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1001 Nights: Transport
- Directed by: Douglas Rintoul
The inspirational stories of Arabian Nights
Sat 17 May
- Written by: Jean Anouilh
Something Wicked presents an exciting production of European Theatre in the original: the modern French classic by Jean Anouilh.
A family-friendly dance piece choreographed by Enrique Cabrera. Inspired by the work of artist Joan Miro, the piece combines live dance, puppetry, and digital visuals.
The five-piece from the West Coast of Canada performs lively and high-energy acoustic folk.
- Directed by: Bryony Shanahan
Solo drama set in the world of women's boxing.
Blending double bagpipes, whistle, fiddle, song and Scottish stepdance with Celtic flair and frenzy.
Charlie & Lola's Best Bestest Play
Exciting stage production based on the popular books for tots about Charlie and his funny little sister Lola, and the many, many obstacles standing between her and bedtime. Ages 3+.
Sat 26 Apr
Chris Ramsey: The Most Dangerous Man on Saturday Morning Television
Upbeat anecdotes, feelgood humour and witty observations inspired by being removed from the Soccer AM sofa for saying a naughty word.
Sun 2 Nov
£16.50 / 01227 769075
A mixture of dance, spoken work and physicality which explores two versions of reality and the complexities of humanity; from the intimate to the superfluous.
Entertaining Mr Sloane
- Directed by: Michael Cabot
- Written by: Joe Orton
Joe Orton's unique blend of farce and black comedy was first staged at the Arts Theatre in London in 1964, winning the London Critics Variety award for best play of the year.
Ernest And The Pale Moon
Inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe and Alfred Hitchcock, Ernest And The Pale Moon is a spine-chilling tale of obsession and murder from Les Enfants Terrible.
Faulty Towers The Dining Experience
'Sybil', 'Basil' and 'Manuel' recreate the chaotic John Cleese sitcom experience, while you enjoy a three course dinner. Nope, doesn't sound very safe to us, either. Booking is essential.
This non-verbal show playfully uses live music and beautiful projection to tell a delightful tale of teamwork.
Fireside Tales With Granddad: Pickled Image (Over 5s)
Cuddle up around the campfire in this ingeniously staged children's puppet show, as Granddad regales you with tales of greedy goblins, grumpy trolls, sneaky princes, a giant pair of underpants and a daring escape from a hungry shark.
Sun 4 May
£7 / 01227 769075
Geminus: Compagnie Ubi (Over 2s)
The French company presents a theatre piece for young children, exploring the wonder of mirrors and reflections.
Sat 24 May
Sun 25 May
- 94 min
- Directed by: Rebecca Zlotowski
- Cast: Tahar Rahim, Léa Seydoux, Olivier Gourmet
Gary (Rahim) is a tough guy from Lyon who goes to work in a nuclear plant near the Rhone, where he falls for Karole (Seydoux); but then she gets pregnant. Zlotowski plays down the romance in favour of a tense and scathing indictment of lax standards in the nuclear power industry, with well-drawn characters and fine…
Half of a Yellow Sun
- 111 min
- Directed by: Biyi Bandele
- Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose
- UK release: 11 April 2014
The story of two sisters in 60s Nigeria, Olanna (Newton) and Kainene (Rose), attempting to assert their independence as their nation seeks to do the same. The adaptation of Adichie's novel looks beautiful but is crippled by Bandele's use of archival footage to explain the situation, which kills the narrative flow and…
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
- 146 min
- Directed by: Francis Lawrence
- Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
- UK release: 21 November 2013
Katniss (Lawrence) and Peeta (Hutcherson) are forced to enter a special 75th anniversary games featuring contestants who've previously won. The sequel to 2012's The Hunger Games maintains the high standards of its predecessor, with a credible script, plenty of visual and narrative variety and superb performances.
The pianist performs various works.
Je m'appelle Hmmm … (My Name is Hmmm …)
- 121 min
- Directed by: Agnès B
- Cast: Sylvie Testud, Jacques Bonnaffé, Lou-Lélia Demerliac, Douglas Gordon
11-year-old Céline (Demerliac) cares for her brother and sister while her mother (Testud) works in a bar; meanwhile, her unemployed father (Bonnaffé) sexually abuses her. Running away, she strikes up a friendship with a taciturn trucker (Gordon). Clothes designer Agnès Troublé's first film is a thoughtful and refreshing…
Mark Grist: Rogue Teacher
A performance by the poet and ex-English teacher who rose to prominence following a rap battle against a teenage grime artist.
