210 mins. (Recorded live at Glyndebourne in 2015)
David has vanquished the giant Goliath, but not everyone rejoices in his victory. Jealous of the young warrior, King Saul turns against him. Saul descends into violent, destructive madness that forces his children to choose between loyalty and love, tearing both a family and a nation apart.
Handel’s vision of a Lear-like king is astonishing in its psychological complexity, offering a musical portrait of mental collapse few have since matched. Combined with thrilling choruses that exploit the virtuosic potential of their singers, exquisite arias and bold orchestration filled with unusual instruments, it creates a Biblical drama of truly Shakespearean scope.
Barrie Kosky’s blazingly original and visually spectacular staging of Handel’s oratorio pairs baroque music with contemporary choreography and lavish designs to create an enthralling theatrical fusion of old and new.
Sung in English with English subtitles.
WHY? ‘This magical, mesmerising new production of [Handel’s] Old Testament-inspired oratorio has the wow factor in spades – music-theatre at its knockout best’ ★★★★★ Daily Mail
'Utterly enthralling' ★★★★★ The Telegraph
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An encore screening from The King of Waltz’s hometown of Maastricht. It features the maestro in his element, along with his 60 piece Johann Strauss Orchestra, sopranos, tenors and very special guests. Set against the stunning medieval backdrop of the town square.
WHY? André delivers an unforgettable musical experience full of humour, fun and emotion
'This annual celebration of music that is like no other' Artix
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A live screening. Abandoned by her lover Anatol, Vanessa retreats from the world, with only her mother and niece for company. Twenty years later, Anatol’s handsome young son arrives unexpectedly. He shatters the calm of this shuttered household of women.
WHY? A rare opportunity to see Samuel Barber’s Pulitzer Prize winning work
An encore screening from the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End. The day of Lady Windermere’s birthday party and all is perfectly in order. Until her friend Lord Darlington plants a seed of suspicion. Is her husband having an affair? And will the other woman really attend the party?
WHY? Kathy Burke directs this new production of Oscar Wilde’s social comedy
A spectacular outdoor concert, captured live at Berlin’s iconic Waldbühne amphitheatre. Jonas Kaufmann is regarded as one of the world’s greatest tenors. He has captivated audiences across the globe with his incredible voice. Join him for a magical night of music under the stars.
WHY? The star tenor will perform famous arias and timeless Italian songs
Encore screening of Opera Australia's glittering production from the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour. Puccini’s beloved classic – the original bohemian love story – has long captivated audiences around the world. His music swells with love, soars in ecstasy, crackles with jealousy and cries with heartache.
WHY? Lavish sets and costumes transform the habour-top stage into a romantic Paris winter
Created especially for The Australian Ballet and captured live at the Sydney Opera House. Based on the beloved operetta, this lively tale is set in the ballrooms and salons of Belle Époque Paris. Expect enough tangled affairs, narrow misses and jealous lovers to fuel a French farce.
WHY? A laugh-along favourite with hum-along melodies and its heart on its sleeve
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Encore screening. 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 rapidly descends into a savage fight for survival.
WHY? A new version of August Strindberg’s play Miss Julie, starring BAFTA Award winning actress Vanessa Kirby (The Crown)
Britain’s ultimate pop star, Cliff Richard is celebrating 60 years in the music industry and he wants to invite you to the most fabulous big screen party of the year! His incredible energy and passion on stage will sweep you off your feet and be sure to have you swaying in the aisles.
WHY? With a repertoire featuring six decades of such timeless hits as Devil Woman, Congratulations or We Don’t Talk Anymore
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Ian McKellen stars in this encore screening from London’s West End. A contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play.
Two ageing fathers – one a King, one his courtier – reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends.
WHY? ‘Ian McKellen reigns supreme in this triumphant production’ ★★★★★ The Telegraph
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Live screening from Nottingham Playhouse. 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.
WHY? Written by one of Britain’s best-loved playwrights Alan Bennett