if they would come to him and prove their identity.
 
However, Annie is in great danger when Miss Hannigan, her evil brother, Rooster, and a female accomplice, plan to impersonate those people to get the reward for themselves.
   
Featuring songs such as "You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile", "It's the Hard Knock Life" , and, of course, "Tomorrow",Annie continues to charm audiences wherever it is performed.
   
 
  "The Lady in the Van" FILM Saturday 14th May 7.30pm
Spotlight's season of newly-released films opens with Dame Maggie Smith in the true story of Alan Bennett's strained friendship with Miss Mary Shepherd, an eccentric homeless woman .
 
Bennett befriends her in the 1970s before allowing her temporarily to park her Bedford van in the driveway of his Camden home, where she stays for 15 years.
 
As the story develops Bennett learns, among other things, that she tried to become a nun, was committed to an institution by her brother, escaped, had an accident when her van was hit by a motorcyclist for which she believed herself to blame, and thereafter lived in fear of arrest.
 
Also starring Jim Broadbent, Frances de la Tour and Dominic Cooper.
 
  "Frankenstein" [ENCORE] Covent Garden Ballet Sunday 22nd May 7.15pm
The world premiere of Liam Scarlett’s new full-length ballet, inspired by Mary Shelley’s Gothic masterpiece.
 
In attempting to bring his mother back to life Victor Frankenstein only succeeds in giving life to non-living matter – but, horrified at what he has done, he abandons his Creation, and, six years later he returns home, to be followed by the Creature.
 
Enraptured by Elizabeth, Frankenstein's bride to be, the Creature draws closer to her on the wedding day, is discovered by Frankenstein and,in panic, kills Elizabeth.
 
 In his grief, Victor takes his own life, leaving the Creature once again alone and abandoned, cradling his creator.
  "Dad's Army " FILM Saturday 28th May, every Thursday July 7 to Sept 29th 7.30 pm
Dad’s Army, the feature film based on the much-loved iconic British comedy, was filmed at locations in the East Riding including, of course, Bridlington.
 
It is 1944 and World War II is reaching its climax. The Allies are poised to invade France and finally defeat the German army.
 
In Walmington-on-Sea, however, morale amongst the Home Guard is low. Their new mission then – to patrol the Dover army base – is a great chance to revive spirits and reputation, that is until glamorous journalist Rose Winters arrives to write about their exploits, setting the pulses racing and putting the local women on red alert.
   
MI5 then discover a radio signal sent direct to Berlin from Walmington-on-Sea. There’s a spy on the loose! The outcome of the war is suddenly at stake, and it falls to our unlikely heroes to stand up and be counted.
   
  "A View from the Bridge" [ENCORE] NT Saturday 4th June 7.00 pm
A View from the Bridge tells the story of Eddie Carbone, a Brooklyn longshoreman, who supports his wife Bea and her orphaned niece Catherine, their ward since infancy and now a blossoming 17-year-old.
 
Marco and Rodolpho, cousins from Sicily,arrive looking for work despite the dangers of being illegals. and Eddie is willing to do his familial duty, allowing them to stay in the cramped apartment, until the unthinkable happens: Catherine and Rodolpho fall in love and set in train a sequence of events leading ultimately to tragedy.
 
Written by Arthur Miller and first produced in 1955.
   
   
  "Hamlet" [ENCORE] RSC Saturday 11th June 7.00 pm
Hamlet has the world at his feet. Young, wealthy and living a hedonistic life studying abroad. Then word reaches him that his father is dead.
 
Returning home he finds his world is utterly changed, his certainties smashed and his home a foreign land. Struggling to understand his place in a new world order he faces a stark choice - submit, or rage against the injustice of his new reality.
 
Simon Godwin directs Paapa Essiedu as Hamlet in Shakespeare’s searing tragedy. As relevant today as when it was written, confronting each of us with the mirror of our own mortality in an imperfect world.
 
  "Steel Magnolias " Tuesday 14th - Saturday 18th June 7.30 pm
Spotlight Theatre Drama's in-house production is set in Truvvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are ‘anybody’ come to have their hair done, and help is provided by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married).
   
The outspoken Truvvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town’s rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, (I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a bad mood for forty years’); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth, and the local social leader, M’Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a ‘good ole boy’.
 
Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions the play moves towards a more serious ending as the ladies ponder their own mortality. This gives them an underlying strength, and love, which gives the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvellously amicable company in good times and bad.
   
The play was famously filmed in 1989 starring Dolly Parton, Julia Roberts, Shirley MacLaine, Sally Field, Olympia Dukakis and Daryl Hannah.

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  "The Barber of Seville" [ENCORE] Glyndebourne Sunday 26th June 6.30 pm
Rossini’s opera has not been seen at Glyndebourne Festival since 1982.
 
