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  "Le Corsaire " [CL] Teatro Alla Scala Ballet Sunday 17th June 7 pm
Le Corsaire ballet, with music by Adolphe Adam, was first performed in 1856.
 
The most thrilling of all classical ballets the story tells of the escapades of a dashing pirate, Conrad, who journeys across the high seas to save his beautiful harem girl, Medora. It is a swashbuckling fantasy tale of captive maidens and cutthroats, love and betrayal.
 
The pas de deux is one of the most famous in all of the classical ballet repertoire, a show-stopping duet which is an audience favorite whenever and wherever it is danced.
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 At this point in the story, Conrad the pirate has rescued Medora, a Greek slave girl from sale to Pasha's harem and taken her to his underground grotto where, having fallen in love with her, they dance this pas de deux in celebration of her rescue - but their joy is short-lived due to the jealousy of Conrad's right hand man..
   
  An Evening with Catherine Terry Friday 22nd June 7.30 pm
‘An Evening of Music and Song’ is a chocolate box filled with musical treats performed by West End Actress, Catherine Terry and her accompanist, Jay Taylor.
 
The East Coast meets the West End Stage in a mixture of musical melodies, as Catherine takes us on an enchanting journey of songs.
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Well known tunes include Lullaby of Broadway from ‘42nd Street’ , and Tonight from ‘West Side Story’;plus treats from the pen of Cole Porter, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Stephen Sondheim, comedy numbers, and aptly named local numbers, "Out along the East Coast", and "Scarborough", bringing things closer to home.
 
 The evening, punctuated with wonderful compositions written by Jay, and entertaining and engaging dialogue from Catherine, is an insight into the life of a true West End Star !
For more information about Catherine and Jay go to our NEWS page.
 
  "That Good Night" [Film] Saturday 23rd June 7.30 pm
In this,his final film, John Hurt plays Ralph a famous screenwriter in the past.
 
Ralph,now in his seventies, is terminally ill and is struggling to restore the balance in his family, come to the terms with his moral principles and die with dignity.
 
Ralph’s desire is to reconnect with his son, Michael and make sure that he doesn’t turn into a burden for his dearest wife Anna as he goes “into that good night”
 
Based on a stage play written by NJ Crisp, the film also stars Charles Dance as The Visitor and Sofia Helin as Anna.
 
   
  "Teechers" Spotlight Drama Tuesday 26th - Saturday 30th June 7.30 pm
Teechers by John Godber,written in 1984 and published in 1985 was first performed at the 1987 Edinburgh Festival.
 
Fast-moving and highly entertaining, Teechers evokes life at a modern school.
 
Gail, Hobby and Salty, three fifth form students, through their end of term play, tell the hilarious story of an idealistic new teacher in his perilous first days..
 
They review the new drama teacher's progress through two terms of recalcitrant classes, cynical colleagues and obstructive caretakers.
 
Disillusioned, he departs for a safer private school.
Adults only - contains strong language
 
  "Everybody's Talking About Jamie" [CL] Apollo Theatre Sunday 8th July 7.30 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 his drag persona Mimi Me takes centre stage.
 
With ‘songs that have the wow factor’ , and ‘hilarious’ book and lyrics ‘with delightful punch’ this funny, fabulous, feel-good, musical sensation has been wowing audiences and critics alike.
   
  "A Seaside Spectacular" Every Tuesday 24th July 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 25th July 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 27th July 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!
 
  "Andrè Rieu" [CL] 2018 Maastricht Concert Saturday 28th July 7 pm, Sunday 29th 3 pm, Thursday August 2nd 7 pm
André Rieu is back in Maastricht! Enjoy André’s summer evening concert in the most romantic square in the Netherlands: the Vrijthof in Maastrich. for the fourteenth year running.
 
Enjoy the unique performances by André Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra, as well as soloists and guest appearances!
 
Every year André makes a big splash with special guest artists at the Vrijthof! Come and join the party and enjoy the irresistible waltzes, classical music, operetta and musicals...
 
Come and see for yourself why André Rieu has been one of the world’s most popular live acts for a number of years.
   
  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 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.
 
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
 
  "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.
 
  "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.
 
  "La Bayadere " RoH Ballet Saturday 17th 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,
   
   "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.
 
  "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?
   
  "Adriana Lecouvreur" Met Opera New York Saturday 12th January 5.55 pm 2019
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.
 
  "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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