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  "Cendrillon" Met Opera NY Saturday 28th April 5.55 pm
Romantic and glittering, this witty and elegant production of Massenet's adaptation of the enduring Cinderella story has astoundingly pretty sets and costumes full of rococo flourish and fairytale magic.
 
When her father remarries a spiky and spoilt Madame after her mother's death, Cendrillon is cast as a servant in her own house. Whilst her stepmother and mean spirited step-sisters prepare for a lavish Royal ball, Cendrillon has only chores to do.
 
But when she finds herself alone and reflecting on her sorry situation she discovers help is at hand in the form of a Fairy Godmother.
 
Enchanted and transformed into the fairest maiden in the land Cendrillon heads to the ball where she catches the eye of a very important suitor..
   
  "Brigadoon" Sunday 29th April 2.30 pm, 30th April - 5th May 7.30 pm
Performed by Spotlight's in house company Brigadoon is a musical with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, and music by Frederick Loewe.
 
New Yorkers Tommy Albright and Jeff Douglas get lost while on holiday in the Scottish Highlands and stumble into Brigadoon, a mythical village that appears for a single day once every 100 years.
 
Tommy, engaged back in New York falls for headstrong Fiona, and Jeff flirts with Meg Brockie, but it is only when Harry Beaton, the rejected suitor of Fiona's sister, Jean,tries to leave the village that the two men realise the complicated truth - at the end of the day Brigadoon will disappear for the next 100 years and - if anyone succeeds in leaving, it and its people will be lost forever. Tommy is forced to choose - New York or Brigadoon ?
 
Includes songs "Almost Like Being in Love",and "Heather on the Hill".
   
  "Manon" [CL]RoH Ballet Sunday 6th May 7.15 pm
Kenneth MacMillan’s masterpiece of modern ballet, based on the 18th-century French novel by Abbé Prévost, is revived this season as part of continuing celebrations of MacMillan’s profound impact on British ballet, to mark the 25th anniversary of his death.
 
MacMillan’s spectacular ensemble scenes for the whole Company create vivid, complex portraits of the distinct societies of Paris and New Orleans.
 
Manon’s brother Lescaut is offering her to the highest bidder when she meets Des Grieux and falls in love. They elope to Paris, but when Monsieur G.M. offers Manon a life of luxury as his mistress she can’t resist.
 
With the Lescauts’ encouragement Des Grieux cheats at cards in an attempt to win Monsieur G.M.’s fortune, but things go badly wrong.......
 
  Open Day at Spotlight Saturday 12th May 10 am to 3 pm
  "Don Pasquale " [CL] Teatro Alla Scala Opera Saturday 12th May 7 pm
In Donizetti's comic opera wealthy old bachelor, Don Pasquale decides to take a wife so that he may produce an heir, cutting his nephew, Ernesto, out of his inheritance.
 
His friend Dr Malatesta decides to play a practical joke: setting him up with his angelic “sister”: the convent-bound Sophronia.
 
Ernesto is in his uncle’s bad books for falling in love with the widow Norina, when his uncle had other ideas.
 
Ever the prankster, Malatesta convinces Norina to dress up as the meek Sophronia, marry the miser and then make his life a living hell.
 
Lovestruck Ernesto is let in on the plot, the marriage takes place, and Pasquale finds himself unhappily “married” to an outspoken woman with an outrageous spending habit.
 

Don Pasquale’s witty musical score combines graceful lyricism with rollicking comedy, all fuelled by the seductive rhythm of the waltz

 
  "Cinderella" [CL] Sadler's Wells Ballet Sunday 20th May 7 pm
Performed by Matthew Bourne's New Adventures dance company the 60 piece orchestra recording of Prokofiev's score is brought to life by incredible choreography, the Olivier award winning costume/sets and lighting by Lez Brotherston and Neil Austin, respectively.
 
Matthew Bourne's interpretation of the classic fairy tale, has, at its heart, a true war-time romance. A chance meeting results in a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing young RAF pilot who fall in love before being parted by the horrors of the Blitz.
 
Prepare to be swept away by the magical choreography and glitz and glamour, and brought back to the stark realities of war ravaged London...
 
Part of the company's 30th anniversary celebrations and marking the 20th anniversary of Cinderella's West End appearance, this much loved interpretation of the classic fairytale returns to London's Sadler’s Wells theatre in a flurry of dance and glamour.
 
  "Macbeth" [CL] NT Saturday 2nd June 7 pm
Shakespeare's tragedy dramatises the damaging physical and psychological effects of political ambition on those who seek power for its own sake.
 
A brave Scottish general named Macbeth receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland, so, consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, he murders King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne for himself.
 
He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia and, forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion, he soon becomes a tyrannical ruler.
 
The bloodbath and consequent civil war swiftly take Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into the realms of madness and death.
 
Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff return to the National Theatre to play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.
 
  "An Ideal Husband" [CL] Classic Spring Sunday 10th June 7 pm
Written in 1895 the story revolves around blackmail and political corruption, and touches on the themes of public and private honour.
 
Sir Robert Chiltern is a respected government official and a loving husband but his friend, Lord Arthur Goring , is a notorious womanizer who lives a life of casual lounging, meaningless flirtations and multiple illicit affairs.
 
When old acquaintance Laura Cheveley arrives in London to stir up trouble, the lives of the two men become increasingly complicated and intertwined, and their true natures are revealed.
 
Deceit and lies weave themselves throughout as Wilde pulls the curtain on the hypocrisy of moralistic Victorian society. With wit and gaiety he paints a scathing critique of gossips, income gaps, sexist attitudes, and the perils of protecting one’s morals.
 
"Sooner or later," Wilde notes, "we shall all have to pay for what we do." But he adds that, "No one should be entirely judged by their past."
 
  "Swan Lake " [CL] RoH Ballet Saturday 16th June 7.15 pm
Swan Lake" is a ballet composed in 1876 by Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky.
 
The story begins with a hunting journey by Prince Siegfriend, when he comes across a swan.
 
Before he is able to shoot, the swan turns into a beautiful woman named Odette.
 
She reveals that she is under a spell by the evil Von Rothbart, and can only be saved by a virgin prince who swears eternal fidelity to her.
 
Siegfriend falls rapidly in love, inviting her that night to a ball at his castle where he will marry her and reverse her spell.
 
The evil sorcerer,not to be beaten, upsets Siegfriend's plans, with tragic consequences.
 
  "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.
 
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.
 
   
  "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.
   
  "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.
 
   
  "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.
   
  "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.
    
  "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.
    
  "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.
 
  "Troilus and Cressida" [CL] NT Friday 30th November 7 pm
It is the seventh year of the Trojan War and the Greek army is camped outside Troy and Achilles - their military hero - refuses to fight.
 
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.
 
Shakespeare's play explores heroism, love and betrayal against the backdrop of the Trojan War.
   
  "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.
   
  "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



 
  "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.
 
 
  "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.
 
 
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