The production stars two Glyndebourne favourites: the internationally acclaimed lyric soprano Danielle de Niese as Rosina and Italian buffo baritone Alessandro Corbelli as Dr Bartolo. The award-winning young German baritone Björn Bürger will make his Glyndebourne debut in the title role.
 
The opera remains one of the most frequently performed comic operas in the repertoire. The barber of the title is Figaro, whose impressive entrance aria (“Largo al factotum”)—with its repeated proclamations of his own name—is one of the best-known of all opera arias.
 
 
  "Werther" [ENCORE] RoH Covent Garden Saturday 2nd July 7.00 pm
Werther loves Charlotte, but she promised her mother on her deathbed that she would marry Albert. After the marriage Charlotte suggests that Werther should travel – but not forget her.
 
 Charlotte, unhappily married, has fallen in love with Werther through his letters. He returns unexpectedly; Charlotte sends him away. Werther shoots himself and dies in Charlotte’s arms.
 
 
  "Romeo and Juliet" [ENCORE] Kenneth Branagh Theatre Co. Saturday 9th July 7.00 pm
Romeo and Juliet fall passionately in love, but their families are sworn enemies. The lovers marry in secret before Romeo kills Juliet’s cousin Tybalt in a fight and is banished from the city.
 
 Juliet’s family arrange for her to marry Paris. To escape, Juliet takes a potion that makes her appear lifeless. Romeo does not receive the message explaining her plan; thinking her dead, he goes to her tomb and kills himself. She wakes, sees Romeo’s corpse and stabs herself.
   
 Starring Derek Jacobi, Lily James and Richard Madden  
 
  "The Audience " [ENCORE] NT Saturday 16th July 7.00 pm
Winner of three Tony Awards® and two Olivier Awards, National Theatre Live’s smash-hit broadcast of the original West End production of The Audience stars Helen Mirren in her multi-award-winning performance as Queen Elizabeth II.
 
For sixty years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a private weekly meeting. This meeting is known as The Audience. No one knows what they discuss, not even their spouses, but through these private audiences, we see glimpses of the woman behind the crown and witness the moments that shaped a monarch.
   
This special encore screening is in celebration of the monarch’s 90th birthday, and includes an exclusive Q&A with Helen Mirren and director Stephen Daldry.
   
 
  "The Master Singers of Nurenberg" [ENCORE] Glyndebourne Sunday 17th July 5.30 pm
It is Midsummer's eve, Nuremberg, and Wagner's comedy, about art and its place in society, revolves around the real-life cobbler-poet Hans Sachs and the guild of mastersingers – poets and musicians who pursue their craft according to traditions and rules.
 
A goldsmith's daughter, Eva, and a knight, Walther von Stolzing, fall in love, but Eva's father has promised her to the winner in the forthcoming song contest. Walther must learn the mastersinger's art rapidly, under the wise tuition of Sachs – and despite a challenge from the foolish town clerk Beckmesser..
   
 The distinguished Canadian baritone Gerald Finley, who began his career in the Glyndebourne Chorus, returns to the role of Hans Sachs, with American soprano Amanda Majeski as Eva. Canadian-German tenor Michael Schade makes his Glyndebourne debut as Walther von Stolzing.
   
  "Andre Rieu Maastricht Concert" [ENCORE] Saturday 23rd 7.30 pm -Sunday 24th July 3.00pm
Known to millions as ‘The King of Waltz’, André Rieu is one of the world’s most popular music artists. His legendary annual Maastricht concert is the most eagerly anticipated cinema event of the year, last year setting new box office records in several countries.
 
Set against the stunning medieval backdrop of the town square in André’s Dutch hometown, the spectacular Maastricht concert features the maestro in his element, along with his world-famous 60-piece Johann Strauss Orchestra, sopranos, tenors and very special guests. André promises, and delivers, an unforgettable musical experience full of humour, fun and emotion for all ages.
   
Host Charlotte Hawkins introduces the show and conducts an interview with André Rieu the moment he steps off stage, exclusively for cinema audiences.
 
  "Beatrice & Benedict" [ENCORE] Glyndebourne Saturday 13th August 6.30 pm
 In the 400th anniversary year of the death of William Shakespeare, Berlioz’s opera will have its fully staged Glyndebourne debut starring French mezzo soprano Stéphanie d’Oustrac playing Béatrice opposite the US tenor Paul Appleby.
   
Based on the Shakespeare comedy Much Ado About Nothing, it is the tale of two young people who hide their attraction to one another by fighting incessantly. That is until all their friends conspire to trick them into marrying!
   
A charming, funny story set to the gorgeous music of Hector Berlioz. Music will be sung in French with a narration in English.
 
   
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