Mark Watson: Flaws
Mark's new show promises to be 'somewhat darker in tone than usual' as he talks about the fact that while he's won a number of comedy awards, he's also amassed a number of problems.
Monday's Child: Tutti Frutti & York Theatre Royal (Ages 3-7)
- Written by: Brendan Murray
A delightful show about the unique bond between a great-grandmother and her grandchild.
Mon 26 May
£7 / 01227 769075
Motionhouse Dance Theatre Company: Broken
Contemporary dance piece exploring humanity's relationship to planet Earth.
In honour of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Edvard Munch, expert Tim Marlow hosts a behind-the-scenes look at putting on this exhibition.
National Theatre Live: King Lear
- Directed by: Sam Mendes
- Cast: Simon Russell Beale
Mendes returns to the National Theatre to direct Simon Russell Beale in the title role of Shakespeare’s tragedy.
- 115 min
- Directed by: Alexander Payne
- Cast: Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb
- UK release: 6 December 2013
A father and son road trip from Montana to Nebraska.
The Noise Next Door: The Noise Are Back In Town
Fast-paced improv from the Brighton-based troupe.
The British-Iranian comedian and star of stage and screen brings his new show to an adoring public.
Babakas Theatre, a Birmingham-based international group, presents a performance which combines stand-up comedy, contemporary dance, video installation and scenes from the TV show The Sopranos to explore modern-day fatherhood.
Our Friends, The Enemy
- Directed by: Tom O'Brien
- Written by: Alex Gwyther
Private James Boyce takes us on a magical, haunting journey through the events surrounding the Christmas truce during the First World War.
Pinocchio: Hiccup Theatre
- Written by: Michael Rosen
Michael Rosen's adaptation of Carlo Collodi's classic tale.
Propeller Theatre Company's all-male ensemble cast presents a 60-minute version of Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream, tailored especially for younger audiences. Directed by Edward Hall.
The Princess And The Pea: Norwich Puppet Theatre (Over 3s)
- Written by: Julian Butler
Adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's children's tale.
Mon 2 Nov 2015
£7; £1 Baby on lap (0-12months) (Children £7) / 01227 769075
Rambert School Of Ballet & Contemporary Dance
A sophisticated programme of works characterised by exciting dance theatre and performed by exquisite dancers to vivid live music.
Royal Opera House: The Winter's Tale
The ballet version of Shakespeare's tale, live from London.
Rubbish: Theatre-Rites (Over 5s)
Imagine a world that celebrates its rubbish. A world, where at the touch of a puppeteer's hand, the contents of a bin bag transforms before your eyes. Four inquisitive excavators explore the unexpected value of discarded objects. What will emerge from a bag full of sludge and what could possibly happen when they find a…
The Secret of Kells
- 78 min
- Directed by: Nora Twomey
- Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Evan McGuire, Christen Mooney, Mick Lally
Luscious and old-fashioned independent 2D animation inspired by Irish medieval manuscript The Book of Kells telling the story of Brendan (McGuire), a young monk whose remote community lives under threat of Viking invasion and his dangerous mission to the dark forest where he befriends amiable sprite Aisling (Mooney).
Stranger by the Lake
- 100 min
- Directed by: Alain Guiraudie
- Cast: Pierre Deladonchamps, Christophe Paou, Patrick d'Assumçao
- UK release: 21 February 2014
Thriller set around a lake in southern France that acts as a cruising spot for men.
Tom Stade: Decisions Decisions
The charmingly vicious, laid-back Canadian presents his latest solo show.
Taboo-busting and provocative humour from the acclaimed stand-up.
Vikings: Live from the British Museum
Take a look around the British Museum's Viking exhibition, right from the comfort of your cinema seat. Introduced by Michael Wood and Exhibition Curator Gareth Williams.
Jazz and R&B from the London-based musician.
The Zero Theorem
- US, Romania
- 107 min
- Directed by: Terry Gilliam
- Written by: Pat Rushin
- Cast: Christoph Waltz, Mélanie Thierry, David Thewlis
- UK release: 14 March 2014
A computer hacker's goal to discover the reason for human existence continually finds his work interrupted thanks to the Management; this time, they send a teenager and lusty love interest to distract